By Nick Beams, 2 February 2015
The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington.
After the Charlie Hebdo attack
By Markus Salzmann, 28 January 2015
The attacks on immigrants, which go hand in hand with restrictions on democratic rights and the adoption of police state measures, are directed against the entire population.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2014
The imperialist powers have exploited the tragedy as a propaganda exercise for the purpose of threatening Russia.
By Markus Salzmann, 22 November 2014
At celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution supporters of the Ukraine regime denounced President Zeman.
By Anna Rombach and Markus Salzmann, 15 November 2014
The formation of a far-right minority government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his party will intensify the crisis in the European Union’s poorest member state.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2014
The violence at the UEFA qualifying match happened on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade to mark the 70th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi occupation in World War II.
By Christoph Dreier, 7 October 2014
The German government is planning to send troops into Ukraine for the first time since the Second World War.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 October 2014
It is already clear that the second general election in 18 months will not bring stability to Bulgaria.
By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2014
The Dutch Safety Board’s preliminary report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is being portrayed by imperialist governments as confirmation that anti-Kiev rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down the plane.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2014
The US and the EU are escalating military threats against Russia, while preparing a raft of new economic sanctions targeting key sections of the Russian economy.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 August 2014
The Ukrainian army has expanded its offensive against the rebel-controlled cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, fighting house-to-house battles with rebel groups.
By John Vassilopoulos, 5 July 2014
Workers at the Public Power Corporation in Greece began a 48-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday.
By our correspondents, 19 June 2014
The EU and US have forced Bulgaria to halt construction of a pipeline that would allow Russian gas supplies to Europe to bypass Ukraine.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2014
While the G7 powers issued a joint statement backing the right-wing regime in Kiev and denouncing Russia, they failed to agree on a new sanctions regime pushed by Washington.
By Alex Lantier, 20 May 2014
As the unelected Western-backed regime in Kiev prepares to hold presidential elections on May 25, right-wing forces are attacking and murdering members of opposition parties.
By Chris Marsden, 8 May 2014
The Western powers consider elections in Ukraine politically imperative to reinforce the claim that the government of oligarchs and fascists imposed by the February putsch has a democratic mandate to rule.
By Verena Nees, 8 May 2014
Ralf Fücks, a leading member of the Green Party, has accused the German government of weakness in the Ukraine crisis.
By Mike Head, 3 May 2014
The killings expose the brutal character of the right-wing government installed in Kiev.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2014
The evident desire of Washington to provoke a military conflict with Russia has brought the world to the brink of a catastrophic confrontation.
By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014
On the eve of Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington and NATO threatened to escalate economic and military measures against Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014
Ukrainian troops sent to the eastern part of the country have refused orders to suppress opposition to the right-wing imperialist-backed government in Kiev.
By Mike Head, 12 April 2014
The dangers of a civil war and a US-provoked war with Russia still hang over the people of Ukraine, despite the Western-backed regime in Kiev backing away from a 48-hour deadline for a violent crackdown on protesters in eastern Ukraine.
By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2014
Plans for a bloody crackdown by the US-backed regime in Kiev threaten to plunge Ukraine into a civil war that could draw in Russia and the NATO powers.
By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014
US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.
By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2014
Over the course of four years, Ukraine’s Western-backed, ultra-right government plans to implement a 120 percent increase in the cost of natural gas for households.
By Stefan Steinberg and Chris Marsden, 5 April 2014
Since the February putsch in Kiev, ties between the supposedly “democratic” regime installed by Washington and its fascist allies have become increasingly tense.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 April 2014
Eastern European governments have fully supported the right-wing US and EU-led coup in Ukraine and are now demanding intensified military action against Russia.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2014
Despite catastrophic social conditions, polls anticipate that right-wing Prime Minister Victor Orban will emerge victorious in parliamentary elections on April 6.
By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014
US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2014
Callinicos happily forgets what he wrote in 2008 because he is intent on defending the putsch carried out by Washington in Kiev and insisting that Russia is the imperialist aggressor.
After White House meeting with Ukrainian prime minister
By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014
The US has effectively taken operational control of the military activities of Ukraine’s neighbours.
By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2014
A Russian foreign ministry statement condemned the US and EU sanctions as “extremely unconstructive” and warned “they will not remain unanswered.”
By Stefan Steinberg, 4 March 2014
The world is being brought face to face with the disastrous consequences of the dissolution of the USSR, which has left the region vulnerable to imperialist intrigue, provocations and the rise of far-right forces functioning as tools of imperialism.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 March 2014
In the wake of the right-wing coup in Ukraine organized by the United States and the European powers, the American media is unleashing a torrent of lies and propaganda.
By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014
Canada’s Conservative government is issuing bellicose threats against Russia in unison with the Obama administration.
By Alex Lantier, 27 February 2014
Moscow carried out large-scale military exercises yesterday amid rising tensions over the Crimea with the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2014
What is at stake in the Ukraine is an international struggle for power and influence that stretches back a quarter of a century.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014
Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2014
Amid warnings of a “coup” and “civil war,” Washington and the EU threatened sanctions against Ukrainian officials as part of the escalating Western campaign for regime change.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2014
The Hungarian government is collaborating with extreme right-wing forces to rehabilitate the pro-Hitler regime of Miklos Horthy.
