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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

Mad Men of the Roundtable

Merkel and Hollande have given key positioning to the European Roundtable of Industrialists and their corporate wish-list. They are set to influence a future Competitiveness Pact – a next step towards authoritarian neoliberalism. Corporate Europe Observatory

Spain: No Country for Old Men

By Nacho Goberna Spain is no country for old men. Maybe it was before, when today’s older generation were young, when shoulder to shoulder, with hope, they participated in building this society that we now share with them, or perhaps it will be again in the future when the time comes to leave behind the … Continue reading

Long live the Republic!

By Emilio Jurado This time the rallying cry has nothing to do with the nostalgia signified by the date of April 14, the declaration of Second Republic in 1931, or the recovery of historical memory from the fascist Franco period, or even with the creation of an egalitarian moral order broken by the presence of … Continue reading

Bersani, Berlusconi and another Italian inciucio?

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MICROMEGA Paolo Flores d’Arcais Today, Saturday, March 23, there will be two piazzas in Rome, two ways of understanding politics, two Italies. In Piazza del Popolo, there will be Berlusconi supporters, devoted to immeasurable wealth and financial and media power, motivated by contempt for the Constitution of the Republic that … Continue reading

Grillo: Both near and far from the indignados

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO By Donatella della Porta Italy’s elections certainly did not produce the best possible outcome, but nor, for the anti-austerity cause, did they produce the worst. Two other results would certainly have been much more risky. One, a very close victory for the Right, with or without Monti, would have … Continue reading

Why Greece must unilaterally suspend repayment of its debt

‘In Greece, the ruling class and the government are destroying democracy,” says debt campaigner Eric Toussaint, who urges SYRIZA to stick to its radical agenda. Translation of an Interview in the Greek press.  CADTM website

Berlusconi’s proto-fascism

By Dino Greco Having again, shamelessly opened his black heart to absolve Mussolini, and his deeds, Silvio Berlusconi sparked outrage, shame rejection, dismay – and so on and so forth – among almost all major players and commentators in national politics. Worse, he vomited his own indecent words on “Memorial Day”, in front of the notorious Platform … Continue reading

Spain’s Socialists must turn left to save democracy

By Antonio Mora Plaza In her initial comments after the collapse of the Socialist vote in the Galician and Basque regional elections on October 21, party spokesperson Elena Valencia talked of a ‘negative election cycle’ caused by the crisis and – I guess this is something – the [austerity] measures taken in May 2010 taken … Continue reading

Responding to the criminalization of protest in Spain

We must not resign ourselves in silence to the violation of our fundamental rights, saysRicardo Sixto Iglesias For a long time economic experts have been discounting a scenario of social conflict in Spain in response to the evolution of the national and international situation. Today this opinion is shared by the vast majority of the … Continue reading

EU leaders must come clean and finally admit – austerity creed is bankrupt

Statement by Gabi Zimmer, president of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament: “Although the schedule for the banking union has now been decided – the rulers have once again cheated and avoided clear commitments, rectifications and urgent decisions. In the conflict between different interest groups and in the battle to claim back lost ground, … Continue reading

Sliding to the Periphery – Italy, the Crisis and Europe

Europe was meant to offer the prospect of completing the modernisation of Italy, consolidating an advanced economy, expanding welfare and democracy. Instead, there’s been economic decline and a degradation of democracy while Europe is becoming increasingly unpopular, argues Mario Pianta Read 

Coups and democracy

By Gerardo Pisarello and Jaume Asens For over a year, a section of 15-M movement proposed surrounding the Catalan Parliament to protest against the most drastic social cuts approved since time of Franco. The organizers claimed that the pro-austerity political parties had betrayed campaign promises and had subordinated public institutions to private power, completely illegitimately. … Continue reading

Solidarity with the Spanish bankers

You may have heard about the plan, agreed in June to give €100 billion to Spanish banks. The ‘rescue’ plan for Spanish bankers, who speculated their way to ruin, is being financed by all Eurozone member states, that is by all the citizens of the Eurozone. Now, this includes Spaniards. And they, that is the country’s 99%, are paying … Continue reading

Another Road for Europe – An Appeal

Europe is in crisis because it has been hijacked by neoliberalism and finance. In the last twenty years – with a persistent democratic deficit – the meaning of the European Union has increasingly been reduced to a narrow view of the single market and the single currency, leading to liberalisations and speculative bubbles, loss of … Continue reading

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