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The Past Masters of Error Pontificate Again

By Juan Torres López The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just published its new report on the Spanish economy that makes predictions about our immediate future and presents proposals, it says, to exit the crisis. The forecasts pour a bucket of cold water on the Spanish government because they say that we … Continue reading

How Rajoy is failing – in ten economic indicators

A year after Mariano Rajoy’s landslide election victory on the night of 20 November the Spanish economy is in a much worse state. Which is not what the right-wing Popular Party (PP) leader leader promised the electorate on the campaign trail. Mariano Rajoy made the economic crisis his springboard to the Moncloa Palace. Although during the election … Continue reading

Put ‘Jobs First’ Mr Monti says Italian union as it holds national rally

Workers from Italy’s crisis-hit firms were out in force Saturday at a national rally in central Rome to demand an end to prime minister Mario Monti’s austerity policies that have cost the country hundreds of thousands of jobs and are laying waste to Europe’s second largest manufacturing sector. The day of action, called by Italy’s … Continue reading

EU leaders must come clean and finally admit – austerity creed is bankrupt

Statement by Gabi Zimmer, president of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament: “Although the schedule for the banking union has now been decided – the rulers have once again cheated and avoided clear commitments, rectifications and urgent decisions. In the conflict between different interest groups and in the battle to claim back lost ground, … Continue reading

Sliding to the Periphery – Italy, the Crisis and Europe

Europe was meant to offer the prospect of completing the modernisation of Italy, consolidating an advanced economy, expanding welfare and democracy. Instead, there’s been economic decline and a degradation of democracy while Europe is becoming increasingly unpopular, argues Mario Pianta Read 

Rajoy is leading us to collective suicide

By Manuel Lago Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s economic policies are leading us to collective suicide. They are reducing living standards and working conditions of the 99% while also failing miserably in their formal objective of stabilizing the economy. There are many reasons behind this serious error and among them is one of diagnosis. Rajoy maintains … Continue reading

Popular Wisdom on France’s ‘social summit’

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / HUMANITE Today and tomorrow, government, unions and employers will be deep in debate at a “social summit”. Between the hopes of changing the world of work and employers bracing themselves for the same old recipes, there will be sharp confrontation. Editorial by Paule Masson July 9, 2012 Make efforts to … Continue reading

EU Summit: the hidden agenda

The big story at the latest crunch EU summit was a new growth pact promoted by new French President Francois Hollande. The mood music was supposed to be upbeat – EU politicians were finally doing something for the common people of Europe, rather than simply serving the super-rich and the banks. But the growth pact … Continue reading

Hollande to present austerity treaty gift wrapped to French Parliament

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / HUMANITE It’s done. Francois Hollande announced this afternoon that he would submit the fiscal pact (Treaty on the stability, coordination and governance  in the Economic and Monetary Union – TSCG) to be ratified by the French Parliament. During his Presidential campaign he had promised to renegotiate it and would not … 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

If we think about what is good for everyone, we can solve things

Left Front leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon talks to Humanité about socialism, humanism, the environment and fixing France. More 

EU leaders’ declaration on growth and jobs only empty words, says ETUC

Council fails to deal with sustainable growth and jobs, says European Trade Union Confederation More

France: from economic to social crisis

The number of jobless people in France hit a 12-year high in November in the latest sign that austerity measures taken by President Sarkozy and by major trading partners are beginning to really hurt in the Eurozone’s second largest economy. Labour ministry data showed that the number of registered jobseekers in mainland France rose by … Continue reading

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