European Union

German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2015

German leaders are threatening Greece with an exit from the euro zone if the new government does not uphold the agreements reached with the European Union.

SYRIZA’s programme for the rescue of Greek and European capitalism

By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2015

SYRIZA’s programme has been developed in the course of intense discussions with leading political representatives of the international financial elite.

Sharp market falls over euro and oil price slump

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2015

The main factor in the fall in US markets appears to have been the further sharp decline in oil prices.

Lithuania adopts the euro

By Markus Salzmann, 5 January 2015

Lithuania is the third and last Baltic state to introduce the euro.

European Central Bank president’s interview sends euro to four-year low

By Nick Beams, 3 January 2015

ECB President Mario Draghi has taken another step to full quantitative easing amid increasing deflationary pressures.

Two dead, dozens injured in three separate attacks in France

By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 31 December 2014

The three attacks prior to Christmas have been used to stoke fears of Islamist attacks in retaliation for French involvement in wars in the Middle East and Africa.

As Greek government collapses, Berlin demands more austerity

By Christoph Dreier, 30 December 2014

German political and business figures responded aggressively to the failure to elect a Greek president, making clear they will give no ground on austerity policies.

Corporations reached secret deals with Luxembourg to avoid tax payments

By Jean Shaoul, 22 December 2014

The tax deals deprived tax revenue to governments around the world, all of which now claim that public services are unaffordable.

The European powers and CIA torture

By Chris Marsden, 20 December 2014

The European powers have issued only pro-forma and self-serving statements on the US Senate report into torture and extraordinary rendition by the US and its allies.

European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2014

Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia.

Escalating tensions between Russia and the West over Balkan energy

By Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against NATO expansion in the region, which is seen as a provocation against Russia.

NATO prepares “rapid reaction force” for confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2014

As the NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels, the US military moved to deploy tanks and armored vehicles near Russia’s borders.

Spain wracked by corruption scandal

By Carlos Hernández, 3 December 2014

The scandals have revealed the criminality at the heart of the country’s now shipwrecked economic boom.

The fight against war and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

28 November 2014

This statement was adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) on October 28.

Right-wing minority government formed in Bulgaria

By Anna Rombach and Markus Salzmann, 15 November 2014

The formation of a far-right minority government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his party will intensify the crisis in the European Union’s poorest member state.

Luxembourg tax avoidance scandal rocks European Union

By Jean Shaoul, 14 November 2014

Leaked documents show how 340 multinational groups set up corporate structures to avoid taxes.

Catalan independence poll mobilises core nationalist vote

By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2014

Turnout for a poll that was heralded as decisive for the future of Catalonia was just 37 percent.

European Central Bank seeks to reassure financial markets

By Nick Beams, 7 November 2014

ECB president Mario Draghi insisted that the bank stands ready to inject up to one trillion euros into the financial system.

Podemos party tops opinion poll in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 6 November 2014

The polling success for Podemos is a sign of the volatile political situation in Spain and the collapse of support for the establishment parties.

UK Tories in conflict with Merkel government over limiting EU immigration

By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2014

High level sources within the German government have indicated they are prepared to see Britain leave the European Union.

The European Union uses death to deter immigrants

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2014

Under pressure from the EU, the Italian government has ended its Mare Nostrum rescue program and will permit tens of thousands of refugees to drown in the Mediterranean Sea.

France, Italy vow more social cuts as EU approves their 2015 budgets

By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014

In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.

Gas dispute between Ukraine, EU and Russia threatens to escalate

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2014

A cutoff of Russian gas supplies to the EU would spell economic disaster for a number of European countries.

Anti-terror law passed by the French Senate attacks democratic rights

By Anthony Torres, 28 October 2014

The bill is an attack on freedom of movement as defined by international law and vastly expands the state’s ability to censor political speech.

UK Tories intensify anti-EU, anti-immigrant rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to make immigration reform the centrepiece of a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the European Union.

France, Germany hold talks on EU approval of France’s 2015 budget

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 October 2014

Paris and Berlin are working on a behind-the-scenes deal for intensified, long-term austerity measures against the working class.

European Union threatens to veto France’s 2015 budget

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 14 October 2014

The French ruling class is considering even more ferocious austerity measures in response to the demands of the banks and the European Commission.

