«Risk makes its appearance on the world stage when God leaves it. Risk presuppose human decision», the statement by the German sociologist Ulrich Beck (2008) makes us aware that it is the shift from providence to the responsibility of our decisions, which now defines our daily and social life.
The European Union is often called an undemocratic (and bureaucratic) monster, left-wing debates in particular are dominated by narratives like this. But how could a leftist approach to the EU look like?
Recently, with the publication of Capital in the twenty-first century (2014), research on economic inequality experienced long not seen prominence within public debate, most notably, enabling a discourse about the distribution of wealth. Gabriel Zucman (2015) sheds light on a highly-related phenomenon – the problem of tax evasion in tax havens – with importance particularly for European countries. However, the most promising potential solutions lie on international level cooperation. The European Union thus may play a major role, advancing progress in the fight against tax evasion.