Left Out

Meyer, Henning
November 2013
Foreign Affairs;Nov/Dec2013, Vol. 92 Issue 6, p16
The article looks at politics and government in Europe as of October 2013, focusing on center-left, social democratic political parties. It outlines the third way, or neoliberal, direction taken by many European social democratic parties in the 1990s, citing examples including the British Labour Party and the German Social Democratic Party. It discusses how these parties have responded to the 2008 global financial crisis and the ensuing European sovereign debt crisis. The author presents a case for these parties to return to their social democratic heritage and offer the public a coherent political vision of a good society based on the values of social justice and freedom. Topics include financial regulation, electoral strategies, and European integration.


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