European Economy http://www.wsws.org/topics/economyCategory/European_Economy/ European Union: From economic community to alliance of warmongers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/14/pers-a14.html In turning to an aggressive foreign and military policy, the ruling elite is responding to a profound crisis of European capitalism. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c167e8a-6638-4d34-94bf-eb7ab8c3361C/pers-a14.html 2014-04-14T05:00:00Z German chancellor visits Greece to prop up right-wing regime http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/12/gree-a12.html German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Athens Friday to bolster the prospects of the right-wing government of Antonis Samaras in the forthcoming European elections. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1e32823-f91a-4bd3-ba26-f4cf0a4bd0fL/gree-a12.html 2014-04-12T05:00:00Z Top Greek state official resigns over collusion with fascist Golden Dawn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/08/gree-a08.html Panayiotis Baltakos was seen as the “No. 2” man in the government, co-ordinating its policies. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fec7044d-52ae-479a-afe3-af51f499383P/gree-a08.html 2014-04-08T05:00:00Z Report: Thousands of Polish children go hungry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/01/pola-a01.html A recent report by the Central Statistical Office of Poland shows that more than half a million of the country’s children suffer from malnutrition. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30f50a20-9e1e-49e0-9f92-62216a8ae68C/pola-a01.html 2014-04-01T05:00:00Z Greek parliament approves new attacks on workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/01/gree-a01.html The latest agreement between the European Union-led troika and the Greek government includes measures to limit the right to strike. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b8051a6-2901-4a65-8a7a-0e6e043c0c5F/gree-a01.html 2014-04-01T05:00:00Z UK Labour Party proposes compulsory cheap-labour scheme http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/27/jobs-m27.html Under Labour’s scheme, young people will be compelled to work for a six-month period at the minimum wage. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/61a6dd89-129e-4769-8568-08aa58204edG/jobs-m27.html 2014-03-27T05:00:00Z Academic experts advise Spanish government to escalate attacks on the working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/27/spai-m26.html Among the proposals from nine Spanish academics is a nearly 10 percent reduction in income tax on the richest sections of the population. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cbb28aba-f41c-4f69-984e-5cec5f9fbeaP/spai-m26.html 2014-03-26T05:00:00Z Spain: One million march in Madrid against austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/24/madr-m24.html A mass demonstration on Saturday in the Spanish capital Madrid protested growing austerity, evictions, unemployment and poverty. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e78941da-8887-4c1c-b394-08c8405fe30A/madr-m24.html 2014-03-24T05:00:00Z Greece’s “The River” party: A populist fraud http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/24/rive-m23.html Under the slogan “politics for everyone”, founder Stavros Theodorakis advances the conception that it is possible to achieve a national economic revival within the framework of the capitalist profit system. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19b2419a-a258-4754-8208-c48a08935b0M/rive-m23.html 2014-03-24T05:00:00Z Massive budget cuts and labour reforms to follow Serbian election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/22/serb-m22.html In the fortnight leading up to the elections, the International Monetary Fund sent its latest mission to Serbia to drum home the precarious state of the economy. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ea8bb225-0178-4ba3-8172-aa2bfc59c3fB/serb-m22.html 2014-03-22T05:00:00Z Cyprus parliament passes privatisation programme http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/20/cypr-m20.html The sale of state-owned companies to international investors is anticipated to net the government €1.4 billion. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b6392cda-3db0-47d2-809b-f77a95f0ccdF/cypr-m20.html 2014-03-20T05:00:00Z German President Gauck visits Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/11/gauc-m11.html The German president exhibited all of the dishonesty and hypocrisy that have become his political trademarks on his three-day trip to Greece. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5e759d1-0f50-43e2-8f90-512a883eca4P/gauc-m11.html 2014-03-11T05:00:00Z Rome at risk of Detroit-style bankruptcy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/04/ital-m04.html 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. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c10045fb-1fff-4e71-a86f-a3bd801165eC/ital-m04.html 2014-03-04T05:00:00Z Devastation of health care in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/28/gree-f28-f28.html The closure of the entire state-run outpatient clinic network for one month to introduce the new Primary Healthcare Network could lead to thousands of job losses. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8deff541-507d-4084-82d9-53b79fd8f8bD/gree-f28-f28.html 2014-02-28T05:00:00Z Czech government embarks on more austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/27/czec-f27.html The new Czech government is committed to a political course that is aligned to the European Union but abhorred by the population. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7e4316ec-c93a-4f0a-b75f-978ecb74704N/czec-f27.html 2014-02-27T05:00:00Z Greek police enter schools, quiz children on political activities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/25/scho-f25.html One of the police raids took place at the Keratsini High School on February 8, where students questioned by police were singled out because they had participated in a protest occupation of the school in October. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8a11e0fb-fff8-4494-b5a1-ee90966652fL/scho-f25.html 2014-02-25T05:00:00Z Serious concerns persist over helicopter safety in North Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/21/heli-f21.html A long delayed fatal accident inquiry into the crash of a Super Puma into the sea off the coast of Peterhead in 2009, killing all 16 on board, has finally begun. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9105b1c0-402b-4ab7-ad03-af413b681f7E/heli-f21.html 2014-02-21T05:00:00Z Widespread abstention in UK’s Wythenshawe by-election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/17/wyth-f17.html With a turnout of just 28.5 percent, there is no disguising the widespread alienation of the overwhelming majority of the population from the existing setup. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d3527b8-1a06-4199-91c8-5604407f50bE/wyth-f17.html 2014-02-17T05:00:00Z French automaker PSA plans to slash jobs at Poissy, shift production to Asia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/11/psap-f11.html 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. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fec9de84-1d4c-493d-80bc-c755be0869cB/psap-f11.html 2014-02-11T05:00:00Z SYRIZA’s pose of opposition to Greek austerity unravels http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/10/syri-f10.html The SYRIZA coalition has acknowledged that if it came to power, it would pay back the vast bulk of the country’s debt. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7400c19c-49aa-4f94-820c-f89bf8cb4e3N/syri-f10.html 2014-02-10T05:00:00Z Deflationary tendencies intensify in Europe as unemployment remains at record levels http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/05/euro-f05.html The human misery resulting from the policies of the European elite finds its sharpest expression in the growth of mass unemployment and resulting poverty. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7eb6e6c9-ef9f-4982-bf29-c3315a8948bG/euro-f05.html 2014-02-05T05:00:00Z European Union demands more austerity in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/29/gree-j29.html Demands for further austerity come after the Council of State ruled previous wage cuts to the armed forces, police, coast guard and firemen unconstitutional. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e89ebec-a349-4c39-a855-b51acdab1abB/gree-j29.html 2014-01-29T05:00:00Z UK housing benefit changes threaten mass evictions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/22/hous-j22.html The New Year saw one of the largest landlords in Kent, Fergus Wilson, announce he will no longer rent his houses to benefit recipients and plans to evict 200 tenants. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3acbfc45-1525-4536-bbdd-46950f8aff4J/hous-j22.html 2014-01-22T05:00:00Z Spain: Fascists intimidate plaintiffs in Franco-era crimes case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/20/fasc-j20.html Two hundred plaintiffs and their lawyers have been forced to fly to Argentina to give evidence in a lawsuit seeking an investigation of torture, executions and abductions. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5f69d6c-df3d-4b2a-9992-66e2e1f89b5P/fasc-j20.html 2014-01-20T05:00:00Z Riots in Burgos, Spain reveal simmering social tensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/18/burg-j18.html The unrest in Burgos is a foretaste of the next period under Spain’s explosive social conditions of mass unemployment and growing poverty. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93f7dd19-c410-4bf8-ac56-8e9da6e1ff0F/burg-j18.html 2014-01-18T05:00:00Z Bankruptcy of German publishing firm Weltbild threatens 6,800 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/18/welt-j18.html The bankruptcy is bound up with the global offensive against the wages and rights of the working class. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f56d42a-a545-4ddd-ac44-628c4e585a8A/welt-j18.html 2014-01-18T05:00:00Z Germany: The Left Party defends the EU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/15/left-j15.html The Party of the European Left recently held an event in Berlin in preparation for the upcoming European Parliament elections. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d874f1f0-b797-4517-85d9-6b5f7707abeL/left-j15.html 2014-01-15T05:00:00Z Over 400 jobs cut in Ireland as Lufthansa subsidiary shuts plant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/13/irel-j13.html Lufthansa Technik announced the closure of a facility near Dublin. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f2120db-55e3-4462-a249-379a4701fbdM/irel-j13.html 2014-01-13T05:00:00Z Poverty in Germany hits new high http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/06/germ-j06.html The latest report by the Joint Welfare Association refutes the official propaganda that Germany is a haven of prosperity in Europe. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93abde84-937c-4702-ba50-dcc2ca9d4d3M/germ-j06.html 2014-01-06T05:00:00Z Report reveals the new face of UK poverty http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/04/pove-j04.html Figures for 2011-2012 show 13 million people in the UK are in poverty. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1d05940-7145-4886-8007-278f46963a6E/pove-j04.html 2014-01-04T05:00:00Z Berlin Senate passes new austerity budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/30/berl-d30.html With the two-year budget for 2014/2015, the social democratic-conservative Senate in Berlin is paving the way for further austerity in coming years. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7292db46-c241-4e4a-9219-05bc1d05d20C/berl-d30.html 2013-12-30T05:00:00Z EU summit: Berlin calls for stricter budgetary discipline http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/23/summ-d23.html The new German grand coalition, which enjoys an overwhelming parliamentary majority, was even more aggressive in its posture toward the EU than the government it replaced. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3b32263-3eb5-4487-9cf0-7da9c7b6f87N/summ-d23.html 2013-12-23T05:00:00Z Mass opposition blocks Portuguese pension reform http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/23/port-d23.html The largest budget cuts in over 30 years provoked widespread strikes and protests in Portugal. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c21633e4-951f-4199-8fb5-08ed46b160dL/port-d23.html 2013-12-23T05:00:00Z EADS to cut 5,800 jobs across Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/13/eads-d13.html The mass layoffs at aerospace and defence firm EADS are part of a new round of attacks on the European working class. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1289daa-b7bb-49b3-a295-986e791e752G/eads-d13.html 2013-12-13T05:00:00Z Unions capitulate on pensions at Irish energy supplier http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/13/irel-d13.html The dispute arose over a €1.6 billion deficit in the pension scheme and the company’s decision to change from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3a98458d-85b9-44a7-9898-efec52036dfM/irel-d13.html 2013-12-13T05:00:00Z Greek girl dies from carbon monoxide poisoning after utility shut-off http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/12/gree-d12.html The death of a 13 year old girl in Greece, from carbon monoxide poisoning, is the latest of many social tragedies resulting from years of brutal austerity. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c4cab1f2-f398-4606-90b9-ab809d8d3d2F/gree-d12.html 2013-12-12T05:00:00Z EU announces token fines on banks caught rigging global rates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/07/libo-d07.html The fines amount to a slap on the wrist for banks that have long since factored such sums into their accounts. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2706658a-1db6-44f9-8626-f3efe60b11fC/libo-d07.html 2013-12-07T05:00:00Z Portuguese government deepens attacks in 2014 budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/02/port-d02.html The finance minister was adamant that the government’s austerity measures would continue long after the bailout programme comes to an end next summer. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3fcb9e3b-6d4d-4be7-a5f8-245d358f6b4A/port-d02.html 2013-12-02T05:00:00Z One million in German metal and electronics industries working on temporary contracts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/02/germ-d02.html The IG Metall union commissioned a study on the expansion of work contracts because it felt its role in the spread of contract labour had been overlooked by the political and business elite. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd79817a-dd0b-4853-81de-3908efebf22P/germ-d02.html 2013-12-02T05:00:00Z European youth unemployment: “A public health time bomb waiting to explode” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/21/unem-n21.html A new report on social inequality in Europe confirms that adverse health conditions are determined by power, money and resource inequities. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfbe5976-7317-4536-aa75-4cc40ea2ebbK/unem-n21.html 2013-11-21T05:00:00Z German energy firm RWE to cut 6,700 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/21/rwe-n21.html Germany’s second-largest energy company plans to eliminate one in ten jobs by 2016. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/25a63cbf-e047-47c9-bc73-64655509de5F/rwe-n21.html 2013-11-21T05:00:00Z Berlusconi’s party splits in Italy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/19/ital-n19.html While Berlusconi announced on Saturday his party’s return to the name Forza Italia, Angelino Alfano unveiled a new party. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50397e83-97ec-4fc5-9804-64fb6827151A/ital-n19.html 2013-11-19T05:00:00Z Europe tilts back towards recession http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/15/euro-n15.html Financial markets are pushing for austerity measures that have devastated southern and eastern Europe to be imposed in the continent's main economies. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/21d21a22-202b-476a-9eba-1bd0aaf8bd4G/euro-n15.html 2013-11-15T05:00:00Z Madrid garbage collectors strike against lay-offs and wage cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/14/spai-n14.html Thousands of garbage collectors and gardeners have been on indefinite strike in Spain's capital Madrid since November 5. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b9eac1d-5410-408d-85b0-7552d83a637O/spai-n14.html 2013-11-14T05:00:00Z Portuguese public sector workers strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/14/port-n14.html A strike of Portuguese public sector workers, in opposition to further austerity cuts of €3.9 billion, including wage cuts of up to 12 percent, received the support of 70 percent of the workforce. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31cf5eed-61ee-43b6-8b69-9e26a3fdeedO/port-n14.html 2013-11-14T05:00:00Z UK Prime Minister David Cameron proclaims austerity cuts to be “permanent” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/14/came-n13.html British Prime Minister David Cameron used the annual speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet to declare that the devastating austerity being imposed by his government will be “permanent.” Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e0dcbbff-817c-461f-b94a-49785095222E/came-n13.html 2013-11-13T05:00:00Z Vote of no confidence in Greek government fails http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/13/gree-n13.html A vote of no confidence in the Greek government initiated by the largest opposition party, Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left), failed by a wide margin on Sunday. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3251f5cb-5698-4ca2-b46a-a6448005ca4D/gree-n13.html 2013-11-13T05:00:00Z Referendum in Switzerland to place upper limit on salaries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/11/swis-n11.html On November 24, Switzerland will hold a referendum on whether the wage gap between lowest and highest earners at a company should be limited to a ratio of 1 to 12. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4bb5c483-6ec2-4076-a53d-fdec201e31dI/swis-n11.html 2013-11-11T05:00:00Z Widespread child poverty in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/09/pove-n09.html Around 10 percent of German children live in families whose income lies below the poverty line. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/573d55f6-c6f6-4991-a901-fed38e0aa74J/pove-n09.html 2013-11-09T05:00:00Z Euro zone officials: No let-up in economic stagnation, mass unemployment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/07/euro-n07.html Continuing stagnation and mass layoffs across the euro zone’s devastated economies constitute a condemnation of the economic irrationality of capitalism. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b976874f-7b0a-460d-af59-d5267da5b30F/euro-n07.html 2013-11-07T06:00:00Z Mass protests in Portugal against new budget cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/06/port-n06.html As unemployment and poverty grow, thousands protested against new austerity measures of the Portuguese government. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/68bc89df-e0ff-4f08-9afb-1455cbcce36L/port-n06.html 2013-11-06T05:00:00Z European unemployment hits new high http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/02/euro-n02.html According to new figures issued by the Eurostat data agency, unemployment across the 17-country euro zone hit a record 12.2 percent in September. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce14c898-f20f-4ebf-9607-744c96df62cI/euro-n02.html 2013-11-02T05:00:00Z EU border agency Frontex guilty of massive breach of human rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/28/fron-o28.html The European Union has responded to the refugee crisis in Lampedusa by hermetically sealing its borders and expanding the police apparatus used to repel refugees. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b40d30b5-382c-48d4-9442-979f5ac7513P/fron-o28.html 2013-10-28T05:00:00Z Italian government adopts austerity budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/21/ital-o21.html The so-called stability law 2014 mandates spending cuts of close to €12 billion and tax cuts for business of €3.7 billion. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b5817836-0bf0-4bf4-98c4-7c7398afe4aO/ital-o21.html 2013-10-21T05:00:00Z Lampedusa migrant deaths: The real face of the European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/17/pers-o17.html From the outside, the EU is like a fortress before whose walls thousands of migrants lose their lives, while inside it resembles a prison, with rising poverty and exploitation. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e37e4a5-dd69-4500-a48c-71387fa55c2H/pers-o17.html 2013-10-17T05:00:00Z Irish government unveils new austerity budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/17/irel-o17.html The Fine Gael-Labour coalition has outlined new austerity measures, including €1.6 billion in spending cuts aimed at the most vulnerable. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45164138-0d30-40d6-b507-fde021217e2G/irel-o17.html 2013-10-17T05:00:00Z Social conflicts intensifying in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/14/gree-o14.html The Greek government is increasingly resorting to authoritarian methods to enforce planned redundancies in the face of mounting working class resistance. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20cb97a0-361b-4790-ab9a-51f63180134N/gree-o14.html 2013-10-14T05:00:00Z New reports warn of mass poverty and social decline in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/12/eurp-o12.html The social crisis in Europe is being consciously exploited by the continent’s political elite to affect a major redistribution of wealth from the bottom of society to the top. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93b9ff67-0be7-4b64-ad4c-ce95a293b4dP/eurp-o12.html 2013-10-12T05:00:00Z Foxconn imposes Chinese-style sweatshop conditions in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/10/foxc-o10.html Working conditions tantamount to modern slavery are being introduced into Europe by the notorious Foxconn corporation. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a1864cdb-c8d8-461a-912d-73203f2a1aeP/foxc-o10.html 2013-10-10T05:00:00Z French austerity budget raises taxes on workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/10/fran-o10.html The French austerity budget slashes social spending and increases taxes for workers while companies get tax breaks. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/913b562e-daf9-4d67-bf45-02810a1f2a0N/fran-o10.html 2013-10-10T05:00:00Z German firm Siemens intensifies job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/09/siem-o09.html The announcement by Siemens’ management that 15,000 jobs will be axed worldwide is the prelude to further cuts. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd6a5320-2f53-40a4-bc09-0be74500c2fB/siem-o09.html 2013-10-09T05:00:00Z Manoeuvres between Greece’s major parties accompany clampdown on Golden Dawn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/07/gree-o07.html The arrest of fascist Golden Dawn party leaders was a long-planned operation, carried out amid escalating opposition to Greece’s coalition government. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5c26498-14d1-4c40-84f8-df9c143fb4bB/gree-o07.html 2013-10-07T05:00:00Z An additional 25 million Europeans face poverty http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/07/euro-o07.html Almost 1 in 10 working households in Europe now lives in poverty. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fcc6d767-259e-4009-bc4d-451822b384aA/euro-o07.html 2013-10-07T05:00:00Z Germany: Orchestra musicians protest against job and pay cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/07/orch-o07.html In the past two decades, 37 of 168 orchestras in Germany have been closed, and 2,315 musicians’ jobs cut. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ac1c3c01-369f-4b0c-ad8e-2685bf19590N/orch-o07.html 2013-10-07T05:00:00Z The return of the Euro crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/04/pers-o04.html The financial and political crisis in Europe has re-emerged with renewed intensity after the German federal elections. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/079873ce-3e15-4f7c-bda1-bc525c7760bL/pers-o04.html 2013-10-04T05:00:00Z Greek authorities release three fascist Golden Dawn deputies from custody http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/04/gree-o04.html Yesterday, Greek authorities released three of the fascist Golden Dawn deputies arrested after the murder of anti-fascist hip-hop musician Pavlos Fyssas. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ed47b521-105f-410c-85d8-7cbc670cfc9N/gree-o04.html 2013-10-04T05:00:00Z Italian government survives confidence vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/03/ital-s03.html Rather than a “historic day for Italian democracy,” Wednesday’s confidence vote was a closing of ranks within the ruling class for a fresh assault on the working class. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3b02e77-eece-4e99-85ed-870882e64efJ/ital-s03.html 2013-10-03T05:00:00Z Greek pseudo-lefts support state ban on fascist Golden Dawn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/02/gree-o02.html Fearing that workers will begin to take the struggle against the fascists into their own hands, the Greek government has arrested leading members of Golden Dawn to bolster the credibility of the state. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dae59b0b-5b97-4f84-b4f7-b7efd9ee431P/gree-o02.html 2013-10-02T05:00:00Z Crackdown on Golden Dawn in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/30/gree-s30.html On Saturday, 18 leading members of Golden Dawn, including the chairman of the party, Nikos Michaloliakos, were arrested. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3c49f263-dcd9-4387-b3f0-dd96c07bf93D/gree-s30.html 2013-09-30T05:00:00Z New government crisis in Italy after resignation of five ministers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/30/ital-s30.html The Italian government is set to collapse just five months after taking office. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c11d7c1b-7ae5-4235-85eb-4aca7e557f6L/ital-s30.html 2013-09-30T05:00:00Z Spanish government approves pension “reform” and freezes public-sector pay http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/30/spai-s30.html The ability of the Popular Party government to impose new attacks on civil servants and pensions, is entirely due to the collaboration of the trade unions. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f6fa0d6-24b5-4c66-bc64-08b255452a8P/spai-s30.html 2013-09-30T05:00:00Z Political issues in the struggle against the threat of fascism and dictatorship in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/28/pers-s28.html Golden Dawn has been deliberately built up by the ruling class to spearhead the violent suppression of the working class. