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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

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

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

President Francois Hollande – three years on

By Jacques Sapir President François Hollande celebrated on May 6 the third anniversary of his election to the highest office in France. This invites us to look at the record of the man and his policies. Much has already been said about it. The most obvious failure, but also the most predictable of his presidency … Continue reading

Podemos primaries prepare Spain’s new radical party for May elections

Spain’s new radical party Podemos has chosen its candidates for May’s regional elections, the majority aligned with the current leadership of Pablo Iglesias, reports Jacopo Rosatelli*  Spain’s new radical party Podemos has selected thirteen candidates for president and thirteen lists of aspiring councillors for each of the regions in which it will go to the … Continue reading

The great Spanish tax dodge

Spain’s biggest companies have greatly increased their presence in tax havens, with the number of subsidiaries established in these tax-lite territories up 44% during 2013, the worst year in the country’s economic crisis.  The IBEX35 companies upped the number of branches in tax havens from 561 to 810 during that year, new research finds.  Financial … Continue reading

The coherence of Tsipras and lessons for Italy

By Giorgio Cremaschi If the new Greek government begins now to live up to his election programme by establishing the minimum wage to 750 euro per month Germany’s Merkel-SPD government will close the door to any negotiations on the debt. In fact, with the “reforms” that have made the German model to the whole continent, … Continue reading

Greece’s new government, Tsipras and the issue of sovereignty

Why did Syriza choose the Independent Greeks as coalition partner? And how will the other Eurozone countries react to the new Government in Athens? Jacques Sapir explains Syriza has won and secured 149 seats in the Greek parliament. Alexis Tsipras, its charismatic leader, is the big winner of the elections this Sunday, January 25th. Many people … Continue reading

Renzi’s austerity cuts are bad for Italy’s health 

Public expenditure on health in Italy is lower than that of other major European countries. Yet in recent years 10 billion euros has been axed from health budgets, hitting services and access to them for the poorest. And PM Matteo Renzi is continuing the cuts, says Stefania Gabriele * That we should reduce government spending … Continue reading

How to tame these monsters called banks

There is no alternative but to end the fractional reserve banking system and make credit an essential public service, argues Juan Torres Lopez Private banks enjoy an extraordinary privilege: whenever a loan is granted they create money. Not coins or notes, which is what ordinary people think is money, but bank money, ie, payment through their accounts. … Continue reading

Paris chambermaids’ strike victory inspires sisters in other luxury hotels

Outsourced hotel chambermaids at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme are celebrating a significant wage increase, and inspiring their colleagues in other luxury hotels. The agreement follows a four-day strike for better wages and working conditions that begun on September 19. The agreement covers 80 chambermaids, porters and maintenance staff and brings monthly wage increases from 380 to 420 euros. … Continue reading

Spain’s Podemos: Inside view of a radical left sensation

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES What is the thinking and strategy behind Spain’s new radical political sensation? Podemos European election campaign chief Iñigo Errejón explains. In Spain, the surge of discontent caused by structural adjustment policies and hostage taking of popular sovereignty by the oligarchic powers gave rise to a series of … Continue reading

Italian union launches referendum campaign against EU permanent austerity pact

Italy’s largest union has launched a referendum campaign against the EU fiscal compact, a draconian budgetary cap which is set to make austerity permanent across the Continent. The CGIL is calling for a repeal of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union that  was signed on 2 March 2012 by … Continue reading

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