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Decision time for Italian voters

Italians are voting again after 14 months under “technocrat” Mario Monti. The outcome of the election in terms of delivering a stable government is uncertain. Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left Democrats have been leading in the polls, but billionaire media magnate Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing alliance is expected to put in a strong showing as is newcomer … Continue reading

Italy: And now for something completely different

A coalition of communists, greens and radical magistrates have combined to propose a Civil Revolution to the Italian people in parliamentary elections on Feb 24-25. Here’s the manifesto

Why Has Berlusconi Bounced Back?

Five reasons why the billionaire media magnate is back in the running for national elections in Italy later this month. Read the article in Counterpunch

Berlusconi’s proto-fascism

By Dino Greco Having again, shamelessly opened his black heart to absolve Mussolini, and his deeds, Silvio Berlusconi sparked outrage, shame rejection, dismay – and so on and so forth – among almost all major players and commentators in national politics. Worse, he vomited his own indecent words on “Memorial Day”, in front of the notorious Platform … Continue reading

Monti forever

For  17 odd years Italy was promised a ‘liberal revolution’, but the man making the promises, three times prime minister and billionaire businessman Silvio Berlusconi did not deliver it. Then came Mario Monti – in November 2011 – and that more accurately labelled ‘neo-liberal’ programme commenced with haste. Twelve months of spending cuts, tax rises … Continue reading

The populists of the spread have already won Italy’s election

By Giorgio Cremaschi The role of the spread in the upcoming elections, as with all that is left of our democracy, has powerfully resurfaced. Giorgio Napolitano already announced this in saying that we must await the verdict of the markets. This was echoed in the mass media and actors Fiorello and Luciana Littizzetto. So on Monday … Continue reading

Syriza paid for its ambiguity

By Emiliano Brancaccio Syriza, the main party of the Left, lost the elections in Greece. The first real opportunity to launch a clear political message about the unsustainability of the European monetary union has thus been lost. Consequently, save surprises, the agony of the single currency is destined to endure, and with it the suffering of the peripheral … Continue reading

French elections – more bad news than good?

First the good news. The Right is not only out of the Elysee Palace but it is on course to have lost control of parliament too. And in its place is probably the most progressive of social democrat parties in Europe today. The Socialists’ programme includes boosting industrial investment, youth employment and teacher numbers, hiking … Continue reading

Radical left and anti-austerity candidates triumph in Italy’s second round mayoral elections.

Radical left and anti -austerity candidates won Monday in Genoa, Palermo and Parma in the second round run off mayoral elections in Italy. Genoa In Genoa, Marco Doria, a left academic and son of veteran communist Giorgio Doria, the ‘red marquis’, was victorious. Following in his father’s footsteps, Doria joined the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in his youth, … Continue reading

The man who could decide the future of Europe

Who is Alexis Tsipras? What is Syriza? Can Greece find a way out of the crisis? A wide–ranging in-depth interview with the leader of the radical left party that could emerge as the largest force in the country’s June 17 elections. The interview was conducted days before the May 6 general elections in Greece.

The Six Lessons from France’s French Presidential election

The Six Lessons of the 6th of May: L’Humanite newspaper on the Second Round of the French Presidential election here

France needs genuine policy change and concrete, rapid improvements in living standards or Le Pen will triumph

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / HUMANITE May 7, 2012 Following the victory of Socialist Francois Hollande over right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of France’s Presidential elections on Sunday, French communist daily L’Humanite caught up with Olivier Dartigolles, spokesman for the French Communist Party, which is a founding and central member of the … Continue reading

Radical left making gains in Italy too

Further gains were made by Italy’s radical left locally in town hall elections on Monday as people vented their anger at technocrat premier Mario Monti’s austerity policies. The right wing party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saw heavy losses while there was a surge in support for the broadly progressive 5 Star Movement led … Continue reading

Greece returns to the Middle Ages as it prepares to go to the polls

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / IL MANIFESTO Wages have decreased between 25 and 30% in a year. There are virtually no collective agreements. And over 33,000 Greeks on individual contracts who have had their pay cut between 20 and 28%. And last Saturday, there was a new political suicide, writes Argiris Panagopoulos  In Greece, the vote … Continue reading

Our French resistance is only just beginning, says Melenchon

In unity we on the left have found the strength to stop Sarkozy and derail the politics of austerity, says Jean Melenchon writing in The Guardian

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