Posts under ‘Europe’

94 reasons why French trade unions have boycotted Hollande’s job summit

by Tom Gill.

François Hollande’s jobs summit is becoming a farce. Unemployment in France has risen to a new high of 3.4 million. The socialist President is desperate to be seen to be doing something about it. But Monday yet another union walked out of the two day ‘social summit’, an unprecedented desertion by organised labour for any administration in Paris, let […]

Germans to get ‘amputated’ minimum wage

by Tom Gill.

The German parliament this week approved the country’s first minimum wage but unions and critics on the Left are not much impressed. The wage – backed by a vote in the Bundestag on Thursday – will be set at €8.50 (£6.80) per hour, which is higher than the equivalent in the US and UK. Angela Merkel’s […]

Seven issues on which Cameron was isolated and humiliated

by Michael Meacher.

It is almost unbelievable that Cameron should have manipulated himself so deftly into a position of total humiliation over the president of the EU Commission appointment. He made clear from the beginning that his goal was to remain within the EU, but to seek reform of the treaties to which Britain along with all the […]

“A plan only banksters will love”: WikiLeaks reveals permanent global deregulation plan

by Jon Lansman.

The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) a trade agreement covering 50 countries and more than 68 percent of world trade in services is being drawn up between the EU and the US. The draft agreement was supposed to remain secret and you weren’t going to be told why it was being agreed or what its effect would […]

The Transatlantic trade deal: a project of the 1%

by Nick Dearden.

The EU/US trade deal (TTIP) is a vast power grab on behalf of the world’s biggest corporations, and there’s still time to stop it. In this new international order – or disorder – the economic, military, political and even moral leadership of the West is increasingly challenged” Michel Barnier, EU Commissioner, 12 June, on the […]

Support the French rail strikers

by Tom Gill.

The French rail strike – now in its sixth day — is a pain. Nobody likes seeing their train cancelled. High school exams are being disrupted too. But why are the railway workers on strike? They are protesting against the railway reforms of the Government of President Francois Hollande and PM Manuel Valls. The Government claims […]

Mother and baby home scandal: rooted in creation of 2 conservative states in Ireland

by Gerry Adams.

From the USA to China, from Africa and India to Australia the story of how almost 800 babies and children died in the care of a religious order and the state were buried in a mass grave in Tuam County Galway has captured the media headlines for the last week. The mother and baby home […]

US-EU trade deal (TTIP) stalls over corporations suing governments

by Michael Meacher.

Until recently investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases were rare. This is the provision that allows companies to take governments to international arbitration panels to seek compensation if they feel their investment has been harmed by government action. There has now been a surge in filings by companies taking an ever broader view of what constitutes […]

French ‘socialists’ go the way of PASOK

by Tom Gill.

France’s left is in a sorry state. It took a bashing in local elections in March and then European elections in May. The ruling socialists plunged to an all time low of less than 14%. The radical Front de Gauche, comprising the communists and other leftists like Jean Luc Melenchon, polled just 6.3%, down from […]

Cameron’s right about Juncker, but for the wrong reasons

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s relentless drive to block Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid for presidency of the European Commission is driven by his desperate need to be able to negotiate prior to his proposed EU referendum in 2017 with a president who’ll be sympathetic to his demands for changes in the Britain-EU relationship, to order to swing the vote to […]

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