Blog

  • Report: Summer School in Olympia
  • “Beyond the Refugee Crisis – Studying in Europe”

  • By Roberto Morea | 07 Sep 16
  • The summer school “Beyond the Refugee Crisis – Studying in Europe” was held in Olympia on 18-28 August and saw Greek university students and young refugees come together. The initiative was supported by Sia Anagnostopoulou, Greek deputy minister for education, in partnership with the European Council and with the support of the Faculty of Philosophy of Athens University.
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  • Opinion
  • CEE: Brexit, migration, EU crisis … and what’s next?

  • By Jirí Málek | 01 Sep 16
  • The current European situation dominated by issues such as Brexit, migration and EU crisis poses a set of questions for which we have to seek answers. Does the current European state of affairs have a specific influence on the CEE region in certain matters? How shall the radical Left act in this sphere and what kind of goals will they target?
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  • The UK after the EU Referendum

  • By Patrícia Martins , Felicity Dowling | 01 Sep 16
  • On 23rd June 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union – the so-called Brexit vote. On a turn out of 72.2%, 51.9% voted to Leave and 48.1% to Remain, thereby defeating the position of both Cameron’s Conservative government and the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. This was a hard fought campaign, with its fair share of lies and dirty tricks.
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  • Report: EL Summer University 2016
  • Fruitful discussions and renewed enthusiasm

  • By Roberto Morea | 10 Aug 16
  • This year, the European Left’s Summer University was held in Chianciano, in Italy, on July 20-24th. During the three days, the participants discussed three key issues: Europe, Work and Peace. Over 260 people from 31 countries signed up for this year’s particularly productive EL Summer University, with participants coming from across Europe and as far afield as the Middle East, North Africa and South America.
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  • Protest Letter on the Visas – WSF

  • 04 Aug 16
  • We see with great concern that an unjustified mass refusal of visas to participants from the Global South is taking place in the preparation of the World Social Forum (9-14 August 2016). 
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  • Workshop report: Renewables and the Electricity Market Design in the EU
  • Europe’s left wing engages in the fight against energy poverty

  • By Malte Fiedler | 01 Aug 16
  • Left-wing forces at the European level are addressing the growing problem of energy poverty. That is one of the key findings of the strategic workshop titled “The Future of Renewables and the Electricity Market Design in the European Union”, which was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 27 June 2016.
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  • Statement by British Left Unity Party
  • “EU Referendum: a disastrous outcome”

  • 24 Jun 16
  • 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.
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  • #BrexitDebate
  • Britain at a Turning Point

  • By Patrícia Martins | 22 Jun 16
  • 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.
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  • #RightToProtest
  • The Right to Protest is a Fundamental Right

  • 22 Jun 16
  • transform! europe welcomes to condemn the French authorities' decision to ban a planned demonstration against the Labour Law and express their solidarity with the workers and the trade union movement.
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  • “A New Energy to Change Europe”
  • Presentation of our Energy eDossier at the European Parliament

  • By Maxime Benatouil | 20 Jun 16
  • 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.
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  • “Aufbruch” Conference Report
  • Departing Towards a New Left in Austria?

  • By Barbara Steiner , Matthias Kötter | 20 Jun 16
  • 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.
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  • Interview with Geoff Eley
  • What Produces Democracy?

  • By Aimilia Koukouma , Petros-Iosif Stanganellis , Geoff Eley | 15 Jun 16
  • 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.
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  • No pool, no minibar, no room service, and nonetheless:
  • The Best Hotel in Europe

  • 15 Jun 16
  • The City Plaza is a hotel located in the heart of Athens. It was a symbol of the Greek crisis. For years it was closed because the owner could no longer pay out wages. Today, City Plaza is open again and fully occupied. The new guests come from around the world: from Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.
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  • France
  • A Struggle on All Fronts

  • By Christian Pilichowski | 07 Jun 16
  • 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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  • Publication out now!
  • Education seen through women's eyes

  • By Sonja Crivelli | 06 Jun 16
  • In 2015, about fifty people from eleven European countries assembled in Prague to analyze, with an interdisciplinary approach from a class and gender point of view, the condition and formation of women in the educational systems in Europe. We can now present the outcome of the event, the online publication “Education seen through women’s eyes” (pdf, 29 MB) – released in May 2016 – on the right.
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