Book presentation: ‘The Ice Age’ by Diego López Garrido (FIU)

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Venue:FIU - MMC - SIPA 503

ImageBook presentation: "La Edad de Hielo" (The Ice Age) by Diego López Garrido, Spanish Deputy

The Great Crisis that is still castigating western democracies is not a simple parenthesis in the economic growth. It has inaugurated a new era, cold and hard like the Ice Age, that brings with it profound changes, especially in the south of Europe. Society has found itself devastated by unemployment and underemployment, by the increase in poverty and inequality, and by a notable increment in xenophobia. The State has been weakened, stripped of its tributary power by the enormous fiscal evasions and circumventions of the great fortunes and multinationals, and a hegemonic financial power has become consolidated to which can be traced the origins of the Ice Age. Faced with the new panorama, the United States has reacted in a more innovative way than the European Union, which is still torn between failed austerity measures and the loss of social rights, and the proposal to rescue the welfare state with an intelligent Europeanism and solidarity without borders. This second position is that which is defended by Diego López Garrido in this clearheaded book, which looks to add to the already intense debate surrounding the new Europe that we need to build following the 2014 European elections.