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 Jordan Shilton, 18 April 2016
Washington’s aggressive military build-up throughout Eastern Europe, in close collaboration with its NATO allies, has brought the entire region to the brink of war between nuclear powers.
By Stephen Alexander, 1 February 2016
As many as 200,000 oil-related jobs could be lost in the UK.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2015
The new government plans to implement a significant shift in foreign policy, integrating Finland still further into the US-led anti-Russian NATO alliance.
By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2015
The aggressive US-led drive to encircle Russia in eastern Europe and the Baltic will be one of the main issues confronting the incoming administration.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2015
With the full backing of US imperialism, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden are committing themselves to transforming the region into yet another flashpoint with Moscow.
By Josh Varlin, 10 April 2015
Amid mass abstention, voters dealt a sharp rebuff to the Netherlands’ ruling liberal and social-democratic parties.
By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2015
More details have emerged regarding the alleged gunman's biography, confirming how well-known he was to police.
By our reporters, 2 February 2015
The water charges are supported by the Dublin government as part of the multi-billion euro bailout programme concluded with the Troika in 2010.
By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2015
The German ruling elite is using the Charlie Hebdo affair to advance an agenda it has long been preparing: the dismantling of democratic rights and Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.
By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2014
The Conservative Party’s plan to freeze welfare benefits will leave low-income families with children between £350 and £500 a year worse off.
By Steve James, 12 December 2012
Rioting followed a decision by Belfast City Council to restrict the number of days on which Britain’s Union flag flies over Belfast City Hall.
By Jordan Shilton, 11 December 2012
Ireland’s sixth austerity budget in less than five years will intensify the attacks on working people.
By Jordan Shilton and Dermot Quinn, 28 November 2012
The president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Eugene McGlone, was booed as he started to speak at last Saturday’s anti-austerity march in Dublin.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 November 2012
Neither the Social Democratic Party nor Viktor Uspaskich’s Labour Party offer Lithuania any alternative to the previous government’s course of grinding austerity.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 November 2012
A referendum in Iceland on October 21 saw voters approve several amendments that could result in the redrafting of the country’s constitution.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 October 2012
A protest of between 2,000 and 3,000 teachers took place outside the Irish parliament last Wednesday.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 October 2012
The Irish government’s aim of securing a write-down on state debt by the end of October has failed amid growing conflicts within the European Union.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 October 2012
In the midst of deepening social distress, Latvia has been praised by numerous institutions and the media as a role model for the success of austerity policies.
By Jordan Shilton, 11 October 2012
The impact of the on-going global economic crisis on Ireland has prompted demands from the financial elite that the government expand its austerity measures.
By Steve James, 19 September 2012
Caterpillar Inc.’s decision to shift diesel generator production from Northern Ireland to China will cost 760 staff and 160 agency workers their jobs.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 September 2012
A report leaked to the Irish Times has revealed that the fund out of which pensions and social welfare benefits are paid is running an annual deficit of €1.5 billion.
By Dermot Quinn, 17 September 2012
Dublin North member of parliament and long-standing Socialist Party member Clare Daly has announced she has resigned from the party.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 September 2012
The International Monetary Fund has demanded the Irish government lay out detailed plans on how it will slash spending over the next four years.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2012
Sectarian violence has again flared up on the streets of Belfast.
By Jordan Shilton, 1 September 2012
As the crisis in the euro zone deepens, with the possibility of a Greek exit, sections of Finland’s ruling elite are openly considering ditching the currency.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 August 2012
The Oslo District Court yesterday ruled that fascist mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik was sane and handed down the maximum sentence of 21 years imprisonment for his homicidal attacks in July 2011.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 August 2012
While concluding that authorities could have prevented Anders Breivik’s July 22, 2011 massacre, the official review obscures the political nature of the attacks.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 August 2012
Ireland’s economy remains deep in crisis, with all signs pointing to a further downturn as the European Union enters recession.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 July 2012
Last week, Norway’s Labour-led government stepped in to impose compulsory arbitration on striking oil workers, with the threat of an industry-wide lockout looming.
By Steve James, 18 July 2012
Backed by large numbers of riot police, and authorised by Northern Ireland’s Parades Commission, a small group of Orangemen marched 300 metres past shops adjoining the nationalist working-class Ardoyne area on Belfast’s Crumlin Road July 12.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 July 2012
The 1,500 workforce at utility firm Bord Na Mona are in danger of being sold out by the trade union bureaucracy.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 6 July 2012
The brief meeting of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has been widely hailed as a “historic” event.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 June 2012
Each passing week brings with it new figures showing the rapid deterioration in Ireland’s economic outlook.
By Sybille Fuchs, 23 June 2012
Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced a new wave of mass layoffs, supported by the works council and trade unions.
By Dermot Quinn, 21 June 2012
For over a week, the Irish media has been reporting on the plight of Mick Wallace, a former building developer and restaurant operator who now sits in parliament.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 June 2012
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced the elimination of 177 jobs at its operations in Cork, Ireland.
