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A short unpublished commentary on the 2019 Kosovo elections

This is a a short unpublished commentary on the 2019 Kosovo elections for SPUTNIK

KOSOVO 2019 elections

Kosovo’s opposition Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party and the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) are running neck-and-neck in the parliamentary election, the latest results with around 96 percent of the votes counted, show. According to the latest data from the Kosovo Central Election Commission, the Self-Determination party has 25.79 percent of the votes, while LDK has 25.05 percent. President Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo is third with 21.15 percent of the votes. The coalition led by Kosovo’s former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj – Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and Social Democratic Party of Kosovo (PSD) – is fourth with 11.63 percent of the votes. I would appreciate receiving brief comments in context of the above information regarding the following issues:

 

  1. How do you asses the current outcomes of Kosovo election? What they signify for Kosovo?

The outcome of the recent Kosovo elections is truly ambiguous. One the one hand the thugs of UCK have lost the government and a purportedly left-wing party (Vetevendosje) has won. However, the terms right and left do not signify much in the context of Kosovo politics. UCK and the parties that emerged from it were suitable for Western powers (USA and EU) I order to further the disintegration of Yugoslavia. They did their job but at the same time created a zombie-state that is actually a hub of international criminal activities. Now their usefulness has been exhausted. So Haradinaj’s well-known war crimes came under investigation and he was forced to resign. Vetevendosje appears as left-wing because it objected to the widespread privatisations that were instigated by the UN mission and that created widespread poverty and misery in the Kosovo population. However, Vetevendosje and his coalition partner have not made a pledge to reverse privatisations. Also, its declaration to combat the endemic corruption remains to be seen. In any case Vetevendosje gives a better international face to the Kosovo zombie-state (than the UCK war-mongers) and facilitates Western efforts to promote the incorporation of Kosovo in NATO and the EU.

  1. What consequences in your point of view may have the outcomes of the Kosovo election on the Serbian settlement? Do you expect any progress?

The West will try to fend fences but the problems are insurmountable. Also, Vetevendosje was at least a supporter of Kosovo’s integration into a Greater Albania. This is almost a casus belli for Serbia and the Serbian minority in Kosovo. The Western plan is probably a land swap between Kosovo and Serbia (exchanging the Kosovo Serbian majority enclaves with the Presevo valley). However, this appears difficult to be accepted from both sides. It is a violation of the principle of no-changing borders that has far-reaching repercussions. The Balkans are an area of mixed populations and complicated border arrangements. A change in one border will foment controversies around other borders. This can ignite a very dangerous domino of conflicts and even military confrontations.

  1. In your point of view winning of the opposition party what impact will have on the situation in the Balkan region in general and chances of Serbia’s accession to the European Union?

The West is trying to secure the Western Balkans under its dominance and to fend away the Russian influence. However, it has already created a mess as most of the states of the area because of the Western political and economic policies are poor, riddled with poverty and corruption and with disgruntled populations. Serbia is the biggest problem as anti-Western feelings (because of NATO bombardments in the Yugoslavian wars and the dismemberment of Yugoslavia) are very strong. Also, the bait of entering the EU is no longer attractive as the latter has shown in many cases its ugly and exploitative face. So, I think that bringing Serbia into the EU would require almost a political coup d’ etat there. And even in this case its possibility of success is limited.

COSA C’È DIETRO AL NUOVO PIANO DI SALVATAGGIO DELLA GRECIA di Stavros Mavroudeas 25/5/2016

COSA C’È DIETRO AL NUOVO PIANO DI SALVATAGGIO DELLA GRECIA di Stavros Mavroudeas*

[ 27 maggio ]

Ciò che non vi dicono sulle recenti misure promulgate dal governo Syriza e sul dissidio USA Unione Europea.

Il nuovo accordo voluto dell’Eurogruppo sul nuovo Piano di salvataggio per la Grecia è un altro palese atto d’ipocrisia delle potenze dominanti dell’Unione europea, dei loro partner-concorrenti del FMI (leggi: Stati Uniti) e del governo greco di SYRIZA.

 

Il nuovo accordo è un compromesso soggetto ad un continuo braccio di ferro tra gli Stati Uniti (attraverso il suo braccio del FMI) e l’Unione europea.

