The European Union
By David Levine, 26 August 2014
Kiev is scrambling to secure the second tranche of an IMF loan, as its military onslaught against the southeast and austerity policies intensify the economic crisis.
By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014
Italy’s dispatch of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq is part of a wider aggressive policy pursued by Germany and the EU.
By Denis Krassnin, 19 August 2014
An EU think tank has advised governments to protect the rich from the poor by suppressing social protests.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 August 2014
On Sunday German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that “we continue to slide into a direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian combat forces.”
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 16 August 2014
According to internal accounts, the French government is in total disarray as its projections show a deflationary spiral and economic collapse gripping Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014
Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation with Russia.
By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 8 August 2014
Mayor Boris Johnson has previously imposed cuts to fire services, including the closure of fire stations.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 July 2014
The EU sanctions are meant to force Russia to its knees economically, politically destabilize it, and bring about regime-change in Moscow.
By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2014
European support for tougher sanctions reflects both pressure from Washington and a determination to exploit the MH17 crash to the hilt.
By Julie Hyland, 23 July 2014
Having destabilised Ukraine and ratcheted up tensions with Russia, the NATO powers are implementing measures they know could devastate the European and world economy.
By Sybille Fuchs, 19 July 2014
The EU is investing billions to keep out desperate refugees and to send them back to poverty, civil war or certain death.
By Denis Krassnin, 10 July 2014
A report called Militarization for Prosperity that aired on the German radio station Deutschlandfunk explains how European governments are preparing to suppress social protests.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 June 2014
The EU does not preserve European peace. It is a breeding ground for social inequality, nationalism and war.
By Chris Marsden, 28 June 2014
The refusal of Ukraine’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, to sign the deal last November was used by the United States and Germany to initiate a coup led by pro-Western oligarchs and fascist forces.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 June 2014
In the runup to the Ypres summit, the debate over who should be the next president of the European Commission escalated to a point that makes any compromise virtually impossible.
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 June 2014
The economic crisis in Europe is increasingly shifting from the periphery to the core of the continent.
21 June 2014
All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.
After the European elections
By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2014
Behind the dispute over Jean-Claude Juncker lie divergent interests and national conflicts that place the future of the EU in question.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2014
The number of migrants arriving in Italy in 2014 increased by 823 percent over the same period last year.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 June 2014
The move is an expression of the fact that, nearly six years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world economy remains in deep crisis.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 June 2014
Compared to 2009, the party led by Christian Strache increased its support by 7 percent and won 19.7 percent of the vote.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 May 2014
The most significant result was the collapse of support for the Labour Party and the resignation of its leader.
By our correspondents, 27 May 2014
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit concluded its European election campaign on Saturday with a well attended meeting in Berlin Tempelhof.
By Chris Marsden, 26 May 2014
Amidst low turnout in European Parliament elections, parties opposed to the EU, nominally on the right and left, benefited from hostility to the austerity measures.
By our reporter, 26 May 2014
German socialist Johannes Stern spoke at both of the Socialist Equality Party’s Eve of Poll meetings in Liverpool and Manchester.
By Robert Stevens, 26 May 2014
The results of local elections in England indicate that the General Election in 2015 could result in a hung parliament for the second time in a row.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2014
For months opinion polls in France have been forecasting a victory for the far-right National Front (FN) in Sunday’s European elections.
By Stefan Gfeller, 23 May 2014
In the face of the campaign for war against Russia and the threat of a third world war, the referendum result is of great significance.
By Markus Salzmann, 23 May 2014
The 28 European Union (EU) heads of government intend to sign a comprehensive association and free trade agreement with Moldova in Brussels on June 27.
By Martin Krieckenbaum, 21 May 2014
The fact that the European Union, now home to about 500 million people, is unwilling and unable to absorb a few tens of thousands of refugees exposes its historical bankruptcy.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 May 2014
At the Paris summit, France sought to harness its African proxy regimes to the escalating imperialist intervention in Nigeria.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2014
Given the hostility to the EU and the Renzi government, the list "Another Europe with Tsipras" plays a crucial role in preventing the emergence of a left-wing opposition movement of the working class.
