The Greatest Threat to Europe


Europe will never fully democratize until the Roma enjoy the same rights, privileges, and opportunities as their European brethren.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Today, Europe has left war behind. In place of jostling empires, there is the European Union, a modern family beset by the usual bickering but nothing that a smothering bureaucracy can’t handle. Even Sarajevo, where the assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked world conflict in 1914 and a ghastly siege claimed thousands of lives in the 1990s, is relatively quiet.

Party of the European Left’s fourth congress: building unity to build hope


By Dick Nichols

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- When the 200-plus delegates finally voted on the two main documents presented to the fourth congress of the Party of the European Left (EL), held on December 13-15, 2013, in Madrid, there was a faint murmur of surprise at the degree of support received. After all, the EL is a mix of different but related political sensibilities, bringing together “anti-capitalist, communist, socialist, ecologist, feminist, eco-socialist, republican and other democratic forces”.

Don't Try This at Home! Greek Austerity




Alternative views on the Ukraine crisis


The situation in Ukraine is confused and confusing, and unlike many western publications of left and right Spectrezine is not going to pretend we have the key to what is going on.

Comments on Ukraine, liberals and the ‘democratic’ and ‘anti-Stalinist’ left


During the past months pro-Kremlin opinion concerning events in Ukraine has been espoused by supposedly “liberal” academics like Nicolas Petro and Stephen Cohen.

Snapshot of Ireland - Notes from Sinn Féin


Modern Left meeting in Amersfoort, Netherlands, 18/19 January 2014

The narrative of the political establishment across the EU is that the bailout for Ireland has been a resounding success; the austerity programme that has been in place since 2008 has brought about recovery and a return of "economic sovereignty". It is being promoted as the solution to everyone's problems everywhere.

State Power 2014


As the world's corporate and political elites gathered at their luxury retreat in Davos last month, TNI launched its third 'State of Power' report to shine a spotlight on the people, corporations a

Outgoing EU commissioners plan very, very short book: A guide to their achievements


The extremely informative EU Observer  reports that “a booklet describing the good works of EU commissioners is to be launched before the European elec

For cooperation but against the United States of Europe


Emile Roemer is leader of the Socialist Party of the Netherlands, which along with a handful of parties of the left in Europe – the Swedish Left Party, the Danish Red-Green Alliance, AKEL o

Corporate power and the EU


David Cronin’s book Corporate Europe: How Big Business Sets Policies on Food, Climate and War is based on his years as a journalist in Brussels looking at the way in which the European Union’s inst

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