Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 7.30pm

Our friends at Cafe Economique in Leeds have organised this event to be addressed by Hugo Radice, who has also spoken at an earlier Taking Soundings event. . . 

The Eurozone Crisis and the Politics of Austerity

Cafe Economique – 9 April 2013 – 7.30 pm
At the School of Philosophy, 64 Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4PD
Doors open and refreshments from 7pm.

With the Cyprus bailout deal threatening to plunge the Eurozone back into crisis, it seems that little progress has been made over three years of failed initiatives and fractious politics. This talk will chart the origins and history of the linked problems of bank lending and government borrowing across Europe; the conflict between national sovereignty and effective regional governance; and why austerity is being enforced at the expense of jobs and growth.

Questions for discussion include:
•     How far is the crisis the inevitable result of a flawed model of monetary integration?
•      Is the real problem one of Germany trying to force its own economic ideology on its partner states?
•      Can we find alternatives to austerity, based on democracy and social justice?

Hugo Radice lectured in political economy at the University of Leeds from 1978 to 2008. He continues to study capitalism and its crises in Britain, Europe and beyond. In addition to academic articles he writes occasionally for the
Yorkshire Post and Red Pepperand for blogs such as New Left Project and for Social Europe Journal  For Hugo’s recent published work see

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