Europe http://www.wsws.org/topics/continent/europe/ Mass one-day strike hits Syriza’s austerity measures in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/gree-f05.html Just over one year after it came to power, Syriza, the party that was hailed by pseudo-left groups internationally, is an object of hatred and contempt. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0bcf424-50ff-4040-863d-12f13ace86eF/gree-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Stop the persecution of Julian Assange! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/pers-f05.html Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16a5f856-7714-4dec-b1af-96a3690ddafL/pers-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z UK Prime Minister Cameron signals early referendum on EU membership http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/brex-f04.html The proposed agreement between Cameron and European Council President Donald Tusk is a refutation of those who depict the EU as the guardian of a more progressive agenda. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ddcdf34b-7752-4b6d-a1ed-fc15f48869cK/brex-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z German government steps up attacks on refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/refu-f04.html Germany’s grand coalition government is adopting ever more drastic measures against refugees and paving the way for far-right forces in the process. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef657851-841d-4a08-ad96-eae4f85fcbbP/refu-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z German economics minister seeks to smooth relations with Poland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/pola-f04.html The Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, is one of the most important issues of dispute between Berlin and Warsaw. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/822c75af-56b4-4dbf-84f1-21420cdd16eJ/pola-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z Pentagon budget directed toward war with Russia and China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/pent-f03.html The thrust of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s speech before the Economic Club on Tuesday was that US imperialism is preparing for a new world war. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d22d4b27-ac38-4578-ba58-72d7156aadcG/pent-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/aust-f02.html The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f534833-3e89-440d-8a27-19ef866187cG/aust-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Former British Prime Minister Blair joins call for a European army http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/02/blai-f02.html In calling for the creation of a European military force, Blair wrote that the European powers had to be capable of projecting their interests on the global stage. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f6750e0-941d-4380-8218-cf675113d2dG/blai-f02.html 2016-02-02T05:00:00Z Divisions mount in German government over refugee policy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/csu-f01.html The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef0bf6d3-ea76-407c-9f52-67f9077eaa3H/csu-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z US Congress quietly enables funding for Ukrainian neo-Nazi-led Azov Regiment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/azov-f01.html A proposed ban on US funding of Ukrainian neo-Nazis that had attracted substantial media attention last June when it was introduced never actually became law. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/db42b478-39b5-4e51-ab7c-41468834339N/azov-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Thousands of jobs threatened in North Sea oil and gas industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/01/nsea-f01.html As many as 200,000 oil-related jobs could be lost in the UK. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fcd50120-846a-4c99-8a59-7b75787029aA/nsea-f01.html 2016-02-01T05:00:00Z Sweden announces plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/swed-j29.html Sweden’s announcement came the same day as Human Rights Watch published a scathing indictment of the curtailment of democratic rights in Europe in response to the refugee crisis. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48f872e6-010a-4294-8e78-2bd867545f2I/swed-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Google’s UK tax deal leaves major corporations with nothing to fear http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/goog-j29.html Technology giant Google’s pathetically small British tax payment confirms once again that major corporations operate virtually unhindered by national governments. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aee88149-74c2-47b9-b1d1-d4d6cd8e4f2C/goog-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z Ten thousand jobs in danger at Volkswagen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/volk-j29.html VW has signaled through the corporate press that it is planning mass layoffs, wage cuts and a drastic worsening of working conditions. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5527640-ab23-42ff-8d14-0200a2727daN/volk-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z European governments step up offensive against refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/refu-j28.html Proposals made at the EU meeting amount to the transformation of Greece into a giant concentration camp for refugees. