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Social Cohesion in times of recession

The 2008 global economic and social crisis continues to be debated, reinterpreted and explained. For some, it can be seen as cyclical, structural or civilizational. For others, the disastrous effects of this global crisis are still amplified and not a single analyst seems to be able to propose solutions. The crisis exacerbates social tensions and inequality between richest and poorest rises and as the middle class becomes more precarious. The Greens/EFA group is organising a public conference to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on social ties in the countries most hit by the recession.

DATE: 19 February 2014 from 15:00 to 18:30
VENUE: European Parliament Brussels - Room A1G3
LANGUAGE: Interpretation in EN, FR, DE, EL, ES

This conference aims to give an overview of the mutations incurred by social ties within the last five years of economic crisis. Spain and Greece, so far the countries most hit by the recession, represent interesting case-studies to explore the creative potential of these mutations, both in social and environmental terms. 

What can social cohesion become in times of prolonged recession? How are we to respond to deteriorated social ties? What forms of violence can it cause? Conversely, what types of resistance and creativity can it create? All these questions will be addressed within three different panels on social cohesion, ecological economics and social resistance to the crisis.

Key Speakers:

  • Yves Cochet, Greens/EFA MEP
  • Alice Canabate, PHD in political sociology 
  • Joan Martinez Alier, Catalan economist, Professor of Economics and Economics History and researcher at ICTA at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Yannick Vanderborght, Professor of Political Sciences at the St Louis Universté
  • Barbara Helfferich, Director of the European Anti-poverty network (EAPN)
  • Philippe Lamberts, Greens/EFA MEP

This is a public event open to all, but an online registration is required. More information can be found on the event webpage.