Julian Priestley

David Cameron’s argument will fool no-one, and will relegate the existing EU-UK relationship to the periphery.

Julian Priestley takes an in-depth look at David Cameron’s speech on the UK’s relationship with Europe. He finds that that it fell into familiar Eurosceptic fallacies about the EU, ignored linkages between regulation and the internal market, and overestimated the UK’s chances of renegotiating the relationship with the EU. Instead, he writes, this morning’s speech was solely designed to shore […]

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Labour market reform is the new euphemism for systematic job precarity. We need a new platform for European Socialists to fight the new dogma of austerity.

Recent changes to the Lisbon Treaty have essentially declared the debt-financed increased spending of Keynesian economics to kick-start growth to be unconstitutional. Austerity has become the new dogma. Sir Julian Priestley argues that with right-wing parties now dominating Europe’s policy agenda, the left needs to mount “a coherent intellectual onslaught of these ruinous policies”. There was a fleeting moment at […]

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European questions have intruded into the French election campaign, signalling that the next European Parliamentary elections may be the first truly European ones.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports Nicolas Sarkozy’s election campaign. Meanwhile Sarkozy wants to exclude Greece from the Schengen Agreement and has called for protectionist measures within the European Union. Sir Julian Priestley argues that Merkel’s involvement in French domestic politics and Sarkozy’s Euroscepticism indicate that the next European Parliamentary elections may be the first to move beyond national issues and […]

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