Europe


If you think Yes voters were backing nationalism, then you weren’t paying attention

19 September 2014 Scottish independence campaigner Cat Boyd reflects on a movement that had the whole Westminster elite against it – yet still managed to run them close

The rising demand for Catalan independence

18 September 2014 Although the demand for independence has dominated Catalan politics since 2010, it had previously been very much a minority position. Recent events have changed that, seemingly irrevocably, writes Jaume Muñoz Jofre

Win or lose, the Scottish people have built an incredible mass movement for Yes

13 September 2014 Whether the result is Yes or No, the pro-independence campaign has mobilised a movement for radical change that we must keep alive, says Ken Ferguson

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the union

10 August 2014 'It’s always an intellectual fudge for the left, whereby folksy, blood-and-soil nonsense is inspiring up until the moment of independence but no further'

Discovery of the World: A political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini

6 August 2014 Jane Shallice reviews Discovery of the World: A political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini, by Luciana Castellina

The gains in Spain

1 August 2014 Víctor Manuel Hernández reports on the achievements and potential next steps for Spain’s leftist grassroots movements

New homage to Catalonia

1 August 2014 Although the demand for independence has dominated Catalan politics since 2010, it had previously been very much a minority position. Recent events have changed that, seemingly irrevocably, writes Juame Muñoz Jofre

Event: The radical case for Scottish independence

23 June 2014 Join us at the House of Commons, Thursday 26 June

Democracy how?

1 June 2014 Nick Mahony examines a burst of new initiatives on public participation and their relevance to the left

Putting a gag on it

1 June 2014 Cristina Flesher Fominaya discusses how 15M activists in Spain are facing increasing repression – and using a range of tactics to resist it

A prefigurative strategy

1 June 2014 Marianne Maeckelbergh explains how, through non-hierarchical organising, social movements are attempting to be the change they want to see in Europe

A necessary rupture

1 June 2014 Panagiotis Sotiris says Greece’s austerity experience highlights why the left should be talking about exiting the Eurozone

Europe from below

1 June 2014 Donatella della Porta describes the changing pulse of European peoples and movements and argues it’s time to bust the myth of a non-political EU

Red Pepper event: What should the Left be demanding of Europe?

6 May 2014 Red Pepper hosts a special event in London on 20 May in the run up to the European Elections to look at the possibilities for an alternative, democratic Europe

Spain’s radical tide

1 April 2014 Spain’s indignados have driven a lasting shift in the political climate of the country, argues Ana Méndez de Andés of the Observatorio Metropolitano collective in Madrid

Ukraine’s uncertain future

27 February 2014 Having completed its transition from protest to power, Ukraine’s #Euromaidan encapsulates the problems of revolution in a post-socialist world, writes Luke Cooper

More views on Scottish independence

19 January 2014 Left wing Labour MP Katy Clark, Philip Stott of the Socialist Party and Carolyn Leckie of Women for Independence put their positions

Imagining a better nation: how independence could unlock Scotland’s potential

19 January 2014 The possibility of creating a fundamentally different Scotland, based on solidarity, togetherness and fairness, is beginning to galvanise radical thinking, argues Jim Johnson

Scotland at the crossroads: the path to a new-born star?

19 January 2014 Will 2014 be the year of Scottish independence? Roz Paterson sees new political alignments and vibrancy on the left in the campaign for a yes vote

Time for a Basic Income

7 November 2013 One year ago Red Pepper published a piece on the Basic Income, is it time to consider this idea a little more seriously? writes Andrew Dolan

The day Greece’s TVs went dark

17 June 2013 Hilary Wainwright reports from Thessaloniki on what happened when the state ordered Greece’s state broadcaster to shut down

We’re striking to support the movement – interview with Turkish union activist

4 June 2013 John Millington speaks to Ertan Elsoy, an activist in the Kesk union which has called a two day strike to support the rebellion

Istanbul: a tree grows in Gezi

4 June 2013 Kevin Buckland reports from Istanbul on the movement so far - and what it means to people

Resist and transform: the struggle for water in Greece

21 May 2013 A combination of opposing privatisation and putting forward practical alternatives is helping water campaigners mount an effective challenge to austerity in Greece. Hilary Wainwright reports

