How have global rivalries shaped the world we live in, and how do they continue to affect the way some of the most crucial geopolitical decisions of our time are made? In this interview with renowned political scientist Kees van der Pijl, we look at some of the most pivotal events of recent years, from 9/11 to the Arab Spring and the current crisis in Ukraine, to reveal the surprising underlying forces at work.
An international crowd of over 50,000 people marched to put an end to highly destructive austerity policies and to call for the implementation of progressive alternatives to lead the EU out of the crisis.
The European elections on May 22 - 25 will be crucial. They offer the possibility for the European populations to give their verdict on the policy of the institutions and to express their expectations and hopes for change.
transform! europe will present on its website preliminary analysis,...
This transform! research project is investigating political perceptions in the crisis and aims at understanding subjective paths of resignation and rebellion regarding capitalist domination. From materials such as opinion surveys or more qualitative studies, it seeks to characterize the evolution of...
Higher education reforms, by using a discourse of quality, competitiveness and “attractiveness” of the university, are of the most important risks going on in many countries, as they are connected not only with issues such as the denigration of university as a public good with the relative reduction of national funds, the promotion of entrepreneurship, marketization processes and commercialization of knowledge, but they are also connected with student-debt and control of the future generations.
On 8 March, the “Initiative for Democratic Socialism” (IDS) had its founding congress and officially transformed itself into a political party. In the invitation to the congress we have written that in the last twenty years all political parties in Slovenia have been representatives of one and the same fraction, the fraction of capital. We have emphasized that it is high time Slovenia gets a proper socialist party that openly and consciously represents a socialist alternative to both, the crisis in Slovenia as well as the crisis in European Union.
On 11 March, the Association Culturelle Joseph Jacquemotte organised a debate at Espace Marx Brussels inviting the two main Belgian trade unions (FGTB and CSC) and two undocumented workers to speak about class consciousness and solidarity between undocumented workers and regular workers in Belgium.
About 280 participants have been at the international conference on 28 February and 1 March entitled Freedom of Information under Pressure: Control - Crisis - Culture, organized by the University of Vienna, transform!at and the Critical Librarians Association (KRIBIBI) at the Vienna University.
The leaders of the German party DIE LINKE, Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger, and the Chairman of the DIE LINKE Parliamentary Group Gregor Gysi have made the following statement on the situation in Ukraine:
On Friday, 31 January, the AKADEMIA-Network of transform! europe organised a two-day conference in Madrid on the question of University, Science and Research in Europe. It was hosted by the three Spanish members of our network: the Foundation for a Europe of Citizens (FEC), the Foundation for Marxist Studies (FIM), and the Catalan Foundation L’Alternativa. The conference took place on 31 January and 1 February 2014 at Residencia de Estudiantes/Spanish Centre of Scientific Research (CSIC).
On Friday, 14 February 2014, the AKADEMIA Network of transform! europe organised a workshop about the history of Europe. This workshop was a follow-up to the founding meeting organised in April 2013, which brought together historians working with various member organisations of our network and was supported by MEP Marie-Christine Vergiat from the GUE/NGL Group (Front de Gauche, France).
A lot of discussion has been going on regarding the Russian foreign policy and its military potential. The aim of this article is not to analyze the state and potential of the Russian military technique, but to look into the economic strengths and weaknesses of this huge country.
Currently, there are two immediate positive steps taken by the new Czech government: they instantly removed the hospital fees of CZK 100 (about 4 Euros) per person daily, and they continued refusing that Czech Post is privatized, as right-wing former governments have promoted in their agendas.