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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

#WW1 : 100 years on capitalism is still the driving force for war

By Domenico Moro This year marks the centenary of the First World War, which began with the signing of the declaration of war by the Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria on July 28, 1914. For the first time in history, and after a hundred years of relative peace, all major powers were involved in a … Continue reading

EU, the Grand Coalition and austerity. Where does Italy’s Renzi stand?

The choice of Juncker as the next president of the European Commission is in total continuity with the harmful policies of rigor imposed in recent years by the Troika. The Italian prime minister on the one hand seems to beat his fists against the diktats of Berlin, on the other hand make us believe – … Continue reading

Germans to get ‘amputated’ minimum wage

The German parliament has approved the country’s first minimum wage but unions and critics on the Left are not much impressed. The wage – backed by a vote in the Bundestag on Thursday – will be set at 8.50 euros (£6.80) per hour, which is higher than the equivalent in the US and UK. Angela Merkel’s … Continue reading

European elections: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Millions of Europeans said ‘Non’ to the EU and the neo-liberal austerity policies of the Troika in the pan-Continental elections on May 22-25.  And it wasn’t just the far right, but the radical left and new anti-austerity parties in the ‘periphery’ that delivered that unwelcome message. THE GOOD With the exception of Greece, much of the … Continue reading

The Plot to Topple Berlusconi

Much as many were relieved to see the back of Silvio Berlusconi as Italy’s PM during the height of the Eurozone crisis in 2011, the revelations by Tim Geithner should have all democrats including those on the Left deeply worried. EU officials approached the former US Treasury Secretary in November of that year with a plan to overthrow the billionaire … Continue reading

Why is the extreme right on the rise in Europe?

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES The European Parliament is preparing to welcome the most powerful extreme right that the Old Continent has seen since the 1930s. Ignacio Ramonet discusses the factors behind this disturbing political development.   One thing is certain: the European elections in late May will result in an overall rise of the far-right … Continue reading

Radical left could become 3rd force in EU parliament, polls show

The radical left could become the third force in the European parliament, after the conservatives and social democrats, according to recent polls. Syriza in Greece leads with 26.2 % support, followed by Portugal, Spain and France. With a month to go to the European Parliament elections, polls suggest the Parliamentary Group of the European United Left (GUE – … Continue reading

3 reasons why the Socialists are right to revolt against PM Valls’ austerity plan

France’s ruling socialist party is in revolt. A very vocal minority don’t like the austerity plan of new PM Manuel Valls. And they are threatening to vote it down. Here’s 3 reasons why they are right France’s new prime minister – now three weeks into his job – last week unveiled a swinging austerity plan. … Continue reading

The crisis in the Balkans reflects Europe’s failure

Forget Berlin – to see the dark side of Europe we must look to Bosnia, the first victim of Friedman’s “shock therapy” on the Continent, says Emilio Molinari If someone in the European elections wants to understand a little more of the dark side of the European Union, of the Fiscal Compact and the 3% budgetary … Continue reading

The EU is a new form of colonialism – it’s time to break free

Spain has a future but it means breaking with the Eurozone and EU institutions, argue Hector Illueca and Adoración Guamán The economic crisis affecting our country and the austerity policies imposed by the troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) are leading to an increasingly evident social fracture. Astonished citizens observe the … Continue reading

A Gathering Storm: Eurozone in 2014

Is Europe’s single currency bloc stabilising? Behind the current picture of calm storm clouds are gathering, says French economist Jacques Sapir, in this recent interview with Greek newspaper Kefalaio (Capital) Kefalaio: What is your reaction to the image of stability in the Eurozone promoted by European leaders? What are the possible ruptures (eg in the case … Continue reading

Portugal: Local polls to test government austerity policies

UPDATE: The local elections held in Portugal on Sunday resulted in the centre-left Socialists, the main opposition party, gaining 36.3 per cent of the vote and control of 106 of Portugal’s 308 town halls, which was their biggest local election victory to date. The governing PSD won 26.5 per cent of the vote and 99 town … Continue reading

Germany: Why Left numerical majority isn’t a political majority – Die Linke’s Wagenknecht in interview

IN THE RADICAL PRESS/ IL MANIFESTO Il Manifesto newspaper interviews Sahra Wagenknecht, deputy leader of Die Linke, on why Merkel did so well in the elections, the failure of the SPD and the prospects of unity on the Left. For Sahra Wagenknecht, deputy leader of Die Linke (‘The Left’), there is no doubt: the weakness … Continue reading

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POPULAR FIGHTBACK

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FLORENCE’S BUS LUMACA

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Popular resistance delivers results

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FRENCH FACTORY OCCUPATION

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