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Austria: Far right candidate loses narrowly on Presidency

By Sonja Grusch Since Saturday 23 April, a series of physical earthquakes have shaken Austria. But the most significant was the political earthquake resulting from the 24 April first round of the presidential elections. Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the far right, FPÖ (Freedom Party), led with over 35% of the vote. Far behind that, with 21.3%, came the favourite of ...

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Brazil: Dilma’s fall unleashes anti-working class offensive

A new stage in the class struggle has opened in Brazil. The country is living through the deepest economic and social crisis in its history. Together with this, a massive political crisis has arisen. This flows from the undemocratic manoeuvres of the traditional right and big capital against workers’ rights. At the same time, it is the product of the ...

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French workers and young people fight anti-worker labour law

By Clare Doyle France’s ‘Socialist’ president – Francois Hollande – has this week taken the fight over the country’s labour law to a new level. After months of protests and demonstrations, the bill was heading for defeat in the National Assembly. Nearly 5,000 amendments had been submitted and at least 40 parliamentarians were going to vote against it, including 20 ...

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“Nuit Debout”: French workers and young people take to the streets

By Naomi Byron Striking workers from the railways, car factories, supermarkets, hospitals, offices and banks joined students and youth in mass demonstrations across France on 28 April. Led by lycée (further education) students, the Paris march was 60,000 strong, according to the CGT union federation. This was the latest day of action in a growing movement against a labour law ...

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Climate Conference: Empty cheers after Paris agreement

By Arne Johansson. From Offensiv, newspaper of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (sister party of the Socialist Party in Sweden) An historic “turning point for the world”. This is how US President Barack Obama and other top politicians referred to the 31-page climate agreement adopted by196 governments in Paris. Some major environmental organisations and the media made similar assessments. The head of the UN ...

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Greece: New Left force launched following Tsipras’ betrayal

Interview with Andreas Payiatsos, Xekinima (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece), by Lucy Redler, After 43 Syriza MPs (out of 149) refused to back the third memorandum package in mid-August, Tsipras resigned as Prime Minister. His plan was to strengthen his support with fresh elections, due to the fact that many Greeks still support the government, because the ...

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Kurdistan: Democratic autonomy or socialism?

Articles on Öcalan’s ideas and Rojava, originally published in sozialismus.info, the quaterly magazine of SAV (German section of the CWI) Below we publish translated, reworked and updated versions of two articles originally published in German in the issue 26 of the quaterly magazine of SAV (sister party of the Socialist Party in Germany), sozialismus.info. The first article, written by Claus ...

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Israel: Netanyahu mobilises far right to win election

By Yasha Marmer, Socialist Struggle Movement (Sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Israel-Palestine) “The rule of the right-wing is in danger. Arab voters are heading to the polling stations en masse. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them in buses”. This bluntly racist statement was published during polling day by no other than Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The statement was a peak ...

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