On 7 February, government buildings were on fire all over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, silent for a long time, finally decided to speak their minds. And when they did, those were not words – it was a roar. It was fire, stones and heavy fighting with the police.
So far, Alexis Tsipras is the sole official candidate for the presidency of the European Commission – the Party of the European Left has accepted during its convention the relevant nomination. It is all but certain that the Socialists and the Democrats of Europe (it’s a funny distinction, isn’t it?) will be appointing their own candidate on 1 March, namely the German, current president of the European Parliament, and leader of SPD’s European ballot.
It has been ten years since the completion of the 2004 enlargement process, which, in addition to two further expansions, integrated the majority of the continent’s post-socialist societies into the European Union. It has since then become obvious that what had once been heralded as the triumphant accession to the world of the prosperous, has brought major disappointment to the Eastern part of the continent, already wrought by decades of tumultuous transition.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Centre of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the Vienna University of Technology, the Egon-Matzner-Award for Socio-Economics was established in 2012; it will be conferred on 12th June 2014 for the third time.
After the right-wing majority failed Left Bloc and Communist Party’s proposals in Parliament to integrate these workers with a legal work contract, last Friday more than half of the 400 workers of the telemedicine service “Saúde 24” (Health 24) went on strike against false autonomous workers, against the layoff of over 100 of their colleagues and demanding the resignation of the company’s administration.
The voluntary interruption of a pregnancy is a right that had for a long time been denied to women in Spain. With the exception of a short period during the second Spanish republic, abortion represented a crime until the year 2010. Now abortion is to be criminalised once again.
2014 will be a crucial year in the development of the European Union. The elections for the European Parliament taking place in May will offer the possibility for the European populations to give their verdict on the policies by which the European Union has responded to the crisis.
Organized by Espaces Marx and transform! europe, the workshop entitled “Consciousness in Europe in the Crisis: Resignation and Rebelliousness faced with Capitalist Domination” gathered public-opinion specialists from Greece, Germany and France – as well as social scientists.
Following the publication of the latest EU progress report on Albania, an intense debate broke out over the country’s accession prospects. A first approximation of the political discourse expressed by Albanian parties – irrespective of size or ideology – would reveal that the issue ranks high at the political agenda.
The WSF International Council held its meeting in Casablanca from 16 to 18 December 2013, with 122 participants, 47 members of the IC and 75 observers from 23 countries. Below you find a brief formulation of decisions taken at the final meeting, about the location of the next WSF events.