Two extraordinarily different elections occurred last week in Europe. The first, of course, was the 2017 UK general election, which was nothing short of historic. The second, was the French parliamentary elections in the wake of what appeared to be an equally historic presidential election earlier in May. Despite what appears to be a similar … More A Tale of Two Elections
Matteo Renzi’s recent attempt to constitutionally embed neoliberalism and simultaneously legitimize and secure his tenure as Prime Minister via a refe Source: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340
The center-left is holding off on naming its candidate for chancellor in next year’s election. Source: Merkel wrongfoots Left opponents (again) – POLITICO
Alternative for Germany vying for first place in regional election. Source: Tipping point for the German far right – POLITICO
For all of its success, Podemos has refused to deal seriously with the European Union and what it would take to truly transform Spain. Source: The European Challenge | Jacobin
By Asbjørn Wahl For a long time, Norway has represented an exception in Europe and the word. The main reason has been the abundance of oil revenue, which has made Norway the only country in Europe without net state debt. Quite the opposite, the Norwegian government has a huge surplus – most of it in … More Norway’s Unions Confront Neoliberalism
Giles Tremlett for the Guardian In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off … More Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery
It is the rising party of the radical right in Germany. Like the Front National (FN) in France and UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) in the United Kingdom, Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD) is gaining ground at the polls with its anti-system, xenophobic and ultra-conservative positions. The regional elections held in March in … More Germany’s extreme right continues to gain ground
By Gabriele Piazza and Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute In June 2012 Italy introduced a package of labour-market reforms. One particularly controversial measure was a change to Article 18 of the 1970 Workers’ Statute which had given employees found to have been unfairly dismissed the right to reinstatement. From then on it was … More The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment
On 4 November 2015, France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, launched a reform of the labour law. The two main objectives are to revise the entire labour code and to give company-level agreements a central role, against a background marked by unemployment reaching 10.6 per cent of the active population in November 2015. In absolute … More French labour code reform: towards more precarious employment? – Equal Times
As the success of Spain’s upstart anti-austerity party shakes the country’s two-party system, the most likely outcome for ailing social democrats is a fusion with liberal conservatives Source: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian
On 20 December, general elections will be held in Spain, amidst a climate marked by the fallout of the Paris attacks and the pro-independence debate in Catalonia, with a profusion of televised debates but no more than superficial coverage of the parties’ election manifestos. The People’s Party (PP) is presenting the fall in the number … More What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?
It is Saturday afternoon and the Christmas market in Hénin-Beaumont is deserted. A light rain is falling on the town, adding a layer of sadness to the place. In front of the town hall, on Place Jean-Jaurès, the PCF (French Communist Party) office has closed its shutters. A small notice pasted to the door urges … More Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France
Last month, nationwide anti-austerity protests in Portugal turned into celebration when the country’s centre-right government, victorious in national elections, saw its programme rejected in Parliament. The torch was passed to a leftist coalition promising to reverse years of painful austerity. “Inside defeated, outside, rejected!” supporters shouted, broad smiles on their faces as they witnessed Prime … More Portugal: austerity interrupted…but for how long?