European Union

Johnson calls off Brexit negotiations following EU summit deadlock

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.

Germany’s parliamentary parties elect far-right AfD candidate to head Gera city council

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.

School occupations continue in Greece as students resist government blackmail and violence

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.

EU summit backs herd immunity policy and sanctions against Belarus

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.

A murderous pact: The European Union to deport refugees

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.

Revelation of US government conspiracy on COVID-19 exposes EU herd immunity policy

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.

Brexit crisis intensifies after Johnson government tears up agreement with Brussels

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.

European governments end furlough schemes amid jobs massacre

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.

EU denounces Russia over alleged poisoning of oppositionist Alexei Navalny

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.

EU Summit agrees to €750 billion fund for the banks and corporations

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.

Barcelona residents told to stay at home as COVID-19 resurges across Europe

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.

COVID-19 spread accelerates across Europe as EU summit opens

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.

Merkel in Brussels: Profits before lives and European great power politics

By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2020

The message was clear: despite the massive increase in infections and deaths, there would be no new lockdown.

Germany’s motto for the EU Council presidency: For militarism and war

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.”

Germany and EU expand military deployment in Africa

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

European Union pushes reopening of beach resorts and hotels for summer holiday season

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.”

Merkel and Macron’s European bailout: €500 billion for trade war and austerity

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.

EU supports Orbán’s dictatorial measures in Hungary

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.

Euro zone economy contracts at record pace

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.

EU steps up push for return to work amid COVID-19 pandemic

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.

999 EU summit on COVID 19

25 April 2020

European Union summit argues over corona bonds

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.

Rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea halted

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.

Deaths continue to soar as European governments step up back-to-work plans

By Alice Summers, 15 April 2020

Another 27,531 Covid-19 cases in Europe were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly one million.

Germany: Hesse politicians and employers expose workers to risk of COVID-19 infection

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”

Fired researcher Mauro Ferrari denounces EU inaction on COVID-19

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.

European Union to spend half a trillion euros on imperialist interests in coronavirus bailout

By Peter Schwarz, 13 April 2020

After two days of bitter disputes, the EU finance ministers agreed on a coronavirus bailout worth €500 billion.

999 EU science officer resigns over COVID-19 policy

11 April 2020

EU talks on COVID-19 pandemic response collapse

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.

With 30,000 dead in Europe from COVID-19: Workers strike to demand safe working conditions

By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2020

The most basic health and safety measures are being flouted by employers throughout the continent.

European Union summit on coronavirus ends in acrimony

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.

Germany: IG Metall union agrees an industrial truce with the corporations

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.

Coronavirus kills more than 2,600 across Europe in one weekend

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.

Syriza leader Tsipras offers collaboration with New Democracy against refugees and Turkey

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.

As coronavirus pandemic grows, anger rises against German companies

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.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government sends police to Greece to attack migrants

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.

European Union intensifies war against refugees at Turkish-Greek border

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 March 2020

Under the eyes of a high-ranking EU delegation, Greek border guards brutally attacked unarmed refugees.

Britain and European Union on collision course in Brexit talks

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.

EU police departments preparing massive international facial recognition database

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.

EU agrees to new military mission against Libya

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

The foreign ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed on a new military mission in Libya on Monday.

Johnson’s real Brexit agenda is trade war, militarism and class war

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.

Britain leaves the European Union: Against nationalism, For the United Socialist States of Europe!

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.

Video shows Greek authorities performing illegal “push backs” at refugee crossing

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.

EU court rules jailed Catalan nationalist Junqueras had immunity

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

UK general election result confirms protracted death of the Labour Party

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.

The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism

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.

999 German government plans new military interventions and massive rearmament

28 November 2019

NATO riven by tensions between major powers

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.”

UK Labour Party manifesto: A blueprint to save capitalism

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.”

Far-right Vox declares itself main opposition party as Spanish government talks begin

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.

Corbyn refuses to fight ramped-up bogus “anti-Semitism” witch-hunt

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.

The Spanish elections and the rise of the fascistic Vox party

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.

German defence minister calls for expansion of foreign military interventions

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.”

Spanish election candidates denounce socialism, back repression in TV debate

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.

