Europe


The Left and Power – the Italian way

1 May 2005 From the dramatic events surrounding the killing of an Italian secret agent to a sweeping electoral victory against Berlusconi, Hilary Wainwright provides a snapshot of a dramatic time in Italian politics. But as Rifondazione Comunista extends its influence in regional government, she asks: can the left transform the state by sharing power?

French Hijab ban: one year on

1 May 2005 Naima Bouteldja on why French Muslim school children are not celebrating the first anniversary of the 'headscarf ban'.

The Bluffer’s Guide to… the Bolkestein directive on services

1 April 2005 Preying on your apathy and sunny personalities, free-market lunatics embedded in Brussels are trying to sneak through reforms of the services sector that would effectively steamroller national regulatory systems out of existence. By Graham Copp

Trade Unions Protest in Romania

1 April 2005 Amongst the slew of changes in Romania recently, the only one to unite the trade unions in opposition is the proposed change to the Work Code.

A tale of two treaties

1 March 2005 French magazine Politis asked two leading French progressive figures, Alain Lipietz (Green Party) and Jean-Luc Melenchon (Socialist Party) to debate their respective support for and opposition to the proposed EU constitution.

European Parliament stands up for asylum seekers

1 December 2004 The European Parliament and Commission are set on a collision course with the Council of Europe, the organisation of Member States, over asylum policy after the Parliament adopted a report that condemned draconian practices by European countries.

Internationale Rescue

1 September 2004 The year is 1996, and 21-year-old Ilya Ponomarev, typical of Russia's new breed of young entrepreneurs, is making the most of the market opportunities opened up by perestroika. At 15 he had set up his own computer-programming company, achieving a $10m turnover in two years. At 24 he became the youngest ever vice-president of the giant Russian oil company Yukos.

Local Democracy Italian style

1 August 2004 Hilary Wainwright savours the political and cultural dolce vita in the Adriatic town of Grottammare.

The End of ‘Rhineland Capitalism’: Germany at the Crossroads

1 January 2004 In the decades following the Second World War, Federal Germany established a social-welfare state which brought a measure of social security to the broad mass of the population unprecedented in German history. The German model also ranked highly in international terms.

Whatever happened to the German Greens?

1 August 2003 Back in the early 1980s the West German Greens were a bastion of radicalism, challenging US imperialism, advocating pacifism and describing their own position as one of 'ecological socialism'. By the late 1990s the party seemed to have changed beyond all recognition: as a member of Gerhard Schroeder's 'third way' coalition, the Greens were defending radically neoliberal policies and staunchly supporting military interventions for humanitarian purposes.

NGO launches bid to force EC to open up GATS negotiations

1 August 2003 Friends of the Earth has lodged a complaint with the European Commission's Ombudsman in a bid to force the Commission to release documents detailing the European Union's stance in international trade negotiations.

The Socialist Workers Party and the euro

1 July 2003 We want a Europe that meets the needs of workers and the poor, not a Europe of capital and war.

The Scottish Socialist Party, the European Anti-Capitalist Left and the euro

1 July 2003 In the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), the debate is not about whether or not to have the euro - the party is markedly against (and so follows the fear of ending up in bed with the reactionary and xenophobic Sun and Daily Mail campaigns, or subconsciously adopting the little Englander mentality). Sure, you'll see campaigning against the euro in the SSP - it's the official party line. You'll even find the odd pro-euro platform - perhaps a knee-jerk reaction to the anti-European right-wing rhetoric, or more likely in the hope that it will unite workers across Europe, act as a rival to the US, and be open enough to expose corruption.

Labour Left Briefing – Britain’s Integration into Europe

1 July 2003 From a specifically British perspective European integration has much to offer - a levelling up of living standards, trade union laws and human rights. Indeed large sectors of the labour movement have looked across the channel and noticed that Britain is the sweatshop of Europe - we work the longest hours, have fewer rights than most other EU countries and we have fewer holidays.

The Green Party and the euro

1 July 2003 While the Green Party now accepts that the UK should stay within the European Union, it sees the EU as over-centralized and driven by a neo-liberal agenda.

Charter88 – Five Democratic Tests for Europe

1 July 2003 Charter88, the democracy campaigning group, recently launched a pamphlet listing five democratic tests for EU institutions to mirror Gordon Brown's five economic tests for the euro.

Atlanticism

5 July 1997 Atlanticism is the Achilles' heel of European security, self-identity and collective will, argues John Williams



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