Priced Out: The Cost of Living in A Disrupted World

Energy crisis, housing shortages, food price rises – the many signs of today’s economic turmoil are redrawing the lines of solidarity within and between European societies. But if disruption harbours the notion of rupture within it, then alternative ways of providing for our needs are possible. This edition helps us understand the trends and choices that got us into the cost of living crisis. It argues that the pressures from today’s confluence of crises demonstrate the need for a different politics with the common good and social justice at its heart.

Articles in this edition

30.11.2022
Solidarity in an Age of Shocks

More than just short-term turbulence, the cost of living crisis signals that Europe’s social, geopolitical, and ecological security rests on rebalancing a failing socio-economic model.

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30.11.2022
Bringing Europe Together Amid Crises

Antoņina Ņenaševa and Ernest Urtasun discuss on reforming Europe's socio-economic model and implementing a green transition that leaves no one behind.

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30.11.2022
United in Diversity? Confronting Europe’s Energy Divides

Helen Thompson uncovers the roots of the energy crisis and the fractures within Europe when it comes to energy policy.

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30.11.2022
A Climate of Disruption

With disruption set to become the norm, Robert Magowan asks how Greens can navigate chaos and conflict to drive positive change.

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30.11.2022
Squeezing Wages Is Not the Answer

It's time to overcome the unfounded fears that wage increases will push up prices.

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30.11.2022
The Cost of Not Living in Europe

Outside the EU’s borders, hundreds of millions of people toil for our prosperity and even fight for our democracy.

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30.11.2022
Investing in the Green Transition Is the Solution to Today’s Economic Crisis

After years of loose monetary policy, central banks are changing tack. But using the levers of the financial system to fight inflation risks cutting climate investment just as we need it most.

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30.11.2022
European Fiscal Rules for a New Era

Sebastian Mang calls for a reform of European macroeconomic governance that empowers states to contend with current crises.

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30.11.2022
Price Increases: Who Is Picking Up the Tab?

Comparing data from across Europe, Cristina Suárez Vega looks at how citizens are experiencing the rising cost of living.

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30.11.2022
Prosperity for the Many

In the face of unaffordable rents, Manuel Gabarre de Sus looks at how cities around Europe can ensure the right to housing.

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30.11.2022
Alternatives to a Broken Food System

In this conversation, Priscilla Claeys and Benoît Biteau discuss how sustainable local food systems can protect food security globally.

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30.11.2022
Will High Costs Stop Europeans’ Mobility in its Tracks?

Philipp Cerny asks whether free public transport can transform how Europeans get around.

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30.11.2022
Running Dry: Protecting the Right to Water in Europe

Martin Vrba explains why privatised water cannot bring about the resilience needed to face a warming world.

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30.11.2022
Time to Revive the Power of Europe’s Unions

Radu Stochita discusses how collective bargaining can guard against economic impoverishment and political radicalisation.

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30.11.2022
An Island of Security: the Renewable Energy Community of Ventotene

A photo essay on the inhabitants of a small Italian island creating energy security for their community.

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30.11.2022
Faces of the Crisis

How the cost of living crisis affects the everyday lives of people around Europe.

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30.11.2022
No Country for Young People

Anna Toniolo looks at the political consequences of the precarity and unaffordable expenses faced by young people in Italy.

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30.11.2022
From Purchasing Power to the Power to Live with Dignity

The spike in energy prices in Belgium shows that social justice and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin.

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30.11.2022
New Social Policies for Zagreb Amid a Confluence of Crises

Zagreb’s green-left municipal government is restoring the city’s capacity to deliver quality public services amid surging energy prices.

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30.11.2022
Securing Tenant Rights in Scotland

In Scotland, housing movements' "radical" ideas became policies after the entry of the Greens into government.

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30.11.2022
Tackling Lyon’s Housing Insecurity Crisis

With housing precarity rising in the city, Lyon Metropole is taking emergency steps to provide shelter to homeless and poorly housed people.

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30.11.2022
Small Steps Towards a 21st-Century Welfare State

Austrian Greens are reforming the country's welfare system to meet the needs of a broader demographic.

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30.11.2022
The Slippery Slope of the Energy Descent

Swen Ore looks back at the history of rationing to imagine how a progressive decline in energy use might be managed.

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30.11.2022
Prices Don’t Have to Rule the World

Rupert Russell explains the role of speculation in the cost of living crisis, and how states can undo the damage.

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