By Jordan Shilton, 8 December 2009
Thousands of people were forced from their homes across Ireland last month after torrential rain caused severe flooding.
By Stephen James, 3 December 2009
Following two long nights of discussion, including one 23-hour session, the Irish trade unions have offered the government a package of measures designed to cut next year’s public service wage bill by some €1.3 billion.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2009
On November 14 a “national assembly” was held in Reykjavik, involving approximately 1,500 participants, or 0.5 percent of the population.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2009
After months of uncertainty, the Koenigsegg Group announced November 24 that it was no longer interested in purchasing Saab Automobile.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 November 2009
Recent reports indicate that the economies of many central and eastern European states are headed for new shocks.
By Steve James, 25 November 2009
Up to 300,000 public service workers in Ireland struck November 24 against proposals by the Irish government to impose devastating spending cuts in the 2010 budget.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 November 2009
In spite of the decision of the European Investment Bank (EIB) on October 21 to grant Saab Automobile a €400 million loan, the deal to sell the GM unit to Koenigsegg Group remains in the balance.
By Steve James, 24 October 2009
Ireland’s ruling coalition of Fianna Fail and the Green Party are preparing a confrontation with the working class.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 October 2009
On October 13, Norway’s re-elected coalition government led by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced its 2010 budget amid claims that the country had weathered the global economic downturn.
By Patrick Richter, 15 October 2009
Volkswagen is rescuing the oligarch clan Piëch/Porsche from its failed speculation and giving it more than €4.5 billion.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 October 2009
Sweden’s right-wing Alliance government announced on October 7 that it would provide support to the bid of the Koenigsegg Group to take over automaker Saab.
By Jordan Shilton, 12 October 2009
Over the course of several days last October, Iceland’s banking system collapsed.
By Steve James, 5 October 2009
The European Union’s Lisbon Treaty has been endorsed by Irish voters in Friday’s referendum by a majority of 67 percent of voters to 33 percent.
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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.
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By Tom Eley, 23 September 2009
Tuesday’s global warming summit failed to ease differences among the major powers in advance of a December treaty conference in Copenhagen.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2009
Recent strikes and occupations in Ireland have involved dockers at Dublin ports, medical workers in County Tipperary, Health Services Executive employees and workers at Coca Cola.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2009
Having announced in June that it was set to purchase Saab, there is a strong possibility that the consortium Koenigsegg Group AB may be unable to finance its bid.
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 Jordan Shilton, 14 July 2009
On June 26, a comprehensive agreement was announced between Iceland’s government, trade unions and employers’ organisations containing plans for sharp public spending cuts and tax hikes.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 June 2009
Deepening economic problems in Latvia are threatening to spread throughout the region.
By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2009
Since the start of the year Finland’s governing coalition has cut spending in the face of the country’s worst recession since World War II.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 April 2009
As Iceland prepares for early elections scheduled for April 25, the Social Democratic Alliance (SDA) looks set to emerge as the largest party.
By Jordan Shilton, 14 April 2009
Over half a million people will be out of work in Sweden next year, according to the latest predictions.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 March 2009
Sweden’s trade unions have organised a campaign for state aid to rescue the ailing carmaker Saab.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 February 2009
The automaker Saab is to be given temporary bankruptcy protection to enable it to carry out a “restructuring” programme.
By Chris Talbot, 19 February 2009
Nationalism and calls for protection are growing as the latest figures show that the British economy is a state of severe recession and that government measures have failed to halt the decline.
By Paul Bond, 17 February 2009
No police officer is to face trial for the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes in London in July 2005.
By Niall Green, 17 February 2009
The UK government has banned right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders from Britain. Wilders is a racist provocateur who is seeking to whip up anti-Muslim chauvinism. Wilders’s deportation, however, is an attack on, not a defence of, democratic rights.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2009
The “Progressive London” conference hosted by Ken Livingstone called for a new version of Keynesianism to kick-start the economy.
By Julie Hyland, 12 February 2009
The pretence that four of Britain’s leading bankers would be “grilled” for their role in their institutions’ near collapse was an insult to the intelligence of working people.
By Steve James, 10 February 2009
Workers are continuing to occupy the Waterford Wedgewood crystal factory in Ireland as protests over the economic crisis spread.
By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2009
High Court rulings regarding Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed have revealed US and British complicity in suppressing evidence of torture.
By Paul Mitchell, 5 February 2009
Around 5,000 Tamils demonstrated outside the UK Parliament against the war being waged by the government in Sri Lanka, on the 61st anniversary of the independence of Ceylon.
By Julie Hyland, 5 February 2009
The refinery strikes over jobs for “Britons first” have become the focus for a shift to protectionism by the trade union bureaucracy, which is also finding expression within the Labour government.
By Julie Hyland, 3 February 2009
The Stalinist Communist Party and the Socialist Party are seeking to defend the demand for “British jobs for British workers” at the centre of the oil refinery dispute.
By Richard Tyler, 3 February 2009
The Brown government has approved the partial privatisation of Royal Mail, the UK’s state-run postal service.
By Steve James, 3 February 2009
Two hundred workers have occupied the historic Waterford Crystal plant and visitor centre at Kilbarry, Ireland.
By Barry Grey, 28 January 2009
The collapse of the right-wing Haarde government in Iceland is the sharpest expression to date of the growing social and political turmoil across Europe arising from the economic crisis.
