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With the Tuscan massacre, slavery returns home

By Giorgio Cremaschi Stories of people burning alive in textile factories punctuates the history of industrial development and working conditions. March 8 commemorates the massacre of workers in a factory fire more than a century ago in the United States. After travelling the world leaving devastation and massacres of workers in its wake, now, thanks to the … Continue reading

Berlusconi – Out of Parliament But Not Out Of Politics Yet

For once Italy has something to celebrate. On Wednesday the Senate voted to kick out Silvio Berlusconi, billionaire media magnate and leader of the Right for 20 odd years. The three time Prime minister has been deserted by many supporters on the Right (led by his political ‘heir’ Angelino Alfano) as well as (mostly) willing … Continue reading

Why precarious work deepens the crisis

By Guglielmo Forges Davanzati According to the CGIL union, workers employed with temporary contracts earn an average salary of about € 800 per month in Italy, and are predominantly based in the public administration and in the South. The OECD certifies, with respect to our country, that temporary work affects mainly young people under the … Continue reading

Hot November: Italy’s students and teachers in revolt over cuts

It is going to be a hot November in Italy’s schools and universities. Promises by the Government to reverse at least sum of the heavy cuts in recent years are going nowhere fast, and the patience among students and teachers is wearing thin. In protest students will be holding strike on November 15, and teaching … Continue reading

A great, beautiful day

By Giorgio Cremaschi 19th October saw one of the most beautiful and largest demonstrations in Italy in recent years. It was also a true demonstration of the people, made up of tens and tens of thousands of young people, migrants, women and activists from social and environmental movements, workers and pensioners. And since it was … Continue reading

Uniting the anti-Euro left and right

Interview with Jacques Sapir You were among the first European economists to highlight the damage caused by the euro and called for it to be disbanded. In one of your latest analyses, you wrote that it is the Euro’s demise is now inevitable. In your view, how long will it be before that happens and … Continue reading

Italy: Tens of thousands of students take to streets to demand investment in education

From Milan to Palermo, from Venice to Bari, in 70 cities across Italy, tens of thousands of high school students took to the streets Friday to demand investment in education. Local reports said twenty five thousand marched in Naples, 5,000 in Rome, 4,000 in Bari, 5,000 in Milan, 4,500 in Turin, 1,000 in Genoa, and … Continue reading

Is it all over for Silvio?

Is it all over for Silvio? This question has been asked repeatedly over the past twenty years since the billionaire media magnate entered Italian politics. Today the answer has never looked more like a Yes. On Wednesday the former prime minister was forced into a humiliating u-turn as plans to topple the government by withdrawing … Continue reading

On Berlusconi’s efforts to bring down Italy’s government

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO  A band of parliamentarians and extortionists led by a criminal. Irresponsible in the face of the Italian people’s problems. Supremely arrogant with respect to the country’s institutions. In their political code there is no national interest, but only that of their ” boss.” Because the acceleration of a … Continue reading

Bank nationality and the risks of European banking union

Current economic policies are accentuating the differences between the eurozone members. Under these conditions, banking union, rather than protecting the weaker countries, could accelerate the “mezzogiornificazione” of the European peripheries, argues Emiliano Brancaccio A few days ago, the European Parliament approved a bill that will transfer the functions of banking supervision of eurozone member states to … Continue reading

Italy in the Summer: A Bel Paese for tourists, not so beautiful for the workers

By Roberta Manieri Employers blame the crisis and the need to cut costs. From Italy’s South to the North, workers are being blackmailed into accepting increasingly exploitative working conditions, say unions representing workers in a sector employing around a million people Quality, dignity and professionalism should go hand in hand with the job. Even more … Continue reading

While the EU frets over Hungary Italy’s democracy burns

It is not just Hungary that the EU needs to tackle on democracy breaches.  My piece on Left Foot Forward blog

Why Fiat prefers newspapers to cars

Fiat prefers to invest in newspapers these days, rather than car-making. And it is apparently all the fault of the unions. Giorgio Cremaschi explains Announcing this week for the umpteenth time the investment in its Sevel plant in Abruzzo, southern Italy, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that those investments will be the last in Italy, … Continue reading

If we continue with austerity we will hit the point of no return

By Giorgio Cremaschi If a patient is given an aspirin at the point that he becomes ill and a fever takes hold, the drug may work. But if you wait without giving him anything, just recommending a strict diet, and the fever grows and the disease becomes chronic and complicated, then an aspirin no longer … Continue reading

Democracy or the Euro?

According to the German Constitutional Court it is not acceptable that “the most important decisions at European level be negotiated in anonymous corridors of the Brussels bureaucracy.” In Italy too, we should ask ourselves whether it is right that economic policy is torn from popular sovereignty and dictated by foreign countries and international financial oligarchies. … 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

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