“Workers need their own party!”
By Our reporter, 24 February 2021
The SGP began its campaign for the 2021 German federal elections with a strong launch meeting that was followed by hundreds of workers and young people online.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2021
The new Italian government of Mario Draghi contains ministers from all the large parties, alongside so-called “experts.”
By Thomas Scripps, 11 February 2021
Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove meets with European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič today, attempting to leverage the fallout from the EU’s aborted attempt to override the Northern Ireland protocol late last month amid ongoing vaccine trade wars.
By Samuel Tissot and Will Morrow, 30 January 2021
As 100,000 die every three weeks across the continent, the EU and UK are escalating conflict over supply of the life-saving AstraZeneca vaccine.
Report whitewashes Ireland’s unmarried mother and baby homes scandal: 9,000 dead babies, mass graves, illegal medical experiments, trafficking
By Margot Miller and Steve James, 27 January 2021
Of the 57,000 babies born in the homes investigated, a shocking 15 percent died before their lives had hardly begun.
21 January 2021
By Alex Lantier and Parwini Zora, 20 January 2021
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government resigned as governments in Estonia and Italy fell in the wake of Trump’s fascist coup attempt in Washington on January 6.
By Jan Ritter and Max Linhof, 9 January 2021
Without food, wearing just sandals in the snow and lacking a roof over their heads, more than 3,000 migrants must brave sub-zero temperatures in the northwest of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
By Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2021
Germany currently has the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Europe.
8 January 2021
By Will Morrow, 8 January 2021
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread out of control throughout the European continent, the program of vaccination organized by the European Union is already widely recognized to be a debacle.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 January 2021
The central concern within ruling circles is that the advanced decomposition of American democracy could strengthen opposition to similar developments in Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 5 January 2021
Officials of the incoming Biden administration and their European allies denounced the EU–China deal, which they tried to halt before it was signed on December 30.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2020
In a world far removed from this death and suffering, the parties of the ruling class were engaged in a day long ratification of the Brexit treaty agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government with the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2020
Ultimately, the deal does nothing other than set the short-term parameters for the ongoing conflict between the UK and the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2020
The decision was made after hours of talks over the weekend in Brussels.
By Nick Beams, 12 December 2020
ECB President Christine Lagarde told a press conference the economic weakness resulting from the pandemic was more protracted than previously envisaged.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 December 2020
The EU summit on December 10–11 resembled a besieged fortress, held in the midst of the European Union’s deepest social and economic crisis since its foundation.
Johnson and Macron governments step up collaboration in persecution of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
By Simon Whelan, 12 December 2020
These extremely vulnerable people are fleeing from the wars, fratricidal conflicts, and economic and ecological destruction created and exacerbated by the world’s imperialist powers, foremost in Europe by Britain and France.
By Branko Krasnic, 12 December 2020
Croatia’s border with Bosnia and Herzegovina has for years been notorious for violence against migrants and asylum seekers as part of the EU’s “Fortress Europe” policy.
11 December 2020
By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2020
The main areas of disagreement are over trade issues and ensuring a level playing field (LPF).
10 December 2020
By Thomas Scripps, 9 December 2020
In attempting to avoid a “no deal”, both the UK and the European Union are balancing their predatory interests against volatile domestic and international situations.
By Nick Beams, 9 December 2020
Stimulus measures by the ECB are a vital component of the trillions of dollars poured into financial markets by the world’s central banks that have resulted in stock prices soaring to record highs.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 December 2020
More than 13 million people in Germany were afflicted by poverty in 2019, pushing the poverty rate to 15.9 percent, the highest since reunification thirty years ago.
By Jason Melanovski, 8 December 2020
The conflict between Ukraine and Hungary demonstrates the deep crises that is confronting the right-wing capitalist states of NATO as they seek to further encircle Russia.
By George Gallanis, 4 December 2020
A report published by the Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on the Greek government to “change their approach towards immigration detention and to ensure that refugees deprived of their liberty are treated both with dignity and humanity.”
By Alex Lantier, 27 November 2020
An irrepressible conflict is emerging between the working class and the financial aristocracy, powerful sections of which support building a fascist police state
By Johannes Stern, 21 November 2020
Six years after the federal government declared the end of military restraint at the 2014 Munich Security Conference, the largest rearmament programme since the Second World War is being implemented, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Erik Schreiber, 21 November 2020
Regulators focused on Amazon’s use of third-party sellers’ non-public data to design and market its own private-label products.
As Europe’s governments preside over mass death, workers must fight for the shutdown of nonessential production and schools
By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2020
Growing numbers of workers and young people support the demand for the shutdown of nonessential production and ending of in-person teaching in schools to contain the pandemic.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 20 November 2020
More than 1,200 refugees have died trying to reach Europe this year, most of them drowned in the central Mediterranean.
