By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2011
The deal provides no long-term security for Saab workers, and opens the door to a vast cost-cutting drive through the outsourcing of jobs to cheap labour locations in China.
By Steve James, 30 April 2011
On April 6, Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell returned a verdict of “death by misadventure” over the death of Rachel Peavoy, a 30-year-old woman who died January 11, 2010 of hypothermia in her flat in Dublin, Ireland.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2011
Barely a year after being taken over by Dutch firm Spyker, Swedish automaker Saab is again in danger of shutdown, with the loss of thousands of jobs.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 April 2011
The True Finns party was the only beneficiary in Finland’s election held last Sunday, which saw a strong rejection of the ruling four-party coalition.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2011
In a national referendum last Saturday, a large majority of Icelanders opposed being made responsible for the repayment of billions of euros resulting from the collapse of the country’s banking system in 2008.
By Stephen Alexander, 14 April 2011
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government plans to devolve greater financial and legal powers to the regional administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as it seeks their assistance in cutting £81 billion from public spending.
By Steve James, 12 April 2011
Eight Swedish fighter aircraft joined the NATO operation against Libyan government forces last week.
By Steve James, 5 April 2011
A further €24 billion will be injected into four leading Irish banks, to be paid for by seizing funds from the state pension fund.
By Steve James, 25 March 2011
The big-business “Ireland First” group handed in its 38-page “Blueprint for Ireland’s Recovery” last week to the new Irish government.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2011
The new programme of the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition, approved overwhelmingly by the Irish Parliament, confirms that the new administration in Dublin will intensify the course pursued by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green party government.
By Steve James, 17 March 2011
Ezedden Khalid Ahmed al-Khaledi, a 30-year-old nursing student claiming to be from Kuwait, has been charged with helping fund the Stockholm suicide bomb attack.
By Steve James, 9 March 2011
Ireland’s “bad bank”, the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), is beset by scandal.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 March 2011
After days of negotiations, the Labour Party and Fine Gael have approved a coalition government in Ireland, based on imposing savage attacks on the working class.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 February 2011
Friday’s election in Ireland saw huge popular rejection of the outgoing Fianna Fáil-Green Party government.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 February 2011
As polling day approaches in the Irish elections, the Labour Party has made a coalition with the conservative right-wing Fine Gael its central message.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 February 2011
The United Left Alliance has met to discuss its response to the Irish fiscal crisis the savage programme of austerity measures that the government has agreed with the EU and IMF.
By Steve James, 15 February 2011
The next government in Ireland, whatever its labels, will aim to take up where Fianna Fail and the Greens left off, by sharply intensifying the attack on the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2011
The attempt to extradite WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange to Sweden on trumped-up sex charges was stepped up yesterday in the Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London.
By Jordan Shilton, 31 January 2011
The trade union bureaucracy is working hand-in-glove with management to bring an end to the dispute developing at Ireland’s major airline, Aer Lingus.
By Steve James, 25 January 2011
The Irish government, led by Brian Cowen, has called a general election following the resignation of government ministers and the departure of the Green Party from the ruling coalition.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 January 2011
In the midst of the European debt crisis, Estonia has become the 17th country to adopt the euro.
By Steve James, 10 January 2011
While the water crisis in Northern Ireland has grabbed headlines across the world, far less attention has been paid to the serious and widespread problems afflicting the Irish Republic.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 January 2011
The onslaught against the population by the EU and the IMF, implemented by the Fianna Fáil-Green Party government and supported by the opposition parties, aims to slash the living standards of working people in the interest of the financial elite.
By Steve James, 5 January 2011
A sudden thaw, following weeks of freezing temperatures, crippled much of Northern Ireland’s water and sewage system over the holiday period.
By Steve James, 3 January 2011
Hundreds of emergency service workers in Ireland have left the public service union due to its refusal to defend its members.
By Stephen Alexander, 22 December 2010
After a month-long delay, the Northern Irish executive announced a four-year draft budget December 15 detailing its share of the £83 billion in spending cuts outlined by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 December 2010
On Monday, Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan intervened to prevent Allied Irish Bank (AIB) from paying 40 million euros of bonuses to top executives.
