Last weekend the EReNSEP network had its third conference in Barcelona. THe conference provided numerous interesting debates with a critical focus on the EU and the euro currency system. Please find here the stream of a plenary on “Center vs. Peripherie in Europe” – a discussion with Costas Lapavitsas, Heiner Flaßbeck, Vicenc Navarro and Francisco Lousa (partly in English, partly in Spanish, partly in Catalan). We´ll share more stuff here in the next weeks.
An economics professor at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Costas Lapavitsas (born 1961) visited Barcelona last week to present his latest work, ‘Eurozone Failure, German Policies and a New Path for Greece’. In this text, he advocates Greece leaving the euro as an instrument for overcoming the country’s crisis. Critical of Alexis Tsipras, Yanis Varoufakis and Syriza (he had been an MP for the party before the third deal with the Troika), Lapavitsas is conscious that his positions regarding the EU and the euro are still in the minority among European progressives. Nonetheless, he believes that “the first step for the Left is to say that the currency union has to end.”
Last weekend the 3rd international summit for a Plan B in Europe took place in Copenhagen. Around 200 participants discussed alternatives to the Europe of Austerity. You can read the conference call here. The video stream of the whole conference is online here. We present today the video of Costas Lapavitsas speech, with is worth seeing.