Posts Tagged ‘EU’

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, […]

EU results confirm rejection of austerity is key issue across whole of Europe

by Michael Meacher.

Commentators continue to misunderstand and misinterpret the EU election results, totting up the far-Right votes in France, UK, Denmark and elsewhere as mounting an almighty challenge to the ‘European project’. They miss the point. The far-Right did not achieve their breakthroughs because their supporters were voting against Europe as such (despite its admitted failures in bureaucratic […]

Why Turkey is no longer interested in Europe

by Tom Gill.

EU Membership is no longer on the policy agenda and isn’t an issue for the youth of Gezi, says Nedim Gürsel (translated by Tom Gill) The EU and Turkey is a story of a relationship that has lasted since ’64. With the prospect of membership fading, what view does Turkey have of the EU? We […]

Why is the extreme right on the rise in Europe?

by Tom Gill.

The European Parliament is preparing to welcome the most powerful extreme right that the Old Continent has seen since the 1930s. Ignacio Ramonet discusses the factors behind this disturbing political development in a translation by Tom Gill from the French original. One thing is certain: the European elections in late May will result in an overall rise of […]

Ignoring the debate on Europe does Labour no favours

by Thomas Butler.

In three weeks time, voters go to the polls to elect their representatives to the European Parliament. Not surprisingly,  Labour and a majority of the affiliated Trade unions have been very vocal on the need for a big push in the European elections to kick out the scourge of UKIP and BNP MEPs plus valiant […]

Radical left could become third force in EU parliament, polls show

by Tom Gill.

The radical left could become the third force in the European parliament, after the conservatives and social democrats, according to recent polls. Syriza in Greece leads with 26.2 % support, followed by Portugal, Spain and France. With a month to go to the European Parliament elections, polls suggest the Parliamentary Group of the European United Left (GUE – NGL) could increase […]

Blairites, Valls and Renzi, offer little hope for Eurozone

by Michael Meacher.

Valls and Renzi, the new prime ministers of France and Italy respectively, have made clear their respect for Blair and their intention to follow his example. That’s bad news for the Eurozone and for the EU in general. Blairism is not an economic ideology, but rather a style of leadership that is far more about […]

Anti-Roma attacks show need to resist rise of the far-right throughout European Union

by Jeremy Corbyn.

Last Monday saw the wonderful sight of Roma flags raised outside Downing Street, representing a small proportion of the 12 million Roma people who live within the European Union. The Roma suffer huge discrimination and abuse on differing levels in every country across Europe. They were the first victims of the nazis, who shipped them off […]

Legal loophole used to exploit agency workers must be closed

by Billy Hayes.

Day-in, day-out agency workers doing exactly the same job as their colleagues are receiving up to £500 less in their pay packet every month. Why the gaping disparity? Because employers are using a clever legal loophole to undercut permanent employees and exploit temporary workers. This week is part of Fair Pay Fortnight and the Communication […]

Why is Labour not opposing TTIP which enables multinationals to override democratic laws?

by Michael Meacher.

Last week Parliament debated the Transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated – in secret – between the EU and USA. It was almost universally approved on both sides of the House, with only one Labour and one Tory MP expressing scepticism or opposition. It was argued that it will stimulate trade by […]

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