By Jordan Shilton, 14 December 2010
All of Ireland’s opposition parties are preparing to maintain and deepen the austerity measures imposed by the Fianna Fáil-Green Party coalition.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 December 2010
The British Independent newspaper reported Wednesday that US and Swedish officials were engaged in closed door discussions aimed at delivering WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange into American custody.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 December 2010
Ireland’s 2011 budget was passed by the Dáil (parliament) yesterday, as the Fianna Fáil-Green party government began the implementation of a four-year plan to cut spending by €15 billion.
By Nick Beams, 1 December 2010
The financial markets are demanding not just a limited period of austerity, but the destruction of the entire post-war European social welfare system.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2010
The €85 billion bailout agreed on Sunday evening between the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the Irish government will further impoverish the working class.
By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2010
Saturday’s demonstration in Dublin against the bailout of banks drew between 50,000 and 100,000, massive by Irish standards.
“They’re going after the people who are least able to afford it”
By our reporters, 29 November 2010
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed a number of workers, students and academics at the November 27 Irish Congress of Trade Unions and outside Trinity College.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 November 2010
The new budget, which includes €15 billion in budget cuts through 2014, is tied in with a European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout of the banks.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 November 2010
Ireland’s government unveiled its four-year “recovery plan” yesterday, which will aim to reduce its budget deficit to 3 percent of GDP by 2014.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 November 2010
Pressure is mounting on Ireland’s Fianna Fáil-Green party government, as it seeks to impose the terms agreed with the EU and the IMF for a multibillion-euro bailout.
By Stefan Steinberg, 23 November 2010
The EU-IMF bailout requires swingeing social and welfare cuts in Ireland.
By Chris Marsden, 22 November 2010
The general secretary of one of Ireland’s largest unions, the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU), Eamon Devoy, has warned that “we are on the brink of significant civil unrest in this country, the like of which has not been witnessed in this jurisdiction for decades”.
By Markus Salzmann, 20 November 2010
A former member of the National Socialist Waffen SS has been elected chairman of a parliamentary committee of the Latvian government.
By Steve James, 19 November 2010
The accelerating economic crisis in Ireland is taking a terrible toll on broad layers of workers, particularly the more vulnerable—children, the elderly, those on low incomes and with insecure housing.
By David Walsh, 19 November 2010
Swedish authorities, stepping up their campaign of persecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, have issued an international arrest warrant for his detention.
By Barry Grey and Stefan Steinberg, 18 November 2010
European finance ministers have dispatched a team of officials to examine the books of Ireland’s banks and prepare the way for a “rescue” plan that will shred Irish sovereignty and impose even more savage attacks on the working class.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2010
A growing debt crisis in Europe and signs of inflation in Asia sent world markets falling on Tuesday.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 November 2010
Ireland has begun preliminary talks with the European Union, with a view to securing a financial bailout to avert state bankruptcy.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 November 2010
A man was arrested in Malmö on Saturday in connection with a spate of shootings targeting immigrants.
By Steve James, 9 November 2010
Over 40,000 students and young people marched through central Dublin last Wednesday, against government attacks on tertiary education.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2010
The right-wing Alliance led by Frederick Reinfeldt is attempting to continue in government despite failing to achieve an outright majority in last month’s parliamentary elections.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 October 2010
Large protests have been held in Reykjavík over the past week, as anger over Iceland’s ongoing economic problems mount.
By Steve James, 4 October 2010
The Irish government’s September 30 emergency bailout is intended to draw a line under the country’s deepening financial crisis, but the continual injection of massive state funding into ruined banks, particularly Anglo Irish Bank, risks national bankruptcy.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 October 2010
The elections in Latvia this weekend take place against the background of a deep economic, political and social crisis.
By I.K. Karlsson and Jordan Shilton, 30 September 2010
In the September 19 election, the nationalist Sweden Democrats increased their support to nearly 6 percent of the vote and claimed 20 seats in parliament for the first time.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 September 2010
Although the final result from Sweden’s 6,063 electoral districts was declared on Thursday, the outcome of the September 19 vote remains in dispute.
