The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills

 

By Richard Fitzpatrick

Healthcare cuts and unemployment cause a host of societal ills, yet Europe refuses to save its citizens, says Richard Fitzpatrick, Brian McArdle worked as a security guard in Lanarkshire, near Glasgow. He was 57 years old when he had a stroke on St Stephen’s Day, 2011. It left him paralysed on his left side, blind in one eye, and unable to speak. He signed up for disability income.

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Commission Reduction: EU Leaders to Sidestep Lisbon Treaty Rule

By Christoph Schult

From the outside, it looks as though the European Union is hopelessly divided. Northern member states demand budgetary discipline while those in the south bemoan drastic austerity measures. Furthermore, theFranco-German alliance is brittle, to the point that a planned policy paper on the future of the European common currency area – to be written jointly by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande – has yet to materialize.

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The Real Struggle Begins: Europe Descends into Fascism

Across southern Europe resistance is taking on a new urgency. In Spain people are speaking of the start of ‘the real struggle’, while in Greece the term ‘civil war’ permeates the political climate. In both countries a frightening re-emergence of a dictatorship past seems to characterize the current historical moment as fascist ideologies become more acceptable and police tactics become more pre-emptive and militarized. These two trends emerging together, the rise of far right ideologies and pre-emptive militarized policing, indicate a shift in the discourses of legitimacy used by the state.

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