Europe

EU-Turkey tensions mount over Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean

By Hasan Yıldırım, 3 December 2020

The unilateral opening of Varosha or Maraş in northern Cyprus and Ankara’s proposed two-state solution have intensified tensions between the European Union and Turkey.

Letter to Boycott Return to Unsafe Schools (BRTUS)/Parents United Against Unsafe Schools

By Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 December 2020

Workers and parents must have the right to decide which political programme and perspective they wish to adopt or discuss and debate. Blocking access to this through censorship is a reactionary tool to silence opposition.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as Johnson ends one-month national lockdown

By Harvey Singh, 3 December 2020

“Workers overwhelmingly oppose this calculated endangering of human life, but Labour and the trade unions are working systematically to prevent this opposition gaining a political voice and leadership.”

UK Labour leadership tells Zionist meeting that thousands of party members face expulsion

By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 December 2020

As the leadership prepares mass expulsions, in the face of these outrages, Corbyn is again refusing to fight and allowing those who try to do so on his behalf to be persecuted.

“So that rifles shoot”: Germany’s Green Party leader Baerbock pleads for massive arms spending and new war missions

By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2020

In advance of next year’s federal elections, the Greens are spearheading the campaign for the return of German militarism.

Letter from a Bournemouth Hospital frontline nurse sparks broader discussion on conditions facing NHS workers in UK

By our reporter, 3 December 2020

The letter was publicised by NHS FightBack, an initiative of the Socialist Equality Party, and then shared widely on social media, including on a number of National Health Service Facebook campaign groups.

Podemos silent on Spanish generals’ coup threats

By Alejandro López, 2 December 2020

Podemos is far more afraid of explosive opposition on their left, among workers and youth, than it is about far-right coup plots against its own coalition government with the PSOE.

British government to deport Jamaican “foreign nationals” after fascistic campaign

By Thomas Scripps, 2 December 2020

The Labour MPs led by Jeremy Corbyn signing the letter of protest are only attempting to distance themselves from their party’s own anti-democratic agenda without making any real challenge to it

Engels in the meat grinder

Germany’s Left Party slanders the legacy of Friedrich Engels

By Peter Schwarz, 2 December 2020

The attempt to cut this theoretical giant down to the size of the political needs of the Left Party assumed truly grotesque dimensions.

UK Labour Party backs Johnson government ending lockdown in “national interest”

By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2020

Johnson was ultimately able to win the vote by a large majority thanks to most of Labour’s 200 MPs abstaining, with Starmer abiding by his cynical pledge to only “constructive” opposition to the government.

Resolution in Germany: “Close schools and day-care centres and organize safe education!”

By Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 1 December 2020

The following statement was adopted by the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education at its meeting last Friday.

Meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education

In Germany, dozens of students, parents and teacher representatives call for school strikes and safe education

By Our reporters, 1 December 2020

On Friday evening, the network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany held its largest online meeting to date.

Deaths mount as Spain’s PSOE–Podemos government escalates assault on migrants

By Alice Summers, 1 December 2020

At least nine migrants died last week trying to reach the Canary Islands, bringing the total deaths on the West African migration route to more than 500 this year.

Retired Spanish officers appeal to the king to back a military coup

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 1 December 2020

Army and Air Force officers have sent letters to King Felipe VI and to the European parliament, asking them to support action against Spain’s elected government.

UK Conservative government moves to end national lockdown with Labour Party backing

By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2020

The government is to end a lockdown that, despite its partial character and schools and workplaces remaining open, has cut coronavirus infections cases by a third.

Private sector and Conservative Party cronies reap over £17 billion in government contracts during pandemic

By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2020

At least 15 companies handed contracts without tendering or oversight had connections to the Conservative government in what is being described as a “chumocracy”.

This week in history: November 30-December 6

30 November 2020

75 years ago: General Douglas MacArthur, the effective leader of US-occupied Japan, ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and eight of the country’s other civilian and military leaders for war crimes, setting the stage for criminal prosecutions.

