The European elite have developed a death wish | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian

From the French right’s selection of Fillon to the Italian referendum and Austrian election, Europe’s centre is oblivious to its own existential crisis. They might want to dust off their copies of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice Source: The European elite have developed a death wish | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian

French labour code reform: towards more precarious employment? – Equal Times

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

Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France

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

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. by Jack Rasmus In the coming weeks and months, as the Eurozone economy weakens still further, it is likely that debates and splits within the Eurozone capitalist elites will continue to intensify. The Eurozone economy has never really recovered from the 2008-09 … More The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian

Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian. Marine le Pen hailed her party’s success as ‘an absolutely historic victory’ and a ‘breath of fresh air in a rather sleepy chamber’. Photograph: Phililppe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images The far-right Front National (FN) scored a historic victory in elections to … More Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian

Eurozone fears of stagnation grow as France and Italy suffer | World news | The Observer

Eurozone fears of stagnation grow as France and Italy suffer | World news | The Observer.   Francois Hollande and Paris’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, at a ceremony on 25 August marking the 70th anniversary of liberation. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images François Hollande removed his government’s leading anti-German, anti-austerity leftwinger last week. By the following day … More Eurozone fears of stagnation grow as France and Italy suffer | World news | The Observer

An austerity revolt has broken the French government. Will the EU follow? | John Palmer | Comment is free | theguardian.com

An austerity revolt has broken the French government. Will the EU follow? | John Palmer | Comment is free | theguardian.com. If there were any lingering doubts about the seriousness of the crisis hanging over the future of the euro – and potentially of the European Union itself – the shock announcement of the dissolution … More An austerity revolt has broken the French government. Will the EU follow? | John Palmer | Comment is free | theguardian.com