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2f1915d-72de-4b1a-a492-4028113ffb9A/pers-s28.html 2013-09-28T05:00:00Z Protests continue against social cuts and fascist terror in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/25/gree-s25.html As new evidence of official support for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group emerges, unions and pseudo-left parties are trying to politically subordinate protests to the state. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5378f47f-16e7-4535-8a5a-c5c6fa8b9ebK/gree-s25.html 2013-09-25T05:00:00Z Spanish Socialist Party toes US line on Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/23/spai-s23.html The efforts by Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) to whip up support for US-led threats against Syria is aimed at distracting public attention from the social catastrophe for which it is responsible. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31505ca7-7777-404d-9f88-d69b973909bG/spai-s23.html 2013-09-23T05:00:00Z Protests shake Greece after fascist murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/20/gree-s20.html On Thursday thousands again took to the streets in Greece to protest social cuts and the fascist murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc594f4b-ac5d-4353-866c-18e6f3e10cfO/gree-s20.html 2013-09-20T05:00:00Z Suicides rise sharply in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/20/suic-s20.html The increase in suicides in Greece highlights the social decline which has taken place under the diktat of the European Union. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aac2b5b0-2a19-4625-8ea1-98ce5b0c515J/suic-s20.html 2013-09-20T05:00:00Z JPMorgan receives wrist slap fine for hiding derivatives loss http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/20/jpmo-s20.html JPMorgan Chase, the largest US bank, settled charges related to its multi-billion-dollar trading loss Thursday with four regulators, paying a total of $920 million in fines. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7fb08172-8d31-4310-ba65-b50534b22e7M/jpmo-s20.html 2013-09-20T05:00:00Z Greek workers demonstrate against mass sackings, fascist violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/19/gree-s19.html Protests were held in all major Greek cities Wednesday against the austerity measures of the Greek government and the European Union. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b5b408f-c41e-4f9b-b0fb-7a7f705cc50L/gree-s19.html 2013-09-19T05:00:00Z Ireland: Homeless worker dies in a Dublin waste truck http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/13/home-s13.html The circumstances of Henryk Piotrowski’s life and brutal death express in a particularly cruel form the impact of the Irish and European ruling class’s austerity policies on the most vulnerable sections of working people. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52611010-64f7-43df-b932-8355a1ff76cK/home-s13.html 2013-09-13T05:00:00Z Worsening malnutrition amongst Spanish children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/28/spai-a28.html Due to deepening austerity measures, over a quarter of the Spanish population under 16—some 2.3 million children—are now at risk of malnutrition. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0813ca7f-4eb4-49e9-84e0-08a990b0105J/spai-a28.html 2013-08-28T05:00:00Z European steel industry in deep crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/20/stee-a20.html The European steel industry confronts overcapacity and shrinking markets. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e808934c-2f3d-4d93-9a07-e405940a646P/stee-a20.html 2013-08-20T05:00:00Z The EU and the attack on European workers’ wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/15/pers-a15.html A new study by the UK’s House of Commons Library finds that European workers’ wages have fallen drastically since the Wall Street crash five years ago. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c7cc8d01-2251-4f6b-bb49-c9f08b56f96D/pers-a15.html 2013-08-15T05:00:00Z New management at German giant Siemens to introduce further cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/15/siem-a15.html Hit by the economic downturn, Siemens, Germany’s third largest industrial concern, has announced plans for further cuts. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89752750-55b3-4531-9139-327519f3e25H/siem-a15.html 2013-08-15T05:00:00Z Obama, Greek premier stress close military and intelligence ties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/12/sama-a12.html During Antonis Samaras’ trip to Washington last week, Obama made clear that the US is prepared to back military repression to deal with increasing social opposition in Greece. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16effb54-6c4f-4cac-8461-afa672d0e8bI/sama-a12.html 2013-08-12T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands of Spanish shipbuilding jobs at risk http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/03/ship-a03.html Spanish shipbuilding workers face mass unemployment under an illegal scheme of shipyard owners. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6724d46a-961d-4366-a066-96be090fd08O/ship-a03.html 2013-08-03T05:00:00Z Crisis deepens in the European auto industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/02/auto-a02.html Auto experts expect up to 10 auto plants to shut down in Europe in the near future. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c61e9f0-78fd-41b6-bdd4-115e5b13150J/auto-a02.html 2013-08-02T05:00:00Z Greece and Detroit—a new stage in the social counterrevolution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/27/pers-j27.html The slashing of public sector jobs in Greece is part of an international offensive by the financial markets to eliminate all the social gains of the working class. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8408ff4-1af2-4ff4-9224-dfe7a5c7b16A/pers-j27.html 2013-07-27T05:00:00Z Euro zone debt burden continues to rise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/24/euro-j24.html Figures from the Eurostat statistics agency show that the debt burden across the euro zone continues to rise after three years of austerity. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5b37c934-31c1-4e3a-b309-c97a1c5d837E/euro-j24.html 2013-07-24T05:00:00Z Portugal’s “National Salvation” pact fails http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/24/port-j24.html In a televised speech, Portuguese President Cavaco Silva declared that the country was in a national emergency, but rejected new elections. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1cb95a3a-9861-44d8-85a5-86ba15ea5f3O/port-j24.html 2013-07-24T05:00:00Z Demand grows for Spanish prime minister to resign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/23/spai-j23.html Secret hand-written ledgers covering the period 1990 to 2008 detail more than 30 donations to the ruling Popular Party that were illegal. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/018bbad7-42e1-47bd-b814-63b63d7a507L/spai-j23.html 2013-07-23T05:00:00Z UK government set on deeper cuts to welfare http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/20/welf-j20.html The Conservative/Liberal coalition in Britain has laid out further attacks on welfare provision, while the opposition Labour Party calls for even deeper cuts. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d75b006a-d977-4d1b-977d-6a89a852523H/welf-j20.html 2013-07-20T05:00:00Z Greek government bans demonstrations in central Athens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/19/gree-j19.html The Greek government has used the visit on Thursday by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to impose a blanket ban on demonstrations in central Athens. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5d86207-5b67-4b3e-bdec-3a773cc0b5fH/gree-j19.html 2013-07-19T05:00:00Z Reports confirm deepening recession in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/19/euro-j19.html A series of reports confirm that austerity policies implemented since the financial crisis of 2008 are plunging Europe ever deeper into recession. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/752b6e6f-abb5-4b0a-b134-637c0244b17O/euro-j19.html 2013-07-19T05:00:00Z Spanish government imposes new tax hikes and austerity measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/19/spai-j19.html Since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008 state revenue in Spain has slumped by nearly €200 billion. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6709b494-800c-4d25-9610-e1f3415e2beB/spai-j19.html 2013-07-19T05:00:00Z Greek workers in fourth general strike of 2013 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/17/gree-j17.html Greek workers struck against the firing of thousands of public sector employees. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a36e353-8a2f-43fc-bc6e-6edfee4a446N/gree-j17.html 2013-07-17T05:00:00Z Germany’s Praktiker chain store declares bankruptcy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/16/prak-j16.html Home improvement chain store Praktiker announced last week it is going into liquidation. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a39598bd-c374-44ba-87b0-e317aa325beH/prak-j16.html 2013-07-16T05:00:00Z European Union’s Nabucco pipeline project aborted http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/13/nabu-j13.html The Nabucco pipeline project, which was to have transported gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe in order to bypass Russia, has been cancelled. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e5893b10-63bb-4f60-85b0-180fe5d0d55D/nabu-j13.html 2013-07-13T05:00:00Z Strikes and protests against mass layoffs in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/11/gree-j11.html Greek municipal workers went on strike Monday in response to government plans to carry out further redundancies in the public services. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b4b6d99-11ff-4e84-98c8-5da2e8dd7c3E/gree-j11.html 2013-07-11T05:00:00Z The infrastructure of a police state emerges in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/10/pers-j10.html Former NSA employee Edward Snowden has exposed the infrastructure of a police state whose surveillance powers far exceed those of former totalitarian dictatorships. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41a8a157-9ba1-45c2-8211-ee744f2faa0K/pers-j10.html 2013-07-10T05:00:00Z Russian government implements austerity as economy falters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/10/rbud-j10.html Russia’s minister of finance announced plans last week to address a $33 billion budget shortfall with cuts targeting the working class. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df726e7e-9d49-4169-bb6f-899b9a98ec5O/rbud-j10.html 2013-07-10T05:00:00Z