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Italian union launches referendum campaign against EU permanent austerity pact

Italy’s largest union has launched a referendum campaign against the EU fiscal compact, a draconian budgetary cap which is set to make austerity permanent across the Continent. The CGIL is calling for a repeal of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union that  was signed on 2 March 2012 by … Continue reading

Usual suspects still having an good crisis

Companies are piling up their cash while millions languish on the dole; the rich enjoy tax largesse to be paid for by more cuts to public services: the latest figures from Italy and Spain remind us who is winning and losing in the  neo-liberal austerity crisis. While we hear of a serious credit crisis and … Continue reading

You need treatment? Cough up

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO In austerity Italy, the health system is increasingly privatised with four out of ten people now paying out of their own pockets to see a specialist.  Today, 3 billion euros worth of health services are provided to those who can afford it, reports Il Manifesto newspaper “I am … Continue reading

Inequality and corruption threaten democracy

By Guido Rossi* The widespread perception that corruption has permeated the entire political, economic and social development of Italy in ways more serious than ever before, seems to have two obvious causes. The first is that it is a consequence of the decline of the existing order and the Italian political institutions; the second is … Continue reading

Who are UKIP’s Italian partners in the European parliament?

They’ve done a deal in Europe with the far-right xenophobic neo-liberal Nigel Farage of UKIP. And once again they have stolen the left vote in a ‘red’ stronghold in Italy. Who are Beppe Grillo and his upstart Five Star Movement? Matteo Pucciarelli and Giacomo Russo Spena provide some insight. Five years ago the Friends of Beppe Grillo (as they were … Continue reading

Italy: the problem with Renzi

By Giorgio Cremaschi* A few months ago all the Italian media reported with great sympathy the struggle of the Greek state television journalists against the cuts decided by the government in the name of austerity. Now they point the finger at the strike at Italy’s state broadcaster Rai, characterising it as a revolt of bureaucracy … 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

Colonialism is alive and kicking

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO The EU’s foreign policy continues to be guided by the principle that what is granted to Europeans it is not to be allowed for other peoples, as Kosovo and Ukraine show, says Luciana Castellina. The Europe born in 1957 is not the one dreamed by antifascists imprisoned by … 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

Italy’s fresh privatisation drive is economic nonsense

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO Italian ministers have given the OK to afresh wave of privatisations, but to what purpose asks Marco Bersani Italy’s cabinet yesterday gave the go ahead to place on the Stock Exchange a 40% stake in the Italian Post Office and 49% of air traffic control company ENAV, aiming … Continue reading

Politics must trump the failed magic of the market

Crisis-hit Europe needs to drop its free-market fetish and pursue public investment programmes focussed on technology, the environment and health, argues Giovanni Dosi For thirty years, until the crisis of 2008, talk of industrial and technological policies was off limits, including among the moderate left and reformists, and not only in Italy. The mantra was … 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

More cream for the Eurozone’s fat cats!

Recently issued figures show that while ordinary citizens continue to be forced to tighten the belt those at the top of the income scale are doing very nicely. France In France, the company bosses had a fine 2013: Carrefour’s George Plassat got a whopping 40% rise to 3.7 million in his pay cheque. Airbus’ Thomas … Continue reading

Italy’s wealth gap grows as real incomes fall for the majority, new research shows

The ten richest people in Italy now own as much wealth as almost 500,000 working class families put together. A little less than two thousand wealthy Italians, members of the super-rich club, have total assets of more than €169 billion (excluding the value of property). “The wealth gap has grown,” according to research centre Censis. … Continue reading

The recovery is a bluff

By Alfonso Gianni It may well be that this is a coincidence, but there are many who doubt it, including the leader writers of Italy’s financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore. The fact is that many economic indicators suddenly seem to indicate, exactly one month before the European elections, brighter prospects. The simplest hypothesis, and … 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.

550 days, 29 Workers, Zero Job Losses

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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

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

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

in Italy the home is a very dangerous place to be

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