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Writer on Europe's Left, trade union and social movements @tomgilltweets or @revoltingeurope
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Paris chambermaids’ strike victory inspires sisters in other luxury hotels

Outsourced hotel chambermaids at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme are celebrating a significant wage increase, and inspiring their colleagues in other luxury hotels. The agreement follows a four-day strike for better wages and working conditions that begun on September 19. The agreement covers 80 chambermaids, porters and maintenance staff and brings monthly wage increases from 380 to 420 euros. … Continue reading

Spain’s labour reforms are still not working 

The Spanish economy, no sooner declared one of the bright spots in the Eurozone economy, is again struggling. The Eurozone’s fourth largest economy grew at its fastest pace in six years in the second quarter (the third consecutive quarter of growth) but this week the Bank of Spain sounded pessimistic, pointing to a slow down in … Continue reading

Swedish lessons? Interpreting the recent elections

It is difficult to conceive that those responsible for the crisis, implementing measures that created the crisis, are the answer to it. Yet they’ll have us believe these are the lessons from the Swedish elections. Is this so, asks Francisco Louçã A little over a week ago, the Swedish elections produced a slim majority for a … Continue reading

Does Italy really need another labour reform?

No sector in Italy has been more ‘reformed’ than the labour market. Yet there’s talk of the need for reforms every day, as if labour rules had remained unchanged for a century.  Carlo Clericetti on why PM Matteo Renzi should desist from his Jobs Act  It is repeated in almost every newscast: “structural reforms”, especially of the … Continue reading

3 recent events in Catalonia and Spain and what they mean

Vicenç Navarro analyzes the situation in Catalonia and Spain, looking at three recent events of great significance Earlier this month there were three events that symbolize the situation in Spain. 1. The Death of Emilio Botín One event was the death of Señor Emilio Botín, and the huge media exposure in the wake of this event, … Continue reading

The sad future of Ana Patricia Botín 

Juan Torres López All biographical notes on the new chair of Banco Santander agree on virtually the same thing: the person who has succeeded Emilio Botín in the same fashion that one inherits a crown is extraordinarily qualified, very intelligent, highly educated and knows perfectly the business of the financial institution over which she will preside. It … Continue reading

Sarkozy 2.0? 

By Jacques Sapir Nicolas Sarkozy has just announced his “return to politics” as if he had actually quit. This is not surprising or unusual. We know the man to be a “political animal.” One suspects he is devoured by ambition, unable to accommodate the distance, sometimes, however, necessary between immediate action and salutary reflection. Yet … Continue reading

Fiscal stimulus or monetary laxity: Germany must choose 

By Duval Guillaume In Europe, ever more monetary laxity is necessary because Germany refuses fiscal stimulus, even though the latter approach is preferable. On 4 September the European Central Bank (ECB) not only lowered again the interest rate at which it lends to banks to 0.05%, but it has also launched a major programme of … Continue reading

The European Commission, the autopilot for neo-liberal policies 

By Bernard Cassen The first concern of any institution is to perpetuate its existence and expand its areas of intervention. In the latter case, such an ambition usually encounters forces and structures that do not intend to be deprived of all or part of their territory and their prerogatives. When these forces and structures do … Continue reading

Abandoned in austerity Spain: no job, no benefits

Read the news and it’s all upbeat about Spain. The Spanish economy grew  0.6 percent in the second quarter, the fastest rate since 2007, before the country slipped into recession. That’s the fourth consecutive quarter of growth. And Spain’s unemployment rate has fallen to a two-year low – of 24.5% in the second quarter. Of course at … Continue reading

Alitalia, Indesit, Telecom Italia and the banks: the great Italian sell-off

The sale of Indesit to Whirlpool is just the latest case: what is happening amid the general silence is the end of industrial Italy. The imminent danger is to yield to foreign capital not only industries but also the big banks, and to completely sell off Italian savings. Due to the sharp decline of industry and … Continue reading

New bank, old fraud

Plans have been announced to ‘rescue’ Banco Espirito Santo  by splitting it into a “good” and “bad” bank and loaning it €4.9bn from the European bailout fund in an operation that will leave the liabilities with the Portuguese people. Rui Tavares of the Left Bloc argues it doesn’t have to be this way Portugal has witnessed … Continue reading

France needs to rediscover an independent line on Israel-Palestine conflict

For the sake of peace, Socialist Francois Hollande needs to rediscover the independent foreign policy of earlier French presidents in its approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, argue four left lawmakers*.  From General De Gaulle to Jacques Chirac, passing by François Mitterrand, our country had always shown the voice of reason [on Israel and Palestine], which is … Continue reading

Still on air: how 20 Greek TV workers are keeping the flag flying for independent public broadcasting

French journalists Erwan Manac’h and Marie Chambrial find a group of colleagues in Greece weary but in determined spirits and experimenting with a new type of broadcasting, as they continue on air 24/7 despite the forced closure of the ERT state TV a year ago. They were thought to be history when the government axed the signal in … Continue reading

Jean Jaurès: champion of peace, socialism and a genuinely free press

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / L’HUMANITE On July 31 1914 Jean Jaurès was assassinated. Today, French political movements of just about every colour are seeking to appropriate his memory. 100 years on, Patrick le Hyaric, editor of the French newspaper l’Humanité that was founded by the historic socialist leader puts the record straight about Jaurès, and … Continue reading

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DATA

Anti-social Europe in numbers

WAGES SLIDE

Key facts and figures on wages across the EU

Wealth Inequality in Europe

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RADICAL VOICES

A different take on European issues

Italy’s Healthcare Crisis

Health services are ‘close to collapse’ in Rome, Turin and Naples after years of cuts and privatisation.

550 days, 29 Workers, Zero Job Losses

How a few determined Italian women stopped their factory closing and protected their livelihoods

Filthy Rich

France's Bernard Arnault of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) empire is worth $41 billion. Check out Europe's rich list

SANTA DRAGHI’S COMING

Private banks receive half-trillion-euro gift from ECB

POPULAR FIGHTBACK

Workers and citizens stand up for themselves

FLORENCE’S BUS LUMACA

Workers are on a go-slow over privatisation

Popular resistance delivers results

Lessons from the victory against Madrid privatisation plan

FRENCH FACTORY OCCUPATION

Hundreds of workers occupied the factory of ArcelorMittal in Florange in the north of France

International Workers Day

International Workers Day 2012

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

in Italy the home is a very dangerous place to be

LABOUR RIGHTS

Workers down tools over PM Monti's attack on labour rights

FORTRESS EUROPE

Concentration camps and a massive migrant marine cemetery

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EUROPE NEEDS A CITIZENS’ REVOLUTION

Read the statement by Lafontaine and Melenchon

The Troika in Portugal – Three Years On

A success story?

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