Only two months after the swearing in of the Red-Green government, that
had been re-elected to office only by the narrowest of margins,
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) threatened his resignation. Speaking
to the Executive of his Social Democratic Party on December 10, he said:
"Anyone who thinks they can do...
The FIAT workers’ battle has taken on a European dimension. A two hour
European strike of FIAT group workers has been called for 16/12, against
the programme of group `restructuring’, already underway.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, was a city of protests last weekend.
The reason for this was that Denmark was the holder of the EU presidency
and all the European Union leaders were in town. The actual EU summit
though was held in a Conference Center protected by barbed wire and
guarded by the biggest police force...
EU/EMU kan inte bli något annat än storföretagens och de rikas vapen mot
arbetare och ungdomar. Inom EU är det direktörer som bestämmer och
politikerna som verkställer. Toppmötet i Köpenhamn kommer att bli ännu
en påminnelse om detta.
A 24-hour general strike called by the CGTP trade union federation on 10
December has been called to stop the most vicious attack on workers, and
labour and union rights since the Portuguese Revolution in the middle
The early general elections in Austria held on 24 November saw a huge
victory for the conservative Peoples party (ÖVP) of chancellor Schüssel,
getting 42,3 % and becoming the largest party for the first time since
On the 26 November Mohamed Achrak, a 27 year old teacher from Moroccan
origin was shot in Borgerhout, one of the poorest areas of Antwerp. It
is almost certain that this is a case of racist murder. A spontaneous
protest action of immigrant youth met with severe police-repression and
ended up in riots with over 200 being...
"THE GOVERNMENT has completely lost control of the agenda. This is no
longer just a dispute between the FBU and the government: it has
descended into a fight between the government and the whole union
movement" (Observer 24 November).