Tag Archives: EU

Existential threat of climate change looms large

By Sam Belton While the world reels in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change crisis ominously looms in the background as an ever-developing existential threat. Both crises are of course interconnected, as the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 – was in part driven by global biodiversity loss and the destruction of finely-tuned ...

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EU in crisis and COVID-19

By Finghín Kelly Last week saw a major clash between eurozone finance ministers with a 16 meeting ending in a deadlock before a face-saving meeting later agreed to a package of measures worth up to €540 billion. This has been heralded with much fanfare as a breakthrough and a ‘game changer’ in terms of the EU’s response to this crisis ...

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Catalonia: Draconian jail sentences for pro-independence leaders

By Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in Spanish state) reporters The Spanish state has sentenced the leaders of the Catalan independence movement to long prison terms for “sedition”, for the “crime” of organising a democratic referendum on Catalan independence. 7 pro-independence leaders and politicians were sentenced to jail terms of between 10 and 12 years each, with 2 more sentenced to 9 ...

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Britain: Parliament suspended – fight for a general election now!

By Becci Heagney, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in England and Wales)  No to Boris coup! For mass protests, bringing together the trade unions, climate strikes movement and all those opposed to this attack on democratic rights We can’t trust capitalist MPs to protect workers and young people from a Tory No Deal Brexit! Fight for a ...

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The Brexit Calamity & the Role of the Workers Movement

 The prolonged countdown to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has thrown the Conservative government into a profound crisis. Ciaran Mulholland explains that the chaos is such that an anonymous European source has compared the UK to a “failed state”, and that the EU was able to impose its own terms when May came cap in hand seeking an ...

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France: The rise of the Yellow Vest movement

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “Yellow Vests” (“Gilets Jaune” named after roadside-safety vests) are a mass popular movement against the current establishment. It is a revolt that has been simmering in France for years. A revolt by ordinary people against the current political system…”- Pamela Anderson, Actress and Activist, 12/4/18. The ...

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Brexit and the border: A warning to the workers movement

By Socialist Party reporter  On March 29th 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. For seventeen months the British government and the EU negotiators have been struggling to reach a legally binding “withdrawal agreement” to govern the terms of UK withdrawal, including the “divorce bill” or the sum the UK pays to settle its obligations to ...

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Ireland, the EU and the Brexit divorce deal- a socialist analysis

By Cillian Gillespie In December a question mark still hung over the future of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and Britain. This indicates the problems that will lie ahead for these negotiations in the coming months. The most important and contentious question was: What will be nature of the border between Northern Ireland and the South in the context ...

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General strikes and mass demonstration in Barcelona: Eyewitness report

Mick Barry, Solidarity TD and a member of the Socialist Party, gives an eyewitness report on yesterday’s general strike and enormous demonstration in Barcelona against police repression and for the right to self-determination. Mick was as an international observer for the referendum held last Sunday in Catalonia. More than a million people joined a Barcelona general strike demonstration last night, ...

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