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How can the European left deal with the threat posed by xenophobia?

Glyn Ford

Think piece, 28 April 2014

This essay charts the rise of xenophobia as a Europe-wide phenomenon, which has become more of an urgent threat following the increase in popularity of far-right parties such as UKIP. The essay calls upon European progressives to take on far-right parties across the continent.

Without Social Europe there can be no Social Britain in our lifetime

Bernadette Ségol, Jude Kirton-Darling

Think piece, 15 April 2014

This essay examines the concept of a Social Europe, a concept which put the values of collectivism, equality and solidarity, firmly at the heart of the EU. This paper was asks whether a left agenda for Europe could promote a renewed focus on securing a Social Europe and with it a ‘Social Britain’.

Think Big, Think Bold

Yanis Varoufakis

Think piece, 10 April 2014

This essay examines the causes of the European financial crisis, and argues for a European Green New Deal to tackle the economic crisis in the Eurozone, address the domination of the financial sector across Europe and stem the growing influence of the far-right.

Can the European Union deliver for working people?

John Cryer MP, Billy Hayes, Carolyn Jones, Professor Jonathan Michie, Clare Moody, Claude Moraes MEP

Think piece, 2 April 2014

As the European Elections approach, the media spotlight is increasingly focussing in on Europe and, more specifically, the European Union. In light of this, Class set out to make a weighty, yet balanced, contribution to the debate. We asked six key figures from across the labour and trade union movement, with differing attitudes to the EU, the same question – “Can the European Union deliver for working people?” – and have compiled their responses in this publication.

The views, policy proposals and comments on this site do not represent the collective views of Class but only the views of the authors.

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