By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 April 2010
The German government is preparing to deport 14,000 refugees to Kosovo, despite warnings by the United Nations Refugee Commission that they face dangers to life and limb.
By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2010
The de facto support by the trade unions and pseudo-left groups for the Papandreou government’s austerity policies underscores the need for a new political perspective and new leadership in the working class.
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 April 2010
European governments have shown themselves to be utterly unprepared for a crisis of this scope and indifferent to the fate of millions of people.
By Steve James, 20 April 2010
Quinn Insurance has been placed in administration for “serious and persistent breaches” of the solvency rules governing insurance companies.
By Alex Lantier, 8 April 2010
Amid growing uncertainty over Greece’s financial position and fears that German opposition will undermine any EU-IMF bailout, Greece is moving to raise money in the United States.
By Stefan Steinberg, 3 April 2010
A number of recent commentaries in the German press have expressed alarm over the course adopted by German Chancellor Merkel regarding the Greek debt crisis.
By Alex Lantier, 27 March 2010
A two-day European Union summit in Brussels concluded yesterday, announcing plans for an as-needed bailout package for Greece and tougher sanctions against eurozone countries whose deficits exceed European guidelines.
On eve of EU summit
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 March 2010
European diplomats are working feverishly to reach some sort of compromise on the Greek debt crisis and prevent an economic and political debacle at the summit of EU heads of government meeting in Brussels Thursday and Friday.
By Stefan Steinberg, 23 March 2010
The Greek debt crisis has exposed deep fault lines within the European Union, above all within the core group of 16 countries which constitute the eurozone.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 March 2010
While reluctant to admit in public that they are planning a bailout for Greece, behind the scenes EU finance heads are frantically scrambling to come up with a rescue package.
By Robert Stevens, 12 March 2010
Workers throughout Greece staged their second one-day strike within a month yesterday to protest the austerity measures being imposed by the PASOK social democratic government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.
By Stefan Steinberg, 12 March 2010
In the wake of the financial crisis that erupted in 2008, leading capitalist nations and blocs of nations are employing increasingly aggressive forms of protectionism to advance their interests.
By Robert Stevens, 11 March 2010
Opposition to the austerity measures being imposed by the Greek government has hardened in the run-up to today’s general strike.
Papandreou in Paris
By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 March 2010
French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou at the Elysée Palace on Sunday and echoed German Chancellor Angela Merkel in insisting that Greece deal with its debt crisis by imposing a brutal austerity program on the working class.
Amid angry protests in Greece
By Ulrich Rippert, 6 March 2010
On Friday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and assured her that his government would impose the austerity measures demanded by the European banks and the European Union.
By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2010
The Greek trade unions announced further strikes yesterday, in the face of demands from banks and European institutions for deeper social cuts to stave off a Greek government default.
By our reporters in Athens, 25 February 2010
Some two million Greek workers participated in a general strike on Wednesday to oppose austerity measures announced by the social democratic PASOK government.
By Marcus Salzmann, 25 February 2010
In terms of wages and social standards, Greece ranks amongst the lowest-paid countries in Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 13 February 2010
The February 11 Franco-German pledge to bail out Greece threatened to unravel yesterday amid criticism from the Greek government, and as European officials demanded that Athens make further budget cuts.
By Stefan Steinberg, 1 February 2010
Unemployment in the 16 countries comprising the eurozone increased to an official average of 10 percent in December—the highest level of unemployment since the introduction of the euro in 1999.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 January 2010
More details have emerged about the way in which German banks funded extreme right-wing parties with the approval of a leading German political party.
By Marcus Morgan, 25 January 2010
In Spain’s worst recession for more than 50 years, official figures for the end of 2009 show nearly 4 million people out of work.
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 January 2010
European bankers are demanding that countries on the brink of national bankruptcy impose brutal austerity measures on their populations.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 January 2010
Following the recent terror incidents in Detroit and Denmark, a climate of hysteria is being whipped up by the European political elite and sections of the media to divert attention from the social crisis and justify a further build-up up of the police, military and intelligence agencies.
By Julie Hyland, 10 November 2009
The Czech Republic’s ratification of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty created a political maelstrom in the UK, exposing major divisions within the Conservative Party and the crisis facing British foreign policy more broadly.
By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2009
The month-long Clearstream trial, hearings for which ended on October 23, is a cynical judicial façade for ruthless state politics.
By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2009
A decades-long series of corruption scandals, bound up with oil and arms deals, constitute the essential legal background to the Clearstream Affair.
For the United Socialist States of Europe
By Socialist and Germany, 1 October 2009
The Socialist Equality Parties of the UK and Germany call for a “No” vote in the Irish referendum on the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty on Friday, October 2.
By Lucas Adler, 30 August 2009
If one analyses the current European election result of the Left Party, the conclusion is clear: workers, the unemployed and those dependent on welfare payments are increasingly dismissive of this party.
By Stefan Steinberg, 5 August 2009
While a number of major banks and financial institutions are reporting massive profits, industrial, commercial and service firms are continuing to shed jobs at an alarming rate across Europe.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 July 2009
On July 16, Iceland’s parliament (Althingi) voted by 33 votes to 28 to apply for membership of the European Union.
By Ann Talbot, 25 June 2009
The UK Conservative Party has broken from the European Peoples Party grouping in the European Parliament to form a new bloc with a number of right-wing anti-federalist parties.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 June 2009
Following a relatively good showing in the European elections, the German Greens have reiterated their hopes of participating in a future government alongside conservative parties.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 June 2009
The German Socialist Equality Party was the only party participating in the European elections to make clear the real extent of the capitalist crisis and to propose a socialist transformation of society.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 June 2009
The most notable result of the European elections held last weekend is the dramatic decline of social democracy.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 June 2009
The disastrous results for the social democratic parties of Great Britain, Germany and France in the European Union parliamentary elections represent a political point of no return for the parties themselves and augur a period of profound political instability.
