Left Industrial Policy in Europe

The multiple crises put the European left parties and social movements under pressure to find answers to often contradicting challenges. On the one hand we are in the midst of an environmental world crisis, which originates largely in the capitalist metropolis of the North. On the other hand millions of Europeans are unemployed and the economic crisis after the Lehman Brothers crash has proven those voices wrong who thought that the service sector will provide stable and good job opportunities. Industrialisation is back on the agenda. A left industrial policy which leads to a progressive reconstruction of the continent’s economies is thus the topic we are working on.

We will discuss studies analysing the national industrial policies of different European countries. Based on these studies we will then examine the Transform! paper "Towards Europe’s Productive Transformation" and the Appeal "Renewing Europe" by Axel Troost. Furthermore we will address the following questions: What are possible notions of a pan-European economic and fiscal coordination? How can a revision of the EU structural and cohesion policy overcome stagnation as well as economic, social and regional imbalances? What shape should a European New Deal of the 21st century take? We will finish our spring 2015 meeting by critically reviewing our state of discussion and exploring concrete next steps to be taken together.

One result of this workshop is this discussion paper that sums up the main questions / contradictions and next steps to deepen the debate on a progressive industrial policy for Europe.

This workshop is part of a series in cooperation with the office of the Member of the German Parliament Axel Troost and Transform Europe!.


MAI, La maison des associations internationales (Rue Washingtonstraat, 40, 1050 Brussels)

Please register by sending an e-mail to Roland Kulke: roland.kulke@rosalux.org

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