Mr. P. Roumeliotis, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Panteion University of Athens, Vice-Chairman of Piraeus Bank, former MEP and economist at IMF, conducted a critical economic analysis of the troika, its work, and effectiveness in terms of results achieved in the programme countries is not the easiest of tasks. He presented it with Next Left Economic Circle chair Liem Hoang Ngoc, as well as Podimata MEP and Cercas MEP.
In the framework of the spring 2013 Progressive Economy Conference organized by the S&D Group, a workshop was organized with James Galbraith and Guntram B. Wolff.
The Circle also welcomed Henri Sterdyniak, Head of Department at French OFCE, on the theme "Saying no to neo-liberal Europe, Opening other perspectives". Henri Sterdyniak was Co-president of the Appaled Economists, Head of the ‘Economics of Globalisation’ department at the OFCE (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques), Paris.
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) launched the Next Left Economic Circle in September 2011. The Next Left Economic Circle roundtables intend to gather progressive economists from European institutions, civil society organisations and private businesses insisting on the need to assess the theoretical bases underlying economic policy proposals.
The second Rountable of the Next Left Economic Circle was held on December 8th 2011 and was entitled Public Debt Crisis in Europe: urgent solutions and long-term remedies, with Guest Speaker Laurent Cordonnier.
The first Lunch Debate of the Next Left Economic Circle was organized on September 21st in the European Parliament, and entitled From coordinated to differentiated Economic policies : For a stronger Europe.
The Global Progressive Forum, together with Solidar, the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), the Arab Social Democratic Forum and CCOO, will organize a common workshop in Tunis on 25 March in the framework of the World Social Forum.
Several pressing global issues highlight the urgency of finding a way forward. These global challenges are indicative of three core sets of problems we face - those concerned with sharing our planet (Global warming, biodiversity and ecosystem losses, water deficits); sustaining our life-chances (poverty, conflict prevention, global infectious diseases); and managing our rulebooks (nuclear proliferation, toxic waste disposal, intellectual property rights, genetic research rules, trade rules, finance and tax rules).