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Yemen: Of Saudi bombs made in Italy

By Gianluca Ferrara Almost nobody talks of the war in Yemen. It is a conflict that reveals how disgusting and dangerous our trading partners are in the Middle East. Amid international indifference, Yemen and its 28 million inhabitants are suffering from the consequences of Saudi Arabia’s criminal policies since March 2015. The Yemeni Houthi rebels, … Continue reading

Merkel’s Downfall is a new crisis in the European project: Interview with Vladimiro Giacché

“Jamaica” coalition talks collapsed on Sunday night after Christian Lindner (Fdp) said no to governing with the CDU and Greens, and Angela Merkel was forced to acknowledge that the margins for negotiation were depleted. For Lindner the biggest obstacle lay in defining the political line on European issues. Federico Ferraù caught up with Italian economist … Continue reading

London, Amsterdam, Milan: It’s not where the European Medicines Agency is located that is the problem

Vittorio Agnoletto does not regret his native Milan lost out to Amsterdam in the bid to replace London as home of the European Medicines Agency.  His concerns lie elsewhere  The European Medicines Agency will move to Amsterdam, it has been decided by a draw. This has left a bitter taste in the mouth of Italians … Continue reading

The Economics of Macron before Macron

Emmanuel Macron’s ideas are not so new, says Gilles Raveaud.  One can’t be too sure, but hazarding a guess, I’d say the French President’s labour market reforms date from 1994. 1994 was a long time ago…This is the year when the cyclist Francesco Moser beat the Hour world record (for the second time), Pinochet was … Continue reading

Filthy Rich – Europe billionaires wealthier than ever

Europe’s fifty richest people have become 153 billion dollars wealthier over the past year, with a total net worth rising to 754 billion dollars. That rise – about three billion dollars each on average – is equivalent to five billion dollars for each of the 28 EU member states or 300 dollars per person across … Continue reading

Sicily poll: what’s at stake locally?

Sicilians are going to the polls today in what is the last electoral test before general elections next year. A right-wing alliance led by three time PM and billionaire tax fraud convict Silvio Berlusconi was seen to be slightly ahead of Beppe Grillo’s Five Star movement, with the ‘centre-left’ Democrats trailing in third place thanks … 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

The Abuse of Overtime: Case of Spain

Spanish workers three and a half million hours of unpaid overtime a week –  equivalent to more than one hundred thousand jobs in a country with over 17% unemployment. The opposition is pushing for a new law that will expose individual firms for exploiting their workforce in this way, says Vincente Clavero The effects of … Continue reading

Macron unites unions as public sector strike hits France

When French President Emmanuel Macron’s secured his sweeping majority of the Elysee Palace and parliament in May and June, it was said that only the unions had a chance of checking his power. So this week’s show of unity and strength by public sector unions – after months of squabbling – will have him worried.  … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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