Date: Thu Jun 09 2005 - 08:30:45 EDT
> Attached is the draft of a Decraration of European Economists for an > Alternative Economic Policy in Europe on the French (and Dutch) NO to the > "European Constitution". Hi Giannis: Thanks for bringing this document to our attention. There seem to be a number of Left Keynesian perspectives embedded within the EuroMemorandum Group (June, 2005) statement. On some points the statement seemed to be rather vague: e.g. on monetary policy (what is, for example, the "optimal policy mix"?; what specifically is meant by the "coordination between monetary and fiscal policies"?; how would central bank structure have to be changed for monetary policy to be "embedded into a democratic process of discussion and decisions of economic priorities"?). What struck me the most was the lack of recognition that a No vote against the EU Constitution in France and the Netherlands was also supported by some significant nationalist and reactionary forces. Shouldn't a recognition of this fact be part of the public debate that the EuroMemorandum Group statement calls for? Surely, now is not the time for progressives in Europe to be silent about racism and nationalism, is it? It should be noted in this connection that the statement has nothing to say about immigration policies. In solidarity, Jerry PS: is the journal _Thesseis_ still being published? If so, what are the subjects of recent issues?
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