Spain’s Podemos to oversee distribution of EU bailout funds to the super-rich

By Alejandro López, 30 November 2020

The integration of Podemos in European Union bailout mechanisms testifies to the bankruptcy of its middle-class and anti-Marxist “Left Populist” politics.

Hundreds of thousands protest across France against police violence and Macron’s police immunity law

By Will Morrow, 30 November 2020

Opposition is growing to a law that would criminalize the filming of police officers, amid a series of incidents of police brutality over the past week.

Despite strikes and protests over coronavirus, schools and day-care centres remain open in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2020

Last week’s Coronavirus Summit, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the 16 heads of the state governments, demonstrated one thing: businesses, schools and day-care centres are to be kept open no matter what.

German Green Party sets course for government based on promoting militarism and war

By Jan Ritter and Max Linhof, 30 November 2020

The party made clear that a future Green federal government and/or Green chancellor would continue and expand the right-wing militaristic policies espoused by the current CDU-SPD grand coalition.

French government orders dissolution of leading Muslim rights group

By Samuel Tissot, 30 November 2020

The executive committee of Collectif Contre Islamophobie en France preventively voted to dissolve itself before a government dissolution order came into force.

Greek general strike against attacks on right to demonstrate and devastating coronavirus policy

By Katerina Selin, 28 November 2020

As the total number of infections in Greece exceeded the 100,000 mark and the death toll rose to over 2,000, doctors, nurses and public employees, transport workers, dockworkers, journalists, teachers and cultural workers took part in the strike.

UK government pandemic policies lead to several suicides among students

By Danny Knightley, 28 November 2020

As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.

French police filmed violently assaulting music producer in Paris

By Will Morrow, 28 November 2020

The release of the video footage comes as the Macron government is pushing through a new law criminalizing the filming of police officers.

French National Assembly adopts “global security” ban on filming of police

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 27 November 2020

The “global security” law threatens fundamental, constitutionally-protected rights and establishes the effective framework of a permanent, fascistic police state.

Labour-run Croydon council declares bankruptcy due to rampant property speculation

By Robert Stevens, 27 November 2020

The council has outlined spending cuts demanding hundreds of job losses and will “stop delivering some services that we know our communities find valuable.”

“Any return to ‘normality’ is a long way off”: Musicians and technicians speak to the WSWS

By John Newham, 27 November 2020

Several British artists and performance technicians spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the pandemic on them and their work.

The anti-refugee police riot in Paris: A warning to the working class

By Alex Lantier, 27 November 2020

An irrepressible conflict is emerging between the working class and the financial aristocracy, powerful sections of which support building a fascist police state

Workers and youth demand jobs in Tunisia; national four-hour walk out in Italy; union betrays nurses’ strike in Zimbabwe; community health workers strike continues in South Africa

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 November 2020

Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions

British government’s pandemic response threatens art and culture

By Paul Bond, 27 November 2020

The initial wage furlough scheme made no provision for self-employed and freelance workers, who make up the bulk of arts workers. When the government did eventually introduce its Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, many artists did not benefit.

Censored Planet: University of Michigan research finds worldwide increase in internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 27 November 2020

Data collected by a group of UM researchers has revealed that online interference is growing internationally and that “the world’s freest countries are not safe from internet censorship.”

Amid COVID-19 disaster on university campuses, students must build campus safety committees!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 27 November 2020

Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of “herd immunity”.

Famed Turkish pianist, composer Timur Selçuk dies at 74

By Nazım Özgün, 26 November 2020

Selçuk was a prominent example of the layer of Turkish intellectuals who turned to the working class amid the political radicalization and social struggles of the 1970s.

UK Chancellor launches austerity offensive: “Our economic emergency has only just begun.”

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2020

The cost of this unprecedented economic collapse will be paid in its entirety by the working class.