20 November 2020
By Nick Beams, 13 November 2020
ECB president Christine Lagarde told a major conference that all sectors of the economy had to have confidence that financial conditions would remain “exceptionally favourable” for as long as needed.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020
Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.
By Nick Beams, 31 October 2020
ECB president Christine Lagarde has said the euro zone recovery is “losing momentum” amid a resurge of COVID-19 infections.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 October 2020
Brexit is a nodal point of interlocking domestic crises confronted by the UK, the EU states, and the United States, and of rising geopolitical tensions between them all.
By Martin Nowak, 7 October 2020
The latest developments in the east German city underline the sharp turn to the right by the ruling class.
By Katerina Selin, 6 October 2020
Since the homicidal reopening of schools two weeks ago, students, with the support of parents and teachers, have been fighting against the attempt to force them back into dilapidated school buildings, where they will be exposed to the deadly threat of the coronavirus without adequate protection.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2020
The European Council of EU heads of state met for two days in Brussels, Thursday and Friday, to discuss the bloc’s foreign and economic policy.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2020
Wrapped up in sugary phrases about “values,” “responsibility” and “solidarity,” the EU Commission president has presented a plan that spells deportation, misery and certain death for hundreds of thousands.
By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2020
Revelations that US officials conspired to lie to the public about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic also expose the politically criminal role of the EU.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2020
Brexit epitomises the malignant growth of inter-imperialist antagonisms that are plunging the world into a brutal trade war and exacerbating the threat of military conflict.
By Richard Tyler, 2 September 2020
A study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that 59 million workers in Europe, over a quarter of the entire workforce, are in jobs that are seriously at risk.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 26 August 2020
Doctors at Berlin’s Charité hospital claimed Monday they had found indications that Alexei Navalny, the head of Russia’s pro-NATO liberal opposition, was poisoned.
By Will Morrow, 22 July 2020
The agreement will provide a new revenue stream for European states to give handouts to corporations, and a new mechanism for austerity across the continent.
By Alejandro López, 20 July 2020
Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 18 July 2020
The back-to-work policy implemented by governments and trade unions across Europe since lock-downs ended in May is leading to a collapse of social distancing.
By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2020
The message was clear: despite the massive increase in infections and deaths, there would be no new lockdown.
By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2020
The German government’s motto for the EU Council presidency is “Gemeinsam. Europa wieder stark machen” (“Together. Making Europe strong again”)—Berlin’s counterpart to Trump’s “Make America Great Again.”
By Gregor Link, 2 June 2020
German imperialism sees the crisis as an opportunity to assert its global geopolitical interests by force of arms.
As hundreds across Europe die daily from coronavirus
By Jordan Shilton, 23 May 2020
Piling one lie on another, the EU Commission claimed its guidelines would restore “transport services across the EU while protecting the health of transport workers and passengers.”
By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2020
Merkel and Macron see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to strengthen their countries’ position in the world market and reorganise the European economy in the interests of the major corporations.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 May 2020
Although similar to Hitler’s “Enabling Act,” which consolidated the Nazi dictatorship in Germany in 1933, Orbán’s Emergency Law enjoys the support of the European Union.
By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020
The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.
By Alex Lantier, 27 April 2020
The decision to lift confinement measures in the middle of a pandemic—23,680 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday across Europe—is politically criminal.
25 April 2020
By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2020
A bitter struggle is raging between the EU member states over how the trillions should be distributed and who will pay for it.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has become a wretched excuse to halt aid to refugees and abolish the fundamental right to asylum in the European Union.
By Alice Summers, 15 April 2020
Another 27,531 Covid-19 cases in Europe were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly one million.
By Marianne Arens, 15 April 2020
Refuse workers report how they are given no protection and are expected to travel home in their dirty overalls.
“I have lost faith in the system itself”
By Alex Lantier, 13 April 2020
Distinguished scientist Mauro Ferrari was forced to resign as European Research Council president after calling for a coordinated struggle against the pandemic.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 April 2020
After two days of bitter disputes, the EU finance ministers agreed on a coronavirus bailout worth €500 billion.
11 April 2020
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 9 April 2020
With over 700,000 sick and nearly 60,000 dead of COVID-19 across Europe, EU governments clashed bitterly over how to bail out the continent’s banks.
By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2020
The most basic health and safety measures are being flouted by employers throughout the continent.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2020
The 27 European Union heads of government met via video conference on Thursday evening to discuss the coronavirus crisis.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 March 2020
Last week, the IG Metall in North Rhine-Westphalia agreed to a wage freeze, which is to be extended into all areas of the economy.
