"Time for a change in Germany", was the title of last week’s right wing
magazine, The Economist (London). This reflected the wish of the
international and German capitalists for a new coalition government of
the conservative CDU/CSU and the liberal FDP that could accelerate
attacks on the welfare state...
"It was an inspiring not to say informative experience. Around 100 young
people took part in the conference. A number of discussions took place
on the developments that are taking place across the world, especially
the US war drive and how to fight it, the situation facing young people
in Ireland, and how to build...
Around 1,000 people gathered on 17 September at The Hague in the
Netherlands to protest against the plans by the new coalition government
(which includes the populist right wing Pim Fortuyn List) and to also
protest against US war plans for Iraq.
Members of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (RS), the Swedish section of
the Committee for a Workers’ International, are celebrating spectacular
gains in the general election held on 15 September 2002. In the two most
populous cities in northern Sweden, RS now has five city councillors (up
from two in 1998).
LAST FEBRUARY, 70,000 people went to the World Social Forum (WSF) in
Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was set up in opposition to the World Economic
Forum of government ministers that took place at the same time. On 7-10
November 2002, a similar counter-summit, the European Social Forum (ESF)
is to take place in Florence, Italy.
At least one quarter of the Czech Republic was flooded last week after
flash floods. 14 people died because of the disaster (some of them did
not leave flooded houses, and one died when a boat was bombed by the
authorities as a ‘safety preventative measure’). The fire fighters and
other emergency workers did...
About 300 workers from the Municipal Department of Mechanical
Maintenance (DRMM) in Lisbon, who ensure the maintenance of municipal
vehicles, have been on an overtime hours (’extraordinary hours’) strike,
since last Monday.
New figures published last month by the Pesticides Residue Committee
(PRC) for the British government have raised serious concerns over the
safety of fresh fruit and vegetables, both imported and UK grown
produce. The government discovered levels of controlled pesticides in
foods that exceed legal and safety limits.
Months after the Dutch general elections, which saw dramatic gains for
the populist right wing Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), a new coalition
government has finally been formed. The administration’s proposed
policies are clearly to the right and in reality are a continuation of
the previous ‘Purple’...