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/478ce18c-3022-4573-b1e5-e86c7171792E/refu-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Over a thousand jobs to go at Welsh steel plants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/tata-j28.html There is no suggestion of opposition from either the trade unions or the Labour Party. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2d2a409-476e-4d29-8a9d-579c0702e57C/tata-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z Prominent German journalist beats the drum for nationalism and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/aust-j27.html German media outlets are seeking to outdo each other in stirring up hatred against refugees, calling for a strong state and for more military missions. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0444fd2-2bd8-41b9-9ef6-853c758ef4fO/aust-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z UK government inquiry purports to link Putin to Litvinenko assassination http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/27/litv-j27.html The report of the inquiry, based in part on the testimony of key “expert” witness Robert Service, has been loudly advertised in the media over the past week, despite the absence of any evidence to support its findings. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19b0a658-e67b-48c9-946a-ea79336acf8M/litv-j27.html 2016-01-27T05:00:00Z Prime Minister Valls pledges permanent state of emergency in France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/stem-j26.html As if in a slow-motion military coup, the ruling elite is moving to transform political life in France, creating an authoritarian political regime. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96ec0b3a-7175-42a2-aa66-d7bd5d52211F/stem-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Austria closes its borders to refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/aust-j26.html As Europe is firmly in the grip of winter, one government after another is closing its borders. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f8fc3fa-db14-45d7-86a2-2f7688be6f9E/aust-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Berlin town hall meeting protests discrimination against refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/berl-j26.html Many of those attending the mass meeting were appalled at the treatment of refugees, confined in airport hangars and other mass accommodation. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e619eee4-6511-4e54-925a-537c7e5b9c5C/berl-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Victorian-era diseases making a comeback in the UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/vict-j26.html Hospital admissions for cholera have quadrupled over the last four years Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96eda488-55d8-484e-bab2-498a332972fD/vict-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Dozens of refugees drown near Greek island of Farmakonisi http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/refu-j23.html The deaths come amid escalating state repression and military operations by the European powers targeting refugees. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/018b1aba-d7ae-46f9-91aa-78b5e3f0156P/refu-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Spain: Podemos ready to form government with Socialist Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/spai-j23.html All of the parties willing to form or back a “left government” have a historical record and programme of supporting austerity and war. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a414275-b032-4bf2-b8e6-89e21ba6d68J/spai-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Mass protests against pension cuts in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/gree-j23.html In Greece, an increasing number of professional groups are protesting against the planned pension cuts of the Syriza government. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/252b364f-9df8-47d0-8299-e1b9595f698B/gree-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z What is behind the growing criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/merk-j21.html The chancellor, whose position seemed unassailable a few months ago, could now prematurely lose office as she comes under attack from sections of the political establishment. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e988b26f-6427-4cad-8970-f030048553eF/merk-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Calls for “primary of the left” offer political cover to French ruling party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/prim-j21.html A part of the bourgeoisie fears that the appeals to the far right from the ruling Socialist Party could discredit its policies of austerity and war. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fde67fda-da97-4fd8-8fac-f95ff42a099H/prim-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z Danish and Swedish governments step up attacks on refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/asyl-j20.html Measures once associated with fascist regimes are again being employed against refugees fleeing war in the Middle East. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06a88fb4-dc8d-4eeb-b4a3-e65e80d7376F/asyl-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z RISE: “Scottish Syriza” seeks alliance with Scottish National Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/rise-j20.html Under conditions where the SNP government is enforcing austerity policies, RISE seeks to ensure that disaffection with the SNP is channelled along nationalist and separatist lines. