European Union

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

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.

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.

UK Conservatives face crisis over referendum on European Union

By Julie Hyland, 8 February 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to invoke the Parliament Act to force through EU referendum legislation.

US regime-change operation in Ukraine exposed in leaked diplomatic phone call

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 February 2014

US officials discussed which right-wing opposition figures were to be placed in power in Ukraine.

IMF increases pressure on Slovenia

By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2014

The IMF is demanding layoffs in the public sector, cuts to social spending and the privatisation of state companies.

Deflationary tendencies intensify in Europe as unemployment remains at record levels

By Stefan Steinberg, 5 February 2014

The human misery resulting from the policies of the European elite finds its sharpest expression in the growth of mass unemployment and resulting poverty.

EU and Washington step up pressure on Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2014

In Ukraine, the EU and the US are seeking to install a technocratic government pledged to implement harsh economic reforms and change the constitution.

Western powers, opposition step up pressure on Ukrainian regime

By Stefan Steinberg, 31 January 2014

The regime of Yanukovych and his cronies is being pressured out of office to make way for a regime more aligned on US and EU interests.

Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns as EU keeps pressure on Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 January 2014

The Ukrainian government’s resignation followed intense pressure by the European Union and the US which both intervened directly to promote opposition protests.

Pro-Western Ukrainian opposition stokes up civil war

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 January 2014

Pro-Western opposition forces in Ukraine have pushed the country one step closer to civil war by insisting on regime-change.

EU pressures Serbia to distance itself from Russia

By Ognjen Markovic, 21 January 2014

The EU has started accession negotiations with Serbia, using the membership talks as a form of blackmail to curb Russian influence.

UK chancellor demands pro-business reform of European Union

By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2014

Osborne’s speech was broadly interpreted as a response to growing divisions within the Conservative Party over EU membership.

Germany: The Left Party defends the EU

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2014

The Party of the European Left recently held an event in Berlin in preparation for the upcoming European Parliament elections.

European Parliamentary rapporteur denounces NSA/GCHQ spying as illegal

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2014

A draft report states, “these mass surveillance activities appear also to entail illegal actions by intelligence services and raise questions regarding extraterritoriality of national law.”

Against the European Union, for the United Socialist States of Europe!

Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections

10 January 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) seek to mobilise a mass political and social movement of the European working class against big business, its parties and its governments.

EU summit: Berlin calls for stricter budgetary discipline

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 December 2013

The new German grand coalition, which enjoys an overwhelming parliamentary majority, was even more aggressive in its posture toward the EU than the government it replaced.

European Union increases border controls against asylum seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 20 December 2013

The response of the European Union to the recent asylum-seeker tragedy in Lampedusa has been to intensify immigration controls.

Greek girl dies from carbon monoxide poisoning after utility shut-off

By John Vassilopoulos, 12 December 2013

The death of a 13 year old girl in Greece, from carbon monoxide poisoning, is the latest of many social tragedies resulting from years of brutal austerity.

Greece’s 2014 budget lays out more social attacks

By Christoph Dreier, 11 December 2013

On Saturday the Greek parliament passed a budget for 2014 that includes further spending cuts and layoffs.

Ukrainian government issues ultimatum to end pro-EU protests

By Stefan Steinberg, 10 December 2013

The government has set an ultimatum to demonstrators expiring at midnight, at which time all occupied government buildings are to be vacated.

Europe tilts back towards recession

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 November 2013

Financial markets are pushing for austerity measures that have devastated southern and eastern Europe to be imposed in the continent's main economies.

EU in tug of war with Russia over Ukraine

By Clara Weiss, 8 November 2013

The planned signing of an association and free trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine has led to sharp tensions with Russia.

Euro zone officials: No let-up in economic stagnation, mass unemployment

By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2013

Continuing stagnation and mass layoffs across the euro zone’s devastated economies constitute a condemnation of the economic irrationality of capitalism.

Greece: Tens of thousands of workers protest against the Troika

By Christoph Dreier, 7 November 2013

While the EU and IMF travelled to Athens for new talks, thousands of workers protested against mass layoffs, tax increases and cuts in social spending.

European agencies, NSA collaborate on mass spying against European population

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2013

Reports based on documents provided by Edward Snowden show that European intelligence agencies have also set up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state.

Diplomatic crisis grows over NSA spying in Europe

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 31 October 2013

EU officials rejected NSA chief General Keith Alexander’s claims that the NSA relied entirely on European intelligence agencies to carry out its espionage operations.

Scandal grows over NSA wiretapping of German Chancellor Merkel

By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2013

The surveillance is aimed above all at working populations in North America and Europe, where there is rising anger over the imperialist wars and social cuts demanded by the ruling class.

EU border agency Frontex guilty of massive breach of human rights

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 October 2013

The European Union has responded to the refugee crisis in Lampedusa by hermetically sealing its borders and expanding the police apparatus used to repel refugees.

NSA wiretapping scandal dominates European Union summit

By Christoph Dreier, 26 October 2013

The EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday was dominated by discussion of the NSA bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

French unions secretly financed by millions of euros from business groups

By Anthony Torres, 18 October 2013

On Monday, a former top official of the employers’ organisations, Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac, admitted to having secretly financed France’s main trade unions.

Lampedusa migrant deaths: The real face of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 17 October 2013

From the outside, the EU is like a fortress before whose walls thousands of migrants lose their lives, while inside it resembles a prison, with rising poverty and exploitation.

Fortress Europe’s rising death toll

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2013

After the loss of 300 lives in the boat disaster off Lampedusa, the EU is demanding even more measures against immigrants fleeing poverty and war.

Hungarian government adopts law against homeless

By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2013

The right-wing Fidesz party is attacking the homeless to divert attention from the catastrophic social conditions that have emerged from the austerity policies of the Orban government.

An additional 25 million Europeans face poverty

By Barry Mason, 7 October 2013

Almost 1 in 10 working households in Europe now lives in poverty.

German President Gauck calls for aggressive foreign policy

By Johannes Stern, 5 October 2013

Gauck’s speech shows that the period of Germany’s relative foreign policy reserve after the Second World War is over.

The return of the Euro crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 4 October 2013

The financial and political crisis in Europe has re-emerged with renewed intensity after the German federal elections.

Greek pseudo-lefts support state ban on fascist Golden Dawn

By Christoph Dreier, 2 October 2013

Fearing that workers will begin to take the struggle against the fascists into their own hands, the Greek government has arrested leading members of Golden Dawn to bolster the credibility of the state.

Banks and European Union demand further austerity in Irish budget

By Jordan Shilton, 1 October 2013

Estimates earlier this year suggested that public sector workers’ earnings were down 14 percent since 2008.

Serbian government reshuffled in preparation for assault on workers’ conditions

By Paul Mitchell, 10 September 2013

The three-party Serbian coalition government is introducing further austerity, including cutting subsidies to more than 100 state firms.

European Union signals support for military strike against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2013

Following a meeting of the EU foreign ministers on Saturday, the European Union issued a statement supporting the US war preparations against Syria.

Eastern Europe split over Syria intervention

By Markus Salzmann, 6 September 2013

Ten years ago in the war against Iraq, almost all Eastern European countries supported the “coalition of the willing” led by the US and the UK. Today the picture is very different.

German election: Merkel considers grand coalition option

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2013

A grand coalition of all parliamentary parties pledged to austerity measures dominates the German election campaign.

The EU and the attack on European workers’ wages

By Julie Hyland, 15 August 2013

A new study by the UK’s House of Commons Library finds that European workers’ wages have fallen drastically since the Wall Street crash five years ago.

European Union seeks drone and spy satellite network

By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2013

The European Union has proposed the creation of what amounts to a pan-European equivalent to the National Security Agency, armed with a European drone programme and a spy satellite network.

Pressure from European Union heightens political crisis in Slovenia

By Markus Salzmann, 31 July 2013

Slovenia’s ruling elite fears a resurgence of working class protests even more than the imminent collapse of government.

German report on horrendous treatment of refugees on Europe’s borders

By Stefan Steinberg, 25 July 2013

The German television news program “Report Mainz” broadcast a short film dealing with the plight of refugees trying to reach Europe.

Euro zone debt burden continues to rise

By Stefan Steinberg, 24 July 2013

Figures from the Eurostat statistics agency show that the debt burden across the euro zone continues to rise after three years of austerity.

Reports confirm deepening recession in Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 19 July 2013

A series of reports confirm that austerity policies implemented since the financial crisis of 2008 are plunging Europe ever deeper into recession.

Spanish government imposes new tax hikes and austerity measures

By Alejandro López, 19 July 2013

Since the global economic crisis erupted in 2008 state revenue in Spain has slumped by nearly €200 billion.

The infrastructure of a police state emerges in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 10 July 2013

Former NSA employee Edward Snowden has exposed the infrastructure of a police state whose surveillance powers far exceed those of former totalitarian dictatorships.

European Central Bank promises banks long-term cheap credit

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 July 2013

In a major break with traditional policy, the European Central Bank promised last week to provide cheap credit indefinitely to European banks.

European intelligence agencies carry out massive Internet spying

By Peter Schwarz, 6 July 2013

According to a report in the French daily Le Monde, the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE, spies on “all of our communications”.