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The relevance of the October Revolution to Europe today

The October Revolution is the most important revolution of the modern era. And for now, at least, it should gives us cause for optimism, says Giorgio Cremaschi. In the Bolshevik Revolution the social question and the rejection of war took power in Russia, beginning a momentous journey to liberate humanity. Despite the mistakes and horrors … Continue reading

Veneto and Lombardy’s autonomy referenda unpicked

Italians in the Veneto and Lombardy have just voted in non-binding referenda for more autonomy. Giorgio Cremaschi argues they are a fig leaf for a hollowing out of democracy and will drive privatisation. The same political forces that are opposing each other nationally for the government of the country and who clash over the new … Continue reading

Catalonia: The problems and errors of the independence movement

By Vincenc Navarro* Catalonia is experiencing the greatest social and political crisis, and soon also economic crisis since the democracy returned to Spain. I have previously written on the dimensions of the great social crisis in Catalonia, the greatest in this century and the end of the previous one (“El mayor problema que tiene hoy … Continue reading

Catalonia: Towards a unilateral declaration of independence?

Both governments are fuelling the fire, one with a unilateral declaration of independence, the other with the use of the iron fist. An impasse that could have heavy consequences for everyone. The  Catalan crisis is a deterioration of the crisis of the state in Spain. And it can only be solved by renewing the constitutional … 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

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

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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