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TTIP: A charter to increase corporate power

By Manus Lenihan Imagine if working class people in Ireland forced the government to abolish water charges and bring the water services under public control again. Imagine if, in the meantime, various multinational corporations had come in and taken over parts of the water services for themselves. Protecting corporate profits Under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), these companies ...

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Lessons from Greece – how can the Troika be defeated?

By Paul Murphy TD No sooner had the Greek people decisively voted to end austerity, than the European establishment moved to annul the election results. The key demands upon which Syriza was elected – the kicking out of the Troika, a European debt conference to reduce the debt burden and a lifting of austerity – were dismissed. European capitalism bears ...

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How can the struggle for Palestinian national liberation be won?

Over the past few weeks billboards have appeared on buses and bus stops across Dublin calling for the Irish government to recognise an independent Palestine. The following article, written by Judy Beishon (a Socialist Party member in England and Wales) in May 2013, gives a comprehensive socialist analysis as to how the struggle for Palestinian national liberation can be won. The US Secretary ...

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Eurozone time-bomb

By Lynn Walsh, article from Socialism Today Mired in recession, the eurozone is haunted by the spectre of stagnation. Quantitative easing will not provide a magic solution. The election of a Syriza government on an anti-austerity programme has raised the possibility of a showdown with the leaders of German capitalism and their allies. An explosion is being prepared, however long ...

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Greece: Syriza retreats under Troika threats

By Nicos Anastasiades, Xekinima (CWI Greece), Thessaloniki On 20 February, Greek negotiators agreed a four month extension of the current bailout programme with its creditors (the Troika – EU, IMF and European Central Bank). It is reported that the Greek delegation were subject to outright blackmail by the eurogroup (finance ministers of the eurozone). The Greek Syriza government was told ...

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Greece: If the Troika does not back down?

Let the Greek people decide! By Andros Payiatsos, Xekinima (The Sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece) On the evening of 11 February, 100,000 people demonstrated in central Athens in support of the Syriza government’s stance in negotiations with the Trioka and EU leaders. Tens of thousands also took to streets of Salonika and other Greek cities. In polls, ...

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Greece: “This is not “negotiation, it’s war”

Statement by the Editorial Board of Xekinima (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece) Syriza’s first days in government have brought back, at last, smiles, optimism and pride to millions of workers in Greece. The new government’s public commitments and the first steps for the restoration of minimum wage to €750; the abolition of anti-working class legislation,; the reinstatement ...

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Massive surge in support for anti-austerity Podemos

By Linda Schuetz Podemos (Spanish for “we can”) is a new left part that is currently leading in opinion polls with 28.7 %. This means Podemos is ahead of the governing PP with 19.2% and also 5% ahead of PSOE, marking an end of the two-party system that has existed since the end of Franco’s dictatorship. This is the second ...

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Blog from Athens: Paul Murphy on Syriza victory

The ideological wall saying ‘There Is No Alternative’ to austerity has been decisively breached. In so doing, they have blown a breath of fresh air across Europe – giving hope in Ireland, Spain, Portugal and elsewhere that the austerity nightmare can be brought to an end.

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