Contribution to the EReNSEP Conference 16/17 June in Barcelona
by Steffen Stierle
From the outset, neo-liberalism has been able to win over some of its potential adversaries and has thus established a hegemony. It is in this context that the abandonment of national sovereignty in favour of an international framework in today’s EU, and especially in the eurozone, should be seen – a framework in which democratic decisions for the adoption of a policy of de-commodification are no longer possible. Yet nation states have neither vanished nor become obsolete. They are the level at which political projects for social protection against the aggressive depredations of the market could be implemented if the alliance of emancipatory forces with neo-liberalism were to be terminated and replaced by an alliance with the forces of social protection. To be effective, such projects would have to involve a struggle for the restoration of national sovereignty. The most important step would be to leave the monetary union. The issues involved are presented in greater detail in the following paragraphs.