By Barry Mason, 8 February 2019
According to an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, previous cuts in corporation tax led to a reduction of around £16.5 billion a year in revenue, between 2010 and 2016.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2019
The German government wants to promote the emergence of powerful monopolies that can counter their American and Chinese competitors “on an equal footing.”
By Margot Miller, 5 February 2019
The response of the trade unions to the job losses was predictably muted. No fight will be waged by them to save a single job.
By Nick Beams, 25 January 2019
The decision to hand the keynote address to the newly installed fascistic president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, demonstrated the political orientation of the global elites at Davos.
By Nick Beams, 18 January 2019
The gathering of global elites is very mindful of the mounting international class struggle, with “social anger” increasingly prevalent.
By Nick Beams, 15 January 2019
The bank cut its June forecast for global growth of 3 percent this year to 2.9 percent and warned that “the risks are growing that growth could be even weaker than anticipated.”
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Socialist Equality Party and Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 15 January 2019
The working class cannot accept the “right” of the corporations to shut plants down, decimate entire communities and destroy the lives of tens of thousands of workers.
By Andre Damon, 5 January 2019
The Federal Reserve, responding to Thursday’s stock market selloff, declared it was “listening” to the markets and ready to scrap its plans to raise interest rates.
By Andre Damon, 4 January 2019
The economic warfare pursued by the Trump administration with the support of broad sections of the US political establishment is coming home to roost in the form of a global slowdown spreading to the United States.
By Steve James, 3 January 2019
Workers at optical electronics firm Kaiam in Livingston, Scotland, were laid off following the company’s collapse.
By Margot Miller, 3 January 2019
Over the last five years, an estimated 2,627 homeless people have perished on the streets.
By Nick Beams, 29 December 2018
This week registered the first gain for the financial markets in three weeks, but they remain on course to record the worst December since 1931.
By Nick Beams, 18 December 2018
With all indexes now in “correction” territory, having fallen more than 10 percent since their highs, Wall Street is on track to record its biggest annual decline since 2008.
By Chris Marsden, 17 December 2018
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has cast himself as a guarantor of national stability, denouncing the inability of May and the Conservatives to “end the chaos.”
By Nick Beams, 11 December 2018
Concerns over global growth are a significant factor in the ongoing slide and volatility in US markets, with signs of a downturn reflected in the fall of commodity prices.
By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2018
Whatever happens in the Brexit crisis, Britain is in the grip of a historic crisis of rule that threatens to unleash social upheavals.
By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2018
The spokesperson for the investigating authority said that, due to the extent of material, an additional search of the bank’s offices was necessary.
By Margot Miller, 23 November 2018
The list of closures in the retail industry reads like a cull, with 85,000 jobs already lost this year.
By Nick Beams, 22 November 2018
The market has trended down since the start of October, led largely by high-tech stocks, but this week the falls broadened.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 November 2018
If the financial markets impose further interest-rate increases on Italian government bonds, it could lead to a chain reaction of bank bankruptcies across the whole of Europe.
By Alexandre Lantier and Marianne Arens, 24 October 2018
The EU’s first-ever decision to formally strike down the budget of a member state points to growing class and international tensions tearing the EU apart.
By Alejandro López, 24 October 2018
Faced with growing strikes, the PSOE-Podemos government, in a cynical attempt to win support, is proposing wage increases in a budget it knows will be voted down.
By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2018
In the conflict over the Italian budget, the EU Commission takes the side of the banks, stock exchanges and credit agencies, while the government pursues a course of militarism and attacks on immigrants and workers.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 October 2018
With the government in turmoil, Labour is advancing itself as a responsible representative of the British ruling elite.
By Nick Beams, 12 October 2018
All major US indexes are now below their 200-day moving average, which is regarded as a key indicator of the market’s direction.
By Nick Beams, 2 October 2018
The IMF is set to downgrade its forecast for global growth amid rising trade tensions.
By Nick Beams, 27 September 2018
For the first time since the Fed began its low-interest rate regime after the financial crisis of 2008, its base rate is above the level of inflation, indicating that wages are a key target.
By Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2018
Labour’s endorsement of the IPPR plan makes clear that, behind the talk about governing “for the many, not the few,” Corbyn and his allies are adopting trade war policies.
By Jason Melanovski, 3 September 2018
Amid growing strikes of miners and other workers, the IMF is using the corruption of the Ukrainian oligarchy to push for social cuts.
By Jason Melanovski, 31 August 2018
Amid growing strikes of miners and other workers, the IMF is using the corruption of the Ukrainian oligarchy to push for social cuts.
By Barry Mason, 25 August 2018
Retailers are shifting employees from secure full-time contracts to less secure ones with “less rigidity and more flexibility.”
By Nick Beams, 31 July 2018
The Trump administration is keeping a gun at the head of the EU over auto tariffs as it continues an investigation into whether to impose them on “national security” grounds.
By Nick Beams, 26 July 2018
The threat by Washington to impose a 25 percent tariff on auto imports has not been removed, but only suspended while negotiations go ahead on broader trade relations.
