Thomas Piketty, an economist who has for several years been dealing with the relations of distribution in capitalist societies, a field probed by Anthony Atkinson and Emmanuel Saez, has triggered a breach with traditional valuations and social perspectives in both science and public discussion.
We call on all parties to the conflict to stop armed operations and to avoid further escalation of the situation. We are against repression by the military forces and armed militias. The conflict has to be solved by negotiations and political democratic means, as e.g. referenda.
On 30 April we called upon European comrades, through the transform!europe network to mobilize online aiming to gain a critical mass of support for Alexis Tsipras as candidate of the European Left for the presidency of the European Commission. The campaign only managed to fulfil part of its goals but both the theory and the methods proved to be right.
The “March for Freedom” marched for one month against the EU’s migration and border regime from Strasbourg to Brussels, where 400 activists have met in an Action Camp. There are protests in many countries, the refugee movement is transnational.
Contemporary capitalism is characterized by a political economy which revolves around finance capital, is based on a savage form of free market fundamentalism, and thrives on a wave of globalizing processes and global financial networks that have produced global economic oligarchies with the capacity to influence the shaping of policymaking across nations.
Recently re-elected at the head of the GUE/NGL parliamentary group, Gabi Zimmer (Die LINKE) delivers insights on the new GUE/NGL’s composition. It has significantly grown, gathering 52 MEPs for the new legislature while the group was composed of 35 in the former one.
On 10 March 2014, Dublin City University hosted a conference, co-organised with transform!europe, to investigate the effects of troika rule in the four countries subjected to IMF-ECB-EU programmes (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus), while also looking at those countries hovering on the edge of such programmes, such as Spain.
On 10 April the Party of the European Left (EL) and transform! europe jointly organized an International Conference in Brussels. The aim of the meeting was to explore the alternatives to solve the problem of the debt and stop the austerity policies.
Newly elected MEPs from the European United Left / Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament on 19 June voted Gabi Zimmer as the group’s new President. Zimmer held the office in the last legislature from 2012 onwards. The group emerged strengthened from last month’s European elections increasing by 50% from 35 to 52 MEPs.
Following the constitution of the new GUE/NGL group for the next European Parliamentary term, President Gabi Zimmer expressed her delight at the nearly 50% increase in the size of the group to 52 MEPs.
While the shock of the rise of far right political forces in numerous EU countries hasn’t passed yet, Belgian youth organizations – supported by a wide range of radical left parties and trade unions – decided to take the matter in their own hands. Coming from across the country, they organized a rally to protest against the arrival of Marine Le Pen at the European parliament on 28 May.
Exit-polls and preliminary results showed a decisive victory for Petro Poroshenko at the presidential elections in Ukraine on 25 May. One of the richest man in the country (7th rank according to Ukrainian Forbes list) with liberal economic program is taking 54% according to over 64% counted...
In co-operation with Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Regards, transform! europe will provide you online with live reports during the election night: country-specific results, first comments, video statements of the left-wing candidates and our correspondents, as well as analyses and evaluations in the aftermath – and all of this with a particular focus on the Left.
The Party of the European Left (EL) celebrated its 10th birthday last 9 May in Rome, the city where the project emerged from the imperative need to join forces in order to build a big Left at European level, beyond the Eurozone. The aim was to enhance the voice and to unify the power and the strategy of those who were fighting, from different countries, against the same neoliberalism.
A vicious circle must be broken, but this can arise only from inside the European perspective, through a mounting pressure of the Union’s citizens, who must at the same time avoid “sovereign” fallacies and “cosmopolitan” illusions.
If the forces of the coalition in power sustain their position in the regions, the results of the first round of the local elections in Greece mark an important progress of SYRIZA on the whole national territory.
A Tribunal on EU economic governance and the Troika took place in Brussels on 15-16 May. Eleven witnesses from ten countries in Southern, Eastern and Western Europe gave testimony to the failure of the EU and Troika policies to address the crisis. Find here the Video summary!