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Renzi’s austerity cuts are bad for Italy’s health 

Public expenditure on health in Italy is lower than that of other major European countries. Yet in recent years 10 billion euros has been axed from health budgets, hitting services and access to them for the poorest. And PM Matteo Renzi is continuing the cuts, says Stefania Gabriele * That we should reduce government spending … Continue reading

How to tame these monsters called banks

There is no alternative but to end the fractional reserve banking system and make credit an essential public service, argues Juan Torres Lopez Private banks enjoy an extraordinary privilege: whenever a loan is granted they create money. Not coins or notes, which is what ordinary people think is money, but bank money, ie, payment through their accounts. … Continue reading

Paris chambermaids’ strike victory inspires sisters in other luxury hotels

Outsourced hotel chambermaids at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme are celebrating a significant wage increase, and inspiring their colleagues in other luxury hotels. The agreement follows a four-day strike for better wages and working conditions that begun on September 19. The agreement covers 80 chambermaids, porters and maintenance staff and brings monthly wage increases from 380 to 420 euros. … Continue reading

Spain’s Podemos: Inside view of a radical left sensation

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES What is the thinking and strategy behind Spain’s new radical political sensation? Podemos European election campaign chief Iñigo Errejón explains. In Spain, the surge of discontent caused by structural adjustment policies and hostage taking of popular sovereignty by the oligarchic powers gave rise to a series of … Continue reading

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

Why French rail workers are right to strike

The French rail strike – now in its sixth day- is a pain. Nobody likes seeing their train cancelled. High school exams are being disrupted too. But why are the railway workers on strike? They are protesting against the railway reforms of the Government of President Francois Hollande and PM Manuel Valls. The Government claims … Continue reading

Why Turkey is no longer interested in Europe

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO EU Membership is no longer on the policy agenda and isn’t an issue for the youth of Gezi, says Nedim Gürsel The EU and Turkey is a story of a relationship that has lasted since ’64. With the prospect of membership fading, what view does Turkey have of … Continue reading

Ukrainian democracy under threat as interim government moves to ban Communist party  

Left-wing MEPS have condemned moves to ban Ukraine’s Communist Party as an attack on the country’s democracy. Reacting to news that Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov has asked Ukraine’s Justice Ministry to consider a ban of the Communist Party of Ukraine, GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer declared: “We firmly condemn these moves towards a future ban on the … Continue reading

Russia’s de-dollarization plan and its implications for the world

By Juan Torres Although the Western media is barely addressing it, Russia has been discussing in the last few weeks the adoption of a series of economic measures that would involve a significant change in direction and a powerful response to the sanctions and threats linked to its role in the conflict in the Ukraine and … Continue reading

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

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