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The end of class struggle in Europe

A Marxist analysis of the challenges and dangers of EU integration is at once brilliant in its detail and utterly wrong-headed in its analysis

By Andrew Moravcsik   April 2010

The New Old World By Perry Anderson (Verso, £24.99)

Perry Anderson is an angry man. The object of his anger is the EU. Its foreign policy, he believes, renders it little more than a “deputy empire” of the US. Its neo-liberal economics have created a “vast free range for the factors of production,” generating inequality yet adding little to growth. Its leaders justify Turkish enlargement with “multicultural cant.” Worst of all, a democratic deficit in Europe stifles effective left-wing opposition from “chloroformed legislatures and mediaspheres.”

These are conventional socialist criticisms of Europe. But Anderson is no conventional socialist. Long-time editor…

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