The European election
By Peter Schwarz, 6 June 2009
This weekend’s European election takes place under conditions of fierce domestic and international tensions. Germany’s conflicts with France, on the one hand, and the US, on the other, are intensifying as national conflicts within Europe threaten to blow the European Union apart.
By Lucas Adler and Peter Schwarz, 6 June 2009
Behind its bombastic language, the European Left is offering its assistance to the European ruling classes to save the European Union and its institutions.
Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit), 4 June 2009
A vote for the Socialist Equality Party is a first step in the active political struggle for a new society based on the values of solidarity and humanity as part of the unification of Europe on a socialist basis.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2009
Five years after their acceptance into the European Union amid a fanfare of expectations and celebration, 10 central and Eastern European countries are amongst the worst hit victims of the international finance crisis.
In the 2009 European elections
5 May 2009
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG, Socialist Equality Party) is standing a nationwide slate of candidates for the June 7 European elections in order to build a new party for working people throughout Europe: Our goal is the establishment of a socialist society that places social needs above the profit interests of big business.
By Our correspondent, 30 April 2009
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party in Germany) opened its campaign for the forthcoming European election with a public meeting in Berlin last Sunday.
By Ulrich Rippert, 21 April 2009
The real function of the European parliament consists of providing a phony democratic cover for the activities of the EU institutions based in Brussels and its army of 40,000 highly paid bureaucrats who are not subject to any democratic control but rather at the beck and call of numerous business lobbyists.
By Kerem Kaya, 17 April 2009
The recent visit by US President Barack Obama to Turkey confirms that the US plans to build up Turkey as a regional policeman to secure US interests in the Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2009
One day after being ousted as head of the Czech government Mirek Topolanek, who currently holds the revolving chair of the European Union, openly criticised the financial policy of the US government, telling European parliamentary deputies that America was on the “road to hell”.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 March 2009
A summit of G20 finance ministers and central bankers failed to reach any concrete agreement for measures to deal with the growing international finance crisis.
By Stefan Steinberg, 3 March 2009
At the Brussels summit, EU nations were unable to agree on any concrete measures to combat the mounting economic crisis.
By Stefan Steinberg, 24 February 2009
The leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands met in Berlin last Sunday to work out a joint European stance in advance of the Group of 20 meeting on April 2.
Energy conflict threatens EU shortages
By Niall Green, 3 January 2009
The Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom turned off all gas supplies to Ukraine, threatening supplies to the European Union.
By Jordan Shilton, 20 December 2008
Protests continue in Reykjavík to demand the resignation of the government and central bank chiefs and the holding of fresh elections. Opposition has also been expressed to the privatisation drive resulting from the government’s acceptance of an IMF-backed loan.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 December 2008
The German chancellor and her finance minister are not prepared to throw their longstanding European strategy overboard at what the government and economic experts admit is only the start of what will be a prolonged and painful recession—even if they alienate Germany's European neighbours.
11 December 2008
At the centre of the growing tensions between Berlin, Paris and London is the question of how to react to the international financial crisis and global recession.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 December 2008
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) has become the focus of criticism for her refusal to support a wide-ranging package of measures aimed at stimulating the European economy.
By Chris Marsden, 28 November 2008
Leaked documents reveal that the Labour government contemplated raising Value Added Tax to 18.5 percent in Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget announcement.
By Francis Dubois, 18 November 2008
The congress of the French Socialist Party held November 14-16 in Reims, attended by about 4,000 people, ended in a state of open division.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2008
More important than the vague proposals to regulate the financial markets was the demand of the Brussels gathering for a new world financial summit to be held in 100 days. The European heads of government are obviously less concerned with making agreements with the outgoing Bush administration than with determining whether the new administration is prepared to make any concessions.
By Sinan Ikinci, 30 October 2008
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has provided a long-awaited explanation of its annulment of constitutional amendments that served to ban Muslim headscarves.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 October 2008
Right-wing President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to protect “strategically important” French enterprises against their take-over by foreign investors receives support from German “lefts.”
By Chris Marsden, 28 October 2008
18-year-old Sabiha Iqbal has been nominated to serve on the Young Muslim Advisory Group, a Brown government think tank set up to combat Islamic extremist influence.
In wake of global financial crisis
By Steve James, 28 October 2008
The global financial meltdown has severely compromised the economic basis of the Scottish National Party’s strategy for independence.
By Ulrich Rippert, 24 October 2008
The special SPD congress last weekend took place in the shadow of the ever-growing international financial crisis.
The role of the Left Party
By Ulrich Rippert, 17 September 2008
The early appointment of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the SPD candidate for chancellor in next year’s federal elections, and the hurried change of party leader from Kurt Beck to Franz Müntefering, means the supporters of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder now have the party once again firmly in their grasp.
By Chris Marsden, 29 May 1999
The upcoming European elections could cost William Hague his position as Conservative Party leader. Whatever the outcome, it will deepen the longstanding divisions inside the party regarding its policy towards the European Union (EU) in general, and Britain's adoption of the euro currency in particular.
By Steve James, 27 May 1999
Next month's European elections highlight a further dramatic growth of regionally based parties and movements like the Northern League in Italy, the Scottish National Party and others. Given that many right-wing political opponents of European integration rail against the dangers of a new "super-state" trampling over national sovereignty, it is significant that these new nationalist and separatist formations have embraced European integration.