Spain: We don’t owe, we won’t pay

10 March 2013 Iolanda Fresnillo reports from Spain on the myriad ways Spanish people are facing down austerity

How Beppe Grillo stole the left’s clothes

1 March 2013 Lorenzo Fe argues that Italy's Five Star Movement owes a big debt to the left – but won votes by rejecting it

Organising to survive in Greece

5 December 2012 Tonia Katerini of Syriza describes the social solidarity movement rising as Greeks struggle for survival

Dawn of a new danger

5 December 2012 The world’s media has gone into a panic about Greek fascists Golden Dawn. Here, Yiorgos Vassalos examines their neo-Nazi politics and the reasons for their support

Left leading: Interview with Die Linke leader Katja Kipping

8 November 2012 Emma Dowling speaks to Katja Kipping, new co-chair of Germany's Left Party, about the European crisis and the direction she wants to take the party

Firenze 10+10: Back to Florence

8 November 2012 As Firenze 10+10 begins, Rossana Rossanda discusses how the Left can open a breach in the neoliberal wall

Italy, where did the protest go?

8 November 2012 Donatella Della Porta writes that despite the Eurozone crisis and harsh austerity policies, it seems as if Italy is no longer responding with protest demonstrations anymore

Rooted in the neighbourhood: what happened to Spain’s assemblies?

18 October 2012 Oscar Reyes reports on the successes and setbacks of neighbourhood assemblies in Spain

Joining forces for another Europe

4 October 2012 In November, European social movements will meet in Florence to plan continent-wide responses to austerity and the European crisis of democracy. Tommaso Fattori calls for us to make ‘Firenze 10+10’ a priority

The Dutch elections: From euphoria to red neoliberalism?

18 September 2012 Hilde van der Pas describes how high hopes for a strong Socialist Party vote and a Labour majority gave way to a right dominated coalition with Labour, and draws out the options for the future

Cwtch: What Occupy did next in Wales

3 July 2012 Amy Hall reports on how Occupy Swansea has spawned a series of occupied social centres in the city

The Greek elections, before and after: two letters about the fortunes of Syriza

1 July 2012 Chris Jones, who lives on the Greek island of Samos, writes to a friend about the meaning of the elections

A new Cymru – Leanne Wood interviewed

28 June 2012 Emma Hughes spoke to Plaid Cymru’s new left-wing leader Leanne Wood

SYRIZA: Building on the democracy of the square

14 June 2012 Babis Agrolabos looks at SYRIZA's history and what it has done since the elections

The Spanish bank bailout: digging a deeper hole

11 June 2012 A Spanish bank bailout of up to €100 billion will worsen the country’s debt dependency and prolong austerity, writes Oscar Reyes

Breakthrough of the Left Front in France

6 June 2012 Christophe Aguiton looks at the foundations and future of Jean-Luc Melenchon's Left Front and left politics in France

Barcelona: Neighbourhoods of noise

4 June 2012 Anna Gurney offers a guided tour to resistance past and present in the Catalan capital of Barcelona

Scottish independence: Breaking up is good to do

26 May 2012 John McAllion makes the socialist case for an independent Scotland

Deal or no deal? A leading Syriza activist’s thoughts on coalition and the left

7 May 2012 What happened when Alex Nunns met Nasos Iliopoulos—one of the rising stars of Greece’s new second party, radical left coalition Syriza

Greek election: The austerity parties have collapsed. This is the moment of truth for the left

7 May 2012 Yiorgos Vassalos looks at the extraordinary results of the Greek elections

The banks’ real stress test is still to come

15 April 2012 The solvency of Europe’s governments has been under the spotlight in recent months, but Europe’s fragile and under-reformed banking system is a disaster waiting to happen, says Hugo Radice

The stability obsession

14 April 2012 Ian Bruff explores the roots of Germany’s obsession with budgetary prudence and economic stability, which is driving austerity in Europe

Spain: only the resistance offers hope

13 April 2012 From the 'indignados' to elections and general strikes, Javier Navascués reflects on growing resistance to neoliberalism and austerity across Spain

Greece: More than a demonstration, less than a revolt

12 April 2012 Alex Nunns reports from Athens on the human consequences of the austerity measures, and how they are being resisted

A different kind of Europe? Responses to Trevor Evans

10 April 2012 How do we respond to the euro crisis? Susan George, Paolo Gerbaudo, Donatella della Porta and James Meadway write

A different kind of Europe

15 March 2012 Trevor Evans outlines the basis for a progressive pan-European response to the euro crisis



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