Europe

Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

On the eve of Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington and NATO threatened to escalate economic and military measures against Russia.

Ukrainian troops reject orders from US puppet regime in Kiev

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

Ukrainian troops sent to the eastern part of the country have refused orders to suppress opposition to the right-wing imperialist-backed government in Kiev.

French intelligence collects all data of France Telecom/Orange

By Anthony Torres, 17 April 2014

French intelligence services are collecting all the data of Orange’s customers with no restrictions, oversight, or legal foundation.

SEP holds first European election meeting in North West England constituency

By Paul Mitchell, 17 April 2014

SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the first European election meeting, “Our programme has stood the test of time. We ask you not just to vote for us, but to join and help build the SEP.”

EU Africa summit plans increased European military intervention in Africa

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 April 2014

The summit dispatched more troops to the French-led war in the Central African Republic, amid a broader escalation of European imperialist intervention in Africa.

Munich Greens demand cancellation of Russian orchestra conductor’s contract

By Verena Nees, 17 April 2014

The crisis in Ukraine has led to sharp conflicts over the proposed conductor of the Munich Philharmonic orchestra.

Guardian’s Zoe Williams tries to rehabilitate Tony Blair

By Julie Hyland, 17 April 2014

Britain’s ruling elite, above all, want to erase the lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere in order to prepare even greater crimes.

Manchester meeting: “It’s like a blindfold being taken off”

By our reporters, 17 April 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to several members of the audience at the SEP European election meeting in the North West England constituency.

Spanish government attacks democratic rights

By Alejandro López, 15 April 2014

Madrid is escalating its attacks on democratic rights in response to widespread opposition to the social catastrophe produced by its austerity measures.

US-backed regime drops deadline against east Ukraine protesters, but threat of war remains

By Mike Head, 12 April 2014

The dangers of a civil war and a US-provoked war with Russia still hang over the people of Ukraine, despite the Western-backed regime in Kiev backing away from a 48-hour deadline for a violent crackdown on protesters in eastern Ukraine.

UK campaigners against police killings hold demonstration and rally

By our reporters, 12 April 2014

The protest reflected growing anger at police brutality and impunity.

Civil war looms as pro-US regime threatens massacre of east Ukraine protesters

By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2014

Plans for a bloody crackdown by the US-backed regime in Kiev threaten to plunge Ukraine into a civil war that could draw in Russia and the NATO powers.

German government planning major military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2014

The German government is using the mounting conflict between NATO and Russia to massively rearm the army.

On eve of Merkel visit, massive anti-austerity strike in Greece

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2014

The strike call was widely observed, but few workers attended rallies called by the two main union confederations, which have helped implement deep social cuts.

Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014

US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukrainian regime announces utility price hikes

By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2014

Over the course of four years, Ukraine’s Western-backed, ultra-right government plans to implement a 120 percent increase in the cost of natural gas for households.

German Left Party MPs vote for military deployments

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 April 2014

The April 9 vote by Left Party members for military intervention marks a further shift to the right by the party.

German secret service paid undercover agent “Hitler’s birthday” premium

By Sven Heymanns, 10 April 2014

In recent weeks, there have been a series of revelations about the German secret service’s systematic build-up of neo-Nazi elements in the 1990s.

France’s new government: A political turning point for Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 5 April 2014

The appointment of Manuel Valls as France’s prime minister on a pro-austerity, law-and-order platform exemplifies the rightward shift in European politics.

EU and Ukrainian regime seek to discipline fascist Right Sector

By Stefan Steinberg and Chris Marsden, 5 April 2014

Since the February putsch in Kiev, ties between the supposedly “democratic” regime installed by Washington and its fascist allies have become increasingly tense.

Slovakian presidential election won by non-aligned millionaire

By Markus Salzmann, 5 April 2014

The bankruptcy of all the established parties has provided fertile ground for the rapid political rise of the millionaire Andrej Kiska.

The rightward gallop of the Bosnian pseudo-left

By Ognjen Markovic, 5 April 2014

The pseudo-left in Bosnia treat major historical issues with contempt and associate with forces with longstanding counterrevolutionary records.

French government vows deep attacks on the working class

By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2014

Socialist Party officials called for shock therapy against the working class as ministers of the new cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls were named.

Eastern European states demand stronger action against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 2 April 2014

Eastern European governments have fully supported the right-wing US and EU-led coup in Ukraine and are now demanding intensified military action against Russia.