 

In modo congiunto, la UE e gli USA hanno obbligato l’ormai fatiscente (a causa della rabbia della gente) governo SYRIZA a capitolare alle politiche di austerità della troika così come incapsulate nei tre Programmi di aggiustamento economico per la Grecia. Questi programmi hanno aggravato la depressione dell’economia greca, causato un immiserimento dilagante del popolo e ampliato il controllo dei capitali occidentali sull’economia greca. In questo gioco gli Stati Uniti hanno avuto apparentemente un ruolo di secondo piano etero-pilotando l’incompetente e opportunistico governo SYRIZA nei suoi negoziati maldestri con la UE. In effetti, gli Stati Uniti hanno da un lato utilizzato la Grecia per indebolire l’Unione europea (per i propri scopi e interessi geopolitici) e, dall’altro, appoggiato la UE al fine di imporre l’austerità e il controllo straniero sull’economia greca.

 

Una volta che Usa e UE avranno realizzato l’obiettivo comune di imporre alla Grecia l’austerità e una volta ottenuta la ristrutturazione economica antipopolare, a quel punto, i due partner si scontreranno sui termini e le conseguenze della riduzione del debito necessaria per la Grecia.

La riduzione del debito è necessaria perché il programma di aggiustamento economico della troika per la Grecia è impraticabile e il debito greco è insostenibile. Del resto, pochi giorni fa, proprio il FMI, nella sua recente valutazione preliminare della sostenibilità del debito, aveva accettato questa conclusione.

 

Sulla questione del debito USA e UE hanno posizioni opposte e interessi in conflitto. Gli Stati Uniti vorrebbero un taglio profondo del debito perché questo: (a) aiuterebbe la loro economia —la riduzione della leva finanziaria [deleveraging] dell’economia mondiale alle spalle della UE  ed un nuovo taglio sul debito [haircut] interesserebbe principalmente i prestiti ufficiali e inter-statali della UE alla Grecia)—e, (b ) indebolirebbe la UE nella sua sfida egemonica globale agli USA.

D’altra parte la UE (e in particolare la Germania) teme un taglio del debito e concederebbe solo una parziale rinegoziazione del debito (ed esempio un’estensione della scadenza dei prestiti greci e, possibilmente, un abbassamento degli interessi), ciò che renderebbe il servizio del debito (ma non il debito) valido.

 

In questo braccio di ferro tra gli Stati Uniti (attraverso la sua protesi del FMI) e l’Unione europea i primi hanno minacciato di lasciare il Programma di aggiustamento economico, lasciando così la Germania da sola ad affrontare il problema greco. Per evitare questo la Germania ed i suoi più stretti alleati hanno offerto un miope compromesso: una tabella di marcia per una possibile rinegoziazione del debito. In parole povere, hanno offerto alcune idee vaghe su una metodologia (misure a breve termine, medio termine e lungo termine) per rinviare il problema se il Programma di aggiustamento economico greco continuasse a fallire. Alla fine, Stati Uniti e UE si sono trovati d’accordo su questo difficile e traballante compromesso, perché nessuna delle due parti ha voluto spingere le cose fino all’estremo; un compromesso obbligato anche per sventare la Brexit, che entrambi temono.

 

Il governo opportunista e incompetente governo SYRIZA è uno spettatore passivo in questo braccio di ferro. Esso ha tradito le sue dichiarazioni anti-austerità e capitolato senza condizioni alla troika. Pochi giorni fa ha promulgato una nuova serie di misure di austerità barbariche e di scandalosa svendita dei beni dello Stato a compagnie straniere. La sua popolarità si va sgretolando rapidamente e l’unico scopo di SYRIZA è quello di restare aggrappati al governo.

 

I risultati di questo nuovo accordo di salvataggio saranno altrettanto infausti come quelli precedenti. Le nuove misure di austerità approfondiranno ulteriormente la recessione. Le nuove misure che il servile e incompetente governo SYRIZA ha deciso introducono un meccanismo automatico (chiamato ‘taglio’) per cui, se il programma non fosse rispettato nelle sue tappe, saranno effettuati nuovi tagli alla spesa pubblica (e, soprattutto, dei salari e delle pensioni). Infine, se questo meccanismo del ‘taglio’ fallisse entrerebbe in vigore il meccanismo previsto dalla rinegoziazione del debito. Si deve però rilevare che questo meccanismo della rinegoziazione è al momento del tutto vago e sarebbe  discusso nel 2017.

 

L’accentuazione della depressione greca aumenterà la rabbia e la frustrazione popolari. L’Unione europea, il governo SYRIZA e lestablishment politico-economico greco (visto che l’opposizione nonostante il suo piagnisteo opportunistico in parlamento è un alfiere del Programma di aggiustamento economico) si troveranno ad affrontare questa rabbia crescente ed a pagarne le conseguenze.

