Heiner Flassbeck

Heiner Flassbeck was chief macroeconomist in the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin between 1988 and 1998, and State Secretary (Vice Minister) from October 1998 to April 1999 at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Bonn, responsible for international affairs, the EU and IMF. He worked at UNCTAD since 2000; from 2003 to December 2012 he was Director of the Division on Globalisation and Development Strategies. He was the principal author of the team preparing UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report. Since January 2013 he is Director of Flassbeck-Economics, a consultancy for global macroeconomic questions (www.flassbeck-economics.de).

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  • What to do in Europe? Proposals from the Left

    The second Ιnternational Conference of EReNSEP (The European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy), "France and Europe after Brexit", was held in Paris December 2-3, 2016. Videos from the event — including presentations by Costas Lapavitsas, Heiner Flassbeck, Stathis Kouvelakis, and Cédric Durand — are available on YouTube

    The collective statement below was drafted following the conference, and signed by 25 academics, writers, and politicians.


    via Wikimedia Commons

    These are critical moments for Europe. It is clear that the Economic and Monetary Union has irrevocably failed, the economies of the periphery of Europe remain in severe crisis, and the economies of the core lack any impetus. The single currency has become a tool for Germany to implement mercantilism through wage dumping and — with the support of other core economies of the EMU — to dictate “structural reforms," which create economic stagnation, poverty, and unemployment. The big corporations and promoters of neoliberalism are taking advantage of the crisis to intensify their offensive against the social and democratic conquests of the twentieth century.

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  • Three Objectives for the Left in Europe

    25 researchers and political organisers from France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Italy and Belgium have put their names to this collective text, following the international conference France and Europe after Brexit. The conference was staged in Paris on 2 and 3 December 2016 by the Europe-wide EReNSEP network. Translated by David Broder. 



    Europe has entered a critical period. It is evident that the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has irrevocably failed. The economies on the periphery are suffering severe crisis, and the economies of the centre are stagnating. The single currency has become an instrument of German capitalism as it seeks to impose a mercantilist economic policy through wage dumping as well as to dictate "structural reforms" (and it is supported, in this, by the other economies at the centre of the EMU).

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  • "Germany caused the crisis, Germany must solve it"

    As the rift in Syriza deepens and Tsipras continues to struggle to confirm a deal, we share two talks from the economists behind Against the Troika: Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone, who have long been proposing a strategic exit from the euro for its peripheral countries, as well as an interview with Stathis Kouvelakis, leading member of Syriza's Left Platform.

    Heiner Flassbeck, 'Germany caused the crisis, Germany must solve it', July 7, 2015. 

    Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says German economic policy put Greece into the crisis and progressive Germans must stop the irrational bleeding of the Greek people. Watch the original interview here.



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