Greece’s hospitals face collapse in the second coronavirus wave

By Katerina Selin, 26 November 2020

With death and infection figures skyrocketing, doctors and nurses are sounding the alarm over the crisis in Greece’s health care system.

“I think school should be closed until the virus is brought under control”

UK student nurse and her daughter speak out on impact of pandemic

By our reporter, 26 November 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Elizabeth, a student nurse in her final year in Manchester, and her daughter Claire, aged 15, about their experiences during the pandemic.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government builds migrant concentration camps on Canary Islands

By Alice Summers, 25 November 2020

Like Syriza in Greece, the “left populist” Podemos party is supporting the building of mass internment camps to imprison thousands of refugees.

UK mother whose children all contracted COVID-19 speaks out to demand school closures: “I agree you must close schools and universities to save lives”

By our reporters, 25 November 2020

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Linda, a parent of three school children, who all tested positive for coronavirus at the end of October.

French police launch violent crackdown on Paris refugee camp

By Will Morrow, 25 November 2020

Hundreds of homeless refugees were forced to march north until they reached the outer suburbs of Paris, pursued by police throwing teargas canisters as they went.

Interior Minister in German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania forced to resign over ties to neo-Nazi network

By Gregor Link, 25 November 2020

Research from the TAZ daily and Der Spiegel magazine revealed in the days leading up to his resignation that Caffier bought a Glock handgun in early 2018 from the right-wing extremist Frank T.–allegedly so he could go hunting.

Greek government bans protests, imposes authoritarian measures utilising pretext of pandemic

By John Vassilopoulos, 25 November 2020

The escalation of state repression in Greece must be seen in the context of increased militancy in the working class and among youth over the authorties’ criminal handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Zero-Covid” campaign by Britain’s pseudo-left: a political cover for Labour and the TUC’s back-to-work drive

By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2020

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs around Corbyn finally, in August, announced its support for a Zero-Covid policy, but its statement was careful to make clear that the measures proposed were in the best interests of capital.

Boris Johnson announces end of national lockdown, prepares surge of COVID-19

By Thomas Scripps, 24 November 2020

From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.

Refugees season at the Imperial War Museum in London: A century of crises, but the real causes ignored

By Paul Mitchell, 24 November 2020

As to the causes of the continuous refugee crises over the last century, the exhibition answers with the obvious “conflict”, “modern war”, “threats of violence” and “social breakdown” but this begs the question, what causes these phenomena?

Strikes and protests across Germany against regular school operations

By Gregor Link and Philipp Frisch, 24 November 2020

Faced with mass infections at schools and a cover-up by the federal and state governments, students throughout Germany are beginning to take the protection of their health and that of their families into their own hands.

UK universities expose thousands of international students to raging pandemic

By Henry Lee, 23 November 2020

Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.

All intensive care beds occupied in Switzerland after COVID-19 infections explode

By Marianne Arens, 23 November 2020

Triage—treating some but not others—is now a major topic of discussion in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are being called on to make a living will and forgo treatment.

COVID-19 infections spread rapidly in Spain amid government inaction

By Alice Summers, 23 November 2020

Despite the dangerously high infection figures, the Podemos-Socialist Party government has refused to take the action required to curb the pandemic, imposing only limited and ineffectual curfew measures, with some areas of the country beginning to scale back restrictions.

Tens of thousands made homeless in UK as winter looms and temperatures plummet

By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2020

Research conducted by the Guardian among both UK-born and migrant rough sleepers found that many had been made homeless in recent months after losing their jobs in the service sector—especially restaurants, clubs and event security.

Backed by the union, Mercedes plans to close its oldest factory in Berlin

By Ludwig Weller, 23 November 2020

For many decades, every corporate decision affecting the workforce made at Marienfelde and all other Mercedes factories has been discussed beforehand with the works councils, which then develop strategies for their implementation.