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4bb72ae0-dde7-4f6a-8a5b-dad7cfeb9d3B/rise-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z Berlin police raid: A civil war exercise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/19/berl-j19.html The illegal raid involving hundreds of police officers was intended to intimidate an entire neighbourhood. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d05fc859-d015-4a0f-af9d-0ff117163dfP/berl-j19.html 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Hundreds of Neo-Nazis riot in Leipzig, Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/leip-j13.html Monday’s right-wing riot in Leipzig took place amid a racist anti-Muslim campaign promoted by German political parties and the media. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ea95edc-52c8-4e4e-bf05-3ffb96ba587N/leip-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z New Year’s message for refugees in Berlin: It will get worse! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/refu-j13.html The onset of winter has worsened conditions for the approximately 40,000 refugees in Berlin. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eab5c2a9-f087-4015-8e32-8b19195bd80H/refu-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z Divisions within UK Tory party deepen over EU membership http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/13/brex-j13.html It is estimated that up to two-thirds of Conservative MPs support a “Brexit.” Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e24ef728-41aa-4f23-a070-2d624478de6N/brex-j13.html 2016-01-13T05:00:00Z German politicians and media agitate against Poland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/pola-j12.html Representatives of German imperialism and its servants in the media have absolutely no right to lecture any country about “democracy” and “tolerance.” Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/758192bc-af4d-4cf2-8a23-81d9730d050A/pola-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z New Catalan premier installed on pro-austerity platform of secession from Spain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/cata-j12.html The regional parliament has elected Carles Puigdemont as regional premier for the Together for Yes coalition, with the support of the pseudo-left CUP. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/09302e7d-f197-4618-83f0-32d9ea81132P/cata-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z Spain: CUP supports a pro-austerity, separatist Catalan government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/12/cup-j12.html The Popular Unity Candidacy and the pro-austerity separatist parties of the Together for Yes coalition have joined to elect a new Catalan premier. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8c871b8-cd2b-4dc3-867e-c903f57210cB/cup-j12.html 2016-01-12T05:00:00Z German media and politicians demand increased state powers in response to Cologne assaults http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/colo-j11.html Alleged sexual assaults by refugees in Cologne are being used as a pretense for pumping out racist agitation and cracking down on refugees. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a73f8baf-f7cb-40c5-b2b5-f8c8bcc0a8bL/colo-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z The refugee tragedy and the European Union: The balance sheet for 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/euro-j11.html The mistreatment of refugees fleeing to Europe has assumed proportions that would have been unthinkable twelve months ago. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0c0bbf83-2b2c-43cb-be0a-18cbaab7fcfE/euro-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Podemos considers forming government with Spanish social democrats http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/pode-j11.html The purpose of such a government, like Syriza in Greece, would be to enforce more unpopular austerity measures on working people and the entire population. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/14f11ffe-0791-4a2e-a39c-44246334448J/pode-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Thousands of student nurses, midwives and junior doctors demonstrate in London http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/11/nurs-j11.html The Conservative government has announced plans to scrap bursaries and introduce student fees. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b673bc2-7e14-44f2-9250-034be8b9f89L/nurs-j11.html 2016-01-11T05:00:00Z Police gun down youth in poor Paris neighborhood http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/08/chpa-j08.html Witnesses speaking to the media flatly contradicted official accounts of the shooting and said that police gunned down an unarmed man without warning. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01421195-9fd8-4588-9499-56cf7d2bac6A/chpa-j08.html 2016-01-08T05:00:00Z French government considers deprivation of nationality as possible sentence to all citizens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/fran-j06.html The Socialist Party is increasingly taking up positions associated with the extreme right and the traditions of 20th century European fascism. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19123d05-b195-4b7d-81bf-166a51e2b37A/fran-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Spain: Elections anticipated after CUP refuses to back Catalan government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/spai-j06.html The petty-bourgeois Candidatures of Popular Unity have refused to invest Catalan President Artur Mas, whose party they have backed in parliament. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4846485f-d423-494c-94c9-6544b0ec88bI/spai-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Student accommodation costs rocket in UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/stud-j06.html Investors are responding to the profits available due to the increased enrolment of foreign students in British universities and the expansion of privately rented halls. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/da9c8a14-9040-4ccf-be0b-d086eb287f4E/stud-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z Germany: Poverty of welfare recipients increases http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/hart-j06.html The real value of already low welfare payments under Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits system has continued to fall. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13fab785-d2e2-4b9b-9f0a-04d36986059A/hart-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/06/pers-j06.html The entry of the Luftwaffe into the Syrian war, backed by some 1,200 German soldiers and a frigate, opens a new and ominous chapter in the resurgence of German militarism. Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6933edc5-cdb7-4dd9-ade6-8029218d9c9J/pers-j06.html 2016-01-06T05:00:00Z UK Tories step up attacks on school education http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/educ-j05.html The cuts in education are part of the government’s austerity agenda aimed at saving more than £20 billion in public finances. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bac61753-6373-4a03-a973-a411e3a87ceI/educ-j05.html 2016-01-05T05:00:00Z 2016 will be a year of escalating class struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/clas-j04.html Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e172633-c8cf-410c-b0de-1e716abbad4B/clas-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Right-wing Polish government takes control of public media http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/04/pola-j04.html In another step towards establishing authoritarian rule, the Law and Justice government has adopted a bill to subordinate public broadcast services to its right-wing agenda. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2a85b1e-7a36-43c8-ad55-2bace49aab4M/pola-j04.html 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z UK floods bring further destruction to thousands http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/30/floo-d30.html The storms are estimated to have dropped an average month’s rainfall within a 24-hour period. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c62d4963-98f6-4f7d-8a48-95289c6e84cG/floo-d30.html 2015-12-30T05:00:00Z Portugal’s new Socialist Party government bails out another bank http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/29/port-d29.html The bailout of Banif was only possible because of the actions of the Left Bloc and the Communist Party, whose support brought the minority PS government to power last month. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb9f000d-cabc-42ac-a64f-b31e82d9dd3O/port-d29.html 2015-12-29T05:00:00Z The fracturing of the European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/pers-d28.html In the last century, great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of two world wars, which claimed nearly 100 million victims. Now, these same tendencies are spreading once again. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e026fdb-65eb-4e23-8023-21fbc44ec15A/pers-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z Prince Charles and William granted access to top secret UK documents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/28/mona-d28.html While the documents in question have been freely handed to the British monarchy, the government insists that they not be released to the public for at least three decades. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c9ad27e-fc3d-4356-b151-788c382dbbaL/mona-d28.html 2015-12-28T05:00:00Z French government proposes constitutional amendment on state of emergency, deprivation of citizenship http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/cons-d24.html Proposed moves to deprive people of French nationality were traditionally associated to the far-right National Front and were used against the Jews during the Nazi Occupation. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2218bb7-c9ec-4ee9-98db-2681504aa57I/cons-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z UK: Employment practises of Sports Direct retail giant exposed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/dire-d24.html Sports Direct has gained notoriety for its employment conditions, with its Shirebrook warehouse known locally as the “Gulag”. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9414fc96-0e97-4daf-87e0-84c4628e706A/dire-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z German government creates new “Anti-Terror Unit” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/24/germ-d24.html Under conditions of increasing class tensions in Germany and the revival of an aggressive foreign policy, the ruling elite is preparing for the suppression of popular opposition. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7ac3090-4728-4d41-b40e-df470d174d9P/germ-d24.html 2015-12-24T05:00:00Z Spanish political system in turmoil over hung parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/spai-d23.html Sunday’s elections resulted in a historic collapse of the two-party system that has dominated Spanish politics since the fascist Franco dictatorship fell in 1977. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c9f237c-973a-48b3-ac80-9e0b40106e8G/spai-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Mass police raids in French state of emergency find no terror networks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/fran-d23.html Mass searches and house arrests are part of the preparation for the imposition of a permanent state of emergency by the Socialist Party government. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2abb6f01-ff50-471c-8f9f-b521ace58feG/fran-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Amid French state of emergency, Sodexo sacks 19 workers for striking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/sode-d23.html The sudden and unprecedented mass sacking by food and facilities management multinational Sodexo is an attack on the constitutionally protected right to strike. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42399070-643a-4810-91fe-8384e643dcdG/sode-d23.html 2015-12-23T05:00:00Z Kellingley Colliery—last remaining deep coal mine in Britain—closes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/22/kell-d22.html When Kellingley opened in 1965, coal production in Britain employed around 500,000 workers and produced up to 177 million tonnes of coal. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11d9f112-0a30-4d55-baf5-29f4b3ae69aA/kell-d22.html 2015-12-22T05:00:00Z Spanish political establishment shifts to right in run-up to general election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/19/citi-d19.html While the Podemos and Citizens parties have emerged to rebrand parts of Spain’s discredited ruling establishment, neither speaks to workers’ social aspirations. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a893c951-2406-4365-87a8-7464fddfa12I/citi-d19.html 2015-12-19T05:00:00Z Weapon used in November 13 Paris attacks came from CIA-linked arms dealer http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/18/cial-d18.html Investigations of the November 13 attacks raise the question of whether elements in or around the state machine facilitated the commission of the terror attacks in Paris. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1a6bc093-46c7-4df2-af22-1cc74197ff9L/cial-d18.html 2015-12-18T05:00:00Z Senior UK Labourites Darling and Brown join the gravy train http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/17/darl-d17.html Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are emulating the unindicted war criminal Tony Blair, now estimated to be worth over £125 million Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5aba1e62-d327-43f1-9c3a-8950cba4b2dE/darl-d17.html 2015-12-17T05:00:00Z Government conspiracy against 1972 UK builders’ strike exposed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/15/shre-d15.html The frame-up of the striking workers, known as the Shrewsbury 24, required the intimate involvement of then-Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/894ae53f-a0ec-49b6-baa2-f101ae68c73L/shre-d15.html 2015-12-15T05:00:00Z Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/refu-d12.html Independent investigations by German media outlets suggest that the authorities probing right-wing anti-immigrant violence systematically downplay and even defend it. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ba0f2bd-b91e-4348-8377-b418d60492cG/refu-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z Opel Bochum: Few new jobs a year after plant closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/12/opel-d12.html 2,500 former Opel workers will soon face unemployment. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f65058c-b24a-42fc-9f25-ce4544d1e27D/opel-d12.html 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z After Paris attacks, New Anti-capitalist Party backs police state rule and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/11/pari-d11.html The NPA is not denouncing war or the threat of police dictatorship in France, but insinuating that opposition to imperialist war is support for terrorism. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef4a41bd-3610-43e7-9dbe-3a62e42e49bF/pari-d11.html 2015-12-11T05:00:00Z Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/10/open-d10.html Even the small amount of information in the public domain makes clear that undercover officers were involved in and directed criminal activity. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96d639a8-0a85-455d-acf7-a1eb5f423d9N/open-d10.html 2015-12-10T05:00:00Z OECD finds UK pensions amongst lowest in world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/09/pens-d09.html Pensions have come under sustained attack by the previous Labour, Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition and present Conservative governments. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7893ea62-1422-4835-b19a-56aa677e07aP/pens-d09.html 2015-12-09T05:00:00Z Calls grow for deployment of German ground troops in Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/bund-d08.html A report in <em>Der Spiegel</em> makes clear that far-reaching plans to escalate the German intervention in Syria are being prepared behind the backs of the population. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e14586e3-b562-41d6-89ca-ba10f7f2701N/bund-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Greek parliament approves austerity budget for 2016 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/gree-d08.html Aware of the massive popular opposition to austerity, Tsipras has sought to win the support of the right-wing opposition for an all-party offensive to enforce his program. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cad4510-62ec-427b-800b-c4456ea1da5A/gree-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Notes on London’s housing crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/lond-d08.html A report on homelessness in England that over the past year homelessness has increased up by 5 percent across the country and by 10 percent in London. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8e6e9fd-28b3-4406-a061-16f43ece043E/lond-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Five years since the arrest of Julian Assange http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/08/assa-d08.html Assange is the victim of a transparent frame-up. His sole crime was to bring to global attention the heinous war crimes committed by the US and other imperialist powers in Iraq and Afghanistan—crimes authorised at the highest levels of government. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a4ae9618-fc19-40ca-bb0c-640ba16f0f8D/assa-d08.html 2015-12-08T05:00:00Z Neo-fascist National Front leads first round of French regional elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/regi-d07.html In elections held under a state of emergency after the November 13 attacks in Paris, the National Front made broad gains in six of France’s 13 regions. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab5a1a72-afc6-4041-accc-f45b259b5a8H/regi-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z Polish government signals interest in hosting US nuclear weapons http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/poli-d07.html Poland would become the sixth country in Europe to host US nuclear forces as part of the NATO “nuclear sharing” program. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3becfb4-6dd4-47a3-bf6e-55f600e7dbcG/poli-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z After Syria vote, British pseudo-left pledge loyalty to Corbyn and Labour http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/corb-d07.html Even as they urge deselection and campaigns to “democratise” the Labour Party, the pseudo-left groups oppose drawing any lessons from Corbyn’s surrender. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/92f650de-7d5b-4a82-ae4e-ab3546f07fcM/corb-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z UK private care homes facing closure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/07/care-d07.html In taking over the provision of care homes and related services, private companies have sought to undermine working conditions. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8e61c39-4c94-4642-8038-890ae48ce2eJ/care-d07.html 2015-12-07T05:00:00Z British Medical Association calls off UK junior doctors strikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/02/doct-d02.html The BMA’s betrayal allows the government further time to come up with a repackaged deal, in order to carry out effectively the same attacks on doctors’ employment conditions and pay. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/061d669b-bf1d-4622-be37-be8bacd741eL/doct-d02.html 2015-12-02T05:00:00Z Employers push to use French state of emergency against workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/21/fran-n21.html As the government imposes a state of emergency, the employers federation is calling on businesses to report any suspect remark by workers to the police. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b8ac608f-b2ed-483c-8326-72d6cab664eF/fran-n21.html 2015-11-21T05:00:00Z Paris terrorists operated “in plain sight” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/21/pers-n21.html At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/47f339ff-7fb7-4476-85ae-5fd8619ebd4E/pers-n21.html 2015-11-21T05:00:00Z German flight attendants’ strike ends without result http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/20/luft-n20.html The leadership of the flight attendants’ union UFO used a large strike demonstration in Frankfurt to reassure Lufthansa management that it will support corporate restructuring. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b7a2c3a-7b16-4347-a8df-5c0b2facf8cJ/luft-n20.html 2015-11-20T05:00:00Z The state of emergency and the collapse of French democracy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/19/pers-n19.html Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62547aed-13ad-4787-8be8-772a2ffcde6K/pers-n19.html 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z Paris suburb of Saint Denis under military lockdown as gun battle plays out http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/19/raid-n19.html Residents in the center of Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, were woken up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning by an enormous explosion and heavy gunfire. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a467cde6-fa85-430c-9fea-58163622d83N/raid-n19.html 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z French government’s bill on state of emergency threatens democratic rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/19/cons-n19.html The modification of the French Constitution paves the way for security forces to ban strikes, demonstrations or any public meetings that displease the authorities. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4f1b433-eb8d-4b96-b9ad-de49dbc66b6N/cons-n19.html 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z Labour MPs side with Tory government against Corbyn on war and repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/19/corb-n19.html Leading Labour officials are seconding Tory and media denunciations of Labour leader Corbyn as a threat to “national security.” Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5023b550-272f-45ec-b380-91e2b271654A/corb-n19.html 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z German government exploits cancellation of football match to expand state powers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/19/germ-n19.html The interior ministry is using an alleged planned terrorist attack in Hannover to provoke hysteria and press ahead with the strengthening of the state. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4095216d-8740-4d03-a3ae-c41cba97ef2O/germ-n19.html 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/13/icfi-n13.html The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a830b693-31e2-47cc-90b5-8b1a29c6ef6G/icfi-n13.html 2015-11-13T05:00:00Z US media seize on doping report to deepen offensive against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/12/dopi-n12.html The sudden eruption of an international scandal makes clear that the WADA document is to serve as a vehicle for further financial, cultural and institutional pressure against Moscow. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8de32091-69df-4d1e-af28-23b46c0c738C/dopi-n12.html 2015-11-12T05:00:00Z Strike shuts down London Docklands Light Railway http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/12/dock-n12.html The current owner has a history of slashing costs by sub-tendering jobs to its own contractors. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f42217f1-4f84-486a-a0b1-222d1264912N/dock-n12.html 2015-11-12T05:00:00Z Pentagon push for build-up in Europe against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/10/nato-n10.html The Obama administration is expected to approve a plan to rotate more troops into Europe, effectively increasing by 50 percent the forces available for a NATO confrontation with Russia. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0ee478aa-9d15-4054-abd8-fb28fe95171I/nato-n10.html 2015-11-10T05:00:00Z EU Parliament votes nonbinding resolution to protect Edward Snowden http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/31/snow-o31.html While cynically bowing to mass support for Snowden’s exposure of state criminality, the EU offers him no protection from persecution by US and European spy agencies. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72bc4ea5-83c2-4c71-b3b5-77c14a20703K/snow-o31.html 2015-10-31T05:00:00Z Dozens of refugees drown in the Aegean Sea as Fortress Europe is expanded http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/30/refu-o30.html Upwards of 50 refugees died on Wednesday in several boating accidents while making the journey from the Turkish coast to the nearby Greek Aegean islands. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59abc012-81cb-4ecf-862a-4d4a89045d8G/refu-o30.html 2015-10-30T05:00:00Z Dangerous developments in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/29/pers-o29.html Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a9950f93-25ee-4dd1-8d41-69c8aa859e3F/pers-o29.html 2015-10-29T05:00:00Z EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/27/pers-o27.html Supposedly democratic governments have moved to strengthen their security forces, seal off borders, build internment camps and dispatch vulnerable refugees back to the war zones from which they fled. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/245d3cac-1d4e-4d83-96a5-ee6429f12c2F/pers-o27.html 2015-10-27T05:00:00Z Mehring Verlag publishing house presents new book, <em>Scholarship or War Propaganda?</em> at Frankfurt Book Fair http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/27/mehr-o27.html <em>Scholarship or War Propaganda?</em> deals with the political controversy at Humboldt University in Berlin over the critique of the positions of Professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler in support of the return of German militarism. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2629439f-278b-454a-ab51-7709f5e6649K/mehr-o27.html 2015-10-27T05:00:00Z Postal workers strike in Belgium http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/27/post-o27.html Belgium Post’s plan to increase productivity and enforce flexible work schedules across the board is intended to prepare the way for full scale privatisation. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/245da746-8d8d-48ed-8269-643f89f34b9K/post-o27.html 2015-10-27T05:00:00Z Germany: IG Metall congress backs government in refugee crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/26/germ-o26.html Trade unions are acting as a fifth column of the German state, scapegoating refugees and supporting the drive towards war. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/563ae555-bd7e-4a6c-a536-3fd0bd087c9I/germ-o26.html 2015-10-26T05:00:00Z Germany to deport refugees in military cargo planes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/23/refu-o23.html Governments throughout Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with repression and mass deportation. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e061d79-a0db-4f89-9650-2e920b9aec0I/refu-o23.html 2015-10-23T05:00:00Z Voters shun Socialist Party’s left unity referendum before French regional elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/23/frps-o23.html The Socialist Party’s attempt to burnish its image by holding a referendum on whether to unite the “left” in the upcoming regional elections was a resounding failure. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb94fcd1-d117-4051-bb31-adff02c4928P/frps-o23.html 2015-10-23T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/10/23/wkrs-o23.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42f6167e-9759-4496-885e-c832630564fC/wkrs-o23.html 2015-10-23T05:00:00Z