Eurozone: Road to nowhere

Why does the European bourgeoisie insist on austerity despite the virtual certainty that it cannot succeed? Hillel Ticktin digs beneath the official claims

I would like to address the specific form that the economic crisis has taken in Europe, where, in addition to the banking crisis, there has been a sovereign crisis. The questions that I want to ask to begin with are: ‘Can the European Union survive in modern capitalism?’; and ‘Can the euro zone survive?’ In relation to the second question most people would struggle to provide a straightforward answer. At the moment if one was forced to answer, I would say that the euro zone might last a few more years, but ultimately it cannot survive the way it is going. So the question therefore is, what are the forces underlying the potential breakup of the euro zone and of the limits of the EU itself?

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