Category Archives: EU

Greece | Greece still under the yoke of its illegitimate debt

by Anouk Renaud

On Friday 22 June 2018, after night-long negotiations, the Eurogroup (meeting of the finance ministers of the eurozone, along with representatives of the IMF and the ECB) announced with great fanfare / pomp and circumstances, a new agreement concerning Greece. It is supposed to be a “historic” agreement that would sound the death knell of the Greek crisis. [1] Now all the media are saying that Greece “is turning a page,” that “the Greek people can smile again,” that it marks “the end of the Greek crisis,” and that “Greece had settled its debt problem.” [2]

Italy | African harvest workers strike in southern Italy

by Gerhard Feldbauer, August 14

After the death of 12 farmworkers in a traffic accident in southern Italy on Aug. 6, hundreds of migrant farmworkers walked off the job there. The USB trade union federation called for the strike.

In a “march of red caps” — a reference to the covering which the workers usually use to protect themselves from the blazing sun — the protesters went to the prefecture [representing the national government] in the city of Foggia and demanded decent working conditions. At a demonstration by the CGIL, CISL and UIL trade unions in Foggia, member of parliament Roberto Speranza, who is also chairperson of the left-wing movement “Free and Equals” (LeU), expressed his solidarity with the migrants.

Finland | One-third would back Finland’s Nato membership on President’s say-so

A new poll by Lännen Media suggests that a third of Finns would support Finland’s membership in Nato if President Sauli Niinistö endorsed it.

Supporters of the Swedish People’s Party – 72 percent of them – were the most positive about Finland joining the US-led military alliance, together with Blue Reform and National Coalition Party voters.

Open Letter: Reject the Zaev-Tsipras agreement imposed by NATO and the EU! For a Socialist Federation of Free Balkan Peoples!

by Sungur Savran and Savas Michael Matsas

The agreement between the leaders of the Republic of Macedonia and of Greece, Zaev and Tsipras, received the support of 41 intellectuals from around the world as well as from Greece and Macedonia, who published a petition they signed in the British newspaper The Guardian on 20 July 2018 (https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/jul/20/historic-deal-on-shared-macedonian-identity-must-be-honoured?CMP=share_btn_fb). This petition, which is supposed to be written from a left-wing point of view condones the role imperialism has played in all this. A petition that was written as a rebuttal of the first also sidesteps the issue of imperialism and the role it plays in the Balkans. This second petition was also signed by an international set of intellectuals, including certain from Macedonia and Greece. At the time of publishing this, we are not aware whether it has been published yet.

Sweden | Call for solidarity! Motor vessel with humanitarian aid highjacked – Who to contact to support the kidnapped crew. Act now!

31 july, 2018 / AKTIVISTERFORFED

The Swedish citizen Divina Levrini which also is a part of Aktivister för fred (In English: Activists for peace) have since the departure from Sweden i May 2018 sailed with Ship to Gaza and Freedom Flotilla. During the last leg towards Gaze, she sailed on Al Awda (The Return).