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.

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).

Podcast [link]

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. (…)

Read the entire interview on conter.scot

„Die Frage muss sein: Wie wollen wir leben?“

Interview mit Michael Risel, SWR2 Zeitgenossen, 1. Juni 2022.

„Soziologe wird man aus einem Gefühl der Fremdheit gegenüber der Gesellschaft, in der man lebt“. Das sagt Wolfgang Streeck, Kind heimatvertriebener Eltern, später Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gesellschaftsforschung in Köln. Streeck, ein Provokateur im eigenen Milieu, der linke Selbstgewissheiten bewusst in Frage stellt: „Ich bin nicht dazu da, von allen geliebt zu werden.“ (…)

Vollständiges Interview anhören auf swr2.de

Wolfgang Streeck: Muss die EU scheitern?

Politischer Club, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, 19. März 2022.

Online-Vortrag und Debatte mit Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Streeck, Direktor emeritus am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (MPIfG) in Köln.

Moderation: Udo Hahn, Direktor der Evangelischen Akademie Tutzing und Dr. Wolfgang Thierse, Bundestagspräsident a.D. und Leiter des Politischen Clubs der Evangelischen Akademie Tutzing.


D’une crise à l’autre: les nouvelles interdépendances entre l’État et la finance globale: Entretien croisé avec Daniela Gabor, Frédéric Lebaron et Wolfgang Streeck

Réalisé, traduit et annoté par Rafaël Cos, Sarah Kolopp, Ulrike Lepont, Caroline Vincensini, Critique internationale, 2022/1 (N° 94), 171-193.

La pandémie de Covid-19 a surpris par la violence de ses effets sur les systèmes politiques et économiques mondiaux, et ce alors même qu’elle semble aussi s’inscrire dans une sorte de crisologie ordinaire. C’est tout le paradoxe que, depuis 2008, un ensemble quasi continu de chocs économiques et financiers routinise, tout en les déplaçant, les diagnostics alarmistes : après la « crise des subprimes», suivie de la « crise de la dette », les conséquences de la « crise écologique » sur le capitalisme mondial se télescopent aujourd’hui avec la « crise sanitaire » et le placement sous perfusion des économies nationales. (…)

RevDem Podcast

Central European University, Democracy Institute, January 21, 2022.

Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.

Interview by:

Laszlo Bruszt, Co-director of the CEU Democracy Institute, Professor of Sociology at the Central European University, and Editor-in-Chief of RevDem.

Michal Matlak, Managing Editor of the Review of Democracy, and Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute.