The European Union
By Alex Lantier, 23 July 2016
Hollande shifted towards a more accommodating position, giving Britain more time to negotiate the exit and reaffirming Britain’s role as a key military ally of France.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2016
The angry denunciations of the Erdogan government by the United States and Germany make clear that they had hoped for the success of the military coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 July 2016
Syriza’s ceaseless collaboration in the implementation of brutal austerity measures has vindicated the warnings made by the WSWS even before the pseudo-left party came to power.
By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2016
EU officials are pointedly refusing to endorse US and Filipino claims against China in the South China Sea, as laid out in Tuesday’s court ruling in The Hague.
By Peter Symonds, 13 July 2016
Yesterday’s tribunal ruling branding China’s actions in the South China Sea as “illegal” provides another pretext for the US to ramp up its military expansion in Asia.
By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2016
Two years after German officials announced plans to remilitarise the country, media outlets are warning of preparations for “total war.”
By Steve James, 12 July 2016
While the Brexit crisis centres on British relations with the EU, the unanticipated debacle is also threatening to destabilise relations between and within all the EU’s component countries.
By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2016
NATO is planning a major military escalation, based on plans for a perpetual state of war in the Middle East and preparations for all-out war with Russia in Europe.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 July 2016
At their latest meeting in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, EU interior ministers agreed on speedier deportation of refugees and closer cooperation with African dictatorships.
By Nick Beams, 8 July 2016
International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde warned against the dangers posed by the prospect of a “wave of protectionism.”
By Robert Stevens, 6 July 2016
Leading commentators in the financial press view the founding of a new party as a means of reversing a strategic setback for the dominant sections of British capital.
By Johannes Stern, 5 July 2016
The European Union has reacted to the outcome of the referendum on UK membership of the European Union by calling for the militarization of the continent.
By Nick Beams, 4 July 2016
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned of “economic post-traumatic stress” hitting financial markets, businesses and households.
By Andrea Peters, 4 July 2016
On the same day the EU extended asset freezes, travel bans, and trade embargoes targeting Russia, the US announced new sanctions directed against the Russian defense industry.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 July 2016
Last week’s vote by the United Kingdom has been met by an intensified drive by Germany to exert dominance over the European continent.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 1 July 2016
The strategic interests of the ruling elite in Britain and the US—especially as regards NATO and its military provocations against Russia—require that the referendum result be rescinded.
By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2016
While officially expressing dismay over the result of the Brexit referendum, EU leaders now see it as an opportunity to turn the EU into an aggressive military power.
By Chris Marsden, 30 June 2016
The coup against Corbyn is considered vital to the ability of the British ruling class to safeguard its interests globally.
By our reporters, 30 June 2016
The purpose of those addressing the rally was to exploit the frustration and anger of young people at the referendum result and its consequences.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 29 June 2016
The European Union is aggressively pressing for Britain to speed up the process of withdrawal and renegotiation of treaties and trade relations with the 27-member bloc.
By Alex Lantier, 28 June 2016
The European Union is making plans for increased austerity and an independent military policy, setting the stage for explosive international conflicts, including with the US.
By Nick Beams, 28 June 2016
British government leaders have issued statements claiming they have the situation under control, but to no avail as financial markets continue to plummet.
By Andre Damon, 27 June 2016
The ongoing sell-off in global financial markets comes amid a chorus of warnings by international institutions that the world economy faces a deepening crisis.
By Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 June 2016
The only certainty in the aftermath of the Leave vote is that the assault on the working class will be intensified, as the ruling elite demand greater sacrifices in the “national interest.”
By Alejandro López, 27 June 2016
The result is particularly humiliating for the Unidos Podemos led by Pablo Iglesias, the coalition put together by the Stalinist-led United Left and Podemos.
By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2016
The process of European integration begun just after World War II, intended to build political institutions that would make a new world war impossible, is unraveling.
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2016
The Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party serve to blind the working class to the dangers posed by the strengthening of the most right-wing sections of the bourgeoisie through the referendum campaign.
By Kumaran Ira, 20 June 2016
Three suspects were charged with preparing terror attacks on gatherings of football fans after police raided over 100 locations across Belgium.