Spokane, Washington police kill man as he surrenders

By Hector Cordon, 31 March 2014

Police officers in Spokane, Washington shot and killed a man Wednesday as he was walking out of his house in compliance with their orders.

UK National Union of Teachers stage one-day strike

By Margo Miller, 29 March 2014

The strike forced 3,000 schools—12 percent of the total number of schools—to shut their doors completely.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 March 2014

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What accounts for the electoral victories of France’s neo-fascist National Front?

By Alex Lantier, 25 March 2014

The National Front can appeal to social discontent only because pseudo-left groups such as the New Anti-capitalist Party block all expression of working class opposition to the austerity policies of the Socialist Party government.

Spain: One million march in Madrid against austerity

By Alejandro López, 24 March 2014

A mass demonstration on Saturday in the Spanish capital Madrid protested growing austerity, evictions, unemployment and poverty.

Germany: 24-hour warning strikes in public sector

By our reporters, 24 March 2014

A 24-hour strike on Wednesday saw public sector workers down tools throughout large parts of the state of Hesse.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 March 2014

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March 18 protest against social cuts in France: A political dead end

By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 19 March 2014

Workers see one-day protests called by unions that are negotiating austerity policies as a political charade.

Polls predict victory for right-wing Fidesz in Hungarian elections

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2014

Despite catastrophic social conditions, polls anticipate that right-wing Prime Minister Victor Orban will emerge victorious in parliamentary elections on April 6.

US, EU threaten retaliation as Crimea votes to join Russia

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014

US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.

Alex Callinicos: An imperialist apologist writes on Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2014

Callinicos happily forgets what he wrote in 2008 because he is intent on defending the putsch carried out by Washington in Kiev and insisting that Russia is the imperialist aggressor.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 March 2014

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After White House meeting with Ukrainian prime minister

Obama issues new threats against Russia

By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014

The US has effectively taken operational control of the military activities of Ukraine’s neighbours.

Greek students face prosecution for protests

By Katerina Selin, 13 March 2014

Students in Greece protesting for the right to an education are facing prosecution and possible imprisonment.

Spanish government abolishes prosecutions under universal jurisdiction laws

By Alejandro López, 13 March 2014

As the result of a new Spanish law, dozens of investigations will be dropped into crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and torture.

Mehring Books and SEP (Germany) hold two meetings at Leipzig Book Fair

13 March 2014

On March 15, Mehring Books will showcase Leon Trotsky’s work, Europe at War. Mehring Books and the German SEP are also sponsoring a second meeting on the relevance of Trotsky’s work to the danger of war and the crisis in Ukraine.

Kiev to build new army, impose austerity as civil war threatens Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014

With Ukraine facing the likely secession of Crimea, the far-right regime in Kiev is moving to slash social spending and build a new army.

What the European Union said in 2012 about its current fascist allies in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014

The EU’s 2012 resolution condemning Ukrainian fascism refutes media claims that fascism plays only a minor role in the new pro-Western regime in Kiev.

French unions sign Socialist Party’s “Responsibility Pact”

By Kumaran Ira, 12 March 2014

France’s unions are collaborating with President Hollande on the implementation of an austerity program that intensifies attacks on workers’ living standards.

German trade union advises workers to invest redundancy money with Thyssen Krupp

By Dietmar Henning, 12 March 2014

IG Metall and the works council at Thyssen Krupp have suggested unemployed rail manufacturing workers hand their redundancy payments to the company to obtain another job.

US, Europe step up pressure as Ukrainian crisis intensifies

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2014

A Russian foreign ministry statement condemned the US and EU sanctions as “extremely unconstructive” and warned “they will not remain unanswered.”

Irish government preparing army to break strike by airport workers

By Jordan Shilton, 5 March 2014

The plan to involve the military marks an intensification of the assault on any section of Irish workers seeking to defend their jobs and living conditions.

US steps up pressure on Russia amid growing risk of war over Ukraine

By Stefan Steinberg, 4 March 2014

The world is being brought face to face with the disastrous consequences of the dissolution of the USSR, which has left the region vulnerable to imperialist intrigue, provocations and the rise of far-right forces functioning as tools of imperialism.

US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 March 2014

In the wake of the right-wing coup in Ukraine organized by the United States and the European powers, the American media is unleashing a torrent of lies and propaganda.

