Europe


Before you go to Calais… How to make your help for refugees effective

11 September 2015 Lots of people now want to help the refugees in Calais – but turning up unannounced with a van-load of stuff can do more harm than good. Kate Bradley looks at the best ways to make a difference

Ever-growing, ever-changing: Inside the Calais camp

7 September 2015 The Calais refugee camp is starting to develop from tents to makeshift clinics, schools, cafes and more – but no one should have to live this way, writes Amy Corcoran

Reclaiming the legacy of the Paris Commune

4 September 2015 Jane Shallice reviews Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune, by Kristin Ross

Housing gains in Spain

25 August 2015 Tom Youngman reports from Madrid on the Spanish housing movement fighting evictions and campaigning for the right to housing for all

A club of ghouls: the need for rupture with the EU

3 August 2015 After Greece, the road to a democratic, social United States of Europe passes through ‘Brexit’ and a toppling of the post-democratic tyranny that is the European Union, argues Leigh Phillips

The myths of the Greek crisis

31 July 2015 The people of Greece aren’t to blame for the country’s debts. Tom Walker looks at some of the myths of the crisis

Darkness at noon: the third Greek bailout will fail and should be rejected

28 July 2015 The path to the new bailout of Greece was dramatic. But with final details of the agreement yet to be revealed, the emerging truths lead Dimitris Sotiropoulos to argue it must be refused

Finance vs democracy in Greece

21 July 2015 The Greek crisis has exposed the undemocratic nature of the European institutions, writes Fanny Malinen – but it also reveals a much broader problem

Greece stands humiliated at the hands of neoliberal fanatics

16 July 2015 We must continue to stand with the people of Greece as European leaders bully the Greek government into submission, writes Nick Dearden

Spain’s democratic spring: how the movements stood for mayor – and won

1 July 2015 Oscar Reyes looks at how citizens' movements with roots in the indignados movement went from protest to power in town halls in Barcelona, Madrid and other major cities in Spain

Breaking with creditors’ power: the importance of the Greek debt audit

23 June 2015 While the world's media focuses on the bailout negotiations, a debt audit is underway to prove much of Greece's debt illegitimate, illegal and odious, writes Fanny Malinen

No way in

8 June 2015 The deaths of thousands of refugees in the Mediterranean are exactly what a ‘tough stance on immigration’ looks like, writes Alex Randall

From Ireland to Bolivia, there’s something in the water

8 June 2015 Fifteen years on from Bolivia’s ‘water war’, Thomas McDonagh looks at the developing parallels between those dramatic events and the current Irish battle over domestic water charges

The promise of history: Syriza and the future of the left

5 June 2015 For years Greek radicals wondered what it would mean to win, writes Kostis Karpozilos. Now the question is whether winning is enough

Syriza’s only choice: A radical step forward

8 March 2015 Syriza economists Spyros Lapatsioras, John Milios and Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos give a detailed, critical account of the recent deal on Greek debt

Podemos: Politics by the people

22 February 2015 Andrew Dolan interviews Eduardo Maura of Podemos, the people-powered party that is transforming Spanish politics

Greece: Syriza shines a light

31 January 2015 In 2012 Hilary Wainwright visited Athens to report on the rise of Syriza, the radical left coalition who have stormed to power Greece.

Is there still hope for the Labour Left in Scotland?

29 January 2015 Martyn Cook of the Campaign for Socialism looks at the Scottish Labour leadership contest and its aftermath

The rise of the ‘peer-to-peer populists’

29 January 2015 Paul Walsh argues that the success of Syriza has much in common with Spain's Podemos and Scotland's Radical Independence Campaign

From protest to power: the transformation of Syriza

26 January 2015 Marina Prentoulis reports on how Greece’s left party Syriza is taking power with a new kind of organisation

How it feels to be in Athens today

26 January 2015 Paul Mackney writes from Greece on Syriza's victory and the atmosphere of celebration

Greece: Are you ready to grow young again?

25 January 2015 Kevin Ovenden writes from Athens on the eve of Greece's historic election

If Syriza wins the Greek election, what will happen next?

31 December 2014 Lisa Mittendrein and Valentin Schwarz spoke to Syriza members to explore the possibilities for a government of the left

Another Scotland is – still – possible

1 December 2014 The radical mass movement for a ‘yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum was a political awakening on an epic scale. Jonathon Shafi of the Radical Independence Campaign says it’s not finished yet

Cracks in the union

1 October 2014 Adam Ramsay looks at how the campaign for Scottish independence has brought the current UK and its constitution into question on these shores and beyond

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



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