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Amid scars of past conflict Spanish far right grows

Amid scars of past conflict Spanish far right grows | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Newsnight's Paul Mason visits Valencia in Spain, where wounds inflicted in the Franco era are in danger of re-opening as the financial crisis continues to bite.
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A superb piece of journalism from Paul Mason about how economic austerity is sowing the seeds of far-right growth in Spain. The spectre of Fascism in Europe is once again slowly bubbling away, progressive forces must act now to halt this march. 

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Greece remains on democratic path despite years of depression - FT.com

Greece remains on democratic path despite years of depression - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
After their third general election in less than three years, Greeks will wake up on Monday to a political, economic and social landscape that, in certain respects, has changed beyond recognition since a debt crisis forced the nation into the arms of
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A quick summary of the changes in Greece from the beginning of bail-out programme to the day before Syriza election.

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Privatisation: Extensive sell-offs constitute irreversible retreat by government - FT.com

Privatisation: Extensive sell-offs constitute irreversible retreat by government - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Pedro Passos Coelho, the prime minister, scored a big success as a pro-market reformer by selling stakes in two state-owned energy utilities at high premiums within eight months of coming to office The sales raised close to €10bn in investment and
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Political extremists may be the eurozone’s saviours - FT.com

Political extremists may be the eurozone’s saviours - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
This is going to be the year in which the eurozone will have its moment of truth. Three scheduled elections — in Greece this month; in Portugal and in Spain in the second half of the year — will tell us whether the EU’s approach to crisis resolution
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Greek candidate willing to call European leaders' bluff

Greek candidate willing to call European leaders' bluff | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Alexis Tsipras told Greek voters as recently as last week that his government would cease to enforce the bail-out demands
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Portugal’s old order loses its grip in painful times of change

Portugal’s old order loses its grip in painful times of change | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

What is at stake in the Portuguese economy is a struggle to shift resources from non-export sectors such as energy, construction and telecommunications to export-led companies competing in global markets.

 

Serving the domestic market, sheltered from competition and often dependent on state contracts, such non-export companies have absorbed excessive investment and talent at the same time as they have diminished Portugal’s international competitiveness by driving up costs for exporters.

 

Inputs such as energy and telecoms account for about 16 per cent of costs for Portuguese exporters, almost as much as labour (19 per cent). They have risen faster than export prices for almost 15 years. The OECD warned in October that expanding exports would depend on further reforms to strengthen competition in the non-export sector

 
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Interesting discussion which highlights the push to restructure Portugal's political economy in a way which integrates it into GVCs.

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Shift in UK poverty trends catches younger, working families

Shift in UK poverty trends catches younger, working families | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

The face of British poverty has been transformed over the past decade, with low income now being characterised more by younger, often working households in private rented accommodation, rather than elderly people in council houses.

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China foresees outbound investment of $1.25tn in a decade

China foresees outbound investment of $1.25tn in a decade | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Chinese offshore investment will reach $1.25tn over the next decade, President Xi Jinping predicted on Sunday as he opened the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation CEO Summit in Beijing. Mr Xi also unveiled a $40bn contribution to a new China-initiated
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Portugal attacked after bailout reforms flag

Portugal attacked after bailout reforms flag | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

International lenders have attacked Portugal for allowing the pace of reform to slacken since the country exited a three-year bailout programme, warning that some of the progress made at the cost of tough austerity measures could be reversed.

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The Eurozone: Here we Go Again

Bob Hancké of the LSE warns that, with the Eurozone economy once again skirting recession, it's time to look again at proactive measures to boost demand.

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Austerity returns as Commission prepares to reject French budget

Austerity returns as Commission prepares to reject French budget | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal, FAZ and die Welt have the story that the European Commission is preparing to reject the French 2015 budget after talking to Commission officials. This would be the first time a budget is sent back since this procedure was installed in 2011.

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Greece primps for big China state deals

Greece primps for big China state deals | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
When Xi Jinping, the president of China, made an unofficial one-night stopover in August on the island of Rhodes, on his way to Brazil for a summit of leading emerging markets, Greece’s president and premier flew from Athens to make sure his stay
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Chinese investors play key role in Portugal success

Chinese investors play key role in Portugal success | European Political Economy | Scoop.it



Portugal, like other crisis-hit eurozone countries under pressure to sell off state assets, has sold large minority stakes in utilities and infrastructure operators to Chinese companies. As much as a gateway to Europe, these Chinese investors are also buying into what they see as a strategic hub for expanding across Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and other former Portuguese possessions.

