Privatizing Europe


“The drive for austerity was about using the crisis, not solving it. It still is.”
By Nobel prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman

‘Monetary union is in the end not sustainable’

Dutch political scientist Bastiaan van Apeldoorn is concerned about European Union policies which are leading to the increasing marginalization of national democracy and widening the gap be

European Parliament elections reveal poverty of British left’s tactics


Failure to make any impression should mean “No 2 abstentionism, Yes 2 grown-up politics” argues Steve McGiffen.

Juncker – Will he, won’t he?


The knives are being sharpened. British Prime Minister David Cameron doesn’t want Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, but German Chancellor Angela  Merkel stands right behind ‘her’ candidate. The European Parliament is even threatening a veto if he doesn’t get the job, because the centre-right group – mostly Christian Democrats – the European People’s Party, is again the biggest group and so the voter has spoken.

European Elections - Alexis Tsipras


Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras recently spoke in Portugal, as a guest of the Left Bloc, in support of the Party of the European Left's campaign European Parliament elections.

European Elections - A Farage Farrago: Contradictions at the Heart of the UK Independence Party


In Westminster, the drip-drip of financial corruption -- expense account abuse, the flipping of houses -- is supplemented by a spectacle of "on-message" politicians whose speeches are slick with the shiny artificiality of well-oiled PR productions.  A never-ending parade of besuited, perfectly manicured politicians, staring out at the camera, eyes glazed with faux sincerity, features consciously arranged in well-ordered concern.  Naturally, such people, such projections, attain all the proportion and reality of a computer-generated avatar or, to say the same, Nick Clegg.

European Elections - Britain’s Left Unity can’t ignore Europe


Left Unity, which recently held its first national conference, is a worthy initiative and one which deserves widespread support. I wish it well. Britain certainly needs a new party. Voting Labour has gone from tactically dubious to utterly absurd. And reading through the policies adopted at the new party’s conference, I could find little to disagree with – in principle.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Myths and lies exposed by new report


A study commissioned by the United Left Group (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament and published by the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (OFSE) has called into question the alleged bene

'The enemy is within – whether in Russia, Ukraine or the West'


Dmitry Kolesnik is editor of the left-wing Ukrainian website Liva.  The interview was conducted by 'Counterfire', the site on which it was first published

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