The entire European Union project is in its worst crisis ever after the
breakdown of the negotiations over a new constitution. The summit in
Brussels ended in an "extraordinary fiasco”, as the Swedish news agency
TT commented. This is only a few weeks after the effective breakdown of
the so-called stability...
NEW LABOUR’S National Executive Committee (NEC) has recommended that Ken
Livingstone should be readmitted into the party. That’s just three years
after his expulsion in 2000 for standing as an independent mayoral
candidate against Labour’s Frank Dobson.
On 11 December, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA)
union held a very successful one-day strike. This was in protest against
the derisory pay deal imposed by central government - a 0% cost of
living rise. When increased National Insurance payments and inflation
are taken into account, it amounts to a...
“Europe is experiencing a new phase of class struggle, from Italy and
Portugal, in the South, to Germany, Austria and Britain, in the North,”
said Tony Saunois, introducing the discussion on Perspectives for
Europe, at the International Executive Committee (IEC) of the CWI
meeting, in Belgium, 21-26 November.
The recent Northern Ireland Assembly elections have produced a recipe
for ongoing political stalemate and paralysis. Sinn Fein and the
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are the clear victors and, no matter how
they try to put a gloss on the result, both Trimble’s Ulster Unionist
Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic...
On 9 December, in Kassel, in Hessen state, the first cross sector local
work stoppage against social cuts, and in defence of free wage
bargaining, took place. This action is part of the current wave of
protests against the austerity policies that all the major German
political parties are trying to implement, at federal...
Over a million and a half people from all parts of Italy crowded into
Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni last Saturday (6 December) to attend the
’Defend Your Future’ rally organised by Italy’s three biggest union
federations - Cgil, Cisl, Uil. Many had travelled overnight to take part
Unlike the last US Presidential elections, there were no recounts or
dodgy chads to create nail biting tension in the recent Russian Duma
elections. The contest for places in Russia’s Duma (the parliament) went
almost as planned in Vladimir Putin’s “managed democracy”. Perhaps the