Europe

Juncker – Will he, won’t he?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

How corporations and lawyers are scavenging profits from Europe’s crisis countries

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Corporations, backed by lawyers, use international investment agreements to scavenge for profits by suing Europe’s crisis countries.

Amsterdam, February 2014: Speech in commemoration of the February Strike of 1941

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Heroic. Purposeful. Merciful. Queen Wilhelmina added that motto to the Amsterdam coat of arms following the ‘Februaristaking’, the February Atrike of 1941. Heroic. Purposeful. Merciful.

The Greatest Threat to Europe

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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.

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