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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

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

Renzi in Africa: Arms and Oil

By Guglielmo Ragozzino Our PM, the tireless Matteo Renzi, was in Africa earlier this month. He brought with him, for example in Mozambique, a delegation which included the number one of Eni, Claudio Descalzi and his counterpart from Finmeccanica, Mauro Moretti, newly appointed in those roles for a precise reason, after long debate and reflection, by the … Continue reading

Journey to the Canary Islands: Big Oil vs Renewables

Marina Turi and Massimo Serafini raise the alarm as Spanish oil company Repsol gets the green light for its controversial drilling plans in the waters of the Canary Islands – and they discuss an innovative renewables project that could provide a model for energy supply to millions of Europeans.  Most advertising appeals less to reason than … Continue reading

Rajoy lied, the Spanish people will pay for the bank bailout

By Manel García Biel By now we can clearly define Mariano Rajoy as a politician who has based his policies on lies. The clearest example is the bank bailout. Right from the outset. Spain’s PM and his ministers ruled out the word rescue. For them it was a loan, “under very good terms.” Rajoy said that it was … Continue reading

Berlusconi may be acquitted but Italy is still Bunga Bunga country

Billionaire Berlusconi has been ‘cleared’, ‘acquitted’ of having sex with Moroccan underage prostitute ‘Ruby’ Karima el-Mahroug, and then of using his influence to cover it up. The media coverage of Italy’s appeal court decision last week seemed pretty clear cut. Silvio has been right all along – he is indeed a saint, eternally harassed and … Continue reading

Podemos is Spain’s 3rd political force, radical left at 26%-poll

An opinion poll puts Spain’s radical new formation Podemos (We Can) in third position with 15% of people surveyed indicating backing for the party led by the ponytailed 35-year-old university lecturer Pablo Iglesias. Pollster CIS found that 14.6% of people supported Podemos, almost double the 8% the fourth-month old party garnered in the European elections, and ahead of the … 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

Spain’s socialists pick new leader on road to nowhere

Spain’s opposition Socialists will elect a new leader on Sunday, in a an effort to reverse the party’s dramatic electoral decline and head off the challenge from new and existing parties to its left. After seven years in government, the Socialists were ousted by the right wing Popular Party in a landslide general election in … 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

A New Spanish Republic Denied

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards want a referendum on the future of the monarchy but there’s very strong odds they won’t get one. Such is the state of Spanish democracy today following the unexpected announcement by King Juan Carlos on June 2 that he was throwing in the towel. Draft legislation to come before parliament Wednesday … Continue reading

French left goes Greek

France’s left is in a sorry state. It took a bashing in local elections in March and then European elections in May. The ruling socialists plunged to an all time low of less than 14%. The radical Front de Gauche, comprising the communists and other leftists like Jean Luc Melenchon, polled just 6.3%, down from … 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

The abdication of the king ends Spain’s imperfect transition

Vicenç Navarro The message that the Spanish establishment – the power structure for the financial, economic, political and media elite – has been promoting 24  hours a day, three hundred sixty five days a year and through thirty- six years of democracy, is that, as result of a model Transition, Spain has enjoyed a democracy … Continue reading

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