Tag: Europe

  • Belgium’s Left Breakthrough

    As radical left forces were suffering defeats across Europe in the recent elections, the Belgian Workers’ Party secured historic gains with a clear message of class politics. Keep reading »

  • European Progressive Future? Neither Yesterday’s Tsipras nor Today’s Greens

    One cannot and should not turn away from the disastrous results of the recent European Parliament elections, especially considering that Leftist parties across the European Union (EU) expected to gain 38 Members of the European Parliament (MEP), achieving around 5% of the vote. The leadership and organizers of European Left needs to think thoroughly over … Keep reading »

  • Building the Slovenian Left

    Interview with Luka Mesec, coordinator for the party Levica (“The Left”) in Slovenia. It is one of the few new left parties in Central Europe that has met with electoral success. Keep reading »

  • Europe in a Vortex of Crisis

    Authoritarian neoliberalism, the advance of the far right, and dilemmas for the Left More than a decade after the global financial meltdown, Europe is in the midst of a series of crises that is even difficult to enumerate: the rise of far right and fascist forces; the inequalities and welfare state cuts from unending austerity; … Watch video »

  • Casualization as a Social Model in France? Definitely No!

    On August 31st, the French government finally published decrees which alter labour law, for the second time in little over a year. Less rights for workers, more power for employers: that is, in a nutshell, the contents of this new law. This further social retrenchment goes much further than the previous reform (so-called “El-Khomri Law”), … Keep reading »

  • Reactionary Working Class?

    Large parts of the western working class now seem to gather around right populists, demagogues, and racists. They vote for reactionary and fascistoid political parties. They helped to vote the UK out of the EU and to make Trump president of the world’s superpower number one, and they vote so massively for the far right … Keep reading »

  • France and the Struggle over Labour Reforms

    The so-called Labour Law, passed en force by the French government on 20 July, is the most serious attack against the “Code du Travail,” already undermined for the past thirty years. A short historical overview is necessary to better grasp the destructive scope of this law, promoted and enforced by a socialist government – cruel … Keep reading »

  • Razem: New Left in Poland

    Marcelina Zawisza and Maciej Konieczny interviewed by Lorenzo Marsili “We are not the old Left. It is more than clear if you look at our faces, our age, the way we speak and our new way of making politics.” In ultra-conservative Poland, something is moving. We meet some of the founders of Razem (“Together”) a new … Keep reading »

  • The Tsipras List

    A European Perspective to Overcome Divisions in the Italian Left The Italian left seems hopelessly divided and has practically disappeared as a parliamentary left in recent years – with the exception of Sinistra ecologia e libertà (SEL, Left-Ecology-Freedom), which, as a coalition partner of the centre-left government, has assumed responsibility for the neoliberal budget-cutting policies in … Keep reading »

  • Belgium: Class Trade Unionism Seeks Political Expression

    In the social and political history of Belgium, May 1, 2012, could mark a milestone. On that day the leaders of the Charleroi regional branch of the socialist trade union FGTB/ABVV publicly broke with the social-democratic party and called for a rallying of the left to the perspective of a new broad, anti-capitalist force to the left of the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Greens. Keep reading »

  • Denmark: Red-Green Alliance Congress Grapples With Increased Influence

    Red carpet and champagne marked the start of the first Red-Green Alliance (RGA) congress since the party tripled its mandate at a poll in September 2011. The 385 delegates representing the 8000 members packed a basketball stadium in the migrant and working-class Copenhagen suburb of Norrebro to grapple with the party’s new increased influence on … Keep reading »