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Theresa May’s Catastrophe

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Foto: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916 / CC / Flickr

By John Pickard

The general election has been a huge moral defeat for the Tories and Theresa May personally. May called a snap election in the expectation that she would increase her small parliamentary majority of 12 by anything up to 100 seats. But the gamble has failed miserably. (more…)

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British Elections: Theresa May’s Risky Gamble!

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Foto: Jay Allen. Number 10 / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By John Pickard

In calling a snap election, Theresa May is seeking a mandate to manage a hard Brexit. It is becoming clear that the Brexit negotiations are not going to be easy, that they are not going to be quick and that, in effect, the Tories are having to reconcile themselves with a ‘hard Brexit’ with all its political, economic and social consequences. (more…)

France under Macron

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Foto: Mutualité Française / Flickr / CC

By Greg Oxley (editor of La Riposte and PCF member)

The election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France met with an enthusiastic response from the financial markets. When the results were announced, the Paris stock exchange surged upwards. Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker and all the supporters of austerity in Europe expressed their satisfaction. (more…)

Polen: Masseprotester lagde abortforbud i graven

Foto: Gosia Kaczmarczyk

Demonstration i Wroclaw imod forslaget om abortforbud, 25-09-2016

Af: Niklas Zenius Jespersen

Polen har i mange år været set som en bastion for reaktionær katolicisme og konservatisme. Men store protester de seneste måneder har vist, at dette langtfra er hele billedet. Særlig protesterne imod et foreslået abortforbud har vist, at progressive kræfter stadig har slagkraft. De store protester pressede parlamentet til massivt at nedstemme et forslag om næsten totalt forbud imod abort i oktober. Selv polens højreekstreme katolske regering blev presset til at trække sin støtte til forslaget efter, at strejker en hel uge lammede offentlige institutioner og butikker i 60 byer over hele landet og op mod 100.000 demonstrerede mod regeringen og krævede udvidelse af seksuelle rettigheder. (more…)

France and in Europe: Revolutionary struggle to defeat nationalist reaction

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In April and May of this year, the presidential and legislative elections will be held in France. The Socialist Party has been in power for the last five years, under the presidency of François Hollande. It is not certain who will win the presidential election, which involves two rounds. What is certain, however, is that the vicious austerity policies and attacks on workers’ rights carried out by Hollande has led to a strengthening of all the right-wing parties, and especially of the nationalist and racist National Front, led by Marine Le Pen. (more…)

Spanien: Kup i socialdemokratiet giver Rajoy magten

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Paladsrevolution i spansk socialdemokrati PSOE. Bag kuppet stod bl.a. guvernør for Andalusien Susana Diaz (billedet i midten).

Af Andreas Bülow

Den 23. oktober har en ny ledelse af socialdemokratiet PSOE meddelt at de vil stemme blankt ved den konservative Mariano Rajoys regeringsdannelse. Det sker efter et år hvor Spanien har været styret af en midlertidig administration, da ingen har kunnet samle flertal. Den nye konstellation er et klassesamarbejde over midten, men det kan også bane vejen for en enorm fremgang til den yderste venstrefløj. (more…)