To Euro or not to Euro?
TNI/Real World Economics Debate
Transnational Institute/Real World Economics debate, 22 October: "To Euro or not to Euro" with Marica Frangakis (Nicos Poulantzas Institute), Geert Reuten (UvA, Senator of the SP) and Dimitris Pavlopoulos (VU Amsterdam).
Meanwhile, the manifest’s forecasts have become an inconvenient truth. The harsh austerity and privatization policies that accompany the recurring ‘rescue’ packages of the EU and the IMF and the interventions of the ECB seem to only aggravate the crisis. Countries of the periphery such as Greece, Portugal and Spain have entered an ever deeper recession which in terms of its socioeconomic costs only compares to the Great Depression in the 1930s and to periods of war.
This Real World Economics session addresses the important question of whether and how these peripheral countries will survive in the Eurozone. The issue of leaving the euro has troubled social movements of southern European countries over the past two years. At the same time, political elites categorically seem to refute the possibility of a ‘Grexit’ or ‘Spexit’. Invited guest speakers are Marica Frangakis (Nicos Poulantzas Institute), Geert Reuten (UvA, Senator of the SP) and Dimitris Pavlopoulos (VU Amsterdam).