Press freedom, Shakespeare and rioting victims 


Log in


spiked home

Hero and zero

Tim Black hails the Scot who has just conquered New York but fails the mayor who rules over it.

Essay preview

What is most striking about the US is just how unexceptional it is compared to other developed nations.




Why Europe hasn’t ‘turned the corner’ just yet

In the manic-depressive history of the Euro crisis, the past week has seen the patient perking up and chatting enthusiastically about the future. On 12 September, Germany's constitutional court upheld Germany's participation in the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), a permanent bailout fund with up to 700 billion Euros at its disposal. There are proposals on the table for common Eurozone banking supervision, which may ultimately lead to banking union. And after years of avoiding it, the European Central Bank (ECB) has agreed, where necessary, to buy unlimited quantities of bonds from countries that have accepted rescue plans.

Europe's leaders have essentially agreed to a partial mutualisation of debt. In return, the Eurozone countries will start to move towards greater political union. The fundamental flaw in the whole common-currency project from the word go was that it represented economic union without political union. Could this be the first step along the road to resolving that contradiction? The Economist was upbeat: 'When history books trace the evolution of the euro crisis, September 2012 will mark the beginning of a new chapter.' But let's not pop the champagne just yet.

Sign in to read on...

Welcome to the September issue of spiked plus, a must-have monthly add-on to spiked. Every month, regular donors will receive this magazine within a magazine, featuring essays, columns, readers' interviews with spiked writers and more. It’s our monthly thank-you to those who contribute to spiked's fund drive, a way of bringing closer together the producers and supporters of spiked. If you'd like to read spiked plus, you can start donating regularly here.

Welcome to the September 2012 edition of spiked plus, an exclusive package of content produced especially for regular donors to spiked. If you'd like to read spiked plus, and don't already support spiked, donate at least £5 per month or £50 per year here. We'll then send you a link to create your own password (this may take up to 24 hours).





From the archive

The rioters chained to the victim culture

The culture slot

Shakespeare’s long sixteenth century

Most-read spiked articles

Top 10 articles for August 2012

spiked, Signet House, 49-51 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3JP Tel: +44 (0)207 40 40 470
© spiked 2000-2018 All rights reserved. Terms and conditions. spiked is not responsible for the content of any third-party websites.
+ Edit your spiked plus username and password