By Alejandro López, 1 May 2014
This is the conclusion of a two-part comment on the formation of a new party, Podemos, by the pseudo-left in Spain.
By Paul Bond, 28 April 2014
The official media attempts to distance itself from certain racist statements by leaders of the United Kingdom Independence Party, while otherwise legitimising the party’s anti-immigrant and xenophobic programme.
By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2014
The German army is fully aligned with the American military in the massive NATO buildup in Eastern Europe directed against Russia.
By SEP candidate Danny Dickinson, 21 April 2014
The Socialist Equality Party (UK), together with the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany, is standing candidates for the elections to the European Parliament.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 April 2014
The promotion of the UKIP is part of a strategy to move politics sharply to the right in the lead-up to the European elections.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 April 2014
The summit dispatched more troops to the French-led war in the Central African Republic, amid a broader escalation of European imperialist intervention in Africa.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2014
In turning to an aggressive foreign and military policy, the ruling elite is responding to a profound crisis of European capitalism.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014
The televised debates between the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party demonstrated the chasm that separates the interests of the working class from the entire parliamentary setup.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 April 2014
The NATO foreign ministers summit last week set out plans for the military alliance’s expansion up to Russia’s borders, including war games and the possible stationing of troops in neighbouring states.
By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2014
The ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Ukraine’s credit rating from “extremely speculative” to “default imminent with little prospect for recovery.”
Socialist Equality Party in Britain joins German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in European election campaign
By our reporters, 31 March 2014
The aim of the SEP and PSG in the elections is to unite working people against the capitalist European Union and its national governments in the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 March 2014
The government’s decision to pull out of talks with the European Union over membership has led to a series of protests.
By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014
US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014
The EU’s 2012 resolution condemning Ukrainian fascism refutes media claims that fascism plays only a minor role in the new pro-Western regime in Kiev.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2014
A recent series of policy briefs indicate a new stage in the aggressive imperialist foreign policy of the European powers.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2014
The new Czech government is committed to a political course that is aligned to the European Union but abhorred by the population.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014
Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2014
Amid warnings of a “coup” and “civil war,” Washington and the EU threatened sanctions against Ukrainian officials as part of the escalating Western campaign for regime change.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2014
At its party conference on Europe held in Hamburg, the Left Party signaled its readiness to defend the European Union against growing popular opposition.
By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2014
Developments in the European Parliament have demonstrated that the pseudo-left organisations are part of bourgeois politics. For them, the fate of whistle-blower Edward Snowden is of no consequence.
By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2014
Protests over the last week in Bosnia and Herzegovina have led to the resignation of four cantonal government heads and various other officials.
By Marianne Arens, 11 February 2014
The initiative commits the government to renegotiate the agreement on freedom of movement with the EU within three years.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2014
The leaked tape of a phone call between the State Department’s Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine provides an unvarnished expression of the gangster methods employed by US imperialism.
By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2014
The leaked US diplomatic call provides a glimpse of how Washington organizes provocations to install authoritarian regimes in countries it is targeting.
By Julie Hyland, 8 February 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to invoke the Parliament Act to force through EU referendum legislation.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 February 2014
US officials discussed which right-wing opposition figures were to be placed in power in Ukraine.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2014
The IMF is demanding layoffs in the public sector, cuts to social spending and the privatisation of state companies.
By Stefan Steinberg, 5 February 2014
The human misery resulting from the policies of the European elite finds its sharpest expression in the growth of mass unemployment and resulting poverty.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2014
In Ukraine, the EU and the US are seeking to install a technocratic government pledged to implement harsh economic reforms and change the constitution.
By Stefan Steinberg, 31 January 2014
The regime of Yanukovych and his cronies is being pressured out of office to make way for a regime more aligned on US and EU interests.
By Stefan Steinberg, 29 January 2014
The Ukrainian government’s resignation followed intense pressure by the European Union and the US which both intervened directly to promote opposition protests.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 January 2014
Pro-Western opposition forces in Ukraine have pushed the country one step closer to civil war by insisting on regime-change.