By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2016
The murder of Cox has starkly revealed the fascistic character of the forces being whipped up around this week’s referendum on British membership in the EU, particularly by the Leave campaign.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 June 2016
Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, delivered the following speech in London to a June 14 public meeting sponsored by the SEP (UK).
By Katerina Selin, 17 June 2016
The Syriza-led government, elected on a wave of opposition to austerity, is presiding over a sweeping sell-off of state assets for the benefit of the Greek and European financial elites.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2016
The judgment states the British government can withhold family welfare benefits to EU migrants who are not working if they do not have the “right to reside” in the UK.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 June 2016
In exchange for financial assistance, despotic regimes in Africa are to seal off escape routes and detain and deport refugees.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 June 2016
Reading the commentary in the international press concerning the referendum on a British exit from the European Union, one gets a sense of a ruling class that has lost its bearings.
By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2016
Germany’s Armed Forces are playing an increasingly prominent role in the NATO deployment in Eastern Europe, which serves to openly prepare a war against Russia.
By Nick Beams, 11 June 2016
As the pile of negative yielding government debt passes the $10 trillion mark, it has been described as a “supernova that will explode one day.”
By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2016
Workers also faced criticism from union officials, who pushed for an end to the strike with claims that striking during the Euro cup would reflect badly on their image.
By Robert Stevens, 11 June 2016
The Trades Union Congress is backing the Remain campaign on the cynical basis that it is necessary to protect workers from the attacks of the Conservative government.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 June 2016
The collapse of the Oreskovic government has provoked a serious political crisis in the country.
Public meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin
11 June 2016
On Friday, June 17, Chris Marsden, a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site from Britain, will speak in Berlin at Humboldt University on the referendum for British withdrawal from the EU, and on the party’s campaign for an active boycott.
By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2016
The struggle for a socialist Britain within a United Socialist States of Europe is a burning necessity for workers who, in every country, face the same class enemy and the same problems of austerity and war.
By Julie Hyland, 7 June 2016
The campaign makes no mention of the Cameron government’s austerity agenda that has seen millions of jobs destroyed, wages cut, welfare slashed to the bone and migrants denied entry to the UK.
By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2016
Corbyn is towing the line dictated by the dominant sections of British imperialism, which see membership of the EU as essential for securing Britain’s economic interests.
By Chris Marsden, 3 June 2016
Both the Remain and Leave campaigns for the June 23 referendum on UK membership of the European Union are pushing anti-migrant measures.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 June 2016
The number of refugee deaths over the first five months of this year, up 35 percent from 2015, has hit a new record.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2016
With estimates of up to 900 refugees drowning, the past week has been the deadliest so far this year.
By Robert Stevens, 31 May 2016
Several leading Tory euro-sceptics made unprecedented attacks on Prime Minister David Cameron over the weekend.
By Laura Tiernan, 30 May 2016
In the deadliest week for refugees so far this year, over 700 people died trying to reach Europe from North Africa in three separate disasters.
By Clara Weiss, 30 May 2016
While NATO is encircling Russia militarily, the energy market is increasingly being used to exert pressure on Russia for geostrategic aims.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 May 2016
The latest tragedies underscore the criminal character of the efforts to seal Europe’s borders to refugees.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2016
The Austrian presidential election narrowly avoided an outcome in which, for the first time since 1945, an extreme right-wing politician would have entered the highest office in a Western European state.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2016
The Pentagon’s top general said troops could be sent “any day” once there was a formal request from the Western-backed regime in Tripoli.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 May 2016
The past week has seen the American-dominated Western alliance markedly intensify its preparations for aggressive war along Russia’s eastern and southern borders.
By Chris Marsden, 11 May 2016
With the Conservatives divided, the Labour Party’s ability to deliver its 9 million voters is considered essential for the sections of the ruling class supporting a Remain vote on Brexit.
After Syriza imposes billions in new cuts
By Alex Lantier, 10 May 2016
In the face of mass strikes and protests, Syriza is accepting decades of cuts under cover of restructuring Greek debt.
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.