by Ta Paidia Tis Galarias (TPTG), March 2017
INTRODUCTION: The Capitalist Crisis in the European Union
Before discussing the conditions in which the social crisis in the South of Europe has been developing, we should refer first to the more general context of the crisis in the EU itself.
For us, the global “economic recession” and the “financial” crisis of the recent years are only forms of appearance of the permanent crisis of capital reproduction which started in the early 70’s, that is, the crisis of reproduction of capitalist social relations. Despite the fact that there were periods of “recovery”, e.g. the partial restoration of non-financial profit rates in many major capitalist economies from 1982 to 1997, no long-term solution to the crisis has been found. Read More
by Ralph Keller
On 7 April, US president Donald Trump ordered 59 Tomahawk missiles to be fired on Al Shyrat Airfield outside Homs in Syria .
This was a response to the Sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun three days earlier, for which the Syrian government is clearly responsible. Its ally, Russia, did nothing to stop the gas attack, which claimed the lives of men, women and children. Donald Trump justified the missile strike by saying that “[i]t is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons” . To many, the strike comes as a surprise and is even seen as a U-turn on Donald Trump’s non-interventionist stance during his election campaign. Be it as it may, we have seen a clear measure of escalation in terms of the US’ involvement in the Syrian civil war so far. Read More
by Roel van de Pol
Voters in the Netherlands elected a new House of Representatives on March 15. I think that what stands out about the election is, first of all, that the ruling coalition lost big time, especially the social democrats. VVD (the “conservative liberal” People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy), and PvdA (the social-democratic Labor Party) together lost nearly half of their seats, but PvdA took most of the heat and is almost decimated. It’s a scenario similar to what happened to the social-democratic party PASOK in Greece. This indicates that people are fed up with how things are going. The government took office on a “social” platform, and they are now paying the price for piously imposing the EU austerity program.