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French councils and regions campaign against translantic free trade zone

A movement against the US-EU free trade zone is gaining momentum in France with fifteen local governments, including the Parisian and four other regions raising the alarm about the proposed transatlantic market that is being negotiated in secret. France has traditionally been one of the strongest opponents of free trade in the EU and now more and more … Continue reading

Violence against Women in Europe – Quick Facts

Europe During their lives, 25.4% of women in the European region experience physical and/or sexual violence by intimate partners, and 5.2% experience sexual violence from people who are not their partner. WHO Between 40 and 50 percent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment … Continue reading

Italy’s new privatisation drive is Thatcherite madness

 By Giorgio Cremaschi This week Italy’s government launched its privatisation plan, ostensibly to boost the economy. This is a thoroughly reactionary operation. In 2008, with the start of the Great Depression, the ultra-liberal economic model launched in the early ’80s by Reagan and Thatcher failed. Since then, countries have broadened the scope of their intervention … Continue reading

Unions bid to reclaim Brittany from the bosses

They do not wear red caps. However, the profile of cereal farmers who marched Thursday in Paris, perched on their tractors, resembles nothing more than the leaders of the revolt against the ‘environmental tax’ in Brittany. Rich farmers, from Beauce in particular, demonstrated to defend their privileges and to continue to receive 80% of Common … Continue reading

On the Czech communist comeback

Early parliamentary elections were held in the Czech Republic this weekend, three months after the resignation of the government mired in a widescale corruption. Despite the presence of populist formations, the Communists have come out in a position of strength. In a country where the media is controlled by press barons, dominated by the ‘consensus’ … Continue reading

Adieu Aulnay, Big Fat Lies and Peugeot-Citroen’s Future

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / L’HUMANITE When it was opened in 1973, the Peugeot Citroen (PSA) Aulnay factory had a promising future. The Peugeot family, who wanted to make the plant a beacon of modernity, having already obtained an advantageous labour deal on hiring the new workforce, decided to assemble its legendary DS there. With … Continue reading

Catalonia: independence from Spain, independence from capitalism

Hundreds of thousands turned out today, September 11, to demand independence for Catalonia. Some decided to surround the Caixa, form a human chain around the largest bank in Catalonia and third largest in Spain, to demand not only independence from Spain, but from capitalism. One of the was Esther Vivas, a left wing activist and … Continue reading

Insider dealing – immoral financial market activities must be quashed and perpetrators punished

“The immorality, opacity and rampant abuse of some actors in the financial sector must be exposed and decisively punished,” Portuguese MEP Marisa Matias told Commissioner Michel Barnier in today’s European Parliament debate on insider trading and market manipulation that took place five years to the week since the collapse of Lehman brothers. “Every day in … Continue reading

Competitiveness, the neoliberal variant of the myth of Sisyphus

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES By Bernard Cassen This fall, in France and probably in other countries, the commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Albert Camus, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, will give rise to much editorial output. This will affirm, in particular, the continued relevance of the questioning … Continue reading

US/France intervention in Syria would be a massive blow to international law

Speaking in Vilnius (Lithuania) at the European Interparliamentary meeting on Security and Defence, GUE/NGL MEP and foreign affairs policy coordinator Willy Meyer called proposed US/France intervention in Syria “a mortal blow to the UN Charter” and called for a “negotiated political solution to the Syrian conflict, without any foreign interference”. The Vilnius meeting brings together … Continue reading

European radical left say No to War on Syria

French Communists …Bombing with chemical weapons, whose responsibility is attributed to the regime of Bashar Al Assad, is a specific and particularly horrendous criminal step. Light still needs to be shed on these bombings … But the United States, which has already trained nearly three hundred commandos for the Free Syrian Army during the last few … Continue reading

Why French pensions don’t need reforming

Hollande is provoking the ire of workers with planned cuts to pensions but French bosses and the EU don’t think he’s going nearly far enough. It looks like it could be a hot autumn for Francois Hollande. Unions are planning strikes and protests are scheduled on September 10 over plans by the Socialist President to … Continue reading

European debt mutualisation – good or bad?

Spreading the debt burden and borrowing costs away from the eurozone’s worst-hit economies towards the stronger ones – sounds like a good and fair idea. Think again. Corporate Europe Observatory on why debt mutualisation is not progressive solution for the European debt crisis

Troika destroys 500,000 jobs in Portugal

The austerity measures demanded by the Troika have destroyed half a million jobs in Portugal. This year, Portugal will have fewer people employed than in 1960. And in 2014 the situation is expected to worsen further. According to Diário de Notícias newspaper, reporting on figures published in the Summer 2013 Economic Bulletin of the Bank of Portugal, ‘already this … Continue reading

More with millions, millions in misery

Despite misery for most in the Europe, the region saw the number of dollar millionaires rise by 7.5% in 2012 to reach 3.41 million. The figures, from the 2013 World Wealth Report (WWR) by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management put Germany in the lead (and third worldwide), followed by the UK (fifth globally), France, Switzerland … Continue reading

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Anti-social Europe in numbers

WAGES SLIDE

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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

Read the statement by Lafontaine and Melenchon

The Troika in Portugal – Three Years On

A success story?

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