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Cost-of-Living Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe: an Overview

Cost-of-Living Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe: an Overview

Reaction to the cost-of-living crisis runs into cultural, political and economic specificities of CEE: low levels of trust between people, lack of organising tradition, and difficult relationships with trade unions (which are always on the defensive). However, recently, there have been unprecedented successes in linking environmental issues to demands of trade unions. Public discourse is slowly shifting from anti-communist rhetoric to blaming oligarchs, although any major change is yet to come. On the other hand, trade unions are weak and are used to very low demands. Meanwhile, the far-right raises more ambitious demands (e.g., energy to everyone and good relations with Russia to secure the gas supply) and hijacks the left/progressive agenda.

Šoko terapija neoliberalams

Šoko terapija neoliberalams

Kaip ir ankstesni pasaulio ekonomikos sukrėtimai, Rusijos karas Ukrainoje išryškino, jog pasitikėti tik rinkomis, siekiant sumažinti riziką ir sustiprinti šalių atsparumą, yra klaida. Neoliberalizmas neišlaikė dar vieno kontrolinio ir pagaliau jį turi pakeisti nauja ekonominė vizija, pagrįsta naujomis vertybėmis.