Deterrent by drowning: Mediterranean tragedy is official policy

By Dave Stockton and KD Tait 22 April 2015 Once again, the seas surrounding Fortress Europe run red with the blood of migrants. The mass drowning of 900 migrants in the Mediterranean is the result of the European leaders’ criminal policy of discouraging immigration by letting desperate people die. Only 28 people were rescued from … Continue reading Deterrent by drowning: Mediterranean tragedy is official policy

Is Podemos a model for the European left?

By Markus Lehner Spain bucked the rightward trend in May’s European Parliament elections by electing five MEPs from the new “Podemos” (We Can) formation. With 8 per cent or 1.25 million votes, in addition to the 11 per cent won by the United Left (IU) bloc, Podemos’s surprise success opens up the possibility of creating … Continue reading Is Podemos a model for the European left?

Counter-revolution in Ukraine: mobilise against reactionary coup and fascist militias

By Peter Main The overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by the Euromaidan movement marks a major strategic advance for the imperialists of the EU, led by Germany. Although their preferred option was a “controlled” transfer of power via early elections and a compromise with opposition leaders, it is a mark of their determination to … Continue reading Counter-revolution in Ukraine: mobilise against reactionary coup and fascist militias

Vienna: 8,000 blockade Fascist celebrations

By Arbeiterinnnenstandpunkt, Austrian section of the League for the Fifth International Every year, the right wing Freedom Party in Austria organises a celebration for the members of the traditionalist, that is right wing, “student fraternities”. This is the “Academics' Ball” at the prestigious Hofburg in Central Vienna. Over the years, it has become a focus for … Continue reading Vienna: 8,000 blockade Fascist celebrations

Ukraine: neither Moscow nor Berlin, but workers' internationalism

Over the last month, thousands of people have occupied Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Their protests were initially provoked by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to suspend negotiations for Ukraine’s eventual entry into the European Union. It had transpired during these negotiations that the EU was demanding neoliberal “reforms” similar to the austerity it … Continue reading Ukraine: neither Moscow nor Berlin, but workers' internationalism

Golden Dawn: can the Left seize the initiative?

To the surprise of many, the conservative Greek government has launched a crackdown on the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn. KD Tait looks at the reasons for this and what it means for the working class movement Six MPs and around 30 party activists, including Golden Dawn’s top leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos and his deputy, have been arrested … Continue reading Golden Dawn: can the Left seize the initiative?

Syriza Congress: First cracks in a Broad Party

Martin Suchanek attended the Syriza Congress in July as an international observer from the New Anticapitalist Organisation (NAO) in Germany In last year's elections in Greece, Syriza (The Coalition of the Radical Left) narrowly failed to gain the largest proportion of votes that would have given it the opportunity to try to form a government … Continue reading Syriza Congress: First cracks in a Broad Party

Syriza congress: an eyewitness report

By Martin Suchanek, Gruppe Arbeitermacht Before last year's elections in Greece, Alexis Tsipras was described by the bourgeois press as the "most dangerous man in Europe". It was said that if he were to enter government the euro and the European Union would be in danger. A representative of the Merkel government in Germany accused … Continue reading Syriza congress: an eyewitness report