THOUSANDS OF building workers downed tools and walked off sites
throughout Germany to demand a 4.5% pay rise. The strikers are also
demanding a rise in the minimum pay rate for workers in the former
Anti-capitalist protesters, trade unionists, and socialists will be
demonstrating against the upcoming European Union summit to be held in
Seville on 20-21 June 2002. CWI members and supporters from Spain and
also from a number of European countries will be part of the protests
against the bosses’ EMU. Published...
The second round of local elections affecting 25% of Italy’s electorate
confirmed a big electoral swing against the Berlusconi forces after a
year of his belligerent right wing government. Even in the North, the
center-left ‘Olive Tree’ has gained the leadership of local councils and
Over the last few days, sectarian conflict has increased in various
parts of Belfast. Both sides have blamed each other for starting the
recent trouble. But what is the real cause of the outbreak of sectarian
clashes? What can working class communities do to stop sectarian
attacks? How can decent public housing for all...
THIS WEEKEND’S Golden Jubilee celebrations survived a crisis -
Buckingham Palace started burning down. After the public were evacuated
and firefighters efficiently got the blaze under control, TV
commentators asked the question on everyone’s lips: "Has anything
expensive got scorched?"
The first-round success of far-right leader, Jean-Marie le Pen, in the
French presidential elections shocked the world. Hardly discussed,
however, were the votes for the Trotskyist parties. Socialism Today
interviews Alex Rouillard, organiser for Gauche Révolutionnaire (CWI
section in France), on the election and...
In a whole series of elections in Europe, far-right parties have made
significant gains. The recent votes for Le Pen in France and the Pim
Fortuyn List in the Netherlands have rocked the establishment parties
and provoked mass anger and opposition. LYNN WALSH looks into the nature
of this development.
THE RECENT Dutch elections were nothing short of an earthquake,
expressing frustration and disappointment with the Dutch Labour Party
(PvdA). The winners were the Christian Democratic Party, which was in
government from 1918-94 (longer than the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union, as the joke goes) and the List Pim...