FIFTEENTH OF FEBRUARY marks an historic day of anti-war protest
worldwide. Never before have we seen a mass anti-war movement of this
character before a war even starts. It is even bigger than the movement
against the Vietnam War in its early stages.
I have visited Greece many times in the past but this was my first visit
for a long time, to attend the very successful congress of Xekinima, the
Greek section of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). Would
I find a changed country? Would the class demons, which in the past
haunted the Greek and...
The management of steel company Arcelor announced the closure of part of
Cockerill Sambre in Liège by 2005. This would mean a loss of 2,500 jobs.
Added to those jobs, there are about 5,000 jobs threatened at companies
which supply Cockerill Sambre with cmponents or raw materials. Those
figures are without counting...
Following the breakdown of the coalition between the conservative
People’s Party and Haider’s far right Freedom Party last September,
Austria held new elections in November that resulted in gains for the
conservatives and a disaster for the Freedom Party whose votes went down
to ten percent. Chancellor...
Federal (regional) state elections took place in Hessen and Lower
Saxony, last Sunday. In Hessen the right wing Christian Democrats (CDU)
went up by 5.4% to 48.8%, the best result for the Christian Democrats in
Hessen ever. It is also the first time in history a Christian Democrat
prime minister was re-elected. The...
Last Wednesday and Thursday the Irish parliament (the Dáil) debated a
motion on Iraq. The motion was instigated by Joe Higgins and signed by
him and a number of independent TD’s, Tony Gregory, Seamus Healy, Gerry
Cowley and Finian McGrath. Joe Higgins is a TD (member of the Irish
Parliament) for the Socialist...
Prague - The independent federation of tram drivers (FRT) organised a
one day strike on February 4 over wage claims. The main demand is that
tram drivers wages would be equalized with the wages of other transport
workers, like bus drivers in Prague. Picket lines were attacked by
scabs, security guards hired by...
Under the repartition proposal scheme, 300,000 Catholics would be moved
west of the River Bann and 200,000 Protestants in the opposite
direction. If necessary, force would be used against those who refused
The run up to the Swedish referendum on the euro, 14 September, is
coinciding with a crisis for the major economies within the currency
union. This Spring can see a show down over the EMU’s ’stability and
growth pact’. Germany has been ordered to come up with a plan within
four months, by 21 May, in...
The Dutch general election results (22 January) were a bitter
disappointment for many members and supporters of the Socialist Party, a
broad Left party, which had been tipped to make a historic electoral
breakthrough. Instead of winning up to twenty four seats, as some polls
had predicted, the SP failed to even increase...