THE EUROPEAN UNION OF THE MONOPOLIES
The Merchants of Death – lithograph by Mabel Dwight
German and French foreign ministers issue call for a “European Security Compact,” maintaining “employable high-readiness forces” and establishing “standing maritime forces.” Steinmeier and Ayrault write that to “plan and conduct civil and military operations more effectively,” the EU should institute a “permanent civil-military chain of command.” The creation of a “European FBI” is also on the agenda. Continue reading
german-foreign-policy.com BERLIN (June 27) – Berlin is applying intense pressure in the aftermath of the Brexit, to reorganize the EU. Under the slogan, “flexible Union,” initial steps are being taken to establish a “core Europe.” This would mean an EU, led by a small, tight-knit core of countries, with the rest of the EU member countries being subordinated to second-class status. Continue reading
Sober analysis from Workers’ Weekly*
May Day 2016
The people of England, Scotland, Wales and the north of Ireland voted on June 23 to leave the European Union rather than remain in the EU. The voting was Leave: 17,410,742 (51.9% of valid votes cast); Remain: 16,141,241(48.1% of valid votes cast), a majority of 1,269,501, with a turnout of 72.2% of the total electorate of 46,500,001. The number of rejected ballots was 25,359. Continue reading
Unprecedented lockdown part of Fortress America
The visit of U.S. President Obama to Ottawa on June 29 saw a massive police lockdown of downtown Ottawa including the prohibition of civic traffic on many roads, bridges and waterways. Public gatherings were prohibited outside of one designated location, although the geographic extent of the prohibition was not specified. Continue reading
Say No! to Fortress North America! No to War Preparations and Monopoly Rule! Down with Obama’s Politics of Drone Assassination! Canada Needs an Anti-War Government! Obama and Peña Nieto Go Home!
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on Canadians and Quebeckers to firmly oppose the presence in Canada of U.S war president Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto. Go all out to oppose the 10th North American Leaders Neo-liberal War Summit taking place in Ottawa on June 29. The Summit aims to disarm the resistance of the people and step up the criminal activities that put all the human, material and natural resources of the peoples of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico at the disposal of the most powerful monopolies, concentrate their power and privileges on a supranational basis, destroy the anti-war public opinion of the people and mobilize them behind the criminal U.S.-led wars of aggression and occupation and Obama’s politics of drone assassination. Continue reading
RMT ( Rail, Maritime & Transport ) trade union joins CGT & other European rail unions in protest demonstration in 2008 Paris against EU railways privatisation.
On the eve of the Brexit referendum, german-foreign-policy.com last week interviewed John Boyd on the European Union and the so-called Social Europe, which is especially promoted by the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party. He also provides background information on the stands taken by the trade unions. John Boyd is Secretary of the Campaign against Euro-federalism (CAEF), an organisation oriented towards the labour movement and trade union movement, which has been calling for a withdrawal from the EU since it was founded in 1991. Continue reading
JOHN PILGER argues that the referendum result represents a deeper, more dynamic anger than the reasons rehearsed by politicians and the media and offers a glimpse of hope.
The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. Continue reading