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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

10 reasons why the Sorpasso of Spain’s Radical Left failed last Sunday

Josep Maria Antentas* on the disappointing results for the radical left Unidos Podemos – an alliance of Podemos and the Communist-led United Left – in general elections last weekend. Undoubtedly, we expected a better night. From sorpasso to sorpresa (surprise), the elections of June 26 definitively marks the end of the first stage opened with … Continue reading

Brexit – Reactions from Europe’s radical Left

French communists British citizens have just voted to 51.9% out of the European Union. It is a new shock revealing the magnitude of the popular rejection against the neoliberal EU. The time has come to rebuild the EU, to build a Union of peoples and of free nations, sovereign and partners, for human progress and … Continue reading

Brexit is an opportunity for the Europe of Rights

Alessandro Somma | Micromega A united Europe, which many had equated to a dream, has long turned into a nightmare. We are now united only in the material and cultural misery caused by austerity, unable to rebel because attracted by the sirens of an increasingly violent nationalism, which only divides us. In all this, for … Continue reading

What’s the chance of a progressive government in Lisbon?

Last Sunday 4 October Passos Coelho’s right-wing coalition won the most votes in general elections in Portugal but failed to win a majority in parliament. Since then the man who’s imposed on Portugal some of the harshest austerity measures in Europe has been trying win the backing of the opposition Socialists. If the Socialists refuse … Continue reading

Catalonian elections – a matter of faith

Pro-independence parties are set to take power in Catalonia in elections Sunday that could pave the way to secession. Julian Maganto* makes a plea not to let emotions decide. On Sunday the Catalans choose their representatives in the regional Parliament. In a year that is so electorally significant in Spain as this one, in which there have … Continue reading

Spain’s disposable workers

If a weapon is given to someone, it is normal to use it when needed. And that’s exactly what Spanish businesses are doing with the legal weapons that they have been given to hire and fire workers at their  convenience. As a result, the labour market has become a roller coaster, up and down in … Continue reading

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Italy’s Healthcare Crisis

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550 days, 29 Workers, Zero Job Losses

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Private banks receive half-trillion-euro gift from ECB


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Lessons from the victory against Madrid privatisation plan


Hundreds of workers occupied the factory of ArcelorMittal in Florange in the north of France

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