Romania joins imperialist war drive against Russia

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 11 October 2014

The imperialist drive to the east poses big dangers for the working class of Moldova and Romania.

European Union ends rescue mission for refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 October 2014

The EU is shelving any measures to rescue refugees from drowning on their way to Europe.

Serbian government slashes wages and pensions

By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2014

Cuts announced by Prime Minister Vucic will see public sector salaries over €211 per month reduced by around 10 percent and those above €844 cut by 20 percent.

Spain’s most powerful banker warned of “radicalisation”

By Vicky Short, 22 September 2014

Four days before his death on September 10, Emilio Botín invited Spanish journalists to a dinner at which he revealed his fears about the “radicalisation” of Spain.

European Union responsible for drowning of refugees in Mediterranean

By Martin Krieckenbaum, 19 September 2014

More than 25,000 refugees have died trying to enter Europe since 2000.

Ukrainian and European parliaments adopt EU Association Agreement

By Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2014

The Association Agreement will go down in history as a dirty deal struck between the imperialist powers of Europe and Ukrainian oligarchs at the expense of the working class.

US and EU expand economic sanctions against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 13 September 2014

Banks affected by the new economic restrictions include Russia’s largest lenders Sberbank, Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank.

Troika demands further austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2014

Greece has to demonstrate that it has imposed the necessary attacks on workers living standards and will match an agreed timetable for further measures to receive additional loans.

Beppe Grillo’s M5S promotes European imperialism

By Marc Wells, 12 September 2014

A leading spokesman for the right-wing Italian party criticized Washington’s role in order to advance the interests of Italian and European capital.

European sanctions complement military aggression against Russia

By Clara Weiss, 5 September 2014

EU and US sanctions are aimed at bringing the Russian economy to its knees, exacerbating social tensions and rallying Russian oligarchs against President Vladimir Putin.

European Central Bank cuts rates and announces asset purchasing program

By Nick Beams, 5 September 2014

The European Central Bank has launched a new round of financial stimulus in the face of worsening economic conditions in Europe.

Polish Prime Minister Tusk to become new EU Council president

By Christoph Dreier, 4 September 2014

The appointment of Tusk as EU Council president is a provocative signal of plans to escalate the confrontation with Russia.

Economic data show gathering global slump

By Nick Beams, 3 September 2014

Monetary stimulus has failed to halt recessionary trends in the global economy.

Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 2 September 2014

The politics of the European bourgeoisie is a mixture of ruthless aggression and desperation. Confronted with the hopeless crisis of their system, they are rushing toward a catastrophe, just as they did in 1914 and 1939.

US and Europe escalate provocations against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2014

This weekend’s EU summit in Brussels marked a major escalation of threats against Russia, raising the specter of full-scale war between Russia and NATO.

UK announces new NATO military force, declares terror alert

By Robert Stevens, 1 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron recently stated that the UK’s “military prowess” is available for use in the Middle East.

Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

By Johannes Stern, 30 August 2014

The moves toward Ukrainian membership in NATO underscore the fact that next week’s NATO summit will be aimed at preparing for a possible war against Russia.

Ukrainian economy in free fall

By David Levine, 26 August 2014

Kiev is scrambling to secure the second tranche of an IMF loan, as its military onslaught against the southeast and austerity policies intensify the economic crisis.

Italian government sends weapons to northern Iraq

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014

Italy’s dispatch of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq is part of a wider aggressive policy pursued by Germany and the EU.

EU advisors advocate use of military against strikes and protests

By Denis Krassnin, 19 August 2014

An EU think tank has advised governments to protect the rich from the poor by suppressing social protests.

Ukrainian army steps up offensive in the east

By Christoph Dreier, 19 August 2014

On Sunday German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that “we continue to slide into a direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian combat forces.”

French government staggered by mounting economic crisis

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 16 August 2014

According to internal accounts, the French government is in total disarray as its projections show a deflationary spiral and economic collapse gripping Europe.

What lies behind the warmongering by Der Spiegel?

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation with Russia.

London mayor threatens to dock pay of striking firefighters

By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 8 August 2014

Mayor Boris Johnson has previously imposed cuts to fire services, including the closure of fire stations.

EU imposes its first sanctions against the Russian economy

By Peter Schwarz, 30 July 2014

The EU sanctions are meant to force Russia to its knees economically, politically destabilize it, and bring about regime-change in Moscow.