 

25 maggio 2016

 

* Stavros Mavroudeas, Professore di Economia politica Università di Macedonia, Grecia

** Traduzione a cura della redazione

 

 

https://sollevazione.blogspot.com/2016/05/cosa-ce-dietro-al-nuovo-piano-di.html

 

https://www.nuovaresistenza.org/2016/05/cosa-ce-dietro-al-nuovo-piano-di-salvataggio-della-grecia-di-stavros-mavroudeas-sollevazione/

 

Οινοποιία ΚΡΟΝΟΣ – Έκθεση φωτογραφίας & παρεμβάσεις

 

Οινοποιία ΚΡΟΝΟΣ

Έκθεση φωτογραφίας της Μαρίας Συμεωνίδου (https://www.kronistes.gr/repository/photos/Symeonidou )

Εγκαίνια Δευτέρα 4/11/2019, 7μμ., Mingus CavaBar (Σκουφα 52)

Ταυτόχρονη παρουσίαση και τεκμηρίωση του χώρου, ως μνημείου βιομηχανικής κληρονομιάς, από την ομάδα Kronistes και σύντομη ιστορική καταγραφή των γεγονότων που σημάδεψαν τη λειτουργία της το 1929, από τον Καθηγητή του Παντείου Πανεπιστημίου Σταύρο Μαυρουδέα.

15th WAPE Forum (31 July – 2 August 2020), ‘Rethinking Economic Analysis: Political Economy vs Economics’, Panteion University

 

 

Call for Papers

for the

Fifteenth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy

 

‘Rethinking Economic Analysis: Political Economy vs Economics’

 

31 July – 2 August 2020, Panteion University, Athens, Greece

 

The 15th WAPE Forum will be held 31 July – 2 August 2020 at Panteion University, Athens, Greece. It is co-organised by WAPE (World Association of Political Economy – http://www.wapeweb.org/) and GAPE (Greek Association of Political Economy – https://poleconom.wordpress.com/) and hosted by the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (https://www.panteion.gr/en/).

The broad theme of the conference focuses on the controversy between the two main alternative traditions in economic analysis, Political Economy and Economics. Economics (with their myopic understanding of the economy as simply market relations, neglect of social and political factors and class struggle and their almost overt support for capital against labour) has been historically proved incapable of grasping how economies work and forecast and confront competently economic crises. On the other hand, Political Economy (offering a social understanding of the economy, focusing on the sphere of production, linking economic analysis to social and political factors and to class struggle) has been more successful in comprehending the actual workings of the economy and in analyzing economic crises. However, despite their long-standing failures, Economics continue to dominate academia and policy-making centers, especially in the West. Even after the last global economic crisis and its blatant failure to foresee and to resolve it, its dominance remains unwavered as it is supported by strong vested class interests. Nevertheless, there is growing unrest within both the academia and the society with this failed dominance. Political Economy is the main approach towards which all those dissatisfied with Economics turn.

This conference aims to juxtapose Political Economy and Economics and contrast their positions on the various fields and areas of economic analysis. Within its broad theme, WAPE 2020 invites all contributions that enrich the perspective of Political Economy and expand the ground for further discussion. Indicatively but not exclusively, proposed papers can touch upon the following issues:

  • Historical anniversaries:
  • Friedrich Engels’ 200th anniversary: his legacy in Marxism and Political Economy
  • I. Lenin’s 150th anniversary: his economic writings
  • Curriculum reform in Economics: How Political Economy can challenge Economics’ dominance of university curricula
  • Contemporary controversies in Macroeconomics: Neoclassicism, Keynesianism and Marxism
  • Neoliberalism and the New Macroeconomic Consensus
  • Marxism and Macro-economic modelling
  • History of Political Economy
  • Economic History
  • Theory of stages and periodization of capitalism
  • Theories and analyses of economic crisis
  • Profitability, crises and economic cycles
  • Race, class and gender
  • Methodology of economic analysis
  • Trends and challenges in contemporary economic policy
  • Neoconservative economic policies
  • Economic planning, fiscal and monetary policies reconsidered
  • A return of industrial policy?
  • Marxism and the Political Economy of money and finance
  • Labour process, markets and the Political Economy of Work
  • Labour movement and Trade Unions
  • Flexible employment and unemployment
  • The current state of Labour Process Theory
  • The Political Economy of poverty and inequality
  • Austerity and the welfare system
  • The current state of social policy
  • Political Economy of education
  • Political Economy of health and health policies
  • Environmental Political Economy
  • Urban and regional economics
  • Law and Political Economy
  • World economy: globalization or imperialism?
  • International conflicts and imperialism
  • The retreat of US hegemony and the emergence of a multi-polar world system
  • Political Economy of capital flows
  • BRICS, the newly emerging economies and the world economy
  • Global value chains and transnational corporations
  • Political Economy of foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Economy of European integration and the Eurozone crisis
  • Development studies at an impasse
  • Developmental state after the Post-Washington Consensus
  • Role and policies of international organizations (IMF, WB, WHO, UNHCR, UN etc.)
  • Country case studies

 

Official Language: The official language of the Forum is English.

