The European Union
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.
By Stefan Steinberg, 24 July 2013
Figures from the Eurostat statistics agency show that the debt burden across the euro zone continues to rise after three years of austerity.
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 July 2013
A series of reports confirm that austerity policies implemented since the financial crisis of 2008 are plunging Europe ever deeper into recession.
By Alejandro López, 19 July 2013
Since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008 state revenue in Spain has slumped by nearly €200 billion.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 July 2013
Former NSA employee Edward Snowden has exposed the infrastructure of a police state whose surveillance powers far exceed those of former totalitarian dictatorships.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 July 2013
In a major break with traditional policy, the European Central Bank promised last week to provide cheap credit indefinitely to European banks.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 July 2013
According to a report in the French daily Le Monde, the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE, spies on “all of our communications”.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2013
At Wednesday’s European Jobs Summit in Berlin, government heads agreed to use record high levels of youth unemployment as the pretext for further attacks on the remaining social protections and past social gains of European workers.
By Alex Lantier, 2 July 2013
NSA leaker Edward Snowden issued a powerful statement yesterday denouncing the global manhunt Washington is mounting against him.
By Stefan Steinberg, 17 June 2013
The authors of the JPMorgan report are arguing for governments to adopt dictatorial-type powers to complete the process of social counterrevolution that is already well underway across Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 June 2013
Trade unions and pseudo-left groups organized a so-called Alter-Summit in Athens, backing the European Union institutions that impose austerity throughout Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 June 2013
Though euro zone unemployment hit a two-year high in April, European governments are preparing further austerity measures.
By Johannes Stern, 28 May 2013
On Monday the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels and agreed not to renew the arms embargo against Syria.
By Anthony Torres, 23 May 2013
While the French economy has entered into recession, the European Union and the French government are pressing to accelerate social attacks.
By Marianne Arens, 22 May 2013
On May 14, Beppe Grillo published a racist blog post appealing to far-right forces.
By Stefan Steinberg, 17 May 2013
The latest OECD report confirms that inequality in most industrialised nations has grown significantly since the world economic crisis broke out in 2007-8.
By Markus Salzmann, 17 May 2013
In regional elections in Salzburg, the Social Democrats and the Austrian Peoples’ Party recorded the largest loss of support since the Second World War.
By Christoph Dreier, 16 May 2013
Greek teachers have voted to oppose the mobilisation order of the government and begin strike action on Friday.
By Andre Damon, 16 May 2013
The euro area economy contracted by 0.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, which was followed by further calls for austerity.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2013
An appellate court has handed down a four-year prison sentence for tax evasion to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
By Christoph Dreier, 14 May 2013
Greek police served 88,000 high school teachers with civil mobilization orders on Monday.
By Julie Hyland, 11 May 2013
By scapegoating immigrants as undeserving “scroungers”, the government intends to deny people, including European Union citizens, the right to access public services, including welfare, health care and housing.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 May 2013
The founder and former chair of the Left Party, Oskar Lafontaine, is proposing the reintroduction of national currencies to drive down wages.
By Johannes Stern, 11 May 2013
The congress of the Marx 21 group taking place this weekend in Berlin is a shabby operation aimed at promoting right-wing and imperialist policies under a pseudo-left garb.
By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2013
A campaign for a new “left” party has been launched by sections of Britain’s pseudo-left, modelled on SYRIZA in Greece.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2013
Against the background of the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s, the European Union is showing its true face—that of a dictatorship of finance capital.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 May 2013
The official debate over austerity in Europe has broken out amid deepening economic crisis and mounting social anger in the working class.
By Andre Damon and Stefan Steinberg, 2 May 2013
Unemployment in the euro zone hit another record in March, with no end in sight to the economic and social catastrophe gripping Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 2 May 2013
Enrico Letta heads a coalition tasked with continuing the savage austerity measures begun under Mario Monti.
By Robert Stevens, 2 May 2013
Public transport ground to a halt in the capital Athens, with no train or ferry services operating.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 April 2013
The Greek parliament has voted to dismiss 15,500 public service workers and slash the minimum wage.
By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2013
With 26 million workers unemployed in Europe, Hollande is signaling that he will keep supporting social cuts that are devastating the French and European economies.
By Chris Marsden, 29 April 2013
The formation of a Grand Coalition government in Italy shows the degree to which the global financial oligarchy dominates political life.
By Mike Jobson, 29 April 2013
Italian prosecutors ordered the seizure of €1.8 billion in a probe of Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 April 2013
Slovenia is regarded as the next likely candidate for an EU bailout to shore up its banks.
By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2013
The number of unemployed workers in Spain and France reached all-time highs, as Europe’s economic collapse accelerates under the impact of devastating austerity measures.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 April 2013
Elections in Iceland this weekend are likely to see a massive anti-government vote, putting an end to four years of rule by the Social Democrat-Left Green coalition.
