Nat O'Connor: Queries: The European Progressive Magazine circulated five articles about the Greek crisis, all of which are relevant to Ireland.
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Vice-Chair of the European Parliament S&D grouping, Maria João Rodrigues argues for various measures to improve the European Monetary Union to make it less pro-cyclical, including properly capitalising the European Fund for Strategic Investments and a Eurozone 'public investment booster'.
Academics Stephany Griffith-Jones and Inge Kaul make the case for GDP-linked bonds to replace Greece's current debt, to give its economy room to grow. But they also suggest that other countries should raise some of their debt as GDP-linked bonds in order to better weather ups and downs in the economic cycle.
Historian Marc Lazar considers the challenges facing the radical left, as well as the challenge the radicals pose for traditional social democracy.
Political analyst and adviser Trinidad Noguera decries the all-male Greek cabinet and the seeming relegation of the rights of women to second-place.
Ernst Stetter, Sec-Gen of FEPS, rejects the rigidity of views on all sides, and echoes the call for GDP-linked bonds while also pointing to Greece's need to reduce tax evasion and manage public investment more tightly.
Nat O’Connor is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) and a Lecturer of Public Policy and Public Management in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at Ulster University.
Previously Director of TASC, Nat also led the research team in Dublin’s Homeless Agency.
Nat holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2008) and an MA in Political Science and Social Policy form the University of Dundee (1998). Nat’s primary research interest is in how research-informed public policy can achieve social justice and human wellbeing. Nat’s work has focused on economic inequality, housing and homelessness, democratic accountability and public policy analysis. His PhD focused on public access to information as part of democratic policy making.