Politics Today: Interview with Wolfgang Streeck

In: Crisis and Critique 9 (2022) 2, 427-431.

Interview by Frank Ruda and Agon Hamza

1) We cannot not begin with the ongoing war in Ukraine. It appears on some level to be very difficult to assess or analyze such a situation, which is not only heated but also still intensely developing. In addition, none of us is a military analyst. But we nevertheless want to start with a rather huge question: What should we expect from this war?

However the war ends, or more likely: drags on, it will result in a resurrection under American leadership of what is called “the West”, with Western Europe closely tied to the United States, and NATO rather than the European Union as the dominant international organization for Western Europe. For a long time, there will be no rapprochement between Western Europe and Russia, therefore no French-led third-party role for Europe in the evolving post-neoliberal global system. Russia will be allied with China, Europe with the United States, both blocs getting ready to battle over global dominance or, alternatively, the structure of a bipolar world order. NATO will be the European arm of the United States, the EU the bridgehead of the United States on the other side of the Atlantic.

Letter from Europe: Getting Closer

Sidecar, November 7, 2022.

On 17 October, Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz invoked his constitutional privilege under Article 65 of the Grundgesetz to ‘determine the guidelines’ of his government’s policy. Chancellors do this rarely, if at all; the political wisdom is three strikes and you’re out. At stake was the lifespan of Germany’s last three nuclear power plants. As a result of Merkel’s post-Fukushima turn, intended to pull the Greens into a coalition with her party, these are scheduled by law to go out of service by the end of 2022. Afraid of nuclear accidents and nuclear waste, and also of their well-to-do middle-class voters, the Greens, now governing together with SPD and FDP, refused to give up their trophy. (…)

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Deutsche Version:
Es kommt näher

Makroskop, 2. November 2022.

Warum der drohende Atomkrieg, Paragraf 130 und der erweiterte Amerikanismus Teil einer größeren Geschichte sind. (…)

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Versión española:
Cada vez más próximos, cada vez más cerca de la catástrofe

El Salto, 5 de noviembre 2022.

En la Alemania actual, cualquier intento de situar la guerra ucraniana en el contexto de la reorganización del sistema de Estados global tras la desaparición la Unión Soviética y del proyecto estadounidense de “Nuevo Orden Mundial” relacionado con la misma resulta sospechoso.

El 17 de octubre, el Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz se acogió a su privilegio constitucional contemplado en Artículo 65 de la Grundgesetz [Constitución alemana] para «determinar las directrices» de la política de su gobierno. Los cancilleres o cancilleras alemanes rara vez recurren a tal Artículo, si es que alguna vez lo hacen, dado que la sabiduría política indica que si lo invocan en tres ocasiones, están fuera. (…)

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Podcast: Zeitenwende? (German foreign policy, with Wolfgang Streeck)

Spaßbremse, October 11, 2022.

Ted talks with economic sociologist Wolfgang Streeck, emeritus director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and one of the leading scholars and commentators on European capitalism. In this exciting conversation, they discuss Germany’s foreign policy role in Europe at this moment of the so-called „Zeitenwende.“

Co-hosted by Ted (@ted_knudsen) and Michelle (@shhellgames). Produced by Isaac (@wuermann).

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Wolfgang Streeck: Europe is Being Subjugated to US Power

Interview by Chris Bambery, Conter, September 30, 2022.

The economic crisis in Britian, the war in Ukraine, and the disorder in the Eurozone are all intimately connected. Chris Bambery spoke to Wolfgang Streeck, an economic sociologist at the University of Cologne and a leading commentator on European capitalism, about the crisis in the EU and the implications for Scotland.

Chris Bambery: Once again we seem to be seeing a renewed debt crisis emerging in the EU with Portugal, Italy and Spain paying higher interest on its state debt than Germany and its satellites? How serious is this and how uneven is the EU today?

Wolfgang Streeck: It is getting more uneven by the day. Economic convergence has been promised but was never delivered. Instead divergence between the center, Germany in particular, and the Mediterranean periphery has long been growing. This is a direct consequence of EMU, the EU’s monetary union. Lagging countries may be able to catch up with more competitive countries in a common market by internal devaluation, meaning essentially lower labour costs. But this has never been successful without being flanked by external devaluation, adjusting a country’s international terms of exchange to its real productivity. (…)

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Not Quite Enough: How the Pandemic Failed to Save Europe

Review Essay, Society, published online, September 28, 2022.

