- This volume, the fifth in the series of yearbooks published by transform! europe, is appearing in the year of the European Parliament elections. Few people in Europe have heard of the Manifesto of Ventotene, and most who were aware of the summit that Hollande, Merkel, and Renzi held on the island of Ventotene in the summer of 2016 in honour of the Manifesto do not know that it was written by anti-fascists imprisoned on the island, notably by Altiero Spinelli, a member of the Italian Communist Party. And fewer still realise that Spinelli and his Federalists protested at the 1957 founding event of the European Economic Community, calling it a ‘monster’ having nothing to do with their...
Becoming Subjects of History – Art, Theory, and Politics
- My title does not indicate an intention to find errors in Marxist Feminism but rather to understand contradictions as making change possible. The approach is a dialectical one that does not involve...
- What lay outside was foreign. The district where they were born and grew up, the splendid, loud, teeming worker neighbourhood was stiffly silent in the January mud, because military vehicles were...
Challenges for Left Strategy
- Róbert Nárai: In the 1960s, György Lukács – under the slogan ‘back to Marx!’– called for a ‘renaissance’ of Marxism within Eastern Europe. Your political and theoretical work is very much an answer to...
- With bitterness and incomprehension Rosa Luxemburg observed the nationalist upsurge accompanying the disintegration of the European multinational states in the wake of the First World War: ‘Right now...
- The concept of the mosaic left repeatedly turns up in discussions about left consensus. It has emerged within the classic question of what constitutes ‘left’ in the context of contemporary capitalism...
- In the years 2011 to 2012, history appeared to be ‘born again’ in the Arab Spring, the ‘squares movement’, and the global Occupy. Several years later, a gloomy picture has re-emerged throughout the...
In what follows two principal arguments will be developed. Even though the discussion of the commons has become increasingly dynamic, reaching ever wider audiences, the applied commons...
Labour, Precarity, and Organisation
- At 44 million, the number of wage dependents in the Federal Republic of Germany is greater than ever before in its history, and, if only for that reason, it is an important frame of reference for...
- ‘Precarity isn’t the major problem in the American labor market. It’s that wages are stagnant or worse, benefits are eroding, and much labor is dull, alienating, pointless, and sometimes dangerous....
- he ‘new academic precariat’ is in the process of cautiously developing something like class-consciousness. There is increasingly audible discontent at casualisation, job insecurity, non-permanent...
The Left and the Question of Europe
- These are the opening words of a publication containing contributions by some members of the GUE/NGL, the left group in the European Parliament. On the occasion of celebrations in 2017 to mark the...
- Europe is still in a deep crisis, economically, socially and politically. Its economic growth is rather moderate and there are wide differences between its countries. This is true in particular...
- The EU and Eurozone are presently struggling on various fronts with problems they cannot solve. On the contrary, the blockades appear to be growing. Among the most important conflicts are:
- When people remember ’68 it always seems that they are not celebrating the same event. Memory is dominated either by nostalgia or repression, both having a distorting effect. But this is not always...
- The following text is meant to convey the way in which I, as an 18-year- old, understood my own political experience of these historic events and how I carried it with me as a ‘political legacy’ in...
- 1968 will long be remembered, in all of Europe; it was commemorated this year on its fiftieth anniversary and will doubtless continue to be in future years – though above all as a student-movement...
- History does not experiment. What comes to light in historical struggles is always the material and political forces, ideas, programmes, and perspectives that have already been created in each...
- In the hundred years of its life, the historic Communist Party of Greece (KKE) became the principal target of three fascist and far-right dictatorships. Under bourgeois parliamentary governments it...
- Stelios Foteinopoulos: Before beginning our conversation, I would like to thank you for agreeing to this interview at a very busy time for Britain’s political scene. It has been more than three years...
- I am firmly convinced that the day will come when we will have Budapest in Warsaw. (Jarosław Kaczyński, 2011)
Throughout the European Union (EU), nationalist and far-right parties are in the...
- Left-wing political discourse in the Slovak and Czech republics is distinct in many ways and cannot be assimilated to Western European or North American thinking. The crucial difference is perhaps the...
- 2019 is a crucial year. Not only will the European Parliament elections be held but there will be general elections in Portugal in September or October, and they are politically interconnected. No...
The Marxist-Christian Dialogue
- ‘Politics is one of the highest forms of charity, of love’, Pope Francis
We the participants of the Christian-Marxist DIALOP Summer School, considering the cultural complexity of Europe and its...
- During the last few years transform!europe has been participating in a process of dialogue with Christians, more precisely, Catholics. The idea for this dialogue originated in a meeting in 2013...
- Most of the apparent friction between church and state is fictitious and concerns the narrow interests of the small elite circles jockeying for power on both sides, who have an interest in power and...
- It is no longer possible to deny that the world economy is growing more slowly now. The global boom lost traction starting in the second half of 2018. As a whole, the global economy had grown in 2017...
- The transform! yearbook 2019 examines current challenges for the left forces in several European countries, explores the lessons of super majority strikes and other recent organising experiences, and...