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Cafe Economique – Hugo Radice will speak on the Eurozone Crisis

Cafe Economique – Hugo Radice will speak on the Eurozone Crisis

9 April 2013 - new venue details below
The Eurozone Crisis and the Politics of Austerity

With the Cyprus bailout deal threatening to plunge the Eurozone back into crisis, it seems that little progress has been made over three years of failed initiatives and fractious politics. This talk will chart the origins and history of the linked problems of bank lending and government borrowing across Europe; the conflict between national sovereignty and effective regional governance; and why austerity is being enforced at the expense of jobs and growth.
Date: Tuesday 9 April 2013
Time:
Doors open and refreshments from 7pm.
Speaker and discussion from 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Location:
School of Philosophy, 64 Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4PD
Questions for discussion include:
How far is the crisis the inevitable result of a flawed model of monetary integration?
Is the real problem one of Germany trying to force its own economic ideology on its partner states?
Can we find alternatives to austerity, based on democracy and social justice?

Hugo Radice lectured in political economy at the University of Leeds from 1978 to 2008. He continues to study capitalism and its crises in Britain, Europe and beyond. In addition to academic articles he writes occasionally for the Yorkshire Post and Red Pepper, and for blogs such as New Left Project and Social Europe Journal - for recent work see www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/ about/staff/radice/
Hugo is a regular contributor to a number of progressive websites, including Red Pepper, New Left Project and Social Europe Journal, as well as occasional articles on economic issues for the Yorkshire Post. He has been active in the Conference of Socialist Economists since its foundation in 1970, and currently participates in its Transpennine Working Group.

Please note: Whlist we do not charge for entry, a voluntary contribution of around £2 per person is appreciated to cover the cost of room hire, refreshments and speakers’ (very) moderate expenses. Many thanks!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the meeting and it was very informative. It was great that they managed to organise such an esteemed replacement for Hugo. However, the thinquers didn't congregate in any obvious place, I bumped in to 2 other members but I am sure lots more attended. I didn't hear anyone organise a pub visit after - which was a shame!

    April 10, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Sorry - had been a long day with work still to do. I hadn't realised that's what people were looking for.

      April 10, 2013

    • Steve

      I agree. I thought the speaker did well to stand in at short notice. I only met one person from meet up at the end. We did have a short chat but I kind of forgotten that it was a meet up event.

      April 10, 2013

  • Steve E.

    Ok, I admit I came to hear what the speaker had to say. He was good and very relevant so thanks for publicising the event.

    Last night we were given three questions to decide which one we wanted the speaker to answer. Once he started he answered all three and then many more, so was that the best use of the 'chat' part of the evening? Most people will be familiar with the Café Scientifique format where the speaker talks at the start, then there's a break for a chat, then the speaker takes questions for the rest of the evening. That way the audience discussion has more focus and seems more productive than I experienced last night.

    April 10, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Ok - will feed back. THanks

      April 10, 2013

    • Steve

      I've been to a few of their meetings and I find that the questions at the beginning to be a bit out of place for the sort of event held. My ideal is to have a speaker introducing a topic and then opening the floor for discussions and debate. The meetings generally have a Q&A feel in which participants are passive receivers of information, with no opportunity to really argue through the ideas. I'd love to see a speaker encourage differences and challenges.

      April 10, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Are you saying you did not like the way they run their events, with group discussions (aka 'cafe') before the talk so people have chance to meet their neighbours and establish a mood for the room to which the speaker can respond, or was it that it took a while to sort out the seating as they were swamped with numbers (my fault for inviting everyone :-)?

    April 10, 2013

  • Steve E.

    Excellent speaker, really appreciated his views. A 'get on with it' situation at the beginning, too much messing about before they got round to letting the speaker speak.

    April 10, 2013

  • StevenH

    Sorry, had forgotten I was booked in to give blood

    April 9, 2013

  • Tom B.

    It's basically one room, so there is no obvious place to gather, expet at the far or near end! I may myself be late as I'll be escaping from a conference in York.

    April 8, 2013

  • Margo H.

    Sadly, I can't make this. Tom, where at the venue do you suggest people gather so they can find other thinqers?

    April 8, 2013

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