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...
Monday’s (27 January) general elections in Israel saw Ariel Sharon’s
Likud party double its vote to 37 seats. The Labour Party (which is the
traditional party of the Israeli capitalists) plunged to an all time low
of 19 seats. Turnout was 68.5%, the lowest for an election to the
Knesset in Israeli history.
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...
The second elections to the Scottish Parliament take place on May 1st
2003. May Day is the traditional day of celebration and commemoration
for the international workers and socialist movement. But the first four
years of life of the Scottish Parliament have been more of a homage to
neo-liberal capitalism with...
Last December’s negotiations between the existing EU members and the
candidate countries for enlargement drew to a close at the Copenhagen
summit. The 10 countries invited to join in May 2004 are Cyprus, the
Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia. The newcomers...
On 19 January 10,000 people demonstrated in a national anti-war
demonstration in Brussels. The collaboration of the Belgian government,
by allowing US troops and military transports to use the Antwerp
harbour, and the international aspect of the demonstrations (the huge
international demonstrations of the 18 January...
ON 14 January an estimated 70,000 Turkish Cypriots - one-quarter of the
northern Cypriot population - marched through divided Nicosia in support
of a United Nations (UN) plan to re-unify the divided island.
The World Social Forum is a meeting place for all kinds of organisations
that fight against neo-liberalism, including environmentalists, trade
unionists, and others who wants to go further and seek an alternative,
"another world", according to André Ferrari from the Brazilian section
of CWI, Revolutionary...
MATTHEW RICHARDSON from Lincoln reports how, led by a fire tender and
carrying a coffin to symbolise the demise of the fire service, 200
firefighters and supporters marched through the centre of Lincoln.
In January the Scottish Executive attempted to put an amendment - the
abolition of Section 19 - through parliament which would have made it
easier to to close fire stations in Scotland. It would have given the
powers to close firestations to local Fire Chiefs and Fire Authorities,
rather than the Scottish Parlaiment as...