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Northern Ireland general election: Voters punish main parties as Unionists lose majority

By Daniel Waldron, Socialist Party (CWI in Northern Ireland) Both the main parties in Northern Ireland – the DUP and Sinn Féin – saw significant falls in their vote share in the recent general election, while there was a substantial increase in support for the non-sectarian Alliance Party. This points to the potential to build a cross-community, socialist alternative in ...

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Germany: SPD leadership loses election for party Chair. Reversing the trend or flash in the pan?

The victory of Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans in the membership election for the Chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has dealt a blow to the establishment around Olaf Scholz. The conservative media are furious. The paper “Die Welt” described the elected chairs as “Kühnert’s Trojan Horses” (Kühnert is the chairman of the Young Socialists) pushed in as part ...

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Croatia. “Our main aim is to present socialist ideas to the public”

Interview with Katarina Peović, candidate of Radnička fronta (Workers’ front) in Croatia’s Presidential election. There is a Presidential election in Croatia on 22nd December. Although the political landscape in Croatia is dominated by right-wing nationalist and pro-capitalist politicians and parties, Radnička fronta (RF, Workers’ Front) is standing Katarina Peović to offer a socialist alternative and give a voice to workers ...

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Vicious Tories win with lies – but mass struggle looms on the horizon

By Socialist Alternative Political Committee The Conservative victory at the general election is a major setback for the working class and youth of Britain. The bumbling bigot Johnson will whip up prejudice and launch further attacks on our services, livelihoods and environment. This will meet with resistance which we will support and help organise. Local ‘conferences of resistance’ should be ...

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Finland: major strike movement puts pressure on new government

By Jonas Brännberg – translated from article in “Offensiv” paper of the CWI in Sweden It took a week to form a new coalition government in Finland following the resignation of Prime Minister Antti Rinne in early December. Little changed, the same parties are included in the new government. Rinne’s fall followed a large successful strike in support of 700 ...

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China: Biggest crisis since Xi Jinping came to power

The following document was approved unanimously by the 4th congress of the CWI China/Hong Kong/Taiwan section held in December 2019. China is moving into a period of revolutionary shocks and upheavals. This is shown by the unprecedented mass movement in Hong Kong, in which there are revolutionary features, alongside less developed features and a lagging behind of mass consciousness in ...

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Britain. Don’t mourn, organise

It’s not the result that we were hoping for. The Tories’ big majority will be seen as a huge blow to the working class, with the dire prospect of five more years of callous Tory rule. And what does that mean for us? Boris Johnson may have said that austerity is over, but nine years of cuts have taken their ...

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Video: Protest against sexism at Ghent university in Belgium

“Women want the privileges of male money and protection. But they refuse to spread their legs.” A disturbing video by a far-right student group has caused uproar in Belgium. The far-right KVHV invited Jeff Hoeyberghs to spread his sexist ideas. Campaign ROSA protested at the campus. We do not tolerate the university of Ghent being used to spread sexist, racist ...

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France. Build for an indefinite general strike everywhere!

The first day of strikes and protests against French President Macron’s proposed reform of the pension system was a resounding and historic success. On Thursday 5th December, there were nearly 250 demonstrations across France attended by no less than 1,5 million people. This compares with the first day of the movement against the proposed new labour law in 2016 which ...

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Ireland: Seething anger as housing crisis grows

By Katia Hancke, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) On Thursday 5 December, in the middle of the day, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to demand action on the housing crisis. Working-class people from all over the city and beyond, many directly affected by homelessness at some point in their lives, brought their families and friends. All ...

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