The Austrian ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government started its general attack on the country’s pension system while missiles hit cities in Iraq. The implementation of these "reform" plans will mean that working people can expect between 10% to 40 % less in their pensions, plus 88,000 more unemployed.

On 3 April 2003, Lisbon saw a 1000-strong demo of university students from all over Portugal, protesting against the most recently announced increase in student tuition fees. The protest blocked traffic completely in some of the most used inner city streets.

On 12 April, about 300 people took part in a ‘people’s march’ against the war and occupation of Iraq, in Catania, Sicily.

Half a million people demonstrated in bright Spring sunshine on the streets of Rome last Saturday, 12 April. A record-breaking peace banner in the colours of the rainbow - one kilometre long and 13 metres wide – made its way through the centre of Italy’s capital. Numerous groups of young people and workers...

Schröder’s policy statement amounts to a declaration of war on the workers, the unemployed and the pensioners. He has presented a catalogue of cruelty which severely cuts back the standard of living, the social security and the rights of working people. This declaration of war against the trade unions must...

The Swedish Social Democratic government is now attempting to lead the protest against the war in order to derail it. Instead of criticising the actual war in Iraq, however, they concentrate most of their comments on post-war Iraq and on restoring the role of the UN. This position of "Don’t mention the...

Yesterday some 50,000 demonstrated in Liège against the closure of Cockerill, a steel company owned by the multinational Arcelor. It was the biggest demonstration in Liège since the general strike of 1960-61. Besides thousands of steelworkers there also were groups of workers from about every factory or...

Those who search for an alternative list during parliamentary elections on18 May, in Belgium, might consider the Resist list. As its name implies, the list stands for resistance against war, discrimination and exploitation. Still the list remains limited to a coalition of the Stalinist PTB and the (Arab) nationalist AEL...

The 2003 Scottish Socialist Party conference met recently against the backdrop of a likely war in Iraq and two months before the Scottish parliament elections.

The re-formation of the coalition government between the People’s Party (ÖVP) and the far right Freedom Party (FPÖ) will leave many people in Austria angry, demotivated or frustrated. The fact that any other government coalition of the existing parliamentary parties would have pursued a neo-liberalist...

ALL THE political commentators are busy speculating in Scotland on just how the massive anti-war mood, reflected in the 80,000-strong demonstration in Glasgow on 15 February, will translate into votes at the Scottish parliament election on 1 May 2003.

Today the new ("old") Austrian government will be announced. After coalition talks with the both the Greens and Social Democrats the ÖVP (Peoples Party, conservatives) decided to turn back to the weakened far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). This government will be a crisis-ridden one. According to a poll...

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