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Ahead of the European elections, the left faces the considerable challenge of defining not only a progressive agenda for Europe, but also Britain’s place within it. This would be an ambitious task under any circumstances but now must be done within the context of austerity programmes, diverging European politics and rising support for anti-EU parties.

The focus on limited economic growth in some regions of the Eurozone detracts from the wider European experience. Across Europe living standards have fallen following severe economic restructuring. Divide and rule tactics employed by right-wing administrations have fuelled a resurgence of the far right and its xenophobic messages.

This series of essays will explore the possibilities for achieving radical economic change, overcoming the living standards crisis, defeating the far right and xenophobia and pushing a serious Social Europe programme. By addressing these issues authors will seek to answer the question - can the European Union deliver for working people?




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