Europe

Crisis and Resistance in Portugal

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A day before the right wing coalition government in Portugal was to vote through its 2013 budget, the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble met his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar and proclaimed, “Portugal is on the right path and is, for all of us in the Eurozone, a brilliant example that the approach we have been following to stabilize the Euro is correct.” Schäuble went on to praise the “exceptional job” being performed by the Portuguese government. But recent events have shown that the austerity measures insisted on by the ‘Troika’ of the European Union, European Central Bank and IMF are creating serious fissures inside the ruling coalition, growing resistance at the base of society and widespread debate inside of the parliamentary and extra-parliamentary left.

The moral sadism of the Dutch State

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Desperate to eject some refugees it does not want, the Netherlands is refining the art of radical deprivation. No single step, no single decision, no single action in this process is horrible.

Portugal: Left Bloc debates call for a left government

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November 18, 2012 -- A spectre is haunting Portugal ― the spectre of Greece and of Syriza, its radical left party.

Poland: The Rebirth of Radical Nationalism: Welcome back to the 30s

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Warsaw - The past days following the Nationalist riots of November 11, 2012 have been a time of solemn reflection for those of us in Poland and our friends watching around the world.

Why won’t the Eurozone disintegrate?

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About a year ago, while having coffee with friends in Addis Ababa, I postulated that the Eurozone would break up, probably by May, but certainly by September. Of course, I was not the only one offering such projections. But why did we miss the mark (so far)?

Czech Elections: "No" to Austerity and"Yes" to Strengthening the Left

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On 12--13 October 2012, elections took place in the Czech Republic. The
elections were for regional assemblies and one-third of the Senate. Their

Spain: As two-party system breaks down, what prospects for a ‘Spanish SYRIZA’?

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Barcelona - October 28, 2012 - The economic, social and territorial crisis in the Spanish state is morphing into a crisis of the two-party system that has provided Popular Party (PP) or Spanish Soc

The real struggle begins Europe descends into fascism

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Across southern Europe resistance is taking on a new urgency.

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