By Stefan Steinberg, 23 January 2012
International financial institutions and European leaders are demanding more of the budget cuts that have had such consequences for Greek workers over the past three years.
By Vicky Short, 20 January 2012
Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón appeared in court January 17 in the first of three cases aimed at silencing him and thwarting his investigations.
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 January 2012
Beyond the role played by the captain, an examination of the broader issues in the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship suggests that it was an accident waiting to happen.
By James Brewer, 17 January 2012
Rescuers are still searching for survivors in a capsized ocean liner off the coast of Tuscany.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 January 2012
Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos met with trade union leaders on Wednesday to win their support for a new round of austerity.
By Marianne Arens, 6 January 2012
The new head of the Italian government has made significant changes in the country’s foreign policy.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 5 January 2012
Just before Christmas the Italian parliament adopted a package of austerity measures totalling €80 billion in cuts, hitting pensioners, workers and the socially disadvantaged.
By Alejandro López, 5 January 2012
The new right-wing Popular Party government, headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, has announced budget cuts totaling 16.5 billion euros.
By Alejandro López, 29 December 2011
Economy Minister Luis de Guindos warned on Monday that Spain’s economy had suffered a “relapse” at the end of this year, and that the renewed weakness would continue into 2012.
By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2011
Days after the unelected government of Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos passed a drastic austerity budget, the IMF, the EU and the European Central Bank are demanding billions more in cuts.
By Alejandro López, 21 December 2011
Since the victory of Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party in the November 20 general election, regional governments have accelerated budget cuts.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2011
Marcelino Victoria Sánchez, a Spanish air traffic controller, has been waging a determined campaign to expose corruption in Spain’s health service.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 December 2011
An Italian author with links to the extreme right shot down two immigrants and seriously wounded three others in Florence on Tuesday before taking his own life.
By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2011
The unelected government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is facing a possible default on the nation’s mounting debt as the international banks demand further concessions in return for loans.
By Ante Dotto, 13 December 2011
The newly elected Social Democratic-led coalition in Croatia will step up the austerity measures demanded by the financial markets.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2011
The recent budget, together with earlier cuts, will reportedly cut public sector take-home pay by 27 percent next year compared to 2010.
By Robert Stevens, 10 December 2011
Early Wednesday morning, the unelected Greek “technocratic” government of former central banker Lucas Papademos passed a brutal austerity budget.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 December 2011
The Positive Slovenia party won the early parliamentary election held in the Adriatic nation last Sunday with 29 percent of the vote.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 December 2011
In response to pressure from financial markets and European leaders, Italy’s new prime minister, Mario Monti, has moved quickly to introduce new austerity measures.
By Marc Wells, 2 December 2011
The decision by Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne to terminate collective bargaining agreements starting by January 2012 is an historic attack on basic rights won by workers over decades of bitter struggle.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 December 2011
On Monday, the new Greek government began implementing mass forced retirements in the public sector.
By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2011
Last Thursday, the newly imposed Greek government utilized PASOK’s abolition of the Academic Asylum law to authorise the police entry into a public university for the first time since 1982.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 23 November 2011
The victory of Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party in Sunday’s general election is set to dramatically worsen the ongoing pauperisation of much of Spain’s population.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 November 2011
With the count complete, the right-wing Popular Party (PP) won 186 seats in Spain’s 350-seat Congress in Sunday’s election compared with 154 in the last parliament.
By Christoph Dreier, 21 November 2011
The manner in which the new Greek government was imposed and the forces upon which it relies underscore the mounting threat to the democratic rights of working people in Greece and throughout Europe.
By Alejandro López, 19 November 2011
The “Anti-Capitalist” coalition is standing in Spain’s general election to prepare a political trap for workers and youth.
By Marianne Arens, 18 November 2011
Italy’s new emergency government is a government of big business and the international banks.
By Marc Wells, 18 November 2011
The appointment of Mario Monti for the post of premiership and the support given by the “left” parties and trade union organizations pave the way to unprecedented attacks on the working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2011
The most important factor in Berlusconi’s rise to prominence was the impotence, cowardice and unending betrayals carried out by the country’s official “left” opposition.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 16 November 2011
On Sunday, Spain is holding a general election, four months earlier than scheduled.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 November 2011
The new Greek government under Prime Minister Papademos announced further austerity measures. It relies not only on the social-democratic PASOK, but also on the extreme right wing LAOS party.
By Stefan Steinberg, 14 November 2011
The resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi clears the way for the appointment of a “technocratic” government led by the economist Mario Monti, in accordance with the demands of the international banks.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 November 2011
Following the example of Greece, Italy is also likely to be governed soon by a technocratic government designated by the international banks.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 November 2011
Greece’s trade unions and pseudo-socialist parties are advancing the perspective of a bourgeois “left” unity government to smother working class opposition to the new technocratic regime installed by the EU, the IMF and the banks.
