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Writer on Europe's Left, trade union and social movements @tomgilltweets or @revoltingeurope
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Growth and jobs: the propaganda of the Italian government

Italy’s growth and industrial production are rising, official unemployment is falling and the government is celebrating, but the overwhelming majority of new hires are temporary and part-time. Giorgio Cremaschi on how ‘reforms’ have swollen the Italian precariat. Matteo Renzi and Paolo Gentiloni – the former the predecessor to the latter as Italian PM – boast … Continue reading

Barcelona terror attack: what they are not telling us

By Vicenç Navarro In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, ​​many very useful articles have been published, briefly explaining the origin of the Islamic state and its expansion, which is remarkable since the invasion of Iraq by the US army and its allies, including Spain. What is important to underline is that over … Continue reading

Italy’s Water Crisis is a Private Affair

The most symbolic evidence of the water crisis facing Italy this summer was the dry fountains in Saint Peter’s Square. Visiting tourists or pilgrims found not a drop of water flowing in the two fontane by 17th-century sculptors Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Sky-high temperatures have crippled farms and left Rome considering water rationing. … Continue reading

France and Germany drop the mask: behind ‘Europeanism’ lurks nationalism

Enrico Grazzini on President Macron’s moves to block an Italian takeover of a major French shipbuilder and how the subordination of Italian governments to Europe are reducing Italy to ‘Third World’ status European ideals mask the nationalist interests of the powerful. French President Emmanuel Macron decided to nationalize Stx, France’s largest naval shipyard, just in … Continue reading

Macron the Sun King – or the Louis who lost his head?

Emmanuel Macron’s surprise victory in France to potentially unchecked political power has invited comparisons with all powerful leaders of the Hexagon’s past. Is he the Sun King, the most supreme of all Europe’s absolute monarchs? Or perhaps like another King Louis, XVI, who faced a revolt of the masses and lost his head. After taking … Continue reading

Costas Lapavitsas: “Syriza has failed. We must fight the EU and the power of Germany”

For the Greek economist, the single currency has simply allowed Berlin to dominate the European market and to become a global exporter country: “The Euro was a disaster”. And on Greece he adds: “Syriza shows us what we should not do and how we should not organize ourselves. Those who want to change things from … Continue reading

Socializing the losses, privatizing the profits: The crisis and rescue of the Veneto banks

By Enrico Grazzini Here’s some lessons from the banking crisis of Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca, and the failures of the Italian government and European Banking Union interventions. 1) The Italian Government, the Bank of Italy and the Veneto Region (led by the Northern League) have shown themselves astonishingly incapable, first in monitoring and … Continue reading

Future of France’s Front National: Interview with political scientist Jean-Yves Camus

France’s Front National is holding a “refoundation seminar” this weekend. For the political scientist Jean-Yves Camus, it will have a “cathartic function”, after disappointing electoral results but “the party is in no danger” The Front National (FN) holds its “seminar of refoundation” today. After defeat in the presidential and legislatives elections, what are the objectives … Continue reading

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

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Italy’s Healthcare Crisis

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550 days, 29 Workers, Zero Job Losses

How a few determined Italian women stopped their factory closing and protected their livelihoods

Filthy Rich

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SANTA DRAGHI’S COMING

Private banks receive half-trillion-euro gift from ECB

POPULAR FIGHTBACK

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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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