The European Union
By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2015
The financial aristocracy celebrated the Syriza government’s abject capitulation to the European Union’s demands for renewed austerity.
By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 February 2015
It has taken less than one month for the Syriza government in Greece to repudiate its anti-austerity election program and betray, totally and utterly, the impoverished working people whose votes placed it in power.
By Robert Stevens, 21 February 2015
Tsipras and Varoufakis have agreed to enforce the EU-dictated austerity program, exposing—within weeks of forming a government—the fraudulent and reactionary character of Syriza.
By Chris Marsden, 21 February 2015
Varoufakis’ essay on becoming an “erratic Marxist” is a damning exposure of the political role of the new Syriza-led government in Greece and the social layer that it represents.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2015
Schäuble's arrogant attack on Greece is primarily directed at opposition to austerity in the working class in Germany and across Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 February 2015
As it negotiates the terms of surrender, Syriza is not being allowed even the mildest concessions needed to maintain some small degree of political credibility.
By Robert Stevens, 19 February 2015
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denounced a new Greek proposal for a six-month loan extension and demanded further austerity measures.
By Nick Beams, 16 February 2015
Financial Times columnist advises Syriza-led government to stand firm in “high noon” showdown with euro zone finance ministers.
By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2015
Various pseudo-left groups have moved from providing political apologies for Syriza’s coalition with the Independent Greeks to fully embracing the alliance as a model to be emulated
By Robert Stevens, 14 February 2015
Since it was elected on January 25 on an anti-austerity ticket, Syriza has made one concession after another, including ditching pre-election pledges to write off a large part of the debt.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 February 2015
In the talks with the EU, the Syriza government is preparing to implement new austerity measures and "respect the European rules."
By Niles Williamson, 13 February 2015
The latest multi-billion dollar loan agreement is a prelude to further attacks on the living standards of the working class throughout Ukraine.
By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2015
The talks in Brussels on Greek bailout terms failed to reach agreement even on a statement of principles as to how discussions should proceed.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 February 2015
The Greek government has announced a ten-point program that retains large parts of the previous government’s austerity program.
By Niles Williamson, 7 February 2015
The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago.
By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2015
“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015
The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.”
By Peter Schwarz, 7 February 2015
Syriza leaders are traveling across Europe to assure governments they can rely on the party to push through “deep reforms."
By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2015
The imperialist powers are massing their troops to compel Russia to make concessions and subordinate itself to their interests in Eastern Europe and Asia.
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2015
At a press conference with his German counterpart, Greece’s new finance minister pleaded with the European powers to “use us to implement the European programme.”
By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2015
If Greece fails to reach an agreement with its creditors on €3.5 billion due in February and March, funding could be withdrawn from its banks.
By Robert Stevens, 30 January 2015
The bourgeois character of the new Greek government is exposed first of all in Syriza’s political alliance with the Independent Greeks, a right-wing nationalist party.
By Johannes Stern, 30 January 2015
In the first foreign policy action of the new Syriza government, Greece agreed to new measures to step up the US-EU economic war against Moscow.
By Alex Lantier, 26 January 2015
While the election result reflects broad popular opposition to austerity in Greece and across Europe, Syriza is committed to the EU, the euro and the defense of capitalism.
On-the-spot coverage from Greece
By our reporters, 26 January 2015
The economic crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Greek workers and young people to leave the country in search of jobs and better prospects.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2015
Despite its left-wing facade, Syriza is a bourgeois party that rests on affluent layers of the middle class.
By Nick Beams, 23 January 2015
The measure will have little or no impact on the real economy. Rather, it is aimed at making available further supplies of ultra-cheap cash for financial speculation.
By our reporters, 23 January 2015
Mass unemployment has been a permanent feature of Greek life since the imposition of austerity measures in 2010.
By Julie Hyland, 22 January 2015
The meeting underscored the inseparable link between imperialist militarism in the Middle East, war preparations against Russia, and the drive to dictatorship.
By Nick Beams, 21 January 2015
European stock markets rose to seven-year highs this week in anticipation that the ECB will decide tomorrow to start purchasing sovereign bonds.
By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2015
Governments throughout Europe have lost no time in using anti-terror police raids in Belgium, France and Germany to whip up a climate of fear and justify demands for further repressive measures.
By Nick Beams, 16 January 2015
The decision by Swiss authorities to end the franc’s fixed relationship to the euro has led to one of the most rapid currency appreciations in history.
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2015
The Financial Times is trumpeting SYRIZA’s policy because it offers rich pickings for the global financial oligarchy
By Ulrich Rippert, 14 January 2015
Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the shock and confusion generated by the assault on Charlie Hebdo to push through policies that have long been prepared.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 January 2015
More than six years since the 2008 financial crash, Europe is beset by economic stagnation.
By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2015
SYRIZA is asking the pseudo-left outfits to join a government dedicated to the defence of capitalism.
By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2015
German leaders are threatening Greece with an exit from the euro zone if the new government does not uphold the agreements reached with the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2015
SYRIZA’s programme has been developed in the course of intense discussions with leading political representatives of the international financial elite.
