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Newsletter 24 May 2016

Our newsletter contains information about the activities of our network, its members and observing members and about important initiatives of social movements we are taking part in.

Featured Article
Austria
Rejection of a Far-Right President
By Barbara Steiner
On Sunday 22 May, Austria elected its President in the second round. The results of the two candidates were so close that the election was decided when the voting cards were counted on Monday. The neoliberal, green, bourgeois and democratic candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen, won the second round... [read more... ]
Blog
Spain
Podemos-IU Agreement: Good News from the South
By Marga Ferré
New elections on 26 June raise hopes for an unprecedented political scenario: As Podemos and Izquierda Unida (IU) have reached an agreement, this is the only coalition that could overturn the situation created by the 20 December election. All the polls currently attribute this coalition about 24% of... [read more... ]
Talk at the Left Forum
The Resistible Rise of the Far Right in Europe
By Walter Baier
The rise of the radical right in Europe raises many questions. The key here is the crisis of European democracies. To counteract this development, the Left is confronted with great challenges: overcoming mass unemployment and nationalism, and defending democracy. [read more... ]
Portugal
Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity
By Hugo Monteiro
Portuguese politics is in limbo. The good news is that this limbo, the thin ice on which this agreement is skating, also presents an opportunity to engage in clear and clean politics with room for actual negotiation. The bad news for the right wing and its allies is that this thin ice is proving... [read more... ]
Analysis
Scotland: Separatists Stall While Unionists Shift to the Right
By Gregory Mauzé
While nationalists registered a slight decline in votes, the Conservatives achieved a historical breakthrough and the Labour Party suffered a humiliating defeat in a country that has long been its stronghold. [read more... ]
Brief analysis
Serbian 2016 Elections: Neoliberal Continuity
By Vladimir Simović
Even though Serbia’s recent elections featured some new candidacies, these “newcomers” are not new at all. The parliamentary landscape continues to look the same, with the same faces cropping up again and again over the past 25 years. Unfortunately, there is no left-wing option which could use... [read more... ]
Interview
The Renationalisation of Politics
By Maria Jaidopulu Vrijea, Sandro Mezzadra
An interview about the refugee crisis with Sandro Mezzadra, an expert on migration and Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna. [read more... ]
Report: Workshop of the transform! Working Group on Labour
European Labour Rights at a Crossroads
By Maxime Benatouil
The dismantling of labour and social rights has gained in strength on the EU political agenda ever since the crisis broke out. This phenomenon, if more acute in the so-called periphery countries, is however to be witnessed everywhere in Europe. [read more... ]
Petition
“Enough with the criminalisation of the BDS movement for justice in Palestine! Let’s support right to boycott!”
More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and... [read more... ]
Calendar
27 June 2016
Workshop
The Future of Renewables and the Electricity Market Design in the European Union
At the end of 2016 two proposals concerning the Energy Union will be presented by the European Commission: the European renewable energy directive will be revised, and there will be a proposal on the new energy market design. [read more... ]
20 July 2016 – 24 July 2016
Europe – Labour – Peace
11th Summer University of the European Left
Every year since 2005 activists, party members, and members of social movements from all over Europe and beyond meet for four days to jointly develop ideas for an alternative Europe. The Summer Universities are jointly organized by transform! europe and the Party of the European Left. [read more... ]
Publications
transform! eDossier
A New Energy to Change Europe
This publication intends to provide a comprehensive analysis of what is at stake when talking about a progressive plan for Europe’s energy transition. [read more... ]
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