Our Europe Not Theirs
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The editors argue, in the new introductory chapter to this second edition, that the success of the left in Britain depends on successfully working with its European counterparts to shift the political balance in the EU.
The contributors to this book suggest a radical agenda for change and reform in Europe. They argue that the UK left should work with other progressives within the EU to create a programme for economic, social and ecological renewal for Europe in the world.
In a new introductory chapter, the editors argue that the success of the left in Britain depends on successfully working with its European counterparts to shift the political balance in the EU. A no vote in the referendum would be disastrous both for the left and the country as a whole.
Elsewhere contributors discuss austerity’s throttling of Europe’s growth prospects; how to respond to the return of poverty and rampant inequalities; and how to challenge unaccountable corporate power. They also engage critically with Europe’s environmental policies; its short-sighted immigration management; and its sacrifice of fair trade in the name of an ideological commitment to unbridled globalisation.
Introduction - Julian Priestley with Glyn Ford - read an edited extract of the introduction
1. How on earth did we get here? - Julian Priestley
2. It’s the politics, stupid - Derek Reed
3. Reshaping the European Economy - Derek Reed
4. Social Policy for a competitive Europe - Nicholas Costello
5. Why the Right is plain wrong on environmental policy and climate change - Linda McAvan
6. International trade; our jobs, our values - David Martin
7. An internationalism for the twenty first century - Patrick Costello
8. The Mad, the Bad and the Sad - Glyn Ford
9. Flinging the Furniture round the room - Julian Priestley
‘a timely and useful contribution to the debate, not just to the one raging in the UK, but also among European progressives. It postulates a radical alternative view very different from that of the conservatives, while supporting firmly Britain’s place at the heart of Europe.’ Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
‘In this great European crisis, any progressive proposal to change course, to reassert European solidarity, strengthen the efficiency of its actions internationally, and to boost growth, jobs and competitiveness is welcome. That this proposal comes from British sources at a time when the actions of the UK government threaten British membership of the Union may seem almost paradoxical. But the Labour MEPs and officials, and Julian Priestley, who edited this book, have a deep understanding of European issues which adds to the interest of their ideas.’ Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission
‘To save and relaunch Europe we need a quantum leap. We must pave the way for a progressive Europe – and Julian and Glyn’s book is an essential piece of this strategy for change. It also shows how much the European socialists owe intellectually to the British left.’ Gianni Pittella, Leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament
‘a timely second edition’
‘while membership of the EU is no panacea for all the ills of the world, they believe that if Britain set on an isolationist course it would have a lesser impact’
‘the cause of staying in the EU is the progressive cause and the left needs to be a very prominent presence in the campaign to remain. Leaving the EU, they argue, is for the left to take a fork in the road which leads to a dead end.’
‘a timely set of interventions with two overarching themes: to attack the record of the right’s record of governance in post-crisis Europe and promote an alternative vision to a failed neoliberal ideology.’
‘thorough and wide ranging educational resource on the current European political landscape. This alone makes the book a valuable resource for those of a variety of left wing political persuasions.’