This week in history: November 23-29

23 November 2020

On November 29, 1945, the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed following the successful repulsion of Nazi Germany’s attempt to subjugate the country, and Germany’s defeat in World War II in May. The establishment of the republic involved the deposing of King Peter II and the end of the Karađorđević dynasty that he headed. It was the outcome of a mass partisan struggle against fascism.

Stop the rearming of Germany’s air force, army, and navy!

By Johannes Stern, 21 November 2020

Six years after the federal government declared the end of military restraint at the 2014 Munich Security Conference, the largest rearmament programme since the Second World War is being implemented, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

Frontline nurse at UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital speaks out as COVID-19 cases surge

21 November 2020

The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

UK government announces £21.5 billion increase in military spending

By Thomas Scripps, 21 November 2020

UK Prime minister Boris Johnson is trying to extricate his government from its foreign policy crisis over Brexit—intensified by the US election victory of the anti-Brexit Joe Biden—with the lever of British militarism.

European Commission accuses Amazon of violating antitrust rules

By Erik Schreiber, 21 November 2020

Regulators focused on Amazon’s use of third-party sellers’ non-public data to design and market its own private-label products.

German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp destroys another 5,000 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 November 2020

The IG Metall union has already agreed to a cut of 6,000 jobs, meaning that some 11,000 workers now face the scrap heap.

As Europe’s governments preside over mass death, workers must fight for the shutdown of nonessential production and schools

By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2020

Growing numbers of workers and young people support the demand for the shutdown of nonessential production and ending of in-person teaching in schools to contain the pandemic.

Greek and Italian public sector workers to walk out in nationwide stoppages; Portuguese educators plan strike action; unrest continues in Nigeria as oil workers’ strike call met with oil price hike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 November 2020

Following school occupations for Covid safety measures, Greek public sector workers plan stoppage. As hospitals approach full capacity, date named for nationwide public sector strike in Greece

The Endless Trench: Hiding for decades from the Spanish fascists

By David Walsh, 20 November 2020

The film fictionally treats an actual phenomenon, the dozens or more of left-wing opponents of Franco, known as “moles,” who concealed themselves in their own homes for 30 years following the defeat of the Republican forces in 1939.

EU policy responsible for the massive death toll in the Mediterranean Sea

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 20 November 2020

More than 1,200 refugees have died trying to reach Europe this year, most of them drowned in the central Mediterranean.

Increased use of food banks by middle-income families in UK as food poverty surges

By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2020

The wider use of food banks by what would have only recently been considered a more affluent layer is a growing trend and an indicator of how the pandemic has created a far-reaching cost of living crisis.

UK city of Hull becomes new COVID-19 epicentre fuelled by unsafe schools

By Harvey Thompson, 20 November 2020

In Hull, 57 of the city’s 97 schools have been affected, while in the wider East Riding area, cases have been reported in 103 of 150 schools.

Record daily coronavirus death tolls in Italy and Spain since September

By Will Morrow, 19 November 2020

On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.

Assange in lockdown as Belmarsh Prison inmates test positive for COVID-19

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 November 2020

Since the pandemic began, leading medical experts have repeatedly warned that the WikiLeaks founder would be at significant risk of succumbing to the coronavirus if he contracts the disease.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer bars Jeremy Corbyn from Parliamentary Labour Party as witch-hunt intensifies

By Robert Stevens and Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2020

The response of Corbyn and his allies on his readmission and then to being barred as a voting Labour MP was to continue grovelling before their persecutors in the name of party “unity”.

Germany’s schools remain open despite a massive second wave of COVID-19

By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2020

Governments at the national and state levels are keeping schools and day care centres open, ensuring that the pandemic will continue to explode, pushing up death rates.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) meeting discussion addresses critical issues on the failure of Corbynism

By our reporters, 19 November 2020

SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the meeting, “Jeremy Corbyn describes politics as some sort of cricket match. He encourages us to say, ‘Well, this isn’t fair’. Well, politics isn’t a cricket match, politics is war.”