By Steve James, 23 September 2010
The Irish government raised €1.5 billion on the sale of government bonds this week, completing its target of raising €20 billion this year. It was able to do so only by promising yet more austerity measures.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 September 2010
Swedish parliamentary elections saw the right-wing Alliance achieve victory, the first time a rightwing group has secured a second term in office in over 80 years. The Social Democrats dropped to an historic low, with just over 30 percent of the vote.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 September 2010
The Swedish Greens have indicated that they will back a right-wing Alliance government to keep out the far-right Sweden Democrats, a further illustration of the lack of any principled political difference between the two main electoral blocs in the September 19 vote.
By Steve James, 14 September 2010
The Anglo Irish Bank was nationalised in early 2009 to prevent its immediate collapse. The Irish government is now planning to split the bank into a deposit bank and a “recovery” bank, as its losses continue to grow because of the decline of the property market.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2010
The centre-left opposition in Sweden has presented a joint election manifesto ahead of the September 19 vote.
By David Walsh, 2 September 2010
The decision by a senior Swedish prosecutor to reopen the rape charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is a transparently political decision. There is every reason to believe this is part of a “dirty tricks” operation.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 August 2010
Campaigning in Sweden’s parliamentary elections has been under way for several weeks, with the vote set for September 19. The supposed success of the governing Alliance has come at the expense of the working class over the past four years.
By Steve James, 13 August 2010
Northern Ireland, dependent on public spending for 70 percent of economic activity, will be disproportionately hit by the cuts being imposed by the British Conservative-Liberal-Democrat coalition.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 July 2010
Last month, Finland was issued with a warning by the European Union commission over the size of its budget deficit, which is expected to rise above 4 percent of GDP this year.
By Steve James, 14 July 2010
Both parties in the Irish government are facing electoral disaster when they finally go to the polls. A general election is due by 2012 at the latest, but the coalition government of Fianna Fail and the Greens is unlikely to last that long.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2010
Denmark’s Conservative-Liberal coalition is imposing major spending cuts. Last month an estimated 40,000 protesters gathered outside the Danish parliament to oppose a 24 billion kroner programme of austerity measures.
By Steve James, 28 June 2010
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions public service committee voted last week to formally agree a four-year strike ban, wholesale rationalisations in public services, unknown thousands of “voluntary” job losses and a continued pay freeze.
By Chris Marsden, 18 June 2010
The Saville Report into Bloody Sunday in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on January 30, 1972, maintains the cover-up of one of the most infamous massacres ever perpetrated by British imperialism.
18 June 2010
The findings of the Saville Inquiry are a political vindication of the stand taken by the Socialist Labour League, then the British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2010
April saw the release of the “Black Report” by a committee of Icelandic MPs in to the banking collapse that hit the island’s economy in 2008. Based on its findings, several arrests of leading figures in Icelandic financial circles have taken place.
By Steve James, 31 May 2010
Such is the perilous state of the Irish economy that the rationale for the Croke Park pact between the Irish trade unions, the government and public sector employers has already been exposed as a fraud.
By Steve James, 7 May 2010
In his May Day address, the general secretary of Ireland’s SIPTU public sector union demanded his members accept the four-year strike ban, pay freeze, massive redundancies and rationalisations agreed by the unions at the Labour Relations Commission in March.
Twenty years since declaring independence from the USSR
By Niall Green, 4 May 2010
Twenty years after declaring independence from the USSR, the Latvian government is carrying out savage austerity measures in collusion with international financial elite and their representatives in the IMF, the European Union, and the government in Riga.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 April 2010
As the air traffic crisis continues, European governments are responding to lobbying by the airlines and corporate interests, but providing no effective assistance to millions of ordinary people stranded abroad or unable to travel.
By Steve James, 20 April 2010
Quinn Insurance has been placed in administration for “serious and persistent breaches” of the solvency rules governing insurance companies.
By Steve James, 13 April 2010
The agreement between Ireland’s public sector trade unions, the government and employers to ban strikes until 2014 gives full expression to the role of the union bureaucracy as the ally of the financial aristocracy and its plundering of public finances.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 March 2010
The European Commission announced last month that it was prepared to commence talks with Reykjavík on terms for Iceland’s membership.
By Steve James, 23 March 2010
The conditions in which Aer Lingus’ was emboldened to sack 1,200 cabin crew were created by the trade union bureaucracy in Ireland.
