Articles Europe

  • Brexit, reality checks and reasons to be cheerful

    Europe

    This should serve as a wake-up call to the Left. For too long, we’ve ignored the genuine concerns and questions of working class voters. To the question, “why does it feel like immigration makes my quality of life worse?” we need a better response than “because you’re a racist”. We can’t claim to be the voice of the working class whilst simultaneously disregarding their opinions.

  • Why the British Said No to Europe

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    This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the “Remain” campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, has been so subverted by Tory and Labour-supported privateers it is fighting for its life.

  • The Brexit nightmare

    Europe

    The left wing advocates of an Out vote were right about one thing: the immediate consequence of the vote to leave the EU was a crisis in the Tory party. In the small hours after referendum day, as the count drew to a close, David Cameron announced his resignation – and by the next morning George Osborne had been sworn in as caretaker prime minister.

  • The Resistible Rise of the Far Right in Europe

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    Europeans are feeling increasingly uncomfortable with their democracies. According to last autumn’s ‘Eurobarometer’, 62 per cent of Europeans believe that things are going in the wrong direction; 48 per cent declare themselves to have no trust in their governments and 43 per cent say that they are unsatisfied with their democracies. This is not new.

  • The French Stand Up

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    This intellectual revolution has only just begun, and it is likely to have a long-term effect on consciousness. Meanwhile, the French are not only debout talking all night, they are also standing up for themselves and for all of us in the streets and on the picket lines – standing up against the 1%’s relentless attacks on our living standards and on our lives. Maybe there is an alternative.

  • Violent strikes against labour reforms are causing chaos in France

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    For the past week, France has felt like a country on the verge of civic insurrection. Union blockades of petrol refineries and depots have caused widespread fuel shortages. Some 2,300 petrol stations have either run dry, or are rationing sales at the pump. The government has dipped into its strategic reserves to maintain supplies.

  • The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany’s Assault on the IMF

    Economic Crisis

    The banks don’t want Greece to be able to service its debt, because the banks intend to use Greece’s inability to service the debt in order to loot Greece of its assets and resources and in order to roll back the social safety net put in place during the 20th century. Neoliberalism intends to reestablish feudalism—a few robber barons and many serfs.

  • ‘Everyone’s outraged’: angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma’s revival

    Economic Crisis

    Increasingly, Greece is a land inhabited by rich and poor. Sights that were once shocking – middle class men and women rifling through the rubbish cans on streets – are now mundane. That worries Stergiou. Just as it worries Korkidis who foresees more companies fleeing, massive tax evasion returning and the black market flourishing as people try to survive.

  • Europe’s Islamist Legionnaires Come Home to Fight

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    The terror bombings in Paris and Brussels have raised a cacophony of voices, ranging from state officials, Prime Ministers and Presidents, to academics, journalists and media consultants. Tons of ink and print have focused on the psychology, networks and operations of the alleged perpetrators – radicalized young Muslim citizens of the EU.

  • Post Communist Russia in a Multi-Polar World

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    Kagarlitsky explains the role played by the oligarchs in Russian and Ukrainian society, the dynamics of political decision making in Putin’s Russia, and how the situation has been influenced in the wake of US and other foreign political and economic decisions.

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