The European Union
By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2016
It is feared that dozens of innocent men, women, and children have again drowned in the Mediterranean, victims of the EU’s sinister and vindictive refugee policy.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 May 2016
The Austrian government has responded to the success of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the first round of the presidential election by embracing its far-right politics.
By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2016
European and US authorities are again threatening to force Greece to default on its debts if it does not impose new social cuts.
29 April 2016
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By Jordan Shilton, 22 April 2016
The claim by Chancellor George Osborne that the European Union will guarantee prosperity for British families is absurd.
By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2016
The focus of the Brussels summit on the global steel crisis was “promoting structural adjustment” through job losses, deregulation and trade war measures against China.
By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2016
The SEP urges a rejection of both the defenders of the European Union and the advocates of a British exit from the EU in the official Remain and Leave campaigns.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2016
The referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union is taking place under conditions of a deepening crisis for the Conservative government of David Cameron.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 April 2016
Greece and the Balkan states stepped up police violence and repression in the wake of the EU’s deal to deport refugees en masse to Turkey.
By Julie Hyland, 9 April 2016
The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition and the Socialist Party are promoting “left nationalism” in the service of a faction of the British bourgeoisie.
By Marianne Arens, 9 April 2016
Italy, the EU and the US are preparing their next military intervention in Libya.
Defend jobs in the steel industry!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 9 April 2016
The only way to fight the destruction of tens of thousands of steel jobs in the UK and Germany is a struggle for the international unity of the working class.
By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2016
Wednesday’s referendum result has deepened the political crisis in Europe and provoked nervous reactions from politicians and the media.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 April 2016
The proposed merger of Tata Steel and the steel division of Thyssen Krupp would be accompanied by an assault on jobs and pensions in the European steel industry.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 April 2016
The Austrian government has announced it will turn away refugees at the border after conducting summary hearings.
By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2016
The following is an amended version of a report delivered March 26 by Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), to a party aggregate in Sheffield.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2016
The police-state measures and summary deportations employed by the Syriza government against refugees are of a piece with its relentless attacks on the Greek working class.
By Johannes Stern, 5 April 2016
The brutal actions against refugees and the militarisation of Europe are directly linked to the intensification of the attacks on the working class in Greece and throughout the continent.
By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2016
Thousands of people are being deported as part of the deal to seal off the “Balkan route” to refugees fleeing the war zones of the Middle East.
By Alex Lantier, 26 March 2016
Friday saw more revelations of inexplicable lapses by Belgian and allied security forces that helped terrorists evade detection before the Brussels attacks.
By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2016
The German interior minister is using Tuesday’s attacks to press for further police powers in Germany and throughout Europe.
By Katerina Selin, 26 March 2016
The Syriza-led government is doing everything in its power to implement the EU-Turkey refugee deal.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2016
The same powers that have routinely invoked “human rights” to justify war in the Middle East are denying refugees the right to seek protection from the disaster these wars have produced.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 March 2016
Refugees arriving on the Greek islands by crossing the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, following the completion of a farcical asylum procedure in Greece.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 March 2016
EU-Turkey summit marks another grim chapter in the establishment of “Fortress Europe.”
By Chris Marsden, 18 March 2016
The Socialist Party has played the central role in glossing over the nationalist opposition to immigration on the part of Trade Unionists Against the European Union and its predecessors.
By Katerina Selin, 16 March 2016
The Syriza government in Greece is playing a key role in blocking refugees from traveling from the Middle East on to Europe.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2016
The Left Party created the conditions that enabled the right-wing nationalist AfD to tap into social frustration and anger and channel it in a reactionary direction.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2016
There is nothing that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn once proclaimed as an issue of political principle that he will not jettison.
By Nick Beams, 11 March 2016
The ECB’s latest measures will do nothing to boost the real economy, but only lead to further financial speculation and increase the danger of a currency war.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 March 2016
Large sections of the population look on the brutal conditions of refugees with horror and disgust, but the official political debate takes place within a narrow spectrum ranging from the right to the ultra-right.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 March 2016
The 28 EU member states worked out a deal Monday with Turkey that would make it even more difficult for the millions of people fleeing the wars in the Middle East to enter Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 8 March 2016
The “Leave” campaign speaks for a layer of the British ruling elite that regards the EU as a constraint on the pursuit of Britain’s national interests.