By Steve James, 27 January 2009
The Irish government was forced to take the Anglo Irish Bank into full state ownership on January 15. The move came as fears that a collapse of the bank, one of Ireland’s largest lenders, would bring down the entire economy.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 January 2009
Special forces had to rescue Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde in the early hours of Thursday morning, as ongoing protests over the country’s economic crisis erupted into angry clashes outside parliament. On Friday, Haarde announced early elections for May 9.
By Julie Hyland, 24 January 2009
The Labour government’s latest bailout of Britain’s banks has been greeted with widespread scepticism in leading financial and business circles, and calls for their “nationalisation” amid collapsing share prices.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2009
Britain’s Labour government announced another massive bank bailout on Monday, just months after the same banks received a £500 billion “aid” package from the treasury.
By Harvey Thompson, 21 January 2009
Britain’s defence secretary John Hutton delivered the UK government’s sharpest public criticism of its European NATO allies and called for an increase in troop deployment to the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.
By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2009
A report commissioned by the British government has called for the scrapping of the current cap of £3,145 a year on university tuition fees.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 January 2009
Students at two London universities occupy campuses in protest at Gaza attacks By Paul Mitchell 17 January 2009
By Julie Hyland, 15 January 2009
With Prince Harry again embroiled in controversy over his latest “unroyal” behaviour—referring to a fellow Sandhurst cadet with a racial epithet—politicians, army brass and the media lined up to draw a line under the unsavoury affair.
By Liz Smith, 15 January 2009
Free school meals are being denied to one million children whose families are among a growing number of the “working poor”.
By Julie Hyland, 10 January 2009
On Monday, British Prime Minister Brown unveiled initiatives aimed at creating “tens of thousands” of jobs. But thousands of job losses and warnings of hundreds of thousands more, showed his “New Deal” to be dead in the water.
By Julie Hyland, 2 January 2009
A report from the British Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said that 2009 will be the worst for job losses in at least 20 years, with some 300,000 workers laid off in the months leading up to March 31.
By Julie Hyland, 24 December 2008
A revealing exchange took place in the Guardian newspaper earlier this month between former Labour minister Frank Field and veteran Labourite Tony Benn on the prospects for a government of national unity.
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 Jean Shaoul, 18 December 2008
Every day brings new indicators that the economic crisis engulfing Britain is much worse and developing far more rapidly than either the government or the economic pundits have acknowledged. This has rocked confidence in the pound and sent the London Stock Market tumbling.
By Harvey Thompson and Julie Hyland, 18 December 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a “surprise” visit to Iraq yesterday, to announce a withdrawal of UK forces by July 2009.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2008
Jurors have rejected police claims that Jean Charles de Menezes was lawfully killed and returned an open verdict. The decision was the most damaging outcome possible for the Metropolitan Police after the coroner ruled out the possibility of an unlawful killing verdict.
By Robert Stevens and Joe Newham, 11 December 2008
Some 1.9 million people in the Greater Manchester region are being asked to accept a £5 a day congestion charge in tomorrow’s referendum.
By Julie Hyland, 4 December 2008
There have been mountains of coverage on Baby P’s death, much of it bordering on the pornographic. But if other children are to have the protection they require, there has to be some comprehension of what went wrong, how, and why.
By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2008
A number of political issues are raised by the arrest of Conservative Member of Parliament Damian Green by anti-terrorist officers.
By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2008
In the past week, two of Britain’s most well established retail chains, Woolworths and MFI, have gone bust.
By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2008
Extraordinary claims are being made for Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget report and even more extraordinary hopes are being pinned on it.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 November 2008
Recent months have seen stepped-up efforts by the Swedish Social Democrats to negotiate terms for a potential coalition after the next general election, due in 2010.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2008
The inquest into the shooting of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes on July 22, 2005, has revealed more about Britain’s secret shoot-to-kill policy.
By Julie Hyland, 24 November 2008
Last week saw a fresh wave of job losses in the UK, some 3,600 in total, as part of mainly global cutbacks. The latest announcements mean that in the last fortnight, major household names have announced job cuts totalling some 25,000.
By Mike Head, 17 November 2008
A British court ruling allowing lenders to seize properties after only two missed mortgage payments has made a mockery of claims by the Brown government to be protecting ordinary people from losing their homes.
By Mike Head, 15 November 2008
Major British firms are slashing thousands of jobs, but not just because of the economy’s slide into recession. They are also using the slump to carry through permanent job-cutting and restructuring.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 November 2008
Two former Scottish banking executives have announced a bid to take control of the failed bank HBOS to stop the government-brokered takeover by Lloyds TSB and keep it “independent”—at taxpayers’ expense.
By Chris Marsden, 10 November 2008
One of the most extraordinary statements made on Barak Obama’s victory in the presidential elections was by Martin Kettle in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 November 2008
Sweden’s Alliance government has announced that 1.5 trillion kronor (approx. $200 billion) has been made available to bail out the banking sector.
By Steve James, 8 November 2008
The Labour Party’s unexpected by-election victory in the Glenrothes constituency in Fife, Scotland, followed widespread forecasts that it would lose the previously safe seat to the Scottish National Party.
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By Ulrich Rippert, 6 November 2008
European leaders and media have reacted to the election victory of Barack Obama with a mixture of illusions and expectations.