Adressing Europe’s Multiple Crises: An Agenda for economic transformation, solidarity and democracy – BEIGEWUM

Adressing Europe’s Multiple Crises: An Agenda for economic transformation, solidarity and democracy

am 25. März 2016 um 13:52h

Addres­sing Europe’s Mul­ti­ple Cri­ses: An agen­da for eco­no­mic trans­for­ma­ti­on, soli­da­ri­ty and democracy 

Pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the Euro­Me­mo­ran­dum 2016


Orga­ni­zers: ÖFSE, BEIGEWUM, in coope­ra­ti­on with Wirt­schafts­po­li­ti­schen Akademie

20 April 2016, 18.00 Uhr, C3-Cen­trum für Inter­na­tio­na­le Ent­wick­lung, Sen­sen­gas­se 3


  1. Con­text and Motivation

The con­ti­nuing low growth rate envi­ron­ment in many EU coun­tries, sta­gna­ti­on in others and even reces­si­on in some, have led not only to a gene­ral slow-down, but also to deepe­ning divi­si­ons wit­hin the EU, both bet­ween mem­ber sta­tes and bet­ween regi­ons. Such diver­gen­ces are reflec­ted in the basic eco­no­mic and social indi­ca­tors of the area, as well as in the demo­cra­tic pro­cess on the poli­ti­cal level, as cer­tain coun­tries acqui­re a hege­mo­nic role in the shaping of EU poli­cy, while par­ti­cu­lar group inte­rests, nota­b­ly tho­se of finan­cial capi­tal, beco­me domi­nant across the EU as a who­le. The expe­ri­en­ces in coun­tries like Greece or Por­tu­gal amply reve­a­led the con­nec­ting links bet­ween poli­tics and eco­no­mics in the EU, i.e. the power imba­lan­ce bet­ween the ruling eli­tes and socie­ty at large.

Fur­ther­mo­re, it rai­ses serious issu­es of con­sti­tu­tio­na­lism: name­ly, the ten­den­cy of the EU insti­tu­ti­ons to restrict the area of demo­cra­tic decisi­on making by demo­cra­ti­cal­ly elec­ted governments, focu­sing ins­tead on tech­no­cra­tic rules impo­sed by unde­mo­cra­tic decisi­on bodies. In our deba­te we will address this anti-demo­cra­tic bias by dis­cus­sing the case of Por­tu­gal and high­light some poli­cy are­as like tra­de, gen­de­rand fis­cal policies.

In this sen­se, a dis­cus­sion of alter­na­ti­ve pro­po­sals to the cur­rent EU eco­no­mic and social poli­cy needs to take into account the under­ly­ing poli­ti­cal pro­cess and the squee­zing out of demo­cra­cy. The Euro­Me­mo­ran­dum 2016 cri­ti­cal­ly ana­ly­ses recent eco­no­mic deve­lo­p­ments in Euro­pe and empha­si­ses the strong need for an alter­na­ti­ve eco­no­mic poli­cy that is based on the princi­ples of demo­cra­tic par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, social jus­ti­ce and envi­ron­men­tal sustainability.


  1. Programme

Mode­ra­ti­on: Roma­na Brait (BEIGEWUM)

18.00 – 18.10:   Wel­co­me Address

18.10 – 18.20:   Pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the Euro­Me­mo­ran­dum 2016 (John Grahl, Euro­Me­mo Group)

18.20 – 19.15:   Round­ta­ble Dis­cus­sion “The cri­sis of demo­cra­cy in the EU: impli­ca­ti­ons and pos­si­ble reme­di­es”, with:

  • Luís Lopes, Uni­ver­si­ty of Coim­bra, Portugal
  • Wer­ner Raza, ÖFSE and Euro­Me­mo Group
  • Ste­fa­nie Wöhl (FH des bfi Wien)

19.15 – 20.00:   Gene­ral discussion

Wine recep­ti­on


The Euro­Me­mo­ran­dum 2016 can be down­loa­ded here

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