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
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.
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 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...