Tag Archives: European Union

Italy | Italian elections roundup: The centre can hold, but it is weakened

by Chris Bambery

With the possibility of another far-right leader in a European government, the left needs to get its act together

On Sunday night the Italian elite and their European counterparts went to bed clinging to one seemingly comforting thought. Even if their favoured outcome,  a return of a pro-EU, neoliberal centre-left government to office in Rome, seemed ruled out by that day’s elections, surely that old rogue, Silvio Berlusconi, could form a government in which his right-wing coalition would dominate.

Spain | The Repression on the Streets of Barcelona Is the True Face of the European Union

The Democratic Independent Workers Party of France issued a statement on recent police violence in Catalonia. They state it was a true face of the EU shown to the world.

“The Civil Guard breaking down the doors of polling stations with battering rams and snatching ballot-boxes out of the hands of peaceful scrutineers; hundreds of citizens – youth, elderly people, and even children – physically abused, beaten, injured: the violence unleashed against the Catalan people by the Rajoy government on 1 October confirms, to anyone who might have doubted it, that the institutions of the Spanish monarchy are indeed the legacy of the Francoist dictatorship.

UK | Can post-Brexit London survive as Europe’s cultural and financial capital?

The UK capital perhaps felt the greatest shock when Britain voted to leave the EU. In the first in a series on post-Brexit cities, Tom Campbell examines whether the impending split really will be ‘economic self-sabotage’ for London.