Canada supports Ukraine coup, threats to Russia

By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is issuing bellicose threats against Russia in unison with the Obama administration.

Rome at risk of Detroit-style bankruptcy

By Marc Wells, 4 March 2014

Italy’s new premier, Matteo Renzi, has approved a decree that prepares the framework for an unprecedented assault on public workers and services as well as the selloff of cultural assets.

Germany’s Angela Merkel feted by the UK to little effect

By Julie Hyland, 4 March 2014

The German chancellor allotted just six hours to her visit, stopping off on the way back to Berlin from Israel, where she had spent two days with her entire cabinet.

UK: Families of Hillsborough disaster victims placed under police surveillance

By Barry Mason, 4 March 2014

Hillsborough family campaigners strongly believed their phone calls were being monitored in the aftermath of the football stadium disaster.

NSA listens in on the German chancellor’s contacts

By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014

After President Obama’s promise not to listen in on Angela Merkel’s phone calls, the NSA has stepped up its operations against everybody she speaks to.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 February 2014

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After pro-EU putsch in Ukraine, Russia puts military on alert

By Alex Lantier, 27 February 2014

Moscow carried out large-scale military exercises yesterday amid rising tensions over the Crimea with the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev.

The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2014

What is at stake in the Ukraine is an international struggle for power and influence that stretches back a quarter of a century.

US seeks to hijack Bosnia protests

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 27 February 2014

Washington has grown increasingly dissatisfied with the intransigence of local politicians and the EU’s failure to resolve the quagmire.

Czech government embarks on more austerity

By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2014

The new Czech government is committed to a political course that is aligned to the European Union but abhorred by the population.

Communication Workers Union becomes official tool of management at Royal Mail in Britain

By Zach Reed, 26 February 2014

In return for seats at the top table the CWU are seeking to impose the terms of the agreement made as part of privatisation.

Child pornography scandal rocks Germany’s grand coalition government

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 February 2014

The scandal surrounding German deputy Sebastian Edathy is linked to his previous criticism of German intelligence agencies.

UK teachers union refuses to back one-day strike

By Margot Miller, 21 February 2014

The aim of the NUT in calling for a day’s strike is not to fight for the interests of its members but to secure a place at the negotiating table.

Irish airport workers latest to strike over pensions

By Jordan Shilton, 21 February 2014

The Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme is in deficit by around €780 million, and trustees are seeking to offload the funding crisis onto the workers.

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21 February 2014

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Partner of Glenn Greenwald was held at London airport

UK ruling against David Miranda escalates assault on democratic rights

By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2014

The High Court judgement against David Miranda gives legal sanction to the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”

Berlin and Washington foment civil war in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014

Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.

Edward Snowden elected Rector of Glasgow University

By Steve James, 20 February 2014

By electing Snowden as Rector, students showed their opposition to attacks on democratic rights by the NSA and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

US, European Union threaten sanctions against Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2014

Amid warnings of a “coup” and “civil war,” Washington and the EU threatened sanctions against Ukrainian officials as part of the escalating Western campaign for regime change.

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1

Political agendas at this year’s Berlinale

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 February 2014

A notable feature of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival was the manner in which certain leading figures in the film word openly promoted their retrograde political agendas.

German Left Party defends the European Union at party conference

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2014

At its party conference on Europe held in Hamburg, the Left Party signaled its readiness to defend the European Union against growing popular opposition.

Hundreds of thousands evicted in Spain since 2008 crash

By Carlos Hernández and Alejandro López, 19 February 2014

Evictions have provoked widespread protests in defence of those unable to pay their rents or caught in the mortgage trap.

Gautier-Sauvagnac affair reveals employer payoffs to French unions

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 February 2014

French employers’ leader Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding the unions.

British government attempts to stamp out student protests

By Zach Reed, 14 February 2014

Students protesting against the attacks on education have been met with police assaults, arrests and suspension.

National schools inspectorate to be overhauled by UK government

By Jo March, 14 February 2014

A brutal inspection regime has been used by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition to force schools to become academies as a step towards privatisation.

Calls for expanded European Union intervention in Bosnia

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2014

Protests over the last week in Bosnia and Herzegovina have led to the resignation of four cantonal government heads and various other officials.

Hungarian government exploits Holocaust Memorial Year to revise history

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2014

The Hungarian government is collaborating with extreme right-wing forces to rehabilitate the pro-Hitler regime of Miklos Horthy.

