Category Archives: EU

France | Update and Analysis on the Political Situation in France

In this Dossier:

(1) Do Macron and [Prime Minister] Philippe Really Think They Can Get Away With It?

2) What Is the “Yellow Vests” Movement?

3) Trade Unions Come to the Fore … on Working-Class Grounds

France | France’s Macron Announces Pseudo Raise of Minimum Wage

Political opponents, who have largely failed so far to tap into the discontent from the leaderless “yellow vest,” criticized Macron’s response as insufficient.

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to defuse weeks of often violent protests that have challenged his authority.

France | France’s “yellow vest” protesters brave repression and mass arrests

by Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira

For the fourth consecutive Saturday, “yellow vest” (gilet jaunes) protestors demonstrated yesterday across France against the rightwing government of Emmanuel Macron. They did so in defiance of ominous threats of state violence and a massive mobilization of security forces.

Greece | The calamity of austerity in Greece

by Niki Best

While the troika celebrated the end of its Greek bailout programme, the Transnational Institute TNI was busy reporting on the devastating impact of its enforced austerity.

Hungary | ‘Slave Law’ Overtime Rules Send Hungarian Workers Into the Street in Protest

On Saturday, Hungarian trade unions protested a change in the country’s labor code in Budapest, increasing a workers’ allowable overtime from 250 to 400 hours a year in a move union leaders have dubbed as a “slave law.”