By Stefan Steinberg, 11 November 2011
Lucas Papademos is regarded as a safe pair of hands by his banking colleagues—a man who takes his orders directly from the major financial institutions of Europe.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2011
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his resignation Tuesday evening. He plans to stay in office until the Italian parliament has adopted the austerity measures demanded by the European Union.
By Chris Marsden, 10 November 2011
After three days of negotiations, Greece has still not gotten a new national unity government.
By Chris Marsden, 9 November 2011
Yesterday, Greece’s political establishment again failed to meet the demands of the European Union and the United States to announce the formation of a national government.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 November 2011
One month before the forthcoming general election in Croatia, the ruling party, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), is embroiled in a deep political crisis.
By Peter Schwarz, 9 November 2011
The events that have rocked Greece in recent days are a lesson and a warning for all of Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 8 November 2011
Just three days after he won a vote of confidence, Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou is out and a government of “national unity” is being formed—combining PASOK and the main conservative opposition, New Democracy.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 November 2011
The government crisis and the attacks on the working class in Greece were the prelude to a new round of social cuts throughout Europe.
By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2011
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed to resign Sunday and be replaced by a coalition government of national unity that will have a mandate from the bankers and European heads of state to impose even more drastic austerity measures on the working people of Greece.
By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2011
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a vote of no confidence last night, but only by pledging immediate moves to form a national unity government.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 November 2011
Under massive pressure from Germany and France, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has cancelled his plan for a referendum on the austerity measures demanded by the European Union.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2011
Forbes magazine, which bills itself as “Information for the World's Business Leaders,” has published an article on its web site entitled “The real Greek solution: a military coup.”
By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2011
The sudden dismissal of the Greek military’s high command Tuesday night, amid international uproar over a proposal for a referendum on an EU debt plan, has all the hallmarks of an action taken to preempt the threat of a military coup.
By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2011
The G20 summit beginning today has been thrown into desperate crisis over the increasingly likely failure of Greece to meet the terms of the latest tranche of loans from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 November 2011
Prime Minister Papandreou sacked the Greek military high command Tuesday amid mounting furor over his proposal for a referendum on an EU bailout plan that spells years of punishing austerity for Greek workers.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 2 November 2011
Economic growth has slowed and unemployment has soared in Spain, raising fears that the euro zone’s fourth largest economy is in danger of a full-scale debt crisis.
By Marc Wells, 2 November 2011
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi submitted last Wednesday a proposal for the so-called “structural reforms for growth.”
By Alejandro López, 28 October 2011
The Basque separatist group Basque Homeland and Freedom (Euskadi ta Askatasuna, ETA) last week declared “the definitive end to its armed activity”.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2011
Greek trade unions are doing all they can to sabotage a movement of workers against the government.
By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2011
The Greek social democratic PASOK government has given final approval to a new, brutal austerity programme in the face of massive popular opposition
By Christoph Dreiser, 21 October 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protestors in Athens during the second day of a 48-hour general strike.
By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 20 October 2011
Greece was hit on Wednesday, the first day of a 48-hour general strike, with the biggest protests since the fall of the military regime in 1974.
By our reporters, 20 October 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers and young people protesting in Athens.
By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2011
Italian unions refuse to organize cross-border solidarity to defend jobs and conditions and back lower wages and poorer working conditions in Italy on condition that job cuts are carried out elsewhere.
By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2011
Greece’s social democratic PASOK government is preparing to use the army against striking Athens refuse workers and threatening mass arrests ahead of today’s 48-hour general strike.
By Ante Dotto, 17 October 2011
The political deadlock in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) represents the systemic failure of the entire official political framework in the region and a foreign policy disaster for the state's international backers, the US and EU.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2011
Strikes and protests escalated throughout Greece this week as workers protested against the austerity programme of the social democratic PASOK government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 October 2011
In its preliminary summary, the troika paints a bleak picture of Greece’s economic development and seeks to pressure Athens to implement cuts and deregulation.
By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2011
The austerity measures being forced onto the Greek population by the ruling social democratic PASOK government are literally killing people.
By Alejandro López, 11 October 2011
The administrative board of the state-run Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, RTVE) has agreed a plan to give themselves access to the corporation’s iNews system.
By Marianne Arens, 10 October 2011
The recent closure of the refugee camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa will lead to more deaths added to the list of hundreds who have died trying to escape war-torn Libya.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 October 2011
The European institutions have clearly changed course in relation to Greece. Instead of the “rescue” of the country, they are now discussing its bankruptcy, and reducing the risk of contagion.
Tens of thousands strike in Greece as military threatens to intervene against anti-austerity protests
By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2011
Tens of thousands of workers, pensioners and youth protested throughout Greece Wednesday in a 24-hour public sector strike.
By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 6 October 2011
Three years into the severest world economic crisis since the 1930s, stock markets around the world are once again tumbling as the capitalist system plunges into depression.
