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Why Belgians have been marching

Unions led a massive demonstration Thursday in Brussels against cuts to public services, pensions and wages. As many as 100,000 marched against the new coalition government and its plans to raise the retirement age, to 67 years by 2020, and the decision not increase wages under the indexation system that links pay to the cost … Continue reading

Why is the extreme right on the rise in Europe?

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES The European Parliament is preparing to welcome the most powerful extreme right that the Old Continent has seen since the 1930s. Ignacio Ramonet discusses the factors behind this disturbing political development.   One thing is certain: the European elections in late May will result in an overall rise of the far-right … Continue reading

Everything you wanted to know…about Austerity in the EU

Poverty, unemployment, wages, the economy, public services, tax dodging, wealth and gender inequality – check out the latest facts and figures in the Europe of the bankers and austerity. http://wp.me/P1bMfw-oA

Why Belgian feminists say No! to Permanent Austerity

Belgian feminists have called on MPs to reject ratification of new budgetary rules that will ‘aggravate inequalities between the sexes’. Belgium is due to decide on whether to sign up to the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance (TSCG), or EU fiscal compact, that came into force on 1 January this year in  12 out of … Continue reading

A Week in Revolting Europe

This is a weekly round-up of news, comment and analysis from the Revolting Europe blog, plus our selection of the best stories, photos and videos on the web.Read

How dare they? : A bestseller on the Belgian and European crisis

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES Interview with Peter Mertens  by Jean Bricmont, professor in theoretical physics at  the Université Catholique de Louvain Another book on the crisis of the European Union? A Belgian Marxist author has attempted the challenge of writing an essay that is well researched, accessible and full of stories of Europe … Continue reading

While nation states and workers burn, the banks get a trillion euros

Belgian unions have criticised a fresh round of austerity measures announced over the weekend by the federal government as a missed opportunity for ‘tax justice’. The government already plans as part of a €11.3 billion cuts package  agreed when the current administration took office at the end of 2011 to increase the retirement age from … Continue reading

Belgium: Against blind Austerity, For an Alternative

Ahead of Belgium’s general strike on Monday, here’s some alternative ideas to austerity, courtesey of the main trade union confederation, FGTB Belgium is bracing for a general strike on Monday. It will be led by Belgium’s FGTB trade union confederation. “The financial crisis and the banking rescue have hurt the public finances. The credit rating … Continue reading

Belgium: Expanding precariat drives up poverty rates

15% of Belgians live under the poverty line with the expansion of precarious forms of employment a key factor, the first nationwide annual study of the issue shows. Children and elderly (65+) are the most badly affected, with poverty rates of 18.5% and 19.4% respectively The poverty line is set at Euros 973 a month … Continue reading

Belgium goes on general strike

Belgium is on general strike. The mass walkout in the public sector today – followed 90% according unions’ assessment at midday – is over Government plans to cut pensions, part of a Euros 11.3 billion cuts package for 2012 to meet the deficit straightjacket imposed by Eurozone rules. The unions dismiss claims that the country’s pension system … Continue reading

Belgians march against “blind austerity”

Today thousands of Belgians were on the streets demonstrating against a brutal austerity budget and neo-liberal ‘structural reforms’ to pensions and the labour market. The unions called the demonstrations against the measures that are designed to cut the deficit by Euros 11.3 billion in 2012. The FGTB, one of Belgium’s largest unions, says that “Blind … Continue reading

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