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European Commission sees some progress in Greece's market reforms

European Commission sees some progress in Greece's market reforms | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
In its report titled “Market Reforms at Work in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece”, the European Commission (EC) has outlined that reforms of the public administration, the judicial system and those to facilitate the ease of doing business in Greece have had a positive but partial impact.
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Parpública: Portugal’s airport network attracts investment

Parpública: Portugal’s airport network attracts investment | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Even during times of fiscal crisis, Portugal remains an appealing location for business investment, as the country’s government works closely with private companies to improve its aviation industry
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Syriza turns Greek oligarchs from taboo subject to economic priority - FT.com

Syriza turns Greek oligarchs from taboo subject to economic priority - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
They are Greece’s best-known tycoons, admired and loathed in equal measure for their vast wealth and deep political connections. While ordinary Greeks call them “diaplekomenoi” (the entangled ones) or “davatzides” (pimps), economists call them
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Greeks prepare for polls and more uncertainty

Greeks prepare for polls and more uncertainty | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
For weeks, political uncertainty has loomed on Greece’s horizon. On Monday, it arrived. With Antonis Samaras, the country’s embattled prime minister, unable to corral enough support for his party’s presidential candidate in a third and final vote,
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Some details of policy positions and also the debt repayments that have to be made in 2015

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The Struggle for Public Water in Italy

The Struggle for Public Water in Italy | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

On 9 October, I gave the paper ‘Sic Vos Non Vobis’ – ‘For You, But Not Yours’: The struggle for public water in Italy at theDepartment of Political Economy, University of Sydney . The paper is about the Italian Water Movements Forum (Forum), a broad alliance of trade unions, social movements, development NGOs and environmental groups, and its successful mobilisation for a referendum against the privatisation of water in June 2011 (see also Road to Victory). Trade unions and other social movements find it often difficult to co-operate due to their different histories and institutional structures, as argued in an article on the European Social Forum. In this blog post, I will analyse how the Italian Water Movements Forum was able to bring together such a wide range of different groups into a successful campaign.

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Can new supply chain approaches prevent another Rana Plaza?

Can new supply chain approaches prevent another Rana Plaza? | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Tougher factory and supply chain standards won't be enough to prevent disasters like the Bangladesh factory collapse. Can development tactics succeed where conventional approaches have failed?
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Some interesting insights into the complexity of value chains.

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Hopes for eurozone bank lending misguided

Hopes for eurozone bank lending misguided | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

As the European recovery continues to struggle, a surprising number of policy makers and analysts keep expressing hope – or even expectations – that bank lending will soon pick up and fuel an investment-led recovery in the eurozone. Such hopes are misguided.

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German austerity is not only damaging the Eurozone, but is also starving the country of its own much needed investment

Bob Hancké of the LSE argues that it’s not just the rest of Europe that is suffering from Germany’s obsession with fiscal austerity. While such a strategy might be justified in terms of its wider e...
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Eurozone companies reshore despite flat economy

Eurozone companies reshore despite flat economy | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Companies in the eurozone are reshoring an increasing number of operations, despite its stagnating economy. “Offshoring must have been a no-brainer 10 to 15 years ago but the advantage is now less clear,” said John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC.
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Germany’s weak point is its reliance on exports

Germany’s weak point is its reliance on exports | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

One of the biggest misconceptions about the eurozone has been a belief in the innate strength of Germany – the idea that competitiveness reforms have transformed a laggard into a leader. This is nonsense. The German model relies on the presence of an unsustainable investment boom in other parts of the world. That boom is now over in China, in most of the emerging markets, in Russia certainly. What we saw last week is what happens once the world returns to economic balance: Germany reverts to lower economic growth.

 
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Time to get serious about forced labour in supply chains

Time to get serious about forced labour in supply chains | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

We now know that our shopping carts are full of forced labour. So why are governments and industry doing so little to stop it?

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China swoops in on Italy’s power grids and luxury brands

China swoops in on Italy’s power grids and luxury brands | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Italy’s business elite – senior executives from blue-chip companies such as Telecom Italia and Vodafone plus high-ranking government officials – filled a renaissance palazzo across from Milan’s gothic cathedral this summer to court one of the
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Some details about Greece and Portugal also in here.

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Chinese investors surged into EU at height of debt crisis

Chinese investors surged into EU at height of debt crisis | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

As investors fled Europe in the worst days of its sovereign debt crisis, China-based companies moved in the other direction and surged in, with cash flowing from China into some of the hardest-hit countries of the eurozone periphery.

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