'When business isn't intimidated enough to accept constraints on its power, capitalism suffocates democracy', so begins Wolfgang Streeck's interview 'Social Democracy's Last Rounds', originally published by Jacobin.
Wolfgang Streeck is a director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His most recent book is Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, published by Verso in 2014.
It has been a strange few years for European capitalism. The 2008 crisis threw the entire system into disarray, but it was met with draconian austerity packages that seemed to permanently cement a fully liberalized and financialized regional economy.
Last week David Cameron announced that on June 23rd the British public will vote on the question of whether or not to leave the European Union. The debate surrounding Britain's role in Europe has triggered a flurry of conjecture regarding the likely outcome of the referendum and the consequences of a vote to leave the EU. Whilst the narrative of opposition to the EU is largely dominated by the right here we present a reading list of texts that critically engage with the European project from a perspective of internationalism rather than the xenophobia and chauvinism that is so common amongst EU critics. Additional titles analyse the refugee crisis, the Syrian civil war, the Greek debt crisis, and the nature of the contemporary British far right.