Luuk van Middelaar’s most recent book on Europe, like his previous work, is serious stuff. Don’t expect your run-of-the-mill “European integration” spiel, liberally funded by the European Commission, dealing with issues like How-the-Commission-constructed-a-Treaty-base-where-there-is-none; or the encouraging results of the latest “European Semester” and what additional data Croatia must supply next time for even more economic stability and convergence to ensue; or why monetary union requires fiscal union to deliver its full benefits; and how the Treaties must be rewritten to consummate the unity of Europe by allowing for the magic of neo-functionalist spillover. None of the usual obsession here with the design and implementation of “programs”, their odds and ends and how they grow out of the infighting between the Commission’s General Directorates, the EU’s various supranational would-be authorities and its member states — all of this on the assumption that “integration” must ultimately move forward as foreseen by “integration theory”. (…)

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Labour Law and Political Economy

The Law and Political Economy Project, September 9, 2022.

What happened to work and workers as the state-managed capitalism of the postwar era – the postwar settlement as it is sometimes called – was replaced by neoliberal capitalism? What were the losses, the gains if any, and how if at all can the losses be recovered? Are growing inequality, widespread precarity, stepped-up market pressure on wages and employment conditions, the intensification of work, declining social protection and mounting tensions between work and family life inevitable or incurable, or can they, do they need to, be mitigated? In short: can remedies be found for the ailments of a neoliberal labour regime, and how exactly should they be conceived and applied? (…)

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Fahrenheit: Speciale Festivalfilosofia

Festival della Filosofia di Modena, 17 settembre 2022.

In diretta dal Festival della Filosofia di Modena. Con Felice Cimatti. Tutta l’edizione 2022 è imperniata sulla parola chiave giustizia. In 53 lezioni magistrali vengono affrontate le varie declinazioni di questo tema, per mostrarne le trasformazioni nelle sue diverse sfere. In società attese da una ricostruzione materiale e spirituale, la questione della giustizia riguarda temi di redistribuzione, ma anche criteri di accesso, tra merito, competenze e tutele. Nel campo ampio delle relazioni tra i popoli solleva interrogativi urgenti sul rapporto tra la pace e la guerra. Tema non solo filosofico e politico, ma anche teologico, per eccellenza, il discorso della giustizia si interseca con quello sul diritto, sulla legge e sulla pena, ivi incluse le questioni di riconoscimento. Nuovi soggetti emergono come destinatari e oggetti di giustizia, ponendo la questione della relazione con le future generazioni. Con : Con Wolfgang Streeck, direttore del Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung di Colonia e professore di Sociologia all’Università di Colonia e Pier Paolo Portinaro, docente di di Filosofia politica presso l’Università di Torino.

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Letter from Europe: Pipe Dreams

Sidecar, September 12, 2022.

When a famously hard-headed statesman starts believing fairy tales, it may be a sign that all is not right with the world. In late July, former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble gave an interview to Welt am Sonntag, a centre-right Sunday paper. In it, Schäuble publicly renounced his life-long vision of a French-German Kerneuropa, or core Europe. Apparently, with the war in Ukraine, the possibility of even imagining a sovereign Europe with an independent foreign policy now required more than that. The vision he produced was, however, so unworldly as to suggest – coming from a figure known for his ruthless political realism – the opposite: a subversive admission that, with the war, all dreams – left or right – of a Europe with what Macron calls ‘strategic sovereignty’ are nothing but pipe dreams now.

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Deutsche Version:
AusgetrEUmt

Makroskop, 9. September 2022

Wenn die Besten den Verstand verlieren, liegt die Vermutung nah, dass die Welt nicht mehr in Ordnung ist.

Ende Juli gab Wolfgang Schäuble, jetzt elder statesman ohne öffentliches Amt, der Welt am Sonntag ein Interview. (…)

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Versión española:
Desesperación estratégica

El Salto, 9 de septiembre 2022.

¿Hay alguna posibilidad de construir una Europa independiente dotada de una política de seguridad igualmente independiente?

Cuando los mejores son presa del extravío, quizá podemos concluir que las cosas no van realmente bien. A finales de julio, Wolfgang Schäuble concedió una entrevista al Welt am Sonntag, un periódico dominical de centro-derecha. (…)

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