From the EU to Latin America: left populism and regional integration

Summer 2016

This article looks at different models of international regional co-operation, in light of the failures of the European Union, especially in relation to Greece. It asks if the European Union could look to Latin America for alternative kinds of regional development, drawing on the Latin American experience with regional associations such as Petrocaribe, CELAC and UNASUR. Regional associations in Latin America work co-operatively rather than through competition, and this was assisted by the left populist framework within which they had developed. Could a similar left populism could be forged at a European level, given that in the EU the enemy is internal (the casta, the banks, the Troika) rather than external?

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