Macron prepares “global security” law banning the filming of French police

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 November 2020

The law, denounced by the UN, is a desperate attempt to silence rising public anger at social inequality and the official handling of the pandemic with all-out police terror.

Socialist Party’s Moe Manir expels London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee leader from Facebook group

By By Laura Tiernan, 18 November 2020

The Socialist Party promotes the dangerous illusion that mass pressure from below can transform the unions into fighting organisations. But in every country the trade unions respond to mass pressure from workers by deepening their collusion with the companies and the state, and by stamping out any semblance of democracy.

German unions offer Lufthansa up to 50 percent compensation reduction

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 November 2020

According to their own statements, the unons are offering the Lufthansa board of directors a 1.2 billion euro cut in the income of union members.

Sweden initiates massive military buildup in preparation for war with Russia

By Gabriel Black, 18 November 2020

The ruling Social Democrats and Green Party coalition are increasing the military budget by 40 percent as part of the US-NATO war drive against Russia.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands schools and campuses close to halt the spread of the pandemic

By Our reporter, 18 November 2020

“Lessons have to be drawn, any orientation to the labour and trade union bureaucracy will be a death trap,” said teacher and meeting moderator Tania Kent.

25 years since the massive strike wave in France

French workers in revolt

By David Walsh, 18 November 2020

In December 1995, David Walsh traveled to Europe as part of an international team of reporters to provide on-the-spot coverage of the massive strike wave in France. We are re-posting the series of articles today.

British Medical Journal accuses UK government of the “suppression of science”

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the British ruling class’ criminal “herd immunity” response has created a humanitarian disaster.

Labour Party reinstates Jeremy Corbyn after suspension over antisemitism comments

The anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism

By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2020

This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden to a public meeting titled, “The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism,” held on November 15, 2020.

Austria to tighten lockdown, but factories remain open

By Markus Salzmann, 18 November 2020

Only when the infection figures reached five times the peak of the spring — as more and more experts sounded the alarm and outrage in the population became unmistakable—has the government enacted some disjointed and half-hearted measures.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government imposes internet censorship

By Alice Summers, 17 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is endorsing state censorship of the Internet, supposedly to fight “disinformation” and “foreign intervention.”

Johnson government in meltdown after Biden US election victory

By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2020

Johnson’s government was blown apart last week, as the pro-EU Biden’s victory resulted in the departure from Downing Street of the prime minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Director of Communications Lee Cain.

German federal government demands faster destruction of Lufthansa jobs

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 November 2020

Lufthansa is to be made more competitive in relation to other European airlines and prepared for a worldwide trade war.

German artists, cultural institutions fight for survival in COVID-19 crisis

By Stefan Steinberg, 17 November 2020

German artists and cultural institutions fear bankruptcy and destitution as the coronavirus crisis deepens and the government refuses to allocate adequate funding.

Macron government opposes full lock-down as coronavirus deaths climb

By Will Morrow, 17 November 2020

Hundreds of people are continuing to die every day in France as tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported.

UK Universities step up job cuts with connivance of the University and College Union

By Ioan Petrescu, 16 November 2020

The UCU finalised a sell-out agreement in its dispute with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, just one day before strike action was to commence.

Sixty-five years of the Bundeswehr: German president appeals for militarism, rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2020

Steinmeier’s claim that the Bundeswher has nothing to do with “the unwholesome role of German militarism” and the criminal record of the Wehrmacht is just as dishonest today as it was 65 years ago.

Grenfell Tower refurbishment company supplied cladding that could burn the “entire height” of a tower block

By Charles Hixson, 16 November 2020

A 2013 email from Deborah French, Arconic’s UK sales representative, referring to ACM (aluminium composite material) panels noted, “using PE is like a chimney which transports the fire... in the shortest times.”

