Europe


Food for thought

7 November 2020 Leander Jones looks at the role of community supported agriculture as a 21st-century antidote to the destructive and increasingly fragile corporate agricultural model

Killing the Northern Ireland peace process

5 November 2020 Forget Brexit, argues Odrán Waldron, the British and Irish governments are undermining the peace process by trying to ignore their legacies in the North.

An illustration featuring French Black Lives Matter activist Assa Traoré

Liberté, égalité, anti-racisme

22 October 2020 Anti-racist movements in France are challenging both the state and the traditional left, writes Selma Oumari

UK, hun?

9 October 2020 Materially, the UK is not a nation – with fewer common experiences than ever before, from schools and policing to borders and governance – argue Medb MacDaibheid and Brian Christopher

From dole to gold

24 August 2020 Today’s welfare system is notoriously punitive, but in the 1980s it provided the basis of future Olympic success, argues Peter Goulding

Municipalist France!

18 August 2020 The recent wave of local election victories in France demonstrates the potential of municipalism, argues Xavi Ferrer, Elena Arrontes and the Collective for Global Municipalism

Bedding down in the shadows of Belfast’s bonfires

4 August 2020 The bonfires of Belfast have a raw relevance. Pádraig Ó Meiscill reflects on an annual controversy.

Review – One Man’s Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA by Daniel Finn

17 June 2020 Connor Beaton reviews Daniel Finn's account of the politics and personalities which drove the IRA

Gender, class and cliché in Normal People

26 May 2020 The BBC hit drama shows the complexities of class mobility, but can’t avoid class and gender stereotypes, says Frances Hatherley

Do we really ‘all care now’? Time to expand our caring imagination

23 April 2020 In the midst of the pandemic, we are reconsidering what ‘care work’ entails. It’s time to demand a radically more caring world – towards both people and planet, say Andreas Chatzidakis and Lynne Segal

The politics of Covid-19: Europe’s rightwing leaders see opportunity in crisis

15 April 2020 With all eyes on the global pandemic, Poland’s ruling party is trying to limit women's rights and extend power. Marzena Zukowska reports

Scottish Independence and the England problem

4 December 2019 The Scottish struggle for independence is one of several issues at the centre of debates over where power in the United Kingdom should be located, writes Isobel Lindsey

Now is the time to rise up for Rojava

25 October 2019 Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been betrayed by the US, giving the Turkish state a green light to carry out atrocities in Northern Syria, writes Amber Huff and Patrick Huff

Pride in an Irish border town

18 October 2019 This summer, Irish LGBTQ campaigner Joseph Healy joined the Pride march in his home town of Newry. Here, he explains how life on the border has changed - and the stakes of Brexit installing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic

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Taking on industrial agriculture

11 October 2019 As the XR International Rebellion continues, Katie Sandwell reports on the recent Free the Soil Action Camp which strengthened ties between food sovereignty and climate justice movements

Solidarity protest outside the Poland Embassy in London

Poland votes: Making diaspora voices count

7 October 2019 Poland faces a crucial test for its democratic values in the upcoming elections. Marzena Zukowska and Magda Oldziejewska explain why Polish activists in London are working to boost the diaspora vote

The radical potential of the Corbyn project

20 September 2019 Even worse than failing to win office would be winning it while unprepared for the realities of government. Christine Berry considers what Labour needs to do to avoid the fate of Syriza in Greece

Hungary: Europe’s creeping fascism

12 July 2019 Luke Cooper reports on his recent visit to Hungary, an EU member state where democratic freedoms are no longer taken for granted

Is the UK prepared for a Super China and its global New Silk Road?

17 April 2019 China's industrial strategy poses new challenges for the UK, writes Dorothy Guerrero

A hostile environment for EU citizens?

5 March 2019 As Brexit rolls on, we are quickly losing hope for a decent, rights-based approaches towards our country’s world citizens, writes Emma Taylor

Their internationalism and ours

26 February 2019 As Brexit looms, Paul O’Connell explores the vexed question of internationalism and the nation-state

Hunger striking for peace in Turkey

19 February 2019 Dougie Gerrard reports on the people taking extreme measures to protest Erdogan’s continued assault on Kurds.

Gilets Jaunes and the security state

13 February 2019 Olly Haynes reports on the violent crackdown on protesters on the streets of France

Criminalising political opposition in Catalonia

12 February 2019 Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte explain why the political trials this week only reveal the tip of the iceberg.

What Europe wants

21 January 2019 Niccolò Milanese explains where the European Commission and its nation-states stand on Brexit's big questions.

