Tag Archives: Eastern Europe

France | L’enjeu de la mémoire et les charniers de la haine…

En ce mois de novembre, on n’en finit pas de célébrer pour mieux déformer l’Histoire, j’ai des moments d’accablement tant la tâche paraît démesurée.

Ne nous faisons pas d’illusion, pas plus que la Révolution française, que Robespierre, la Révolution d’octobre, l’URSS ne relèvent de l’historiographie, mais toujours ces événements parce qu’ils posent l’actualité de la Révolution sont l’objet de la propagande. Ce qui a changé c’est le rôle que jouait jadis un parti communiste en ce domaine, puisque lui aussi prétendait à l’actualité de la Révolution.

Another anti-establishment vote in Eastern Europe? A short analysis of the Czech elections

In a fracturing EU, we need class struggle and movement politics to fight for working people throughout Europe, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

There seems to be an easy refrain in the western media about the countries of eastern Europe. The region is being swept by a tidal wave of right wing, anti-establishment parties hostile to the European Union, the story goes.

Another European country embraces populism

The Czech Republic has joined a growing list of countries — from Germany to Austria – where the traditional Left is losing to conservative populism. This weekend’s election gave anti–European Union billionaire Andrej Babis’s ANO (“Yes” in Czech) party 30 percent of the vote, a 19-point lead over the next largest party, the conservative Civic Democrats. Babis will almost certainly become prime minister in coalition with smaller parties.

How Western Capital Colonized Eastern Europe

by Leonid Bershidsky

Yet another Eastern European country is about to get a populist, anti-immigration, euroskeptic government: Billionaire Andrej Babis’s ANO party enjoys a wide poll lead ahead of the October parliamentary election in the Czech Republic. The central European country would join Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. If that sounds ominous, there is at least one bulwark against extremism in the region: Western European capital.

 Indeed, Western investment plays such an important role in economies of all these countries that nationalist politicians make their countries look more like truculent colonies than partners in a grand integration project.

In a recent paper, Filip Novokmet, Thomas Piketty and Gabriel Zucman bluntly call Eastern European nations “foreign-owned countries.”

 “The owners tend to come from EU countries (in particular from Germany),” they write. “So in some sense it is not entirely different from the situation of peripheral regions that are being owned by more prosperous central regions in a large federal country.” To Piketty and collaborators, this is a nuisance because it distorts inequality measurements: Much of a country’s wealth and income accrues to foreign shareholders who do not belong to the local top one percent, so the country looks more egalitarian than it actually is. But it also has broader implications.

Relative to their economic output, Eastern European nations have the biggest negative net investment positions in the EU, unless one counts Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain — all recipients of big bailouts during the recent financial crisis.

Hungary | The rule of the market in East-Central Europe is absolute

Jaroslav Fiala speaks to Gaspár M. Tamás about the brutality of capitalism, Orbán’s Hungary, and the failure of the European system.

Jaroslav Fiala: Recently, Europe has been experiencing dangerous times: the crisis of the Eurozone, terrorist attacks, the rise of the far right, Brexit, and so on. Is liberal democracy in peril?