Category european politics

A Greek Spring?

No, not the Fountain of Youth, Syriza’s victory in the recent Greek elections. Now people from the rightwing media to excitable far-left magical thinkers like Left Unity and the Morning Star have proclaimed Syriza’s result as a victory for a radical left. However as Mehdi Hasan points out here, the reality is something quite different. […]

if you ask the wrong questions you get the wrong answers

Last week the Guardian published this article about the rise of the new popular left parties in parts of Europe, the most interesting of course being Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece. Now I agree that it’s extremely interesting to see how in several countries the “far” left have managed to ride to some […]

Wha SUP?

Wha SUP? It’s a ‘Single Member Private Limited Liability Company’ and it has been proposed by the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission. In brief it would allow companies in the EU to have their registered offices in separate member states to their head offices – it seems to be a way of encouraging […]

gibralternate world

I’ve just discovered the new Gibraltar Portal developed by the New Statesman in conjunction with the Gibraltar Government. What?? I know right? Here is what the Staggers has to say about it Gibraltar has been British for over 300 years. Situated between Africa and Europe, Gibraltar is a strategically important political and economic partner within […]

not all news from Sweden is positive… As we can see here in this article and video from LO (The Swedish TUC)…  

main contractor liability in Sweden

According to the excellent Nordic Labour Journal the Swedish building worker’s union ‘Byggnads’ have won a major concession from the building industry. Essentially the union have negotiated an agreement for the official industry association (BI) to establish fund that would as a last resort pay the wages for work done to the employees of sub […]

post sovereignty

In this article for the Political Studies Association, Professor Michael Keating looks at the Scottish independence debate in the conext of ‘post-sovereignty’. Post Sovereignty is described thus – This is not mere political posturing but reflects a profound truth about modern constitutionalism, that the old sovereign nation-state formula no longer works. ¬†We are in an […]

oh no the interventionist left are back…

…only this time they’re different. Lindsey German of the Stop the War Coalition has published this apologia for Putin’s invasion of Crimea… So last time of course Lindsey and her pals were rightly opposed to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for a range of reasons not least being the legality or otherwise of such invasions, […]

it’s always nice when academics and policy influencers back up our arguments

Of course you can prove anything with facts as someone once said… Still these two posts over the last few months on the excellent LSE Europblog provide more evidence of why it is irrational for the right to automatically attempt to undermine trade unions (as I last pointed out a while ago) Collective bargaining and […]

gesture politics

Nicolas Anelka has caused a bit of a storm at the weekend it seems. He claims that the gesture he made was not anti-semitic but a tribute to his mate Dieudonne a French comic who popularised the ‘salute’. This would be the same Dieudonne who is a known associate of far-right and anti-semitic individuals and […]

those Ukraine protests everyone is getting excited about thanks to Brian Whelan at Channel Four for being to my knowledge the first mainstream English language journo to point out that the protests in the pro-European protests that lots of people (like in the Guardian) are getting very excited and positive about, have integral involvement from […]

more craziness on the wilder shores of politics

One of the electorally more successful far-lefts in the Anglophone sphere in recent years has been the Irish left, thanks to their single transferrable vote electoral system and understandable wide spread discontent with austerity means that they have between 5 and 8 or so MPs (depending on how wide you cast your net), and an […]

a germaine post

The results of the German elections are in and the ruling CDU/CSU of Angela Merkle has remained the largest grouping in the Bundestag, in fact they almost have a majority just by themselves. However the frankly welcome wipeout of the Free Democrats (cousins of our beloved Libdems) means that the arithmetic for forming a clear […]

migrant workers could influence the course of the 2014 elections

My article posted on the European Movement website earlier today the main point for me is below: How can our migrant members organise themselves and their families to have an impact on the election? If we give them a compelling narrative that engages and encourages the telling of positive stories of how working people have […]

has the financial crisis triggered a rise of the far right?

No is the short answer given by Cas Mudde of the University of Georgia in this article for the LSE European Politics Blog. Cas basically makes the point that there has not generally been a rise in support for far right parties across the EU as a direct response to the economic crisis; he points […]