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  • Movements for Real Democracy in Europe – Everyone Doing Her Thing or Connective Praxis?
  • DiEM and Co.

  • By Mario Candeias | 14 Apr 16
  • The European Crisis is leading to rampant chauvinism, racism, and disintegration. Driven by this dynamic Europe is governed by state-of-emergency politics. Austerity, an intensified dismantling of labour and social rights and an inhuman, militarized border regime are being implemented in authoritarian ways, while asylum law is being whittled away.
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  • Speech at the Athens Conference, 19 March 2016
  • A left-wing refugee policy for the EU

  • By Gabi Zimmer | 12 Apr 16
  • Thesis 1: Century of Refugees The 21st century will be the Century of Refugees. Today, 91 percent of the migrants arriving in Greece are war refugees from countries like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Due to civil wars and climate catastrophes many more people will be forced to leave their homes...
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  • Brief analysis of new trends in Croatia
  • Right-wing radicalism from above

  • By Rade Dragojević | 12 Apr 16
  • As things now stand, the new Croatian government is clearly demonstrating the intention of following most negative European political trends. These trends can be observed, for example, in Poland, Hungary and the Ukraine. Three months ago, a coalition of right wing parties came into power.
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  • How transparent is EU law making?
  • Better Regulation Package

  • By Roland Kulke | 07 Apr 16
  • Better Regulation is about strengthening the competiveness of enterprises – however, not by giving them a technological edge, but exclusively by cutting costs. In essence, it means that unproductive businesses will be subsidised. Furhermore, the European Commission wants to seize control of the legislative process and neutralise, first of all, the European Parliament.

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  • Dialogue
  • Marxist-Christian Symposium on Common Challenges in Europe

  • By Michael Löwy | 06 Apr 16
  • The election of Pope Francis obviously created a new climate for the relations between the Church and the European Left. At the meeting in September 2014 between the Pope, Alexis Tsipras and Walter Baier, the principle was adopted of beginning a new process of dialogue between Catholics and Marxists.
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  • Results and Aftermath
  • The 2016 German Regional Elections

  • By Cornelia Hildebrandt | 05 Apr 16
  • The regional elections held on 13 March 2016 in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt were the first elections to take place in some of the larger German regions since the European elections and the regional elections held in 2014. Almost 13 million voters were called to the ballot, representing over one fifth of the German electorate. 1.3 million voters cast their ballot in favour of the AfD (Alternative for Germany – a conservative right-wing party).
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  • France: Mobilisation against the Draft Labour draw hundreds of thousands to the streets
  • “We are worth better than this”

  • By Maxime Benatouil | 01 Apr 16
  • 160 000 demonstrators in Paris, 120 000 in Marseille, 100 000 in Toulouse… All in all, more than one million workers, students and pensioners took to the streets on March 31st throughout France to oppose the dismantling of the code du travail, the set of labour laws and regulations.
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  • Short report
  • CEE Social Forum

  • 30 Mar 16
  • Globalization, racism, economic crisis, workers’ rights, imperialism – these are just some of the topics of the discussions during the 2nd CEE Social Forum held in Wroclaw, Poland, between 11 and 13 March. transform! Hungary participated in the forum which was attended by left-wing activists from around the world.
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  • Political discourses and key elements of the refugee crisis

  • By Attila Melegh | 25 Mar 16
  • The so called refugee crisis and related discursive strategies have at least four key elements, namely the conflicts of the regions from where refugees come; change in the migratory position of Europe; overall structures of European identity and related political manoeuvring, and  the direct debates over modes of handling the refugee waves.
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  • Slovak parliamentary elections
  • Darkness at the End of the Tunnel

  • By Michal Frič | 24 Mar 16
  • An analysis of the outcome of the 2016 Slovak parliamentary elections. What were the expectations beforehand, what actually happened and what does this mean for the Slovak and European left?
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  • Will There Be a Social Spring in France?

  • By Christian Pilichowski | 17 Mar 16
  • The labour movement in France is facing an unprecedented attack in the form of a radical bill introduced by the government that would largely dismantle the rights and guarantees enshrined in the Labour Code. However, this attempt is being opposed by a new dynamic combining trade union activism with an extraordinary mobilisation of youth, largely via social media, unseen on this scale since the lead-up to the mass protest against the First Job Contract in 1996.
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  • 8 March 2016: Women’s Participation and Gender Democracy
  • Left Politics is Feminist or it is Not Left

  • By Barbara Steiner | 08 Mar 16
  • Feminist struggles aim for liberation for all. Nonetheless women’s rights are contested and have to be defended. Also the just representation and participation of women in left organisations is far from achieved. 
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  • Report
  • The Greek Government’s Parallel Program

  • By Stavros Panagiotidis | 07 Mar 16
  • In the elections held last September, voters accepted SYRIZA’s new position, which was based on two axes: the application of the agreement signed under the Troika’s blackmail, combined with ongoing attempts to reduce its negative consequences, and the construction of a Parallel Program – a series of policies in every field that will improve people’s everyday lives and lay down the fundamental prerequisites for a new type of state function and economic development.
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  • On the Conferences in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels and Athens
  • Europe’s Left on its Way to Readjusting its European Strategy

  • By Walter Baier | 03 Mar 16
  • The neoliberal model has failed. In order to counteract the current destructive tendencies of Europe’s governing elite, various conferences and meetings have been organised by forces of the Left in order to find a common strategy. These events are taking place all over Europe and raise hopes for long-desired change.  
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  • Report “Plan B Conference”
  • Madrid Conference for Democratic Rebellion

  • By Amelia Martínez Lobo | 02 Mar 16
  • More than 1,500 people from Spain, France, Greece, Italy, UK, and Germany, among others, participated at the “Plan B” Conference from 19-21 February in Madrid, in debates about the policies of the European Union and the alternatives of the European organizations of the left in order to change the neoliberal course of the EU and to discuss if it is possible to change and transform the EU. More than 3,000 people were in the closing event, celebrated on Sunday.
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