Coronavirus spreads throughout Germany’s schools and businesses

By Gregor Link, 16 November 2020

The federal and state governments are responsible for a situation in which the virus is running out of control nationwide.

SEP (UK) Congress resolution The COVID-19 pandemic, the international class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

14 November 2020

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the membership of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain at its Fifth National Congress, which was held online from October 24–27, 2020. It was amended by the incoming National Committee in consideration of fundamental contemporary developments in the United States.

Herd immunity policy in German schools leads to explosion of coronavirus infections

By Marianne Arens, 14 November 2020

Even the prospect of a breakthrough regarding a COVID-19 vaccine does not impel capitalist politicians to pursue a sensible, safe pandemic policy.

Students at Manchester University occupy accommodation block as rent strike continues

By Henry Lee, 14 November 2020

Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stalinist Podemos minister pledges to keep US military bases in Spain

By Alejandro López, 14 November 2020

Alberto Garzón defended Spain’s deal with the Pentagon, citing the fact that Democrat Joe Biden recently won the presidential elections.

Bowing to right-wing campaign, Canada’s Trudeau apologizes to Macron for being “too soft” on Islamist terrorism

By Laurent Lafrance and Keith Jones, 14 November 2020

As the World Socialist Web Site has demonstrated, it is possible and indeed necessary to denounce and expose the reactionary character of the recent Islamist terrorist attacks without giving any quarter to the anti-democratic, chauvinist agenda and predatory interests of French imperialism

Neo-Nazis march in Germany on anniversary of anti-Jewish November Pogroms

By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2020

On the night of November 9–10, 1938, Nazis across Germany torched synagogues, looted Jewish businesses, murdered hundreds of Jews and sent tens of thousands more to concentration camps.

“Why do I, an EMT, have to sob, plead with you to take a patient?!”

Overstretched Russian hospitals turn away COVID cases

By Andrea Peters, 13 November 2020

Desperate health care workers and family members of those infected with the coronavirus are finding that there are no more beds in the country’s medical facilities, even as the government insists that the situation is “under control.”

Health minister warns: Ukraine on the verge of coronavirus “catastrophe”

By Jason Melanovski, 13 November 2020

Facing a rapidly worsening medical situation and a failing economy, the Ukrainian ruling class is doing little to stem the pandemic and assist the country’s working class.

European governments seize upon terrorist attacks in France and Vienna to build a police state

By Johannes Stern, 13 November 2020

Under the pretext of a “fight against terror”, the EU and European heads of government have agreed to expand “Fortress Europe” and further arm the police.

Switzerland in the coronavirus pandemic: “We are on the verge of a medical catastrophe”

By Marianne Arens, 13 November 2020

Particularly in southern and western Switzerland, infections have skyrocketed over recent days. Intensive care units in the hospitals are full, and doctors and nurses on the verge of collapse.

ECB to step up intervention as European banks face rise in non-performing loans

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2020

ECB president Christine Lagarde told a major conference that all sectors of the economy had to have confidence that financial conditions would remain “exceptionally favourable” for as long as needed.

National strike of South African community health workers; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state on indefinite strike; Zimbabwe’s teachers continue strike; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory continue strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 November 2020

South African community health workers walk out to demand an end to contract labour; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state stoppage to demand payment of salaries; Zimbabwe teachers’ strike continues for living wage and safety at work—despite threats to stop salaries; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory strike to defend jobs

Over 300,000 coronavirus deaths in Europe: Capitalism’s crime against humanity

By Will Morrow, 13 November 2020

The thousands of deaths now occurring every day were not inevitable; they are the product of a deliberate policy by the European ruling class.

Scottish National Party government to pardon arrested miners after 36 years

By Barry Mason, 13 November 2020

Central to the SNP’s pardon of the miners is an effort consign the strike and its lessons to the past forever, in favour of a “reconciliation” on all sides.