By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2014
The right-wing, Western-backed opposition threatened to step up violent protests, as pro-opposition rioters took over state buildings in several cities in western Ukraine.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2013
The current political crisis in Ukraine centers around which group of rival oligarchs will come out on top.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 December 2013
A neo-fascist has exploited widespread contempt for the political establishment to win the presidency of a central Slovakian region.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 1 November 2013
The union bureaucracy, non-governmental organizations and pseudo-left parties are supporting reactionary plans to privatize and rip up health care in Romania.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 September 2013
The three-party Serbian coalition government is introducing further austerity, including cutting subsidies to more than 100 state firms.
By Anna Rombach, 30 August 2013
Many workers from Bulgaria and Romania seeking work in Germany as a result of the austerity measures of the EU are denied minimal social rights.
By Markus Salzmann, 31 July 2013
Slovenia’s ruling elite fears a resurgence of working class protests even more than the imminent collapse of government.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2013
Hans Modrow, chair of the Left Party’s council of elders, has pledged his unreserved support for the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the government it hopes to lead.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 May 2013
Seven weeks after taking power, Slovenia’s centre-left governing coalition adopted a new austerity programme and presented it to the EU commission.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 March 2013
Protesters in Bulgaria oppose the austerity measures dictated by the EU and the IMF and the bitter poverty they have produced, but the organisers are mainly petty-bourgeois forces seeking their own share of the spoils.
By Clara Weiss, 5 March 2013
Russian president Putin is using an anti-corruption campaign to reorganise the Russian ruling elite and channel the anger of the middle class.
By Clara Weiss, 7 February 2013
The budget for 2013-2015 provides for massive cuts in the spheres of culture, education and health, while the share going to military spending will rise to 6.1 percent of GDP.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 January 2013
A nationwide public sector strike largely paralyzed Slovenia on Wednesday last week.
By Clara Weiss, 18 January 2013
Against a background of growing social tensions, the Russian government is stepping up its anti-immigrant measures in close collaboration with fascist groups.
By Markus Salzmann, 8 January 2013
Following a wave of protests that began at the end of November, the Slovenian trade unions are openly moving to support the right-wing program of the Janez Janša coalition government.
By Clara Weiss, 14 December 2012
The South Stream pipeline is of considerable political importance: it will undermine the monopoly position of Ukraine as a transit country for gas supplies and ensure that Europe continues to receive a large proportion of its gas from Russia.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 13 December 2012
With 58.6 percent of the votes in the Chamber of Deputies and 60.1 percent in the Senate, Romania’s Social Liberal Union will enjoy a comfortable majority to form the new government.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 December 2012
The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia Appeals Court overturned the convictions of Croatian general Ante Gotovina and Assistant Interior Minister Mladen Markac.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 23 November 2012
In their latest report the International Monetary Fund and European Union call upon the Romanian government to continue its brutal “structural reforms.”
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2012
In early October the Hungarian premier Victor Orban delivered a bloodcurdling tirade placing himself firmly in the camp of the extreme right.
By our correspondents, 25 October 2012
The situation of 3,500 workers at Romania’s Oltchim chemical works remains uncertain following the failure of the Social Democratic government led by Victor Ponta to reopen the plant and provide funds for unpaid salaries.
By Clara Weiss, 24 October 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly spoken out in favor of a ban on headscarves in Russian schools.
By Clara Weiss, 24 September 2012
The powerful pro-Putin faction in the Russian State Duma has banished a leading critic of the regime.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 September 2012
The Hungarian government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban (Fidesz) is planning further austerity measures to meet demands made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 20 September 2012
Hundreds of workers have protested in Romania this month against the government’s plans to privatize state-owned companies as part of a deal agreed with the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.
By Clara Weiss, 19 September 2012
Commercial conflicts between European Union energy firms and the Russian gas supplier Gazprom will inevitably raise political tensions.
By Diana Toma, 18 September 2012
In Romania itself and throughout Europe, Roma confront increasing discrimination.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 September 2012
The right-wing government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban and the neo-fascist Jobbik party are deliberately provoking violent attacks against the Roma minority in Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 August 2012
German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Moldova and raised the issue of the impoverished country’s possible accession to the European Union.
By Clara Weiss, 25 August 2012
Western leaders are using the Pussy Riot affair to pressure the Russian government.
By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2012
The governor of the southern Russian Krasnodar region announced he intends to deploy a Cossack militia against illegal immigrants from the Caucasus.
By Vladimir Volkov, 18 August 2012
Three members of the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail for singing songs critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
By Clara Weiss, 15 August 2012
Record temperatures and fires in Russia have led to the country’s worst harvest since 2010, triggering a food crisis.
By Clara Weiss, 9 August 2012
Like all of the ex-Stalinist Eastern European countries, Belarus has been devastated by the international economic crisis and now stands on the verge of a social explosion.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 7 August 2012
The number of voters in the referendum fell short of the 50 percent+1 required for the referendum to be considered valid.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 25 July 2012
The Romanian ruling class faces a fierce political crisis, after mass protests at the start of the year brought down the conservative government of Emil Boc.
By Markus Salzmann, 23 July 2012
The 97-year-old is accused of being involved in the murder of 16,000 Hungarian Jews during the Second World War.
By Clara Weiss, 20 July 2012
The reaction of the population