By Nick Beams, 19 July 2018
The deal was five years in the making but the impetus to have it finalised was increased by the US trade war measures that have targeted both parties.
OECD report details
By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2018
A report by the grouping of 36 most economically developed countries found that the proliferation of low-wage, part-time jobs has held down wage growth for workers throughout the world.
By Nick Beams, 2 July 2018
An EU submission to the US Commerce Department warns of major reprisals if the Trump administration goes ahead with auto tariffs.
After tariff measures against China
By Nick Beams, 23 June 2018
Central bankers at a meeting in Sintra, Portugal, voiced their concerns about the developing global trade war.
By Nick Beams, 4 June 2018
The statement from the G7, agreed to by Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, pointed to the “negative impact of the unilateral trade actions of the United States.”
By Nick Beams, 2 June 2018
The European Union is pushing ahead with counter-measures against the US. It is expected to announce its final list of products to be targeted later this month.
By Gustav Kemper, 31 May 2018
Germany’s crisis-ridden Deutsche Bank has already slashed 6,000 jobs and closed 188 branches in the past few years.
By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2018
Financial markets are panicking and protests are being called, as bitter divisions inside the Italian bourgeoisie erupt to the surface.
By Nick Beams, 27 April 2018
The ECB appears to have adopted a “wait and see” approach on monetary policy in light of the latest eurozone slowdown.
By Nick Beams, 23 April 2018
Adopting the tone of an overlord, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanded that the IMF back Washington in its drive against what it claims are “unfair global trade practices.”
By Nick Beams, 21 April 2018
Under a 1977 law, president Trump could declare a national emergency in response to an “unusual and extraordinary threat” which would allow him to block transactions and even to seize assets.
By Nick Beams, 19 April 2018
The IMF chief economist said it seemed “paradoxical” that major economies were “flirting with trade war” at a time of economic expansion.
By Nick Beams, 13 April 2018
IMF chief Christine Lagarde said that as a result of easy financial conditions, global debt—public and private—has reached an all-time high of $164 trillion.
By Nick Beams, 29 March 2018
The volatility reflects the speculative character of the share market’s rise and the fears that a global trade war could puncture this bubble.
By Andrea Peters, 10 March 2018
Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.
By Peter Symonds, 3 March 2018
Trump’s announcement of global tariffs on steel and aluminium has triggered international criticism, including from US allies that will be among the hardest hit.
By Nick Beams, 24 February 2018
Two major initiatives by the Trump administration over the past month have ratcheted up global tensions, bringing the threat of retaliatory actions from the European Union and China.
By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018
One of the most significant features of yesterday’s decline was its speed with the Dow plunging 900 points in just 11 minutes in an avalanche of selling.
By Nick Beams, 23 December 2017
In seeking to grasp the significance of the present frenzy, it is worth recalling the analysis made by Marx of previous financial bubbles, in particular those associated with the expansion of the credit system, which began in the mid-nineteenth century.
By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2017
Average earnings of workers in 2021 are expected to be lower in real terms than in 2008.
By Nick Beams, 27 October 2017
Draghi’s supporters on the ECB governing council prevailed against a push to set a date to end its quantitative easing policy.
By Jason Melanovski, 23 October 2017
Recent rallies in Ukraine’s capital point to a growing crisis of the Poroshenko regime.
By Nick Beams, 14 October 2017
Central banks confront an acute contradiction: attempts to normalise monetary policy may trigger a financial crisis, but continuing the flow of easy money is creating unsustainable debt levels.
By Nick Beams, 10 October 2017
Schäuble said he had “no idea when the next crisis will happen” but economists all over the world were concerned about the rise of liquidity and debt.
By Nick Beams, 19 September 2017
The BIS has warned that the slow pace in normalising central bank interest rates and ending quantitative easing is setting up financial markets for a shock when interest rates do rise.
By Nick Beams, 9 September 2017
The class agenda of the ECB emerged when president Mario Draghi called for the further elimination of job protection as he backed reforms by the Macron presidency in France.
By Clara Weiss, 29 August 2017
Residents said they believe the fire was allowed to burn out of control with the aim of driving out impoverished residents in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 August 2017
The report’s bias in favour of employers is not an oversight, as the political establishment that Matthew Taylor speaks for has no intention of bringing “precarious employment” under control.
By Nick Beams, 21 July 2017
ECB president Mario Draghi said there were indications of economic growth but this was yet to translate into underlying inflation dynamics.
By Nick Beams, 10 July 2017
Despite cobbling together a unanimous resolution, the G20 summit was, by any measure, the most fractious meeting of major political leaders in the post-war period.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 July 2017
The prosecution has nothing to do with the criminal and reckless banking behaviour that precipitated the crash, but instead relates to Barclays’ rescue
By Nick Beams, 10 June 2017
Structural changes in the European economy mean low wages along with part-time and casual employment are becoming the “new normal.”