US, Europe to boost sanctions on Russia

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2014

European support for tougher sanctions reflects both pressure from Washington and a determination to exploit the MH17 crash to the hilt.

EU foreign ministers announce “forceful” measures against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 23 July 2014

Having destabilised Ukraine and ratcheted up tensions with Russia, the NATO powers are implementing measures they know could devastate the European and world economy.

European Union spends billions on war against refugees

By Sybille Fuchs, 19 July 2014

The EU is investing billions to keep out desperate refugees and to send them back to poverty, civil war or certain death.

European governments prepare for military suppression of popular opposition

By Denis Krassnin, 10 July 2014

A report called Militarization for Prosperity that aired on the German radio station Deutschlandfunk explains how European governments are preparing to suppress social protests.

EU summit in Ypres: National conflicts and militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 30 June 2014

The EU does not preserve European peace. It is a breeding ground for social inequality, nationalism and war.

Ukraine’s EU Association Agreement a prelude to further bloodshed

By Chris Marsden, 28 June 2014

The refusal of Ukraine’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, to sign the deal last November was used by the United States and Germany to initiate a coup led by pro-Western oligarchs and fascist forces.

EU summit in Ypres: The end of the European Union in its current form

By Peter Schwarz, 26 June 2014

In the runup to the Ypres summit, the debate over who should be the next president of the European Commission escalated to a point that makes any compromise virtually impossible.

New reports confirm economic stagnation in Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 25 June 2014

The economic crisis in Europe is increasingly shifting from the periphery to the core of the continent.

Vote “no” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

21 June 2014

All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.

After the European elections

EU torn by conflict over European Commission president

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2014

Behind the dispute over Jean-Claude Juncker lie divergent interests and national conflicts that place the future of the EU in question.

Death toll of migrants seeking to enter Europe via Mediterranean mounts

By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2014

The number of migrants arriving in Italy in 2014 increased by 823 percent over the same period last year.

European Central Bank cuts interest rate below zero

By Stefan Steinberg, 6 June 2014

The move is an expression of the fact that, nearly six years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world economy remains in deep crisis.

Austria: Far-right FPÖ gains support in European elections

By Markus Salzmann, 4 June 2014

Compared to 2009, the party led by Christian Strache increased its support by 7 percent and won 19.7 percent of the vote.

Ireland’s governing parties punished in local and European elections

By Jordan Shilton, 31 May 2014

The most significant result was the collapse of support for the Labour Party and the resignation of its leader.

PSG holds successful final election meeting

By our correspondents, 27 May 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit concluded its European election campaign on Saturday with a well attended meeting in Berlin Tempelhof.

Major losses for ruling parties, gains for anti-EU parties in European elections

By Chris Marsden, 26 May 2014

Amidst low turnout in European Parliament elections, parties opposed to the EU, nominally on the right and left, benefited from hostility to the austerity measures.

Lively discussions at SEP European election meetings in North West England

By our reporter, 26 May 2014

German socialist Johannes Stern spoke at both of the Socialist Equality Party’s Eve of Poll meetings in Liverpool and Manchester.

Major UK parties given drubbing in local elections

By Robert Stevens, 26 May 2014

The results of local elections in England indicate that the General Election in 2015 could result in a hung parliament for the second time in a row.

The European elections in France

By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2014

For months opinion polls in France have been forecasting a victory for the far-right National Front (FN) in Sunday’s European elections.

Swiss referendum opposes purchase of fighter jets

By Stefan Gfeller, 23 May 2014

In the face of the campaign for war against Russia and the threat of a third world war, the referendum result is of great significance.

European Union presses for association agreement with Moldova

By Markus Salzmann, 23 May 2014

The 28 European Union (EU) heads of government intend to sign a comprehensive association and free trade agreement with Moldova in Brussels on June 27.

Death toll of refugees in the Mediterranean continues to rise

By Martin Krieckenbaum, 21 May 2014

The fact that the European Union, now home to about 500 million people, is unwilling and unable to absorb a few tens of thousands of refugees exposes its historical bankruptcy.

Paris security summit steps up military intervention in Nigeria

By Kumaran Ira, 19 May 2014

At the Paris summit, France sought to harness its African proxy regimes to the escalating imperialist intervention in Nigeria.