By Jordan Shilton, 11 June 2012
Mounting turmoil across the euro zone, focusing on concerns over Spain’s ability to borrow on the financial markets and the threat of a Greek exit, has seen Ireland’s economic outlook worsen sharply.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 June 2012
Yesterday’s referendum in Ireland saw 60 percent voting in favour of the European Union’s (EU) fiscal treaty, which was falsely portrayed as a guarantee of Ireland’s economic future.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 1 June 2012
A yes vote on the European Union Fiscal Treaty would depend on fear generated by threats that the banks would respond to a no vote by cutting off credit to the Republic of Ireland.
By Socialist Equality Parties (UK and Germany), 30 May 2012
The Socialist Equality parties of Britain and Germany call for a “No” vote in the Irish Republic’s May 31 referendum on the European Union’s fiscal treaty.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 May 2012
A deal was reached between union representatives and the management of Vita Cortex earlier this month to end a long-running occupation by 32 employees of a former foam packing factory in Cork.
By Jordan Shilton, 14 May 2012
As Ireland’s referendum on the European Union fiscal treaty approaches, parties on both sides of the campaign are showing their readiness to deepen the attacks on working people.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 May 2012
Last week, Iceland’s high court, the Landsdómir, acquitted ex-Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde of all major charges in the case brought against him over his role in the 2008 financial crisis.
By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2012
UK columnist Suzanne Moore has produced an opinion piece that expresses her understanding towards the xenophobic sentiments that ultimately gave rise to the mass murder committed by Anders Breivik.
By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 25 April 2012
The trial of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been dominated by the testimony of the 33-year-old right-wing terrorist.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 April 2012
On day two of his trial, Anders Breivik gave an hour-long defence of his slaughter of 77 people last July and said that he would do it again.
By James Cogan, 17 April 2012
Operations by Afghan and foreign troops to regain control of the governmental and diplomatic zone in Kabul continued for 20 hours.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 March 2012
Dublin is pushing for an agreement with the “troika” of the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund to allow it to restructure a portion of its debt.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 March 2012
A deadline of March 31 is approaching for approximately 1.6 million householders across Ireland to pay a €100 charge on their property to the government.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 March 2012
The trial of Geir H. Haarde, Iceland’s prime minister prior to and during the financial crisis of 2008, began in Reykjavík last week.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 March 2012
The occupation by 32 workers of the former Vita Cortex plant in Cork, Ireland is now well into its third month.
By Julie Hyland, 3 March 2012
The Irish government has conceded that a referendum will be held on the European fiscal treaty, passed by 25 European Union member states in December of last year.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 January 2012
Ireland’s pseudo-left groups’ integration into the political establishment was on display as representatives from the United Left Alliance (ULA) met with the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 January 2012
A second bailout for Ireland appears increasingly unlikely as the crisis worsens across Europe.
By Steve James, 16 January 2012
Tense industrial disputes have erupted in Ireland in recent weeks against job losses.
By Robert Stevens, 11 January 2012
The neo-fascist mass murderer Anders Breivik called the Norwegian Government Services Centre last March, threatening to carry out a massacre. The call was placed just four months before he murdered 77 people and injured another 151.
By Robert Fowler, 10 January 2012
The recent budget issued by the Fine Gael/Labour government includes a further €543 million in health cuts, which will sharply erode health care in Ireland.
By Steve James, 28 December 2011
Thirty-two workers have occupied a foam packing factory in Cork, Ireland in pursuit of redundancy payments.
By Jordan Shilton, 20 December 2011
The United Left Alliance, a coalition of the Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party, has formed a new campaign group to build alliances with Sinn Fein, Labour “dissidents” and various independent members of parliament.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 December 2011
In its first budget since taking power in March, the Labour-Fine Gael coalition in Dublin has imposed a budget containing vicious cuts in social spending and tax rises hitting working people hardest.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 December 2011
Tuesday’s decision to declare Anders Behring Breivik insane was driven by the political interests of the Norwegian and European ruling elite.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2011
The future of Swedish automaker Saab remains undecided following a decision by former owner General Motors to block a proposed takeover by two Chinese firms.
By Steve James, 25 November 2011
Irish President Michael D. Higgins made clear in his inauguration address that the large numbers of working people who voted for him will be immediately betrayed.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 November 2011
In recent weeks, support for Sweden’s Social Democrats has fallen to historic lows, with polls indicating little more than 25 percent of voters support the party.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 November 2011
The government crisis and the attacks on the working class in Greece were the prelude to a new round of social cuts throughout Europe.
By Steve James, 27 October 2011
Ireland goes to the polls today to elect a new president. Alongside the minor celebrities and political nonentities putting themselves forward for the largely ceremonial role is Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2011
Saab faces the prospect of bankruptcy after its plans to restructure fell apart last week.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2011
Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg has spoken out in favour of a “Swedish solution” to resolve the deepening debt crisis gripping the European continent.