By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2016
French officials threatened that a British exit from the European Union could lead France to stop blocking refugees from traveling via Calais to Britain.
By Alex Lantier, 4 March 2016
As growing numbers of refugees flee imperialist wars in the Middle East, the EU is preparing draconian attacks on democratic rights to prevent them from coming to Europe.
By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2016
US General Phillip Breedlove said that Russia, Syria and ISIS were using the refugees streaming out of Syria as weapons against Europe.
By Ulrich Rippert, 2 March 2016
On one of the Sunday talk shows on German television, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated her opposition to a change in course on refugee policy.
By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2016
We are posting here replies to two comments from readers on the statement published this week by the Socialist Equality Party.
By Alex Lantier, 1 March 2016
Police fired stun grenades and tear gas at hundreds of desperate Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to travel through the Balkans towards Germany.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International
29 February 2016
By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2016
The letter by 13 military officials is testament to the role of the European Union in the militarist agenda of the main European powers.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2016
Tens of thousands of refugees who have escaped the hell of war in the Middle East are being deprived of all rights and used as pawns in conflicts between the European states.
By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2016
The first responsibility of a socialist in the referendum on “Brexit” is to reject all appeals for working people to fall in behind one or another faction of the bourgeoisie fighting over which strategy best upholds the interests of British imperialism.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 22 February 2016
What is on offer in the June 23rd referendum is a choice between supporting one of two reactionary camps that articulate opposed strategies for the British bourgeoisie.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 February 2016
Despite disputes over financial regulation, there was broad agreement among EU heads of state for Prime Minister Cameron’s proposed cuts to social benefits for refugees.
By Dietmar Henning, 20 February 2016
The European trade unions, led by Germany’s IG Metall, demonstrated last Monday in Brussels for trade war measures against Russia and China.
By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2016
The assembled heads of state failed to agree on refugee policy or on reactionary concessions aiming to ensure that Britain does not leave the European Union.
By Clara Weiss, 17 February 2016
The EU Commission has indicated that it will seek to prevent the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline, which would supply natural gas from Russia to Germany.
By Alex Lantier, 17 February 2016
France's denunciations of Germany's policy of accepting Middle Eastern refugees fleeing to Europe have exposed deep divisions within the EU.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 February 2016
Diplomatic tensions between the EU member states are intensifying in the run-up to the meeting of heads of state and governments this week.
By Jan Peters and Dietmar Henning, 16 February 2016
Last autumn, it was revealed that Volkswagen manipulated the emissions readings in 11 million diesel vehicles and hundreds of thousands of petrol models.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2016
Behind Varoufakis’s defence of the European Union is the defence of the sinecures and privileges of the well-off layers for whom Varoufakis speaks.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2016
In an article published in Der Spiegel, Slovenian academic Slavoj Žižek gives free rein to his hatred of the oppressed.
By Chris Marsden, 4 February 2016
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2016
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.
By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2016
Iranian President Rouhani’s trip to Europe signals that Iran is wide open for foreign investors following this month’s lifting of international sanctions.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 January 2016
The shift to the right by the European elites is rooted in explosive social, economic and political contradictions that have been building up since the collapse of the Soviet Union 25 years ago.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 January 2016
The deaths come amid escalating state repression and military operations by the European powers targeting refugees.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 January 2016
The assault on the European working class comes amid mounting signs that the world economy is nearing another major crisis.
By Verena Nees, 13 January 2016
The onset of winter has worsened conditions for the approximately 40,000 refugees in Berlin.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 January 2016
The mistreatment of refugees fleeing to Europe has assumed proportions that would have been unthinkable twelve months ago.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2015
Cameron pledged to hold an “in-out” referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 to appease the Eurosceptic wing of his party.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2015
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.
