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Writer on Europe's Left, trade union and social movements @tomgilltweets or @revoltingeurope
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En Marche! and France Insoumise –  “modernity” put to the test

The two movements present themselves as solutions to an “old political scene” and ride on the back of a desire for renewal and a less hierarchical form of politics, but they cannot escape the traditional political parties they reject. Are “movements” the future or a symptom of a sick political system, which will draw from the … Continue reading

Behind the Macron reforms: the Euro!

By Jacques Sapir While the first round of parliamentary elections is now fast approaching, while the polls promise a large majority to the President and his party La République en Marche, various leaks concerning the labour reforms that will be decided this summer are beginning to raise a legitimate emotions [1]. Indeed, in addition to … Continue reading

60th Anniversary of Treaty of Rome: A Taste of Ashes

Bernard Cassen on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome Through one of those ironies of which history is littered, the calendar imposes commemorations, even festivities, that often leave us with the bitter taste of ashes. This is so for the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the signing on 25 March 1957 of … Continue reading

Italy’s operation fear failed

Matteo Renzi’s referendum gamble was a huge error of judgement – but the result offers hope for Italian democracy THE banks were going to collapse. The country would exit from the euro single currency. The PM and his government would fall and political chaos was inevitable. Operation Fear was running at full throttle in the … Continue reading

After Brexit: what strategy for the Left?

By Christophe Ventura | Memoire des Luttes  With Brexit, the end of a story begins to be written. That of the European Union (EU) as a symbolic embodiment of Europe. Brexit means the unthinkable for European zealots: the reversibility of European integration is possible; even unleashed. It sends them another painful message: regional integration through … Continue reading

Will Greek pensioners get some Christmas cheer?

It’s Christmas time for Greek pensioners. But what amounts to a rather modest gift from their government seems to have led to a major international rift threatening calamitous consequences for the austerity capital of Europe. In recent days a row has broken out with between PM Alexis Tsipras and the IMF-led coalition of -international lenders … Continue reading

After the attacks: Make France’s youth a priority of public and political action

By Jean-Claude Mairal Once again, after Nice that resulted in 84 dead our country has been victim of an attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Faced with the horror we can only express sympathy and solidarity with the victims and their families. And let’s not forget all the other victims of attacks around the world, to whom we … Continue reading

Why workers need a pay rise: View from Spain

To overcome economic crisis Spain needs an economic policy aimed at raising wages, among other measures. Just the opposite of the policy applied by the Popular Party, recommended by the Bank of Spain and imposed from the EU Troika, argues Fernando Luengo* For reasons of equity. It is not fair that the costs of the economic … Continue reading

How the public sector is the answer to Italy’s economic crisis and army of graduate unemployed

What would happen to Italy if you decided to recruit eight hundred thousand to one million young and qualified people into public service, asks Maria Luisa Bianco An economy cannot function well without a State that functions well. Since the recovery of the country requires a boost in the efficiency of the public administration, the failure of … Continue reading

ECB at the service of private interests

By Odalys Padrón* Europe has a long democratic tradition. Athens in the VII to V centuries B.C., evolved from an oligarchy, rule by the few, to a democracy, government by the people. This achievement was brought about by the people through countless popular rebellions. It was not a full democracy, since slavery endured and women … Continue reading

Has the EU let Portugal and Spain off the hook? Don’t bank on it

The EU has opted against hitting Spain and Portugal with sanctions for breaking the bloc’s rules on government spending. But Spain must still bring its 4.6 per cent deficit under 3 per cent by 2018 and Portugal must achieve a 2.5 per cent deficit by the end of 2016. Portugal’s radical left is not proclaiming victory. … Continue reading

Poland: Razëm and the New Left

In ultra conservative Poland something is happening on the Left, with the birth of Razëm – which means Together – a new party that with over 4 percent of the vote has gained full rights of participation in the political and national media debate. Born from the social movements, inspired by the Spanish Podemos and, … Continue reading

France and terrorism: Stop the airstrikes in Syria and strengthen the UN

By Chloé Maurel* The Nice massacre of July 14, 2016, after the slaughter at Bataclan November 13, 2015 and those of Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher in Paris’ Porte de Vincennes in January 2015, confirms once again, in the eyes of many of our compatriots, we are engaged in a war. Indeed, France is clearly engaged militarily … Continue reading

Turkey: HDP’s Eyyup Doru – ‘What we need is democracy and freedom”

Eyyup Doru is the European representative of the Kurdish HDP, the People’s Democratic Party. For Doru, the solution to the crisis in Turkey is not in a state of emergency, but rather the return to democracy. How do you interpret the coup attempt in Turkey and the large-scale crackdown that has followed? Eyyup Doru: I … Continue reading

Europe’s Populist Moment

Europe is living through a “populist moment” and the future of democracy in the region depends on how we respond to this challenge, argues Chantal Mouffe* To address this situation, we must put aside a simplistic definition of populism, propagated deliberately by the media as pure demagoguery, and rather place it in an analytical perspective. To do … Continue reading

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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

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