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Without a national currency there is no democracy

Enrico Grazzini explains how Italy can save itself from Euro death Europe, and especially in Italy, is still struggling to understand the crucial value of money in the economy, politics and democracy. Unfortunately, the error is shared by much of the left. Everyone understands (at least apparently) that there is no political democracy without a democratic … Continue reading

94 reasons why French trade unions have boycotted Hollande’s job summit

Francois Hollande’s jobs summit is becoming a farse. Unemployment in France has risen to a new high of 3.4 million. The socialist President is desperate to be seen to be doing something about it. But Monday yet another union walked out of the two day ‘social summit’, an unprecedented desertion by organised labour for any administration in Paris, … Continue reading

Italy in the Summer: A Bel Paese for tourists, not so beautiful for the workers

By Roberta Manieri Employers blame the crisis and the need to cut costs. From Italy’s South to the North, workers are being blackmailed into accepting increasingly exploitative working conditions, say unions representing workers in a sector employing around a million people Quality, dignity and professionalism should go hand in hand with the job. Even more … Continue reading

Syriza: We’ll reverse the Government-Troika job cuts

The Greek government this week passed measures slashing thousands of public sector jobs. Argiris Panagopoulos, correspondent of Il Manifesto newspaper interviewed Panos Lamprou, a leading member of the opposition Syriza party, on this latest round of Troika-inspired austerity, dubbed a ‘mini-memorandum’. Lamprou, a member of the Secretariat to SYRIZA’s Central Committee, also talks about alternative … Continue reading

Portuguese dockers plan to extend strikes over jobs, working conditions

Portuguese dockers plan to further extend their strike action over job cuts and moves to slash working conditions.The workers kicked off strike action in September against a law to make employment practices in the sector more ‘flexible’. Dockers have struck at ports in Lisbon, Setubal, Aveiro and Figueira da Foz. In early November the Sindicato dos Estivadores … Continue reading

Journalists at Italy’s L’Espresso magazine strike over cuts

Journalists from Italy’s L’Espresso magazine took strike action Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November against a ‘heavy programme of cuts’ and to ‘protect the heritage of one of the leading titles in Italy for its history, prestige and quality.’ They criticised planned editorial staffing cuts – 12 out of a total of 40 journalists – saying … Continue reading

Another Road for Europe – An Appeal

Europe is in crisis because it has been hijacked by neoliberalism and finance. In the last twenty years – with a persistent democratic deficit – the meaning of the European Union has increasingly been reduced to a narrow view of the single market and the single currency, leading to liberalisations and speculative bubbles, loss of … Continue reading

Spain’s coal miners battle for their jobs, communities

Spain’s miners are fighting for their jobs and the future of their communities Their campaign kicked off last week and has seen strikes, road blockades, and mine sit-ins involving up to 8,000 mineworkers from 40 coal mines in northern Spain. Backed by mining unions within both of Spain’s major labour federations — Confederación Sindical de … Continue reading

Less “Merkozy”, more social and democratic Europe! says European Left

Resolution of the Council of chairpersons of the Party of the European Left (EL) on tackling the European Economic and Financial Crisis The European summit of the 8-9 December 2011 marks a very dangerous turning point for the future of Europe. Entering into an agreement on the protection of the European Central Bank independence and … Continue reading

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