By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 19 December 2015
While Cameron is walking a tightrope by mooting a possible “Brexit,” there is widespread concern among the major EU powers over such an outcome.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 December 2015
As European governments move sharply to the right, deep-rooted conflicts of interests are threatening to tear the European Union apart.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 December 2015
The European Commission unveiled a proposal Tuesday to vastly expand Frontex, the EU border patrol agency.
By Clara Weiss, 9 December 2015
At the end of November, several Eastern European members of the EU urged the European Commission to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 December 2015
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 December 2015
European Council President Donald Tusk wants to intern refugees for 18 months after their arrival and has pleaded for sealing off Europe’s foreign borders.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2015
The blatant abrogation of the 1951 international Refugee Convention, despite the terrible plight of asylum seekers, is an indictment of the capitalist nation-state system.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 December 2015
Turkey has pledged to prevent refugees from entering the EU and in exchange will receive €3 billion and a commitment to speed up negotiations for EU membership.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 December 2015
Leading officials categorically defended the attack on a Russian bomber jet along the Turkey-Syria border, and implied that future incidents along the same lines are unavoidable.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 November 2015
Germany and France are stepping up their efforts to prevent refugees arriving in the EU via the Balkan route.
By James Cogan, 28 November 2015
Varoufakis admitted in a lecture at the University of Sydney that he had extracted “blood out of stone” in order to repay Greece's creditors.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 November 2015
Under pressure from France and Germany, the Balkan countries are refusing to allow those deemed “economic migrants” to cross their borders, a violation of international law.
By Kate Randall, 23 November 2015
More than 600,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa have made the treacherous journey to Greece by sea, and thousands have drowned making the attempt.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 November 2015
African dictatorships are to be paid by EU member countries to act as Europe’s border guards and accelerate measures to take back deported migrants.
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International
13 November 2015
The warnings of the ICFI and WSWS that Syriza was a pro-capitalist party, hostile to the working class, have been completely vindicated.
By Thomas Gaist, 12 November 2015
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 November 2015
New bankruptcy regulations are aimed at enabling banks to seize apartments and houses.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 November 2015
The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union leaderships are calling for sealing the EU’s borders and interning refugees in “transit zones.”
By Ludwig Weller and Ute Reissner, 31 October 2015
While the exact circumstances behind the murder of Mohamed remain unclear, the conditions leading to this tragedy were the result of a chain of bureaucratic harassment.
By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2015
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.
By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2015
The EU and Syriza are negotiating how to slash protections on eviction, which could lead to hundreds of thousands of Greek families being thrown onto the streets.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 October 2015
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.
By Alex Lantier, 26 October 2015
François Hollande and Syriza have been working together closely to block the eruption of mass opposition in the working class to austerity across Europe.
By Martin Kreickenbaum and Andre Damon, 23 October 2015
Governments throughout Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with repression and mass deportation.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 October 2015
The European Council summit in Brussels reached an agreement to prevent more than two million refugees in Turkey fleeing war and violence from entering the EU.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 10 October 2015
It makes a big difference whether one combats the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from the standpoint of the international working class or from the standpoint of German national interests.
By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015
The second phase of European Union naval operations in the Mediterranean officially began this week.
By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2015
The vote paves the way for the passage of Syriza’s budget proposal, which unleashes a new round of savage cuts against a beleaguered population.
By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015
Erdogan expects the European powers to abandon all criticism of his regime, and above all support his foreign policy plans.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 October 2015
On October 3, 1990 the German Democratic Republic was disbanded 41 years after its foundation and incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany.
By Chris Marsden, 3 October 2015
Varoufakis is, in essence, Tony Blair in a Greek context—shaped by the same political events and drawing the same political conclusions.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2015
At a refugee conference in Berlin, additional countries were declared to be safe countries of origin, and welfare benefits were sharply reduced for refugees.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 September 2015
The mobilization of the military at the border, while targeting refugees, is aimed at annulling fundamental democratic rights for the entire population.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2015
The adopted measures are aimed at keeping refugees out, corralling them in camps near the borders and restricting their freedom of movement within Europe.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 September 2015
The purpose of the new refugee quota system is to staunch the influx of migrants, expedite their deportation and seal off the EU’s external borders.