Left Unity deplores the Leave outcome of the EU Referendum. This referendum came from pressure from the far right – driven by anti-immigration sentiment, fuelled by racism. This has been the most reactionary national campaign in British political history, resulting in an open emergence of the extreme right.
As the British referendum campaign on EU membership enters its final days, the tension and anger is palpable. Traditional fault lines in politics are breaking down as the divisions over Remain or Leave cross and re-cross through parties and movements where typically in a general election period sympathies would be predictable and tolerated.
Under the auspices of MEP Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL), the transform! Working Group on Energy presented its latest publication to representatives of European progressive civil society and members of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, research and Energy (ITRE). Deployment of the energy transition towards a new model of development, energy democracy and citizens’ initiatives, the crucial role of public research – these issues were at the heart of the discussions held on June 14.
On 3 and 4 June, around 1000 people came together in Vienna for the “Aufbruch” (“departure”) conference, hoping to create a movement, that, however defined, could serve as a new umbrella of the Austrian left and as a challenge and alternative to the anti-social and right-leaning state of Austrian politics right now.
The Fondazione Claudio Sabattini, Associazione Culturale Punto Rosso and transform! europe will hold a day of study and discussion devoted to the kick-off of the research project “Industry 4.0 and the consequences on labour”. Speakers will be members of trade unions, social and research organisations from Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Austria, and Greece.
Geoff Eley, Professor for Contemporary History at the University of Michigan, speaks of the crisis of hegemony and the crisis of representation, produced by the dislocations and de-legitimisations of the processes of capitalist restructuring and class recomposition. He also analyses the Left's challenges and the right's responses in addressing this dual crisis.
Faced with a democracy that has been denied, an authoritarian government and repressed social movements, the seven trade unions that have spent almost three months fighting against the El Khomri bill (CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, Unef, UNL and FIDL) and in favour of a labour law commensurate with the 21st century are organising a referendum in companies, administrative bodies and research centres.
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“The Choices Are Awful, But We Have To Vote To Stay In The EU”: Eleanor Penny gives a comprehensive argument for staying in the EU, while being remaining critical of all institutions, on both a national and supra-national level. Video by novaramedia.com
La portavoz de Izquierda Unida en el Parlamento Europeo, Marina Albiol, ha advertido de que “la falta de autocrítica” del presidente de la Comisión Europea, Jean-Claude Juncker, con el Brexit, tal y...