True Democracy: From “mitbestimmung” to workers in control

The progressive era in the 1970s saw a huge push in Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia for real workplace democratic reforms. In 1976, in Germany under the government of Helmut Schmidt of the SPD (German Social Democratic Party), the Mitbestimmungsgesetz or Co-determination act…

The rise of Sinn Fein and what the traditional European left can learn from it.

In the 2020 Irish general election, Sinn Fein got their best result, winning the popular vote with 24% of the vote. Such a scenario seemed unthinkable even in 2016 after its then best result of…

The Austrian Sozialpartnerschaft

The Austrian way under threat

In the current era of Sebastian Kurz and his New Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and perhaps facing its greatest threat since the foundation of the 2nd republic post WW2, the Austrian Sozialpartnerschaft (Social Partnership) remains a vital balance and stability mechanism and…

How the Austrian Social Democrats can re-establish themselves once again as the real people’s party.

Despite some modest growth in popularity during the pandemic and a big faöll for 48% to 35% from the ÖVP, the SPÖ is still a long way short of being where it and Austria need…

The Welfare State, a non-negotiable essential for left and right

Often derided in the neoliberal era, the welfare state has proven to be the hero of the pandemic. But in good times and bad the Welfare state is both the engine of the economy and the essential safety net in…

Sebastian Kurz,

The enduring appeal of the conservative Austrian “Wunderkind”

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The political talent of the century, Austria`s new “Wunderkind”. The arrival of Sebastian Kurz onto the scene in Austria has changed the landscape of a country dominated by the social democrats for most of the last 50 years.

Following the…

Football, Capitalism and the inevitable rise of the European super league

With Manchester City running away with the premiership title and PSG´s recent dismantling of traditional heavyweight Barcelona, football is not only mirroring but foreshadowing what will happen if Capitalism keeps going on its current trajectory. The modern major football…

Unite or fall apart

The disastrous handling of the crisis after 2008 and the current pandemic and in particular now the shambolic vaccine rollout has led and will lead to further entrenched dissatisfaction with the European project.

Right now in Europe, there are 3 general ways of viewing the E.U…

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