Publications of Panitch, L.

Bohle D. The EU and Eastern Europe : failing the test as a better world power. In: Panitch L, Leys C, editors. Socialist Register 2005: The Empire Reloaded. Vol 2005. London: Merlin Press; 2004. p. 301-12. (Socialist register; vol 2005).

The EU and Eastern Europe : failing the test as a better world power

If Europe indeed represents a distinctive, and better, civilization than the US, this should be reflected in how the EU has reshaped Eastern Europe after the breakdown of socialism. After all, this was the first historical opportunity for the EU to live up to its own ambitions in world politics. However, instead of exporting welfare capitalism and a security order based on multilateralism and human rights, EU expansion has entailed the re-emergence of economic center-periphery relations within the new Europe. Moreover, Western European states bear a heavy dose of responsibility for the violent break-up of Yugoslavia. The left-liberal vision of Europe as the better world power is based on an unwillingness to critically engage with the EU's conduct of its external relations, and wishful thinking concerning Europe's autonomy vis-a-vis the US.

Al-Azmeh A. Postmodern Obscurantism and 'The Muslim Question'. In: Panitch L, Leys C, editors. Fighting Identities : Race, Religion and Ethno-Nationalism. London: Merlin Press; 2003. p. 28-50. (Socialist register).