Posts under ‘Europe’

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 […]

Anti-immigrant rhetoric will only alienate young voters

by John Percival.

In his first conference speech as party leader, Ed Miliband spoke of a “new generation” not bound by the fear or the ghosts of the past. When it comes to immigration,  younger people are much more likely to welcome the benefits and opportunities provided by freedom of movement than those from older generations. Polling from […]

French PM ploughs on with austerity but at what price?

by Tom Gill.

Translated by Tom Gill  from the French original by Guillaume Duval Despite the political thunder of the European elections of 25 May, France’s President and Prime Minister Manuel Valls chose the moment to stay the course of their “stability program” presented a month earlier to the National Assembly and approved by it after a fraught debate. […]

The abdication of the king ends Spain’s imperfect transition

by Tom Gill.

Translated from the original by Vicenç Navarro The message that the Spanish establishment – the power structure for the financial, economic, political and media elite – has been promoting 24  hours a day, three hundred sixty five days a year and through thirty- six years of democracy, is that, as result of a model Transition, […]

Podemos – We can!

by Mike Phipps.

One of the most spectacular – and unpredicted – results in the European elections was in Spain. A 16% swing against the governing conservative People’s Party saw the newly formed left party Podemos (We can) take 8% of the vote and 5 seats in the European Parliament. Additionally the United Left, a broad grouping to […]

Dave’s desperate referendum stunt

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This post begins with a quiz. Who here is the biggest cynic? Me, your host of some seven-and-a-half years. Or Dave, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? Don’t answer yet! Let’s examine the evidence first. You might have noticed that an election took place last week, one that […]

European elections: A rising left amid the far right danger

by Kate Hudson.

If you base your assessment of what’s going on politically in Europe on the BBC coverage of the Euro elections, you’ll be aware of the massive victory of the Front National in France and not too much else. The parallel rise of the far left was under-reported and where it was covered, the preferred terminology […]

So where now for Europe?

by Michael Meacher.

The irony for the EU, which even its leaders now recognise must change course radically, is that it can’t. At least it can’t in its present structure without such dislocating changes as to be scarcely credible. The central problem has been, and remains, the single currency. As long as countries, particularly on the southern periphery, […]

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