Right-wing campaign unfolds in Spain for November 10 elections

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.

UK: Johnson set to win new vote to hold December general election

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.

Euro area heads for slump as Draghi steps down as central bank chief

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.

Pro-European Union demonstration mobilises hundreds of thousands in London

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.

Labour leads effort to vote down Johnson’s Brexit deal

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.

Johnson’s Brexit deal faces UK parliamentary vote Saturday

By Robert Stevens, 18 October 2019

As news of the deal emerged Thursday morning, the hard Brexit supporting Jacob Rees-Mogg told parliament that on Saturday there would be a 90-minute debate to either approve a deal or to approve a no-deal exit.

European Union declares little chance of Brexit deal by Thursday summit

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2019

Johnson has called an emergency session of parliament Saturday. There is rising speculation that he may be able to win support for a deal if he secures one, but parliament will not support a no-deal Brexit.

European Union continues talks with Johnson government over possible Brexit deal

By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2019

Labour MPs are reported to be “blitzing” party leader Jeremy Corbyn with demands that he support a fresh Brexit referendum being held before a general election.

“Defender 2020”: NATO powers threaten war against Russia

By Gregor Link, 8 October 2019

In the coming year, armed forces from 17 NATO states, including the US and Germany, will carry out the “Defender 2020” manoeuvres.

European Union set to reject Johnson’s Brexit proposal

By Robert Stevens, 8 October 2019

The government is set on a massive escalation of the constitutional crisis opened up by Brexit.

Pompeo signs US-Greek military alliance and threatens Iran, Russia, China

By Alex Lantier and V. Gnana, 7 October 2019

Aggressive US and European foreign policy is intensifying the risk that great-power conflict over the Balkans and the Middle East can trigger a global war.

Johnson faces possible legal action as he plots to ensure UK leaves EU on October 31

By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2019

Stating last month that he would rather “die in a ditch” than request an extension, Johnson is set on a collision course with the dominant pro-Remain faction of the ruling elite that could end in legal action.

New US tariffs escalate trade war with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

The Trump administration’s announcement of tariffs on $7.5 billion on EU goods is only the latest shot in a spiraling trade war that is dragging the global economy toward recession.

Austrian far-right FPÖ loses massively in parliamentary elections

By Markus Salzmann, 1 October 2019

Yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Austria resulted in considerable losses for the right-wing extremist Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the social-democratic SPÖ.

French ex-President Jacques Chirac dead at 86

By Alex Lantier, 30 September 2019

The ubiquitous hailing of Chirac by the ruling establishment reflects above all the former Gaullist president’s ability to appeal to the political and class prejudices of the affluent middle class.

Podemos backs Madrid’s plans for repression against Catalonia

By Alejandro Lopez, 24 September 2019

Last Friday, Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias announced his party would back repressive measures against Catalonia if it were part of a Socialist Party-led government

Macron, Steinmeier visit Rome to prepare new EU repression of refugees

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2019

The removal of the neo-fascists from the Italian government has not produced any shift towards a less militaristic and anti-refugee policy.

Boris Johnson gets short shrift from European Union leaders in Brexit talks

By Richard Tyler, 17 September 2019

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday in advance of his trip, Johnson had sought to present a tough-guy image, ridiculously invoking the Marvel superhero, the Incredible Hulk.

Blair congratulates Corbyn for “sensible and skillful” opposition to no-deal Brexit

By Thomas Scripps, 17 September 2019

Pressure is being applied on Corbyn to commit Labour to campaigning for Remain in any Brexit referendum and any general election.

“Protecting the European way of life” and “a stronger Europe in the world”

New EU Commission to intensify militarism and attacks on refugees

By Will Morrow, 16 September 2019

The European bourgeoisie is shifting so far to the right that it is dispensing even with hypocritical “humanitarian” titles that it previously bestowed on its right-wing policies.

005 European Central Bank expands quantitive easing

13 September 2019

UK: “Operation Yellowhammer” details savage austerity and confirms plans for state repression post-Brexit

By Thomas Scripps, 13 September 2019

The document is dated 10 days after Johnson became prime minister, confirming that Yellowhammer is the expected outcome of a no-deal Brexit.

Scandal erupts over Público exposure of state complicity in Barcelona attack

Part II: The Barcelona daily La Vanguardia tries to discredit Público

By Alejandro López, 11 September 2019

The spearhead of the ruling elite’s counterattack on the Público exposure was a series of one-sided and provocative articles in La Vanguardia.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson prorogues Parliament

By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2019

Johnson’s anti-democratic suspension of Parliament was carried out to prevent opposition MPs from taking control of Parliament’s order paper over the next five weeks and derailing his plans to withdraw the UK from the European Union, without a deal if necessary.

020 SPD, CDU back fascist candidate

9 September 2019

Germany’s Left Party reacts to electoral debacle in the East with sharp shift to the right

By Johannes Stern, 6 September 2019

After its electoral collapse in Saxony and Brandenburg, the Left Party is adopting the anti-refugee policies of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

UK: Johnson considers suspending parliament to enforce no-deal Brexit

By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2019

The fact that the suspension of parliament to thwart opposition to government policy is being considered for the first time in more than 70 years is a testament to the crisis wracking British imperialism.

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UK: Johnson considers suspending parliament to enforce no-deal Brexit

By Robert Stevens and Zweiter Autor, 27 August 2019

The fact that the suspension of parliament to thwart opposition to government policy is being considered for the first time in more than 70 years is a testament to the crisis wracking British imperialism.

Trump escalates economic confrontation with China

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2019

Trump’s “order” for American companies to leave China marks a milestone in the global descent into economic nationalism and preparations for military conflict.

UK Prime Minister Johnson fails to secure Brexit concessions from Germany and France

By Robert Stevens, 24 August 2019

Corbyn’s meeting with Remain-supporting parties and MPs is his latest capitulation to the agenda of sections of big business opposed to leaving the EU.

Over 450 refugees stranded in the Mediterranean for weeks as EU bars entry

By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019

The EU governments have no substantial differences with the fascistic anti-immigrant policies of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

“Voyage of the Damned:” Hundreds of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2019

Europe’s governments have shut their doors to refugees rescued from the sea after fleeing death and torture.

Stop the suppression of the San Francisco murals! Defend the right to history, art and culture!

the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 14 August 2019

The SEP and the IYSSE condemn the suppression of the left-wing murals painted by Victor Arnautoff at George Washington High School in San Francisco and call on students, teachers and workers to unite in their defense.

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander

By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 13 August 2019

Over a week after a US federal court threw out a civil case brought by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against Julian Assange, the German media has been dominated by an embarrassed silence.

040 Right-wing record of Syriza in Greece

9 August 2019

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Paris authorities cover up lead contamination in schools caused by Notre Dame fire

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2019

Paris authorities are covering up the risk of lead poisoning after the Notre Dame fire, as new details of mismanagement before the disaster emerge.

Die Zeit editor Jochen Bittner condemns “German pacifism”

By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2019

An op-ed by Bittner in the New York Times treats the German population’s aversion to war as a problem to be overcome.

Jeremy Corbyn and the coming to power of Boris Johnson

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2019

Corbyn has acted as political midwife to a Johnson government, thanks to his suppression of all attempts by workers to wage a struggle against big business and its political defenders.

European Central Bank signals return to monetary stimulus

By Nick Beams, 26 July 2019

In response to a question at his press conference following the European Central Bank meeting, President Mario Draghi said the outlook for European manufacturing was getting “worse and worse.”

Germany: Racist assassination attempt on Eritrean man

By Marianne Arens, 26 July 2019

On Monday a man from Eritrea was gunned down on the street and seriously injured in the town of Wächtersbach in the state of Hesse.

UK: Boris Johnson selects extreme right cabinet

By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 26 July 2019

Johnson’s is a class war government, with all the main positions filled by representatives of the extreme right of a very right-wing party.

Stop the right-wing conspiracy! Defend the SGP against the Verfassungsschutz secret service!

Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 26 July 2019

The German Verfassungsschutz has produced a 56-page response to the lawsuit filed by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) challenging its official designation as a “left-wing extremist” organisation subject to state surveillance. The government’s response is an angry diatribe against Marxism and every form of socialist and progressive thought.