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Newsletter 21 September 2017

Our newsletter contains information about the activities of our network, its members and observing members and about important initiatives of social movements we are taking part in.

Featured Article
The referendum in Catalonia
In Defence of Democratic Rights
By José Luis Martínez
In Catalonia an important process of independence is taking place against Spain. At the request of the Popular Party (PP), the Spanish Constitutional Court declared the Catalan Statute of 2010, unconstitutional. This statute was negotiated between the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and... [read more... ]
Statement of Izquierda Unida
The Situation in Catalonia
Because of the call for next October 1st to carry out a referendum for independence in Catalonia and due to the repressive and authoritarian reaction of the Government of Spain, Izquierda Unida states: [read more... ]
Greece’s expected exit from the 3rd adjustment programme: Whose victory?
By Haris Golemis
Two months ago, on 25 July, the Greek government borrowed 3 billion Euros in the bond market at the very high rate of 4.625%. There was a big debate in the media, the Parliament and generally the Greek public space on whether this “exploratory” exit to the markets was a success of the Tsipras... [read more... ]
Macron’s Project at Risk – Between Domestic Resistance and European Reluctance
By Maxime Benatouil
Convincing his European partners, above all Germany, that France will embrace structural reforms in order to get a new deal for Europe with more public investment, the introduction of Eurobonds and a strengthening of the common budget: this is the strategy Macron has been putting forward since the... [read more... ]
Upcoming elections in Austria
The Short Respite Is Over
By Walter Baier
There was a great sense of relief and much jubilation over the electoral victory of Alexander Van der Bellen, the Green candidate who was supported by a voters’ coalition that ranged from the centre to the Communist Party, and who defeated Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the right-wing radical... [read more... ]
Juncker’s Straitjacket
By Alfonso Gianni
A jauntier Juncker than usual held the stage in the Strasbourg auditorium with a highly optimistic speech on the state of the Union. He wanted to go way beyond the appraisals contained in the latest ECB bulletin. [read more... ]
Norwegian elections
Another Right-Wing Victory – and a Serious Labour Defeat
By Asbjørn Wahl
The centre-left failed in getting rid of the so-called blue-blue government at the parliamentary elections in Norway on 11 September. The Labour Party was the main loser, while small parties on the centre-left advanced slightly. [read more... ]
Polish Left: Mistakes of the Past and Challenges of the Future
By Czesław Kulesza, Gavin Rae
When we observe the current political scene in Europe, we get the impression that something has gone very wrong. We can see that we – the left – have made many serious mistakes and that our weakness has given new opportunities to right-wing movements and parties. [read more... ]
The Bulgarian Election System Needs a Real Change
By Danail Georgiev
The proposed amendments in the Bulgarian Election code will not address the real problems. A majority voting electoral system cannot eliminate the problem with distrust in political parties, low turnout, unrepresentative, corrupted and dysfunctional public institutions. [read more... ]
Short Report
transform! europe’s Annual Members Meeting, 2017
By Katerina Anastasiou
The annual Members Meeting of our network took place from 18 to 19 September in the transform! europe headquarters in Vienna. During two full working days, representatives of our member organizations conveyed around the political agenda of 2018 and the prospects of transform! europe’s projects for... [read more... ]
12th Summer University of the Party of the European Left and transform! 2017
By Barbara Steiner
This year’s Summer University, organised by the Party of the European Left and transform! was held in Budapest in the traditional working class area of Ujpest at the outskirts of the Hungarian capital. [read more... ]
Results of a Conference in Brussels
Just Transition
On 5 December 2016, transform! europe, the Brussels office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and MEP Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL) held a European conference dedicated to the notion of a socially just energy transition. [read more... ]
16 October 2017 – 17 October 2017
Seminar by transform!, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and SPED
Navigating the Left’s Strategies vis-à-vis Europe in Times of Multiple Crises
The economic crisis’ outbreak in 2007-2008 stipulated the EU’s strategy for the forthcoming years in political, economic, ideological and social terms. Although the neoliberal policies were already delineated by the Lisbon treaty, the rigid implementation of austerity in the course of the crisis... [read more... ]
19 October 2017 – 20 October 2017
International Symposium
Editing Genomes with CRISPR
Between scientific breakthroughs and societal challenges. [read more... ]
20 October 2017 – 22 October 2017
International Conference
Women’s Freedom in the 21st Century
Thoughts and practices beyond all fundamentalisms [read more... ]
Inclusive European Security? Russia and the EU in the Post-Western World
By Veronika Sušová-Salminen
There has been a lot of talk of a new Cold War between the West and Russia, even though the metaphor itself is not appropriate in today’s globalised context. It is not a very fitting analytical description. Firstly, there is no clear ideological and systemic struggle between Russia and the West. [read more... ]
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