Labour and the Political Economy of EU Peripheralisation: The Case of EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)
The EU-Ukraine DCFTA agreement is designed to accomplished the next phase of such harmonising laws, norms and regulations in trade. These are meant extensively to reshape the regulation of labour, land and property, setting in motion changes in the social constitution of Ukrainian production. By constitutionalising the externalisation of economic governance the expansion of EU’s frontiers of capital deepens the operation of the law of value in the core of the EU while securing the fealty Ukraine as Europe’s periphery. The latter become that external engine that is both dependent on the core for the protection of capital gains and whose dependence facilitates accumulation in the core. This process of European peripheralisation, labour (its spatial, social and technical unity-in-segmentation) represents not only the core of the explanation for uneven-and-combined European capitalism, but a renewed political attempt to stay the multiplying crisis tendencies of European capitalism.