COSTAS LAPAVITSAS is a professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is an expert on the relationships between financial systems and development. Based on his expertise in these fields he is a critic of the current capitalist system. Lapavitsas also criticizes the political and economic role played by the European Union in upholding the principles and foundations of this system. His presentation at Marx2019 will highlight the continuing relevance of a Left criticism of the European Union. His talk will be followed by a conversation with Kajsa Ekis Ekman.