Global political economy and trade policy

An introductive video seriesTo speak of feminist economics is not simply to give a surname to something as orthodox as classic economic studies. Feminist economics re-think traditional analyses and include in them all those invisible activities that are nevertheless indispensable for life to exist and for society to function. Activities that, traditionally, have been taken care of by women's hands. Feminist economics not only observe, but also proposes political action around this idea. In this series of videos, we will look at different aspects of feminist economics based...
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Casting off the Chains of Unfair Trade

Jan Schneider & Nikolai Schnarrenberger (Careco Research Collective)
A Call for Sustainable Alternatives to the EU-ASEAN Trade Regime This report explores the effects of existing trade agreements between ASEAN and EU states, takes a look at possible effects induced by potential developments of these trade agreements, and discusses alternatives to their approach to organizing ASEAN and EU trade relations. We seek to offer an understanding of the positions of the various layers and the general mechanisms behind historical and present developments around the emergence of a free trade regime leading us to FTA negotiations ...
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Christian Lindner at an election campaign event in Munich (September 2021).
Christian Lindner at an election campaign event in Munich (September 2021).Michael Lucan, Wikipedia Creative Commons
The European Commission has proposed a slight loosening of debt limits — but Germany’s neoliberal finance minister Christian Lindner is blocking the change. His zombie economics will impoverish citizens and hasten the rise of the far right. Coming after sixteen years of Christian-Democratic rule, Germany’s fall 2021 general election appeared to mark a turnaround. The Social Democrats (SPD) edged into first place (25.7 percent) and leader Olaf Scholz promised a new government that would act on poverty reduction and ...
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An assessment of the agreement from an EU perspectiveExecutive Summary EU-India trade negotiations were relaunched in June 2022. Behind the storytelling of the Commission, Member States and business lobbies lies the reality which can not be hidden for long: the EU-India trade deal is a neoliberal deal, entrenched in the idea that more trade between the two markets will bring significant benefits. Benefits there will be, for Indian and European multinationals but people and the planet will significantly lose from this deal. Little is known on the ...
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European Parliament, Brussels, May 15-17 The Beyond Growth Conference is a multi-stakeholder event aiming to discuss and co-create policies for sustainable prosperity in Europe, based on a systemic and transformative approach to economic, social and environmental sustainability and its encompassing governance framework. It is an initiative of twenty MEPs and will involve stakeholders from European and national policy-making, academia, social partners and civil society organizations. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is...
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A Study on Alternatives to the EU-ASEAN Free Trade and Investment AgreementThe European Union intends to conclude a new generation of free trade agreements in order to increase its global competitiveness. In doing so, the EU generally prioritizes rules-based multilateral trade agreements. Since the increasing liberalization and deregulation efforts within the framework of the multilateral trade policy of the World Trade Organization (WTO) were interrupted, the EU, contrary to its earlier rather restrained position, has increasingly relied on bilateral free trade agreements in ...
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Crash Barriers

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
for Post-COVID-19 Food and Agricultural SystemsWith chapters on and contributions from Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Italy, the Philippines, Spain, the US, and Zimbabwe Preface When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the chasms in the food and agricultural systems became plain for all to see. But even before COVID-19, the food and agricultural systems were in crisis: millions of people were hungry, there was a loss of biodiversity, climate change impacts were devastating, and labour conditions appalling. So, how do we do things differently to guarantee a different outcome in ...
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About the book The agricultural produce that ends up on our table from supermarket shelves and market stalls does not tell the story of the lives of the countless men and women who toil in the fields and greenhouses of Italy in conditions and at a pace that are often reminiscent of modern slavery. In this production chain, thousands of “invisible” workers, many of them migrants, are isolated by Italian law and easily blackmailed due to the indifference of the European Union and its inability to agree on harmonisation processes for the effective ...
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On 1 January 2021, the world gained another free trade area with the official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), covering 55 member states, i.e. all the African countries except Eritrea. Its establishment has been widely welcomed not only in Africa but also in Europe – and indeed worldwide. It will give the African Union the chance to become a strong, independent player in the world economy – at least that is the optimistic forecast. And it is true that the economic weight of the countries making up the new ...
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The COVID-19 pandemic is currently dominating our lives in every respect. Public discussion revolves around the pandemic and how to deal with it, which is understandable given its huge economic and social impact. Yet we are not just dealing with the effects of the pandemic; we are seeing very far-reaching structural changes in the social production process, too. These are primarily related to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Production based on fossil fuels no longer has a future. At the same time, the contradictions inherent in the ...
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