By Nick Beams, 6 January 2015
The main factor in the fall in US markets appears to have been the further sharp decline in oil prices.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 January 2015
Lithuania is the third and last Baltic state to introduce the euro.
By Nick Beams, 3 January 2015
ECB President Mario Draghi has taken another step to full quantitative easing amid increasing deflationary pressures.
By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 31 December 2014
The three attacks prior to Christmas have been used to stoke fears of Islamist attacks in retaliation for French involvement in wars in the Middle East and Africa.
By Christoph Dreier, 30 December 2014
German political and business figures responded aggressively to the failure to elect a Greek president, making clear they will give no ground on austerity policies.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 December 2014
The tax deals deprived tax revenue to governments around the world, all of which now claim that public services are unaffordable.
By Chris Marsden, 20 December 2014
The European powers have issued only pro-forma and self-serving statements on the US Senate report into torture and extraordinary rendition by the US and its allies.
By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2014
Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2014
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against NATO expansion in the region, which is seen as a provocation against Russia.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2014
As the NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels, the US military moved to deploy tanks and armored vehicles near Russia’s borders.
By Carlos Hernández, 3 December 2014
The scandals have revealed the criminality at the heart of the country’s now shipwrecked economic boom.
28 November 2014
This statement was adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) on October 28.
By Anna Rombach and Markus Salzmann, 15 November 2014
The formation of a far-right minority government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his party will intensify the crisis in the European Union’s poorest member state.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 November 2014
Leaked documents show how 340 multinational groups set up corporate structures to avoid taxes.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2014
Turnout for a poll that was heralded as decisive for the future of Catalonia was just 37 percent.
By Nick Beams, 7 November 2014
ECB president Mario Draghi insisted that the bank stands ready to inject up to one trillion euros into the financial system.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 6 November 2014
The polling success for Podemos is a sign of the volatile political situation in Spain and the collapse of support for the establishment parties.
By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2014
High level sources within the German government have indicated they are prepared to see Britain leave the European Union.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2014
Under pressure from the EU, the Italian government has ended its Mare Nostrum rescue program and will permit tens of thousands of refugees to drown in the Mediterranean Sea.
By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014
In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.
By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2014
A cutoff of Russian gas supplies to the EU would spell economic disaster for a number of European countries.
By Anthony Torres, 28 October 2014
The bill is an attack on freedom of movement as defined by international law and vastly expands the state’s ability to censor political speech.
By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to make immigration reform the centrepiece of a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the European Union.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 October 2014
Paris and Berlin are working on a behind-the-scenes deal for intensified, long-term austerity measures against the working class.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2014
The French ruling class is considering even more ferocious austerity measures in response to the demands of the banks and the European Commission.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 11 October 2014
The imperialist drive to the east poses big dangers for the working class of Moldova and Romania.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 October 2014
The EU is shelving any measures to rescue refugees from drowning on their way to Europe.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2014
Cuts announced by Prime Minister Vucic will see public sector salaries over €211 per month reduced by around 10 percent and those above €844 cut by 20 percent.
By Vicky Short, 22 September 2014
Four days before his death on September 10, Emilio Botín invited Spanish journalists to a dinner at which he revealed his fears about the “radicalisation” of Spain.
By Martin Krieckenbaum, 19 September 2014
More than 25,000 refugees have died trying to enter Europe since 2000.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2014
The Association Agreement will go down in history as a dirty deal struck between the imperialist powers of Europe and Ukrainian oligarchs at the expense of the working class.
By Niles Williamson, 13 September 2014
Banks affected by the new economic restrictions include Russia’s largest lenders Sberbank, Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank.
By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2014
Greece has to demonstrate that it has imposed the necessary attacks on workers living standards and will match an agreed timetable for further measures to receive additional loans.
By Marc Wells, 12 September 2014
A leading spokesman for the right-wing Italian party criticized Washington’s role in order to advance the interests of Italian and European capital.
By Clara Weiss, 5 September 2014
EU and US sanctions are aimed at bringing the Russian economy to its knees, exacerbating social tensions and rallying Russian oligarchs against President Vladimir Putin.
By Nick Beams, 5 September 2014
The European Central Bank has launched a new round of financial stimulus in the face of worsening economic conditions in Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 September 2014
The appointment of Tusk as EU Council president is a provocative signal of plans to escalate the confrontation with Russia.
By Nick Beams, 3 September 2014
Monetary stimulus has failed to halt recessionary trends in the global economy.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 September 2014
The politics of the European bourgeoisie is a mixture of ruthless aggression and desperation. Confronted with the hopeless crisis of their system, they are rushing toward a catastrophe, just as they did in 1914 and 1939.
By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2014
This weekend’s EU summit in Brussels marked a major escalation of threats against Russia, raising the specter of full-scale war between Russia and NATO.
By Robert Stevens, 1 September 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron recently stated that the UK’s “military prowess” is available for use in the Middle East.
By Johannes Stern, 30 August 2014
The moves toward Ukrainian membership in NATO underscore the fact that next week’s NATO summit will be aimed at preparing for a possible war against Russia.
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.