By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2020
Though large parts of Europe with hundreds of millions of inhabitants are under lockdown, the contagion is still spreading relentlessly across the continent.
By John Vassilopoulos and Chris Marsden, 20 March 2020
Tsipras is signing off on a policy of brutal repression of refugees waged jointly by the government, fascist thugs who have benefited most from the stoking up of chauvinism and xenophobia, and the European Union.
By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2020
While the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced that the health risk posed by COVID-19 is “high”, VW announced its production lines would operate until Friday.
By Alejandro López, 9 March 2020
The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.
German government incites racism with commemoration of right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, refugee policy
By Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2020
The state has not “underestimated” the danger posed by the far-right, but rather systematically incited and encouraged it.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 March 2020
Under the eyes of a high-ranking EU delegation, Greek border guards brutally attacked unarmed refugees.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 February 2020
The EU and the British government presented sharply divergent documents outlining their goals for upcoming talks on their future relationship.
By Kevin Reed, 25 February 2020
Leaked internal documents reveal that the EU and police organizations within its member nations are developing the technology and legislative framework for integrating facial recognition profiles into a massive biometric database to be shared between countries and with the US.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020
The foreign ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed on a new military mission in Libya on Monday.
By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2020
UK prime minister Johnson is on a collision course with Europe that threatens to end in outright trade war and economic dislocation.
By Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 31 January 2020
Workers and young people in the UK must orient themselves not to British nationalism or the EU, but to the growing global upsurge of working class struggle.
By George Gallanis, 30 December 2019
A United Nations working group confirmed Greek authorities have been illegally deporting refugees for years, including under the Syriza government.
By Alejandro López, 23 December 2019
Madrid nevertheless kept Junqueras in jail over his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and did not allow him to take his European parliament seat.
999 Germany: Former secret service boss agitates against refugees and plays down right-wing terrorism
23 December 2019
By Chris Marsden, 19 December 2019
Labour haemorrhaged support across the UK and among all sections of workers, young and old, from the north and south, those in favour of leaving the European Union and those for remaining.
By Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board, 14 December 2019
The electoral debacle suffered by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn in the UK general election is yet another example of the political bankruptcy of what passes for the left and labour organisations.
28 November 2019
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2019
The NATO foreign ministers summit in Brussels dealt with political fallout from French President Macron’s statement that the US-European alliance is “brain dead.”
By Robert Stevens, 22 November 2019
It is extraordinary that, under conditions where millions of young people are seeking a socialist alternative, neither Corbyn’s foreword to the manifesto or the actual text of the 107 page document mentions the word “socialism.”
By Alejandro López, 12 November 2019
Sunday’s elections resulted once again in a hung parliament, the fourth in as many elections in Spain since 2015.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2019
The frenzied media campaign branding Corbyn, the Labour Party and its left-wing members above all as anti-Semitic is the “push back” demanded by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2019
Vox is part of a broad trend in European capitalist politics toward the promotion of neo-fascist parties, nationalism and the furious public legitimization of fascist dictators.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2019
In a keynote address, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer declared, “there is broad agreement that, given the strategic challenges, Germany must ... “do more to defend our values and interests.”
By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2019
As Podemos and the social democrats back austerity, nationalism and militarism, the ruling class is creating the conditions for the fascistic Vox party to rise rapidly.
By Alejandro López, 4 November 2019
By making support for police repression in Catalonia the centre of the election campaign, Spain’s major parties are accelerating the rise of the fascistic Vox party.
By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2019
MPs voted last night to reject Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s motion to call a snap general election on December 12.
By Nick Beams, 26 October 2019
The eurozone economy grew by only 0.1 percent in the September quarter.
Socialist Equality Party holds series of public meetings on “The Socialist Answer to Brexit: For the United Socialist States of Europe”
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 25 October 2019
We publish here the speech delivered by SEP (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden to the meetings in Britain held between October 6 and October 12.
UK Prime Minister Johnson forced to send request for Brexit extension after “Super Saturday” parliamentary setback
By Chris Marsden, 21 October 2019
The government is pushing for a speedy vote on Johnson’s deal, while the opposition wants to prevent one by tabling amendments, given that a no-deal Brexit outcome has been ruled out.
By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2019
The protest was led by a right-wing coalition of Blairites, Liberal Democrats and pro-EU Conservatives, culminating in a joint video presentation in Parliament Square, featuring John Major and Tony Blair.
By Chris Marsden, 19 October 2019
UK members of parliament will vote today on whether or not to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the European Union.