By Ognjen Markovic, 21 January 2014
The EU has started accession negotiations with Serbia, using the membership talks as a form of blackmail to curb Russian influence.
By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2014
Osborne’s speech was broadly interpreted as a response to growing divisions within the Conservative Party over EU membership.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2014
The Party of the European Left recently held an event in Berlin in preparation for the upcoming European Parliament elections.
By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2014
A draft report states, “these mass surveillance activities appear also to entail illegal actions by intelligence services and raise questions regarding extraterritoriality of national law.”
Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections
10 January 2014
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) seek to mobilise a mass political and social movement of the European working class against big business, its parties and its governments.
By Ulrich Rippert, 23 December 2013
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 20 December 2013
The response of the European Union to the recent asylum-seeker tragedy in Lampedusa has been to intensify immigration controls.
By John Vassilopoulos, 12 December 2013
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 December 2013
On Saturday the Greek parliament passed a budget for 2014 that includes further spending cuts and layoffs.
By Stefan Steinberg, 10 December 2013
The government has set an ultimatum to demonstrators expiring at midnight, at which time all occupied government buildings are to be vacated.
By Stefan Steinberg, 15 November 2013
Financial markets are pushing for austerity measures that have devastated southern and eastern Europe to be imposed in the continent's main economies.
By Clara Weiss, 8 November 2013
The planned signing of an association and free trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine has led to sharp tensions with Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2013
Continuing stagnation and mass layoffs across the euro zone’s devastated economies constitute a condemnation of the economic irrationality of capitalism.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 November 2013
While the EU and IMF travelled to Athens for new talks, thousands of workers protested against mass layoffs, tax increases and cuts in social spending.
By Alejandro López, 4 November 2013
Reports based on documents provided by Edward Snowden show that European intelligence agencies have also set up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 31 October 2013
EU officials rejected NSA chief General Keith Alexander’s claims that the NSA relied entirely on European intelligence agencies to carry out its espionage operations.
By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2013
The surveillance is aimed above all at working populations in North America and Europe, where there is rising anger over the imperialist wars and social cuts demanded by the ruling class.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 October 2013
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 October 2013
The EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday was dominated by discussion of the NSA bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
By Anthony Torres, 17 October 2013
On Monday, a former top official of the employers’ organisations, Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac, admitted to having secretly financed France’s main trade unions.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 October 2013
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.
By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2013
After the loss of 300 lives in the boat disaster off Lampedusa, the EU is demanding even more measures against immigrants fleeing poverty and war.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2013
The right-wing Fidesz party is attacking the homeless to divert attention from the catastrophic social conditions that have emerged from the austerity policies of the Orban government.
By Barry Mason, 7 October 2013
Almost 1 in 10 working households in Europe now lives in poverty.
By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2013
Gauck’s speech shows that the period of Germany’s relative foreign policy reserve after the Second World War is over.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 October 2013
The financial and political crisis in Europe has re-emerged with renewed intensity after the German federal elections.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 October 2013
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 1 October 2013
Estimates earlier this year suggested that public sector workers’ earnings were down 14 percent since 2008.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 September 2013
The three-party Serbian coalition government is introducing further austerity, including cutting subsidies to more than 100 state firms.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2013
Following a meeting of the EU foreign ministers on Saturday, the European Union issued a statement supporting the US war preparations against Syria.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 September 2013
Ten years ago in the war against Iraq, almost all Eastern European countries supported the “coalition of the willing” led by the US and the UK. Today the picture is very different.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2013
A grand coalition of all parliamentary parties pledged to austerity measures dominates the German election campaign.
By Julie Hyland, 15 August 2013
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.
By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2013
The European Union has proposed the creation of what amounts to a pan-European equivalent to the National Security Agency, armed with a European drone programme and a spy satellite network.
By Markus Salzmann, 31 July 2013
Slovenia’s ruling elite fears a resurgence of working class protests even more than the imminent collapse of government.
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 July 2013
The German television news program “Report Mainz” broadcast a short film dealing with the plight of refugees trying to reach Europe.