Spain’s new Podemos party a political fraud—Part two

By Alejandro López, 1 May 2014

This is the conclusion of a two-part comment on the formation of a new party, Podemos, by the pseudo-left in Spain.

UK Independence Party launches racist poster campaign

By Paul Bond, 28 April 2014

The official media attempts to distance itself from certain racist statements by leaders of the United Kingdom Independence Party, while otherwise legitimising the party’s anti-immigrant and xenophobic programme.

German government supports NATO rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2014

The German army is fully aligned with the American military in the massive NATO buildup in Eastern Europe directed against Russia.

SEP European Election campaign: Oppose the assault on immigrants and asylum seekers

By SEP candidate Danny Dickinson, 21 April 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (UK), together with the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany, is standing candidates for the elections to the European Parliament.

The right-wing nationalism of the United Kingdom Independence Party

By Jordan Shilton, 19 April 2014

The promotion of the UKIP is part of a strategy to move politics sharply to the right in the lead-up to the European elections.

EU Africa summit plans increased European military intervention in Africa

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 April 2014

The summit dispatched more troops to the French-led war in the Central African Republic, amid a broader escalation of European imperialist intervention in Africa.

European Union: From economic community to alliance of warmongers

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2014

In turning to an aggressive foreign and military policy, the ruling elite is responding to a profound crisis of European capitalism.

BBC debates between Clegg and Farage: A political fraud

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014

The televised debates between the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party demonstrated the chasm that separates the interests of the working class from the entire parliamentary setup.

NATO’s aggression against Russia and the danger of war in Europe

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 April 2014

The NATO foreign ministers summit last week set out plans for the military alliance’s expansion up to Russia’s borders, including war games and the possible stationing of troops in neighbouring states.

EU discusses further Russia sanctions as US steps up war rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2014

The ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Ukraine’s credit rating from “extremely speculative” to “default imminent with little prospect for recovery.”

Socialist Equality Party in Britain joins German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in European election campaign

By our reporters, 31 March 2014

The aim of the SEP and PSG in the elections is to unite working people against the capitalist European Union and its national governments in the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe.

Iceland’s government seeks to abandon EU membership negotiations

By Jordan Shilton, 29 March 2014

The government’s decision to pull out of talks with the European Union over membership has led to a series of protests.

As EU commissioner, former Socialist Party minister demands more austerity in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 March 2014

Pierre Moscovici, European economy commissioner, has demanded more austerity in France as part of the EU’s attacks on the working class across Europe.

US, EU threaten retaliation as Crimea votes to join Russia

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014

US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.

What the European Union said in 2012 about its current fascist allies in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014

The EU’s 2012 resolution condemning Ukrainian fascism refutes media claims that fascism plays only a minor role in the new pro-Western regime in Kiev.

In the name of “peace”, the European Union readies for war

By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2014

A recent series of policy briefs indicate a new stage in the aggressive imperialist foreign policy of the European powers.

Czech government embarks on more austerity

By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2014

The new Czech government is committed to a political course that is aligned to the European Union but abhorred by the population.

Berlin and Washington foment civil war in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014

Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.

US, European Union threaten sanctions against Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2014

Amid warnings of a “coup” and “civil war,” Washington and the EU threatened sanctions against Ukrainian officials as part of the escalating Western campaign for regime change.

German Left Party defends the European Union at party conference

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2014

At its party conference on Europe held in Hamburg, the Left Party signaled its readiness to defend the European Union against growing popular opposition.

Edward Snowden and Europe’s pseudo-left

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2014

Developments in the European Parliament have demonstrated that the pseudo-left organisations are part of bourgeois politics. For them, the fate of whistle-blower Edward Snowden is of no consequence.

Calls for expanded European Union intervention in Bosnia

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2014

Protests over the last week in Bosnia and Herzegovina have led to the resignation of four cantonal government heads and various other officials.

Initiative to restrict immigration passed in Swiss referendum vote

By Marianne Arens, 11 February 2014

The initiative commits the government to renegotiate the agreement on freedom of movement with the EU within three years.

Leaked phone call on Ukraine lays bare Washington’s gangsterism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2014

The leaked tape of a phone call between the State Department’s Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine provides an unvarnished expression of the gangster methods employed by US imperialism.

US response to leaked call confirms US/EU regime-change plot in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2014

The leaked US diplomatic call provides a glimpse of how Washington organizes provocations to install authoritarian regimes in countries it is targeting.