By our correspondent, 12 March 2010
On Tuesday Republic of Ireland airline Aer Lingus announced 670 job cuts in a major attack on its workforce.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 March 2010
Saturday’s referendum in Iceland on whether to accept a deal to pay back nearly €4 billion to Britain and the Netherlands resulted in a massive “no” vote.
By Steve James, 6 March 2010
The Irish trade unions bear primary responsibility for the successful imposition of austerity measures against workers after the world financial crisis overwhelmed the country’s financial sector in late 2008.
By Jordan Shilton, 4 March 2010
Iceland is seeking to renegotiate the terms of a deal made with the British and Dutch governments on repayment of money paid out to citizens of their countries in the aftermath of the collapse of an Icelandic bank.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 March 2010
Working people must vote “no” in Iceland’s referendum on the IceSave agreement on March 6.
By Steve James, 9 February 2010
Threats and bribes from London, encouraged by Washington and Dublin, eventually convinced the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to agree to the transferring of policing and justice powers to the Northern Ireland Executive.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 4 February 2010
Agreement to the transfer of justice and policing responsibilities in Northern Ireland to the power-sharing assembly at Stormont stalled this week due to widespread opposition within the Democratic Unionist Party.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2010
Spyker and General Motors announced a “binding agreement” at a Stockholm press conference Tuesday, January 28, for the sale of Saab.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 January 2010
Iceland’s Social Democrat-Left Green coalition has confirmed that a referendum on whether to honour the agreement to repay Britain and the Netherlands a total of €3.9 billion by 2024 will be held on March 6.
By Steve James, 19 January 2010
The Commission of Investigation report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, known as the Murphy report, was finally published late last year.
By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2010
The future of the Northern Ireland Assembly has been thrown into question, the result of allegations relating to the financial affairs of Iris Robinson, the wife of Northern Ireland’s first minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 January 2010
More than 3,000 workers gathered outside Saab’s main facilities in Trollhättan on Tuesday to oppose the shutdown of Saab and denounce the actions of its owner, General Motors.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 January 2010
Following the recent terror incidents in Detroit and Denmark, a climate of hysteria is being whipped up by the European political elite and sections of the media to divert attention from the social crisis and justify a further build-up up of the police, military and intelligence agencies.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 January 2010
The official account of the attack on the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard carried out by a Somali man at the start of January defies credibility.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 January 2010
Iceland’s president has refused to sign into law the Icesave bill—stipulating terms for the repayment of loans to Britain and the Netherlands—which will be put to a referendum instead.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2009
Despite last-minute talks with Dutch sports car maker Spyker on a potential sale, General Motors has confirmed that it will push ahead with its plans to wind down operations at Saab.
By Stefan Steinberg, 29 December 2009
A commission set up by the Lithuanian parliament has acknowledged that at least two sites had been established inside the country to serve as secret detention camps for the CIA’s “war on terror.”
By Jordan Shilton, 18 December 2009
Following the collapse of the attempted sale of Saab to the Koenigsegg Group, General Motors has announced it will close down operations at Saab at the end of the month if no new buyer is found.
By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2009
Danish police battled demonstrators outside the world climate conference in Copenhagen, while inside the delegates of the imperialist powers, China, India and dozens of less developed countries clashed over conflicting proposals to deal with pollution caused by industrialization, deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels.
By Steve James, 16 December 2009
The 2010 budget announced December 9 by Ireland’s Fianna Fail and Green Party government is a declaration of social warfare by a criminal financial oligarchy, the path for which has been prepared by the Irish trade unions.
By Stefan Steinberg, 14 December 2009
Large numbers of Danish riot police intervened brutally to arrest nearly 1,000 activists during a protest march held Saturday in Copenhagen.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 December 2009
Thousands of people were forced from their homes across Ireland last month after torrential rain caused severe flooding.
By Stephen James, 3 December 2009
Following two long nights of discussion, including one 23-hour session, the Irish trade unions have offered the government a package of measures designed to cut next year’s public service wage bill by some €1.3 billion.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2009
On November 14 a “national assembly” was held in Reykjavik, involving approximately 1,500 participants, or 0.5 percent of the population.