The right’s looming challenge to democracy in Greece

15 January 2019 By Dionysia Pitsili-Chatzi, Aris Spourdalakis, Jodi Dean Leo Panitch, and Hilary Wainwright,

Christmas with the gilets jaunes

24 December 2018 The 'yellow vests' revolt in France has targeted centrist president Macron, but left wing opinion has been divided over its unclear politics. Paul Cudenec reports from the protests – and finds a community spirit that bears little resemblance to the media's depictions

Italy’s far-right crackdown on migrants

13 December 2018 The new Italian Immigration Law represents a peak in the government’s hostility against migrants, writes Caterina Mazzilli

Picking the lesser evil

22 November 2018 With a seemingly bungled Brexit deal, the only options on offer are different forms of capitalism. The Left needs to pick its enemies wisely, writes Richard Seymour

There’s hope left for a Left Europe

21 November 2018 Don't believe the doomsayers, writes Luke Cooper - the deal is dead in the water. Now is the time to fight to defend free movement and a united Europe.

Building walls: fear and securitization in the European Union

13 November 2018 The report from Transnational Institute reveals that member states of the European Union and Schengen Area have constructed almost 1000 km of walls, the equivalent of more than six times the total length of the Berlin Wall. By European Alternatives

Socialism beyond borders

6 November 2018 A left government cannot hope to succeed through British isolationism, writes Hilary Wainwright. It must make a new kind of pan-European alliance

Costas Lapavitsas: Socialism starts at home

24 October 2018 Michael Calderbank speaks to Marxist economist Costas Lapavitsas ahead of the publication of his provocative new book The Left Case Against the EU

A new dawn for the Danish radical left?

10 September 2018 As the Social Democrats shift rightwards, a coalition of new and emboldened leftist parties have banded together to fight for a real alternative, writes Lukas Slothuus.

A new popular leftist movement is gearing up in Germany – but does aufstehen stand a chance?

4 September 2018 A prominent face from Germany's hard-left party wants to take on the right. But her stance on migration is proving divisive. Ella Joyner reports.

Northern Ireland: The border is coming

30 August 2018 Luke Butterly writes that the government is quietly preparing for a return to a harder border in Northern Ireland.

Catalonia: A new king with old rules

9 August 2018 It might seem like the fall of Rajoy's government bodes well for Catalonia. Not so fast, write Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte

Revenge against the commons

8 July 2018 In France, a fight against a new airport has morphed into a defence of new ways of living. John Jordan reports from inside an ‘autonomous zone’ under attack by the state. Photographs by Penelope Thomaidi

Be careful what EU wish for

28 June 2018 The EU is a crisis-ridden institution. Why do we keep pretending that Remain is the more stable option for the Left? By Ray Bellchambers

Spain’s new laws turn peaceful protesters into terrorists

1 June 2018 Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte report that Spanish central government has introduced new police powers to crack down on radical movements in Catalonia.

Beneath the Pavements, the Beach?

1 May 2018 Hilary Wainwright explores the turbulent history of 1968 social movements - and what they can teach us about building counter-power today.

Why Europe needs Corbyn

18 April 2018 Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party can lead the way for a new left politics in Europe, writes Luke Cooper

‘Now is the time of monsters’: The future at a crossroads in Rojava

11 April 2018 Patrick Huff, Amber Huff and Salima Tasdemir reflect on the future of the revolution in Rojava after the fall of Afrin.

Don’t look away: The fight for Afrin is a struggle for radical democracy

22 March 2018 Under fire from the forces of reaction, Afrin is the frontline in the fight for democracy. We cannot afford to ignore or abandon the revolutionaries there, write Amber Huff, Patrick Huff and Salima Tasdemir

Kurdish women call for a global women’s movement

5 March 2018 Kurdish women call on women around the world to come together to build a radical movement for women's liberation

If we want a progressive future, we need to bust some myths about the causes of Brexit

27 February 2018 Graham Taylor writes that if we want a progressive post-Brexit future, we need to cut through the confusion surrounding this messy, complex political moment.

‘We are hungry in three languages’: The forgotten promise of the Bosnian Spring

4 February 2018 Ruth Tanner looks back at a wave of protests which swept through Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014.

Why is Turkey targeting Afrin?

31 January 2018 Pinar Dinc and Kamran Matin explain what Erdogan, Iran and Russia have to gain from a bloody war on Afrin's restive Kurdish population.

Surveillance, arrests and fear-mongering: The crackdown on Catalonia

15 December 2017 Raphael Tsavkko Garcia recounts the wholesale government assault on civil freedoms in Catalonia, sparked by the independence campaign.

The trouble with being both anti-austerity and pro-EU

12 December 2017 Connor Devine writes that whilst Brexit might be a car crash, we can't just side with an institution responsible for enforcing austerity.



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