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.
The complex Irish Proportional Representation voting system means counting will probably only finish today; some more seats have to be sorted. But the result overall is a rejection of austerity and a reality check on government rhetoric about recovery.
While electoral victory isn’t on the cards it seems likely that left-of-Labour parties and candidates will receive between a quarter and a third of the vote in the Irish general election, held tomorrow.
On 9 February Elisabeth Gauthier passed away after a brief but difficult illness. She was a founding member and the director of Espaces Marx, a member of the French Communist Party’s National Committee, and a founder and member of the Managing Board of transform! europe. Below the farewell speech given by Walter Baier during the funeral service on 17 February in Corbeil-Essonnes.
Dear friends and comrades,
It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you the sad news that Elisabeth Gauthier passed away on 9 February after a brief but difficult illness.Elisabeth was a founding member and the director of Espaces Marx, a member of the French Communist Party’s National...
Over the past few months Europe’s eyes have been on Poland. Most of the attention has been on the political changes introduced by PiS, but less concern has been paid to the economic programme of the new government.
This is the call for papers of the international conference "A Great Transformation? Global Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalisms", taking place in Linz, Austria, 10-13 January 2017. The PDF of this call is attached on the right.
The Reactionary Rebellion (read the essay by Walter Baier) is gaining steam in Austria and Germany and de-facto abolishing the Geneva convention on refugees, which sets a dangerous precedent for others in the region.
Nous appelons tous les travailleurs précaires, les migrants et les réfugiés, les militants, les groupes autonomes et les syndicats à faire du 1er mars 2016 une journée d’actions et de grèves décentralisées et coordonnées, visant à perturber la production régulière et la reproduction, la production de la communication entre les différentes conditions de travail, rendant visible la part cachée des réalités de l’exploitation, ciblant le « régime de la frontière » et les institutions qui régissent la mobilité et la précarité.
In the era of globalisation, the steady removal of decision-making from democratic chambers by EU elites is serving as a blueprint for post-democratic governance around the world. Progressives must be ambitious and start putting forward ideas for a democratic world government as a viable alternative.
In a wide-ranging interview, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, argues that the nation-state is dead and democracy in the EU has been replaced by a toxic algorithmic depoliticisation that, if it is not confronted, will lead to depression, disintegration and possibly war in Europe. He calls for a launch of a pan-European movement to democratise Europe, to save it before it is too late.
Ethan Earle on the U.S. Democratic presidential primary and why socialist Bernie Sanders is doing so well in it. An opinionated analysis about what the Bernie phenomenon means in the broader context of U.S. politics.