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Europe

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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Ambulance workers in Ireland fighting for trade union recognition

International Day of Solidarity – Monday 21 st October Katia Hancke Socialist Party Ireland Ambulance workers in the South of Ireland have been organising in NASRA, a branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), for the last ten years. The grassroots union branch is democratic with a lay leadership and a fighting approach to defending workers’ rights. Over the last ...

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Austria after the elections

On May 2019, the coalition government of the far-right FPÖ and the conservative ÖVP collapsed after a corruption scandal around the then-Vice Chancellor and leader of the FPÖ, HC Strache. Sebastian Kurz, who took over the ÖVP before the elections in 2017, has steered the party in the direction of the right-wing populism of the FPÖ. At the same time, ...

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Never Again! Sixth anniversary of the murder of the anti-fascist Pavlos Fyssas

By Xekinima, the CWI in Greece  Six years ago, on the 18th September 2013, a Golden Dawn death squad murdered the anti-fascist artist Pavlos Fyssas in a working class neighbourhood of Athens. This year, as in every year since, thousands demonstrated in cities all over Greece in commemoration of Pavlos Fyssas and against the neo-nazi ‘Golden Dawn’. The murder of ...

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Harland & Wolff Occupation: Historic struggle in Northern Ireland saves jobs

For nine weeks, workers at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was once built occupied the site after the company went into administration, placing skilled jobs at risk. The workers at the shipyard – members of Unite and GMB trade unions – demanded that the government nationalise the yard to safeguard its future. Workers, young people ...

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Health workers protest in Belgium

Since March, a movement has developed among Brussels health care workers. It started in the emergency and intensive care units of Brugmann-Horta Hospital, and has spread to other hospitals with the aim of expanding the struggle to the whole sector. Pablo from the LSP-PSL Belgium spoke to Karim Brikci, a shop-steward from the CGSP Public Service Union at the Brugmann-Horta ...

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Far right AfD wins in East German state elections and the response of socialists 

The fact that the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) failed to become the strongest party after elections in the East German states of Saxony and Brandenburg is no cause for celebration. The results of the 1st September  election  demonstrate a stabilization of a high level of support for the openly extreme right-wing AfD confirming the results of the earlier parliamentary and ...

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Vladimir Putin and the “Death of Liberalism”

By Rob Jones, CWI Russia Twenty years since he was first appointed Premier by the outgoing Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin in a provocative interview in the Financial Times recently declared that “Liberalism is dead”. His manifesto challenged the ‘liberal’ capitalist elite currently dominating the European Union and rallied right-wing populists to step up their activities. The same week, he visited ...

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