Publication Possibilities: All accepted papers will be published as an e-book with ISBN before the conference. Best papers will be considered for publication in the World Review of Political Economy (http://www.plutojournals.com/wrpe/) and the International Critical Thought (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rict20) after passing the peer refereeing process.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Send a paper abstract (500 words) and your full curriculum vitae in English to both politiceconomy@gmail.com and wapemember@vip.163.com by 20 March 2020. Acceptance letters and instructions for registration will be sent out by 1 April 2020. The structure and the schedule of registration fees are detailed below. Full papers must be submitted by 1 June 2020.

Both individual papers and complete panels on the main theme and proposed topics are welcome. You are also welcome to propose other topics on the theme. There is also the option to apply to attend the forum without a paper. In that case, you will be sent an invitation letter for visa purposes etc. upon registration and payment of registration fees.

 

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract proposals: 20 March 2020
  • Notice of acceptance: 1 April 2020
  • Deadline for full paper: 1 June 2020

 

Registration fees

  • 140 euros: for online payment before 1 May 2020
  • 170 euros: for online payment before 20 June 2020
  • 200 euros: for online payment after 20 June 2020 or on-site payment
  • 50 euros: reduced rate for unemployed, retired and students for online payment before 1 May 2020

 

What are the benefits of joining WAPE?

WAPE has decided to develop itself as a membership organization in order to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new thought and research across the divide of languages and geography, and offer its members access to certain benefits. To register for the 15th WAPE Forum, you must become a WAPE member first.

Standard Membership. The benefits to be a Standard Member include:

  • Free digital copies of the organization’s peer reviewed academic journal, World Review of Political Economy (WRPE), which is published four times a year.
  • Publishing of members’ selected articles on our websites.
  • Translating selected books and articles into Chinese and publishing them in China.
  • Invitations to attend a variety of conferences in China.
  • Scholars who are members may be invited to China on a lecture tour.
  • Members will be invited to join panels, which WAPE will organize for various international conferences held in different countries.

The membership fee for Standard Members is US$30 per year.

Council Membership. Council Members have the priority over all the benefits offered by WAPE for Standard Members. Besides, you will get both free digital copies and hard copies of the World Review of Political Economy (WRPE). Council Members are required to submit one paper to or call for one paper for WRPE, and review one paper for WRPE per year. The membership fee for Council Members is US$100 per year.

Low-income Membership. Low-income Membership is a discretionary rate of US$10 for students, retired and unemployed people, and part-time workers on reduced income.

 

WAPE. The World Association for Political Economy, registered in Paris, is an international academic organization founded by Marxist economists and related groups around the world. The mission of WAPE is to utilize modern Marxist economics to analyze and study the world economy, reveal its laws of development, and offer policies to promote economic and social progress on the national and global levels. The last fourteen WAPE forums were successively held in Shanghai (China), Shimane (Japan), Beijing (China), Paris (France), Suzhou (China), Amherst (USA), Mexico City (Mexico), Florianopolis (Brazil) and Hanoi (Vietnam), Johannesburg (South Africa), Patiala (India), Moscow (Russia), Berlin (Germany) and Winnipeg (Canada) annually between 2006 and 2019. Participants in past WAPE forums have come from over 50 countries across Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.

WRPE. The World Review of Political Economy is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal of Marxist Political Economy sponsored by WAPE and published by Pluto Journals. For more information including types of submissions that will be considered, please go to http://www.plutojournals.com/wrpe/ and submit your articles to  wapemember@vip.163.com.

WAPE Awards. The Distinguished Achievement Award of World Political Economy of the 21st Century, established by WAPE, has been granted annually since 2009 to recognize outstanding books and articles in political economy published since the year of 2001. It is intended to promote research of modern political economy around the world by granting this award to those who have made important innovations in the theories or methodology of political economy. The Marxian Economics Award, established by WAPE in 2011, is given to recognize an outstanding lifetime record of achievement in political economy. Its purpose is to promote the development of research of Marxist economics around the world by granting this award to those who have made important innovations in the research of theories, methodology, and application of Marxist economics. The 2020 WAPE Awards will be granted at the opening ceremony of the 15th WAPE Forum. Nominations and applications can be sent to wapemember@vip.163.com.

 

Marxist economists from all over the world are welcome to join WAPE and attend WAPE forums. WAPE aims to encourage cooperation among Marxist economists and to enlarge and strengthen the influence of Marxist economics in the world.

 

The WAPE Secretariat

October 2019