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French socialist revolt continues

The revolt in France’s socialist party continued this week as details of a fresh austerity plan were unveiled by new Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Valls has announced a 50 billion euro austerity plan to be funded largely by cuts to pensions, a freeze in public servants’ salaries and cuts to public services. The announcement was “received as a … Continue reading

The great private pensions fraud

Fresh from implementing reforms of its pension system Mariano Rajoy’s Spain is now preaching the merits of its pro-market policies to the rest of Europe, backed by the Troika. But state pension cuts and the virtues of private insurance-based schemes are built on myths that serve financial capital, argues Vicenç Navarro There’s been a constant onslaught by banks and … Continue reading

How the EU’s budget straight jacket was born

In May 1981 in less than an hour Guy Abeille, then senior official of France’s Budget Directorate, invented the EU’s infamous deficit-to-GDP figure of 3 %. And the European austerity fest was born. Guy Abeille is known as “Monsieur 3%” . He’s the inventor of a concept signed up to and repeated ad nauseam by … Continue reading

Thousands protest in Paris against austerity

Led by several parties of the radical left, the protesters sent a message to President Francois Hollande that they had ‘enough’ of austerity and that it was time for a change in policy. Thousands of people protested in Paris on Saturday calling for a change in the austerity policies of President Francois Hollande. The Left … Continue reading

How austerity has widened Italy’s North-South divide

Austerity policies have accentuated a North-South divide grounded in a distribution of public spending and the tax burden that is skewed against the Mezzzogiorno, argues economist Guglielmo Forges Davanzati “It is well known what kind of ideology has been disseminated in myriad ways among the masses in the North, by the propagandists of the bourgeoisie: the South … Continue reading

Portugal and the Troika three years on 

By Catarina Oliveira Three years ago the Portuguese Government called in the Troika. “Save wages and pensions,” was the pretext but that did not happen. Today the dramatic social consequences of the entry of the Troika in Portugal are easy to analyse. A look at the figures shows the spiral of impoverishment in which the country is … Continue reading

Hungary swings right

By Marco Santopadre The parliamentary elections in Hungary Sunday confirmed a trend already evident in recent years – a right wing government that maintains its position of dominance and a growing neo-Nazi opposition. The election also saw an increase in voter turnout, by four percentage points, reaching 61% participation. The former Liberal party Fidesz, led … Continue reading

The ECB and Europe’s deflationary spiral

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO by Thomas Fazi* The latest figures from the European Central Bank are clear, and rubbish the rhetoric of “recovery” : the Eurozone is now on the brink of deflation. As one can easily deduce, if inflation indicates an increase in the prices of goods and services, deflation indicates … Continue reading

How PM Renzi’s Jobs Act will sink Italy

Italy’s new PM Matteo Renzi has pledged to slash the country’s record unemployment with his American-branded ‘Jobs Act’. But his labour reforms, which will see short term job contracts extended for up to 3 years, are more of the same medicine applied since the turn of the 1990s that have been such bad news for … Continue reading

The Ukrainian crisis has accelerated the reordering of the world

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES by Pierre Charasse* The Ukrainian crisis has highlighted the magnitude of the manipulation of Western opinion by the mass media, television channels like CNN, Foxnews, Euronews and many others, as well as print, fed by the north American and European news agencies. The degree to which the … Continue reading

Valls as France’s new PM is poor casting – but that’s not the worst of it

By Jacques Sapir After what can only be called one of the worst defeats suffered by a “Left government” in local elections, a defeat that saw cities won by the Socialists over 100 years ago pass into the hands of the Right (Limoges), French President François Hollande has decided to thank the Prime Minister, Jean- … Continue reading

Inside the Greek laboratory

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES A new book publishing the views of Greek scholars and professionals on the impact of Troika policies has helped Bernard Cassen understand better the criminal nature of market fundamentalism pursued by Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin You have to be very naive to believe that the fury of the “troika” against Greece … Continue reading

Left of Socialist Party calls on Hollande to dump austerity after local election defeat

“The Government cannot remain deaf to the message of the voters. Nothing would be worse than to underestimate the extent of the defeat. Nothing could be more dangerous than to err in analyzing the causes. The problem is not ‘methodological’, it is political. The central issue is a rejection of austerity. This is not about … Continue reading

France local elections: disappointment with Hollande and abstention help Le Pen

Pietro Lunetto offers an analysis of Sunday’s elections and argues that despite the headlines, the Left vote held up overall. The result of the first round of the French administrative has sparked the reaction, often lazy, of the mainstream press, which prefers headlines to detailed analysis of the situation. From the results of the first round, … Continue reading

From expansionary austerity to expansionary precariousness: the latest doctrine is another European illusion

Interview with economist Emiliano Brancaccio / Micromega The deregulatory labour reforms of Italy’s new PM Matteo Renzi will fail because it is proven that “more casualisation does not mean more jobs”, argues economist Emiliano Brancaccio. Indeed, ‘the wager on the race to the bottom could bring the wage deflation to the whole of the EU, and deflation … Continue reading

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Italy’s Healthcare Crisis

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

NO TO WATER PRIVATISATION

99% of the 167 000 Madrilenos who signed a petition rejected the sell off local water company

Filthy Rich

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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

Massive Spanish protest

Half a million take to the streets over labour market deregulation

FRENCH FACTORY OCCUPATION

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

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International Workers Day 2012

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

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