As Detroit water department faces threats

Water privatization in England: 25 years on

By Jean Shaoul, 14 February 2014

The history of the privatization of the water system in Britain 25 years ago exposes the claims that “free enterprise” can improve the functioning of a publicly owned and operated water system.

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14 February 2014

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How the German Left Party defends the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2014

Although popular opposition to the European Union is widespread and growing, the Left Party is eager to portray itself as a loyal defender of the EU.

Socialist Equality Party European election campaign finds support in German state of North Rhine-Westphalia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13 February 2014

In recent weeks, some 900 registered voters have signed up to support the participation of the German Trotskyists in the European elections.

Initiative to restrict immigration passed in Swiss referendum vote

By Marianne Arens, 11 February 2014

The initiative commits the government to renegotiate the agreement on freedom of movement with the EU within three years.

French automaker PSA plans to slash jobs at Poissy, shift production to Asia

By Stéphane Hugues, 11 February 2014

PSA is intensifying the exploitation of its work force, relying on speedup and job cuts in Europe while preparing a major production shift towards Asia.

Workers ignore token union protest against French Socialist Party’s cuts

By Pierre Mabut, 11 February 2014

The unions denounce opposition to social cuts from the left as aiding fascism, even as they negotiate austerity measures with the Socialist Party government.

Support the London Underground strikers!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

11 February 2014

All those workers who have seen their jobs and living standards decimated must come to the defence of the London Underground workers.

The return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2014

Barely 70 years after the collapse of the Third Reich and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German imperialism is once again revealing its historical roots.

London Underground strike shuts down capital

By Michael Barnes, 6 February 2014

A two-day strike beginning Tuesday evening by London Underground workers brought the capital to a standstill.

Democratic rights under attack in Scotland

By Steve James, 6 February 2014

Last year there were 700,000 police stops and searches in Scotland.

Deflationary tendencies intensify in Europe as unemployment remains at record levels

By Stefan Steinberg, 5 February 2014

The human misery resulting from the policies of the European elite finds its sharpest expression in the growth of mass unemployment and resulting poverty.

The Irish trade unions, the pseudo-left and the Dublin lockout centenary

By Jordan Shilton, 5 February 2014

A series of events has been staged over the last months to mark a century since the great Dublin lockout, which began August 26, 1913, and ended January 18, 1914.

Appeal by family of Roma schoolgirl to return to France rejected

By Pierre Mabut, 4 February 2014

On January 28, a French administrative tribunal rejected the request for a resident’s permit by the family of Leonarda Dibrani.

Attacks on wages and jobs at Electrolux in Italy

By our correspondents, 4 February 2014

Electrolux intends to close its northern Italian plants unless workers’ wages are drastically reduced.

European governments stir up anti-Roma prejudice

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 3 February 2014

The impoverishment of the Roma is a direct result of the restoration of capitalism after 1989 in Eastern Europe.

UK Labour pledges itself to legally binding savage cuts

By Julie Hyland, 30 January 2014

The British Labour Party has announced it will impose legally binding massive spending cuts, such as those being carried out in Greece by the European Union.

Popular support for Spain’s monarchy plummets

By Alejandro López, 30 January 2014

With over half of the Spanish people now favouring the abdication of Spanish king Juan Carlos, the legitimacy of a pillar of capitalist rule is crumbling.

Far-right demonstration in Paris calls for resignation of President Hollande

By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 January 2014

Thousands participated in far-right “Day of Anger” demonstration in Paris last Monday calling for the resignation of President Hollande.

RMT rail union calls off London Docklands Light Railway strikes

By Tom Pearse, 30 January 2014

Providing no details, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said planned industrial action was suspended “following the receipt of improved offers on pay and across a range of other issues.”

Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns as EU keeps pressure on Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 January 2014

The Ukrainian government’s resignation followed intense pressure by the European Union and the US which both intervened directly to promote opposition protests.

European Union demands more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2014

Demands for further austerity come after the Council of State ruled previous wage cuts to the armed forces, police, coast guard and firemen unconstitutional.

German union calls off strike by European air traffic controllers

By Dietmar Henning, 27 January 2014

Through a coordinated strike throughout Europe, air traffic controllers wanted to protest EU plans to restructure European airspace.

Survivors say Greek policy caused deaths of 12 migrants in Aegean Sea

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2014

Afghan and Syrian refugees were allegedly “pushed back” towards Turkey.