Capitalist rulers seek to paper over growing frictions in EU

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Public power workers contingent at June 2011 protest in Athens against government attacks on unions, layoffs demanded under terms of Berlin-led EU “bailout.” Growing capitalist crisis today, worsened by pandemic, is deepening rivalries and rifts among Europe’s capitalist rulers.

While millions of workers in countries across Europe confront rapidly rising unemployment, continuing outbreaks of coronavirus and attacks on wages and working conditions, the leaders of the European Union agreed to put together a 750 billion euros “recovery fund” ($880…


Germany’s high court ruling accelerates EU coming apart

Vol. 84/No. 21 - June 1, 2020
German court bars EU from using Berlin’s funding to bail out impoverished governments like Italy and Spain. German rulers offer instead to help EU make grants, accompanied by austerity regimens. Above, Nov. 6, 2012, rally in Greece against EU-imposed cuts on wages, pensions.

The economic and social crisis of capitalism weighing on working people worldwide, accelerated by the way the capitalist governments have responded to the coronavirus outbreak with far-reaching lockdowns on industry and trade, has greatly hastened the coming apart of the…


Social crisis today deepens strains pulling the EU apart

Vol. 84/No. 16 - April 27, 2020

European Union finance ministers held an acrimonious summit April 9, trying to cobble together a deal for resurrecting the trading bloc members’ crumbling economies. They did finally reach an agreement, but it began to unravel within minutes. Rival capitalist governments…


Budget failure at EU meeting shows the bloc is unraveling

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Greek teachers protest against layoffs in Athens, March 21, 2014. “Merkel out” sign shows anger over Berlin’s demand that Athens impose greater “austerity” on working people to get new EU loans. In 2018, Greek rulers agreed to restrictions on social spending for next 40 years!

A rancorous summit over the European Union’s effort to adopt a new six-year budget broke up Feb. 21 with no agreement among its rival capitalist powers. The deep divisions among them show that far from coming together after the U.K.…


Johnson says workers ‘lent’ him their votes to get UK out of EU

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Picket at Waterloo station, London, during December strike against South Western Railway in defense of guard jobs, safety for rail workers and passengers. Fight by workers to get UK out of EU took place against backdrop of deepening capitalist crisis, growing disdain of Labour Party.

LONDON — Boris Johnson claimed his Conservative Party’s huge electoral victory, built on an overwhelming working-class vote, was the “starting gun being fired on what promises to be a fantastic year and a remarkable decade for our United Kingdom.” But…


UK out of EU is best terrain for workers’ struggles there

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019
School cleaners, cooks, home-care workers, other local council workers in Glasgow, Scotland, on strike Oct. 23. The working-class struggle for emancipation in the U.K. can only be fought and won inside the capitalist nation-state there. U.K. workers and their allies in the countryside need to fight to establish a workers and farmers government.

MANCHESTER, England — The failed attempts by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government in the U.K. to strike a “withdrawal deal” with the European Union that can pass in the House of Commons has led to sharpening divisions and a…


Brexit fight unfolds as capitalist competition tears away at EU

Vol. 82/No. 40 - October 29, 2018

LONDON — It has been two and a half years since a referendum on the U.K.’s membership in the European Union recorded a 17.4 million to 16.1 million majority for Brexit. Millions of workers took advantage of the ballot to…


US, EU rulers clash over trade, spending for NATO

Rancor reflects Washington’s new course as old imperialist ‘world order’ is coming apart
Vol. 82/No. 32 - August 27, 2018
Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talk to press July 25.

President Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, met at the White House July 25 and announced they had reached a “truce” in imposing protectionist tariffs between Washington and the Berlin-led EU trading bloc. In these conflicts…