By Sybille Fuchs and Johannes Stern, 11 October 2011
In line with support given by petty-bourgeois “leftist” groupings to right-wing governments throughout Europe, the aim of the Unity List is to make the Danish people pay for the economic crisis.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2011
If Saab is able to survive beyond the end of the year, it will be on the basis of a cost-cutting offensive against the workforce by management and the state, facilitated by the unions.
By Sybille Fuchs, 19 September 2011
The assumption of power by the so-called “Red block” under the leadership of Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt by no means represents a political shift to the left.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2011
Lars Ohly, the leader of Sweden’s Left Party since 2004, revealed August 9 that he will step down as head of the party at its next congress in January 2012.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2011
In the aftermath of Anders Behring Breivik’s terrorist attacks in Norway on July 22, a concerted campaign is underway to promote a message of national unity.
By Steve James, 22 August 2011
Egged on by ratings agencies, leading banks and their attendant economists, the Irish government is preparing another assault on the working class.
By Steve James, 16 August 2011
Speaking in the Irish parliament, Enda Kenny, Irish Taoiseach and head of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government, denounced Vatican sabotage of investigations into child abuse by Catholic clergy.
By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2011
The Norwegian fascist Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 76 people in Norway, has numerous likeminded associates throughout Europe.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 August 2011
Crisis-hit automaker Saab announced last Tuesday for the second month in a row that part of its workforce would not receive their wages on time. The failure to pay employees confirms that the company is essentially bankrupt.
By Stefan Steinberg, 30 July 2011
The political and media reaction to the terrorist atrocity carried out in Oslo a week ago reflects a social order in a profound state of political and ideological decay.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 July 2011
Members of far-right parties across Europe have endorsed the mass killing last Friday carried out by a right-wing anti-Islamic extremist in Norway, Anders Breivik.
By Susan Garth, 28 July 2011
The media and politicians are working assiduously to obscure the political motives of the killer, his connections to far-right and fascist organizations, and the political and moral responsibility borne by establishment parties and politicians.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 July 2011
There is a clear link between the campaign of incitement against Muslims, which has been supported by all of the parties of the US and European bourgeois establishment and by the media, and the political motives of the fascist who murdered 76 people in Oslo last Friday.
By Robert Stevens and Susan Garth, 26 July 2011
The right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik appeared in court yesterday and confessed to the mass murder of 76 people in Norway, many of them children.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 July 2011
The murder of at least 92 people in Oslo signals the emergence of fascist terrorist violence animated by a hatred of Marxism and the working class.
By Mike Head, 23 July 2011
A right-wing anti-Islamic extremist is being held over a terror bombing in downtown Oslo that killed seven people and an automatic weapons attack on youth at a Norwegian Labour Party camp that killed at least 80.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 July 2011
Former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde became Iceland’s first leading political figure to be charged for his part in the 2008 economic collapse.
By Steve James, 2 July 2011
Belfast witnessed, on June 21, the return of intercommunal street battles of a ferocity not seen for years.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 June 2011
New Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen of the conservative National Coalition party unveiled a six-party coalition last Wednesday in Helsinki.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 June 2011
New Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen of the conservative National Coalition party unveiled a six-party coalition last Wednesday in Helsinki.
By Steve James, 23 June 2011
The new Irish coalition government is preparing a swathe of austerity measures to meet the terms of the 2010 International Monetary Fund/European Union bailout of the banking system.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2011
Trade unions at Aer Lingus are trying to block a strike by the airline’s pilots.
By Steve James, 2 June 2011
The findings of the official inquiry into the murder of lawyer Rosemary Nelson, delivered after a six-year investigation, continue the cover-up by the British and Northern Ireland state apparatus.
By Jordan Shilton, 1 June 2011
Ireland, like Greece, could need a second bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 May 2011
Finland’s parliament approved the European Union’s bailout for Portugal yesterday, by a vote of 137 to 49.
By Steve James, 17 May 2011
A huge security operation is being rolled out to protect Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip during their four day visit to Ireland beginning today.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 May 2011
In a move signalling the end of passport-free travel within Europe, Denmark’s right wing minority government announced on Wednesday that it was unilaterally re-introducing controls at its borders with Sweden and Germany.
By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2011
The European Union (EU) has stepped up pressure on Helsinki to make its position clear on the EU-International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout of Portugal, in the wake of elections in Finland last month, which registered a large anti-government vote.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2011
The deal provides no long-term security for Saab workers, and opens the door to a vast cost-cutting drive through the outsourcing of jobs to cheap labour locations in China.
By Steve James, 30 April 2011
On April 6, Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell returned a verdict of “death by misadventure” over the death of Rachel Peavoy, a 30-year-old woman who died January 11, 2010 of hypothermia in her flat in Dublin, Ireland.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2011
Barely a year after being taken over by Dutch firm Spyker, Swedish automaker Saab is again in danger of shutdown, with the loss of thousands of jobs.