The European Council agreement on the future EU Multiannual Financial Framework for the upcoming seven years from 2014 to 2020 is not acceptable. It paves the way for seven years of austerity and economic downturn in Europe and denies the notion of European solidarity.
The Swedish transform! member organization CMS (Centre for Marxist Studies) organized the one-day seminar “Strategies of the Left in a Precarious World” on 16 February 2013. It took place at Kafe Marx at the headquarters of the Swedish Left Party, where also the office of CMS is located. Various inputs from diverse perspectives were given by participants from all over Europe.
Asbjørn Wahl on Norway being the "upper deck of Titanic", the welfare state that hasn't been demanded by the working class, and why its time has passed. Also on the "genuine" and contemporary capitalism in Serbia and the EU, the dead end of the trade union movement and alternatives.
Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Portuguese cities on 2 March, protesting austerity measures that the government hopes will help to avoid the bailout and lift the country out of recession.
On 22 January 2013, France and Germany were celebrating, with considerable pomp, the anniversary of the “Elysée Treaty”. However, 50 years after the treaty was signed, in a new world and a crisis in Europe, it would be more appropriate to revamp Franco-German relations … an idea, which at least inspired the Front de Gauche and Die Linke, whose co-operation has strengthened over the last few years.
One of the most interesting initiatives in the framework of Florence 10+10 last November was the creation of a European network of progressive economists working in various European countries on important economic and social issues.
Based on financial logistics rather than on criteria of academic excellence, the ATHENA scheme of the Greek government regarding University Education calls for the merging of the Departments of English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish Languages and Literatures, into a single “Department of...
“For a European Spring” is a call for actions, strikes and demonstrations all over Europe on 13 March, and for a pan-European demonstration and creative actions in the city of Brussels on 14 March. It is targeted at the EU Spring Summit, where leaders from across the continent will assemble on 14 and 15 to strengthen the European Council's response to the crisis.
The European Union is facing an increasingly severe crisis. The EuroMemorandum 2013 critically analyses recent economic developments in Europe and emphasises the need for an alternative economic policy.
The recent SYRIZA-USF formal visit to Brazil and Argentina has offered the opportunity to meet government officials, leaders of left parties supporting governments as well as left-wing opposition parties, representatives of unions, left movements, but also intellectuals, academics, artists and Greeks of the Diaspora.
Already in December last year a strategy meeting of the organisations preparing the “Alter Summit of the European Peoples” (Athens, 7-9 June) took place in Brussels. The meeting was attended by 75 persons representing 50 organisations from 18 countries.