By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2017
Former senior RBS executives have never had to make a public account of the events leading up to the bank’s collapse in 2008, when it was rescued by then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
By Marianne Arens, 5 May 2017
In a recent vote two-thirds of Alitalia pilots, flight attendants and ground crew rejected planned job cuts and pay cuts.
May Day 2017
By Nick Beams, 2 May 2017
The historic crisis of the global capitalist system is now producing the very conditions that led to the economic conflicts of the 1930s and the eruption of war in 1939.
By Nick Beams, 10 March 2017
The ECB retained its negative base interest rate, placing it on a divergent path from the US Federal Reserve.
By Margot Miller, 16 February 2017
Planned changes to the tax and benefit system mean that the poorest 10 percent in society will be 3.1 percent worse off, which translates into a loss of £314 a year.
By Clara Weiss, 11 January 2017
The report reveals the miserable living conditions facing broad sections of the working class and the peasant population who lack access to basic elements of civilization.
By Steve James, 28 December 2016
The Scottish National Party government are hoping to directly benefit from the Brexit debacle by laying claim to additional powers for the Scottish parliament.
By Alex Lantier and Marianne Arens, 23 December 2016
As Europe slides ever deeper into slump, tens of billions of euros are to be handed to the financial aristocracy in a bailout that only sets the stage for more social attacks.
By Chris Marsden, 21 December 2016
The Fine Gael government opposes demands by the European Union that the American technology giant pay $13 billion in back taxes.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 December 2016
More than one in five Germans work for a wage of less than €10 per hour.
By Ennis Wynne, 20 December 2016
The attack on the living standards of the working class is set to intensify due to Finland’s escalating economic crisis.
By Katerina Selin, 19 December 2016
The latest developments at Humboldt University are linked to the drastic austerity policy of the Berlin Senate regarding higher education.
By Richard Tyler, 12 December 2016
Mark Carney compared the crisis today with the period of revolutionary upheavals that swept across Europe in 1848.
By Nick Beams, 10 December 2016
The move increases the odds of a government bailout that would impose major losses on small investors and bondholders.
By Nick Beams, 9 December 2016
President Mario Draghi emphasised that “uncertainty prevails everywhere” and it was very difficult to assess the long-term impact of the “radically new administration” in the US.
By Marianne Arens, 8 December 2016
Italy’s Senate voted in favour of the budget and thus cleared the way for Renzi’s resignation.
By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2016
Following seven years of austerity, the EU insists that Athens impose an extra €4.2 billion in austerity savings and further labour reforms, including abolishing collective bargaining.
By Nick Beams, 29 November 2016
Finance capital sees the referendum as a test of whether Prime Minister Renzi can push though “market restructuring” of the banking system and deepen attacks on the working class.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 29 November 2016
According to the latest study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, 118 million people live in poverty in the EU. This equates to one in four EU citizens.
By Nick Beams, 26 November 2016
The European Central Bank has warned of increased financial turbulence as a result of the rise in interest rates and the trade policies of a Trump administration.
By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2016
Workers whose living standards have already been devastated face more years of brutal austerity.
By Nick Beams, 21 October 2016
The decision by the ECB not to indicate the future of its bond-buying program reflects deep divisions inside the central bank with growing opposition from Germany.
By Nick Beams, 8 October 2016
The currency’s sudden fall on Friday was a warning that capital inflows needed to finance the British current account deficit could dry up.
By Nick Beams, 1 October 2016
The contradiction between booming financial markets and intractable slump in the underlying economy is assuming an ever more explosive form.
By Ulrich Rippert, 30 September 2016
Following the plunge in Deutsche Bank’s share price to its lowest level since 1983, Germany’s second largest bank, Commerzbank, has announced a major restructuring.
By Nick Beams, 29 September 2016
Both the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund warned of an increase in protectionist measures alongside a fall in the rate of world trade growth.
By Nick Beams, 27 September 2016
The turmoil surrounding Deutsche Bank is only the sharpest expression of a crisis gripping the whole of the European banking system.
By Alex Lantier, 23 September 2016
Despite a deepening economic slump, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi signaled continued austerity against workers and handouts to the banks.
17 September 2016
By Nick Beams, 15 September 2016
The ensuing eight years have shown that the financial crisis of 2008 was not a conjunctural downturn but a breakdown in the very foundations of the global capitalist economy.
By Nick Beams, 9 September 2016
The European Central Bank has kept its monetary policy on hold but there are growing concerns about what it can do as deflationary pressures continue.
By James Lerner, 9 September 2016
Millions have been plunged into poverty as the wealth of the elite has soared.
By Nick Beams, 6 September 2016
At the conclusion of the summit, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde also addressed these issues warning that economic growth had been “too low for too long for too few.”
By Nick Beams, 2 September 2016
International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has said the world economy could suffer from “disappointing growth for a long time to come.”
By Nick Beams, 30 August 2016
With the business cycle set to enter a “dangerous” phase, central bankers are concerned that interest rates are already so low they will not be able to counter any economic downturn.