On 1 May ten countries will join the European Union after months of
negotiations and a series of successful referendums. ‘New Europe’, as
famously described by Donald Rumsfeld, has married ‘Old Europe’, but is
this the wedding that will lead to the break up of the European Union?
Across Western Europe there is a debate on the left as to the best way
to create or recreate new mass parties of the working class. The sharp
move to the right of the social democratic and labour parties over the
last 10-15 years, has put this issue firmly on the agenda. Trade union
and community activists opposed to...