By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2013
After two months of crisis following February’s elections, recently reinstalled Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has tasked Enrico Letta with forming a government.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2013
On April 17 and 18, anti-terrorist units of numerous European Union member states participated in an operation involving simulated terrorist attacks in nine different countries.
By Alejandro López, 24 April 2013
The huge decline in support for the political parties, trade unions, and the monarchy can only mean huge social struggles are on the horizon.
By Franci Vier and Paul Mitchell, 23 April 2013
None of the main demands of the anti-evictions petition launched by the Mortgage Victims Platform have been included in a new law by the Popular Party.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 April 2013
The reelection of Georgio Napolitano as Italian president is a strictly temporary solution.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2013
The election of Italy’s president, like the previous general election, has exposed deep divisions and bitter power struggles within the ruling elite.
By Robert Stevens, 19 April 2013
Under terms agreed with the “troika” some 15,000 public sector workers will lose their jobs by the end of 2014, including 4,000 jobs this year.
By Stefan Steinberg, 15 April 2013
Despite data indicating that Europe’s recession will continue this year, European finance ministers meeting in Dublin over the weekend agreed to intensify austerity measures.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2013
Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem has warned that Greece needed to “speed up its efforts” in order to comply with the troika’s austerity programme.
By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2013
The relationship between Moscow and Berlin is characterized simultaneously by growing economic cooperation and increasing political tensions.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 April 2013
Fifty-five years after the founding of the European Economic Community, the project of unifying Europe on a capitalist basis has been irrevocably shattered by the global economic crisis.
By Johann Müller, 11 April 2013
Revisions to the German Telecommunication Act legalise the monitoring of private data stored on mobile phones and in the Internet.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2013
Low wages are no longer low enough and auto companies are increasingly moving production to North Africa.
By Christoph Dreier, 10 April 2013
With the escalation of the euro crisis, the Left Party is moving closer to the Merkel government and essentially supports its brutal course on Cyprus, which means the unprecedented looting of the country.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2013
The Portuguese Constitutional Court’s ruling against EU budget cuts reveals the politically criminal and illegal basis of the pan-European onslaught on the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2013
The terms dictated to Cyprus by the European Union in exchange for a bailout are predicated on the destruction of the pay and conditions of the working class.
By Julie Hyland, 4 April 2013
The punitive measures imposed on Cyprus mark a qualitative deepening of the European bourgeoisie’s class war offensive.
By Stefan Steinberg, 4 April 2013
The latest figures from the Eurostat statistics office confirm that the continent’s economic recession is taking a rising toll on jobs and living standards.
As government crisis drags on
By Marianne Arens, 4 April 2013
The ruling class in Italy is desperately seeking to override the election result of February 25 and develop a political mechanism to continue the austerity policies that were decisively rejected by the electorate.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 April 2013
The alliance with right-wing nationalists clearly shows SYRIZA’s class character.
By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2013
The cynically-named Athena Plan, calling for mass closures of universities and technical institutions, was passed in flagrant violation of the Greek constitution.
By Alejandro López, 2 April 2013
Recent statistical surveys attest to the massive drop in working class living standards in Spain since the onset of the global financial crisis.
By Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls for the denial of welfare rights to migrant workers and immigrants.
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2013
Fresh from its financial looting of Cyprus, the European bourgeoisie is threatening to withhold funds from Greece unless it complies with mass sackings in the public sector.
By Marianne Arens, 28 March 2013
A month after Italian elections produced a hung parliament, the latest attempts to form a government have collapsed amid mass opposition to austerity.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 23 March 2013
The fate of Cyprus illustrates how the European Union imposes the dictatorship of the global speculators, banks and corporations on the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 23 March 2013
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece’s SYRIZA spoke in London at several events last week.
By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2013
Cyprus’ parliament passed legislation granting the state emergency powers, including capital controls to block sudden outflows of money from the country.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 21 March 2013
The collapse of Cyprus’s financial system is being avoided only by the continued closure of the banks, which may be kept shut until next Tuesday.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 19 March 2013
Terms attached to the European Union bailout for Cypriot banks triggered heavy losses on financial markets.
By Stefan Steinberg and Chris Marsden, 18 March 2013
The decision by the European Union summit to levy a tax on Cyprus bank deposits to pay for a rescue package resulted in a stampede to withdraw cash from the country’s banks.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 March 2013
The summit attended by 27 leaders of the European Union in Brussels tonight resembles a besieged fortress.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 11 March 2013
Last week, Hans-Peter Friedrich denounced immigrants from Eastern Europe, stoking up resentment against alleged "benefit tourism" from other EU states.
By Marc Wells and Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2013
To understand the rise of Beppo Grillo one must take account the deep crisis of European capitalism and the bankruptcy of the traditional parties of the “left”.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 6 March 2013
Italian parties are trying to form a government to continue the austerity measures of ex-premier Mario Monti.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2013
Protests and demonstrations are continuing in Bulgaria despite the resignation of the right-wing government of Boyko Borisov.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2013
The Italian election result presages fierce social conflicts and political upheavals.