The WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (the "GATS") has very much underpinned expansion without regulation and supervision, so the financial corporations had the guarantee that their expansion would be underpinned. But financial services are not the same as other services – they need special supervisory structures.
The major causes of the economic and social crises are now being even more blatantly promoted by the EU - both within the multilateral WTO negotiations and bilateral and bi-regional FTA/EPA negotiations - as the fundamental solutions.
The multiple crises of the capitalist world economy give the left the unique opportunity to discuss and promote ideas of transformative steps and social alternatives. Which conditions for a post-capitalist world do already exist and what are our responses to this development?
The first anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse and last week’s meeting of the G20 countries have provoked numerous reflections on the causes and possible solutions to the current financial and economic mess. The problem is that the majority of these deal with cosmetic rather than the profound changes needed to get the global economy back on track.
The Economist has attributed the term "deglobalisation" to Walden Bello. Whilst the magazine considers the term a negative one, Bello argues that it is fast becoming a reality and offers a paradigm for escaping the neoliberal straitjacket.
The triumph of liberal ideas turned Eastern Europe into an intellectual desert where only ethnic nationalism weeds sometimes flourished. The positive influence of the economic crisis upon the society is that the crisis makes people think and be open to other ideas.