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Europe

British elections: Fight for a Corbyn-led Labour government!

Build a mass movement to win Organise to fight for socialism December’s general election has the potential to mark an historic turning point. It is an opportunity to build a mass movement to demand a society that works for the millions. It’s a chance to kick out the Tories and put Jeremy Corbyn in number ten. Corbyn can win this ...

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Germany: “Rent madness” checked by campaign for nationalisation

Debates about the need to nationalise housing corporations have been continuing for months in Berlin and across Germany. The discussion was initiated by the Berlin based campaign to “Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co.”, which the SAV (German section of the CWI-majority) supports. As a result, the state parliament is to vote on introducing a rent freeze. by Lucy Redler, SAV ...

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Catalonia: 18-O general strike shows the huge potential of the movement

The largely bottom-up mass protest movement against the prison sentences for pro-independence politicians is seeing a new, radicalised generation coming into struggle for the first time. However, for now, the movement lacks the democratic structures and political programme it needs in order to develop into a force fighting for an independent and socialist Catalan republic. The potential for that though ...

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Elections in Portugal: Stability on the surface…

…But future upheavals await By Pedro, Socialistisch Alternatief (CWI in the Netherlands) After 4 years of a policy of conciliation by the left reformist parties BE and PCP, the general (parliamentary) elections in Portugal on 6 October gave a victory to the ruling “Socialist” party (PS), but without an overall majority or enthusiasm from the masses. The number and intensity ...

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Catalonia: General strike today… intensify the struggle!

Escalate the general strike tactic, build the movement democratically from below  By John Hird & Rob MacDonald, Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in the Spanish state) The Spanish state’s act of revenge against the Catalan people for daring to exercise their right to an independence referendum by handing out lengthy jail sentences to the political leaders who organised the vote on 1 ...

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Poland: What is behind the success of Law and Justice?

Poland’s ruling right-wing populist party Law and Justice (PIS) has won a second term of office in the general election on Sunday 13th of September, with 43.6% of the vote and a majority of seats in parliament. The neoliberal Civic Platform came second, with 27.4% of the vote, and Lewica, an electoral alliance of liberal and left parties, won 12.6%. ...

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Nazi violence in Halle: fight fascist violence!

Armed to the teeth, a fascist set off to attack the synagogue of Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur, an important Jewish holiday. His aim – to kill dozens of Jewish people. When this failed, the perpetrator shot a passer-by and a customer at a nearby kebab-restaurant. Our solidarity is with the victims and their families. The fight against Nazis and racism ...

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Understanding Britain’s Brexit crisis

Britain’s ongoing Brexit crisis has entered a new and spectacularly explosive phase. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is in a state of chaos. His attempts to regain control, including via the dissolution of parliament, have so-far failed. Johnson’s first week in parliament as prime minister saw him lose six parliamentary votes in six days, including two failed attempts at calling ...

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Catalonia: Draconian jail sentences for pro-independence leaders

General strike now! By Socialismo Revolucionario (CWI in Spanish state) reporters The Spanish state has sentenced the leaders of the Catalan independence movement to long prison terms for “sedition”, for the “crime” of organising a democratic referendum on Catalan independence. 7 pro-independence leaders and politicians were sentenced to jail terms of between 10 and 12 years each, with 2 more ...

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