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Spanish government prepares repressive measures against social opposition

By Vicky Short, Alejandro López, December 6, 2012

Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party government is preparing to impose €90 billion in budget cuts over the next two years.

German Left Party opposes religious circumcision

By Justus Leicht, October 9, 2012

Opposition to laws that permit a religious practice carried out for thousands of years comes not only from the extreme right, but also from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the Left Party.

In response to Muslim protests

Europe strengthens repressive powers of the state

By Peter Schwarz, September 26, 2012

The aim of the anti-Islamic campaign is to divide the working class, suppress opposition to imperialist war, whip up right-wing forces, and direct growing social tensions into reactionary, racist channels.

French youth riot against police brutality in Amiens-Nord

By Antoine Lerougetel, August 16, 2012

Violent clashes youth and police took place on Sunday and Monday nights in the Amiens-Nord council estate.

Defend immigrants in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, August 11, 2012

Last weekend, some 4,500 Athens police officers were mobilized to round up thousands of people believed to be immigrants.

France’s Socialist Party government plans to force Roma into ghettos

By Kumaran Ira, August 3, 2012

The new social-democratic government is threatening to dismantle Roma encampments and force the Roma into “integration villages.”

Letters in defense of the German Socialist Equality Party

April 27, 2012

The following is a selection of readers’ letters on “Hands off the Socialist Equality Party in Germany!”

Hands off the Socialist Equality Party in Germany!

By Peter Schwarz, April 26, 2012

The assault on three meetings of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany in defence of Günter Grass represent an enormous intensification of the attacks on democratic rights.

Right-wing Zionist provocateurs and student council representative close down Leipzig meeting to defend Günter Grass

By our correspondents, April 26, 2012

As with previous meetings in Frankfurt and Berlin, a meeting in Leipzig held Tuesday was met with a huge and coordinated provocation.

European court’s extradition ruling and Guantanamo’s global reach

By Bill Van Auken, April 13, 2012

Tuesday’s ruling by the European human rights court allowing Britain’s extradition of five alleged terror suspects to the US speaks volumes about the erosion of basic democratic principles throughout Europe.

European Court’s extradition ruling: A major blow to democratic rights

By Julie Hyland, April 12, 2012

The decision by the European Court of Human Rights that five men detained on terror-related charges can be extradited to the United States marks a major assault on democratic rights.

Stop the warmongers! Defend Günter Grass!

By Wolfgang Weber, April 11, 2012

The campaign of defamation against one of the world’s best known writers, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature and many other awards, makes clear that the German ruling class and its counterparts in Washington and Tel Aviv are intent on intimidating and silencing anyone who dares criticise the preparations for war against Iran.