By Christoph Dreier, 5 October 2011
European stock markets fell sharply Tuesday and the euro hit new lows amid reports of an impending default of the Greek economy and fears of a rapidly developing recession and renewed banking crisis on both sides of the Atlantic.
By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2011
The social-democratic government of Greece bowed to pressure from the IMF and European authorities and cut the jobs of 30,000 civil servants.
By Vicky Short, 3 October 2011
The Spanish Socialist Workers Party government and Popular Party opposition are colluding to ensure the legislation required to further impoverish working people is rushed through parliament.
By Marc Wells, 30 September 2011
In order to continue the assault on workers, the Italian ruling class is looking to the formation of a more “left” government, not affected by Berlusconi’s sordid political and personal record.
By Robert Stevens, 29 September 2011
The Greek parliament’s approval of a new property tax marks an escalation in the austerity measures that are already destroying the jobs, living standards and futures of millions of working people.
By Christoph Dreier, 27 September 2011
Indifferent to the suffering of the Greek people and intent on pursuing a class-war policy across Europe, the “troika” experts agree that "on the ground, things will get a lot worse."
By Barry Grey, 26 September 2011
The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington DC concluded Sunday with no agreement on specific measures to avert a default by Greece and the threat of a new financial meltdown and global depression.
By Christoph Dreier, 24 September 2011
Neither the austerity measures nor the latest tranche of the “rescue packet” will resolve the crisis gripping Greece, which faces looming bankruptcy.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 September 2011
After months of continual parliamentary crisis, the Slovenian minority government led by Premier Borut Pahor was ousted from office following a vote of no confidence on Tuesday.
By David Walsh, 23 September 2011
Tens of thousands of Greek public transport workers, teachers, civil servants and air traffic controllers walked off the job Thursday to protest the latest round of austerity measures announced by the PASOK government.
By Alejandro López, 22 September 2011
This week, teachers and students across Spain are protesting against education cuts.
By Barry Grey, 20 September 2011
The European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, acting in behalf of the international banks, are demanding a new round of austerity measures against the Greek working class.
By Paul Mitchell, 20 September 2011
Fitch Ratings warned last week that Spain’s credit rating could be downgraded because the country’s regions have fallen behind schedule on deficit-reduction targets, economic growth had been poor and public funds to rescue banks had been larger than forecast.
By Barry Grey, 17 September 2011
European Union finance ministers delayed a decision on disbursing an 8 billion euro loan needed to avert a default by Greece next month and rejected proposals by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to expand the EU's bailout fund.
By Robert Stevens, 15 September 2011
With Greece verging on default, the PASOK government is escalating its austerity programme against an already pauperised population.
By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2011
Italian business and political circles take for granted their right to decide on the future of the oil and gas wealth of the country’s former colony, Libya.
By Barry Grey, 13 September 2011
The crisis of the common European currency and the region’s banking system intensified Monday amid mounting fears that Greece could soon default.
By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2011
The fighting took place as the Greek prime minister gave his annual address on economic policy.
By Alejandro López, 10 September 2011
The Spanish Constitution has been amended with a new article limiting the public deficit.
By Marc Wells, 7 September 2011
Hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike Tuesday and took to the streets to protest against the assault on their social rights.
By Marc Wells, 29 August 2011
The response of the Italian ex-leftists organized in Sinistra Critica to the government’s austerity measures reveals their essential approval for the social cuts, their class collaboration and nationalism.
By Paul Mitchell, 29 August 2011
The United Left (IU) has formed a so-called broad front in order to oppose the necessary creation of a socialist party of the Spanish working class.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 August 2011
The Slovenian government led by Premier Borut Pahor faces collapse following unpopular austerity measures and allegations of corruption.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2011
Pope Benedict XVI visited Spain last week to attend the World Youth Day 2011, held in Madrid.
By Alejandro López, 17 August 2011
The right-wing Popular Party mayor of Poyales del Hoyo has desecrated a mausoleum containing the remains of 10 victims executed by the fascists during the Spanish Civil War.
By Katerina Selin, 13 August 2011
A look at the social situation in Greece reveals the thoroughly inhuman character of the austerity measures demanded by the banks, EU and IMF.
By Ante Dotto, 9 August 2011
Tensions remain high after violent clashes broke out again at the end of last month on the Kosovo-Serbia border.
By Alejandro López, 8 August 2011
Protests by indignados (angry ones) of the 15-M movement have continued since last Tuesday, when 300 police forcibly evicted the 90 people remaining in Madrid’s main square, Puerta del Sol.
By Marc Wells, 8 August 2011
The Italian government is preparing further social austerity measures in response to the Thursday stock market crash and demands from investors for more anti-worker cuts.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 5 August 2011
Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has announced a snap general election four months earlier than scheduled, on November 20.
By Alejandro López, 4 August 2011
On Tuesday police forcibly evicted the remaining indignado protesters from the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 August 2011
Under growing pressure from the financial markets, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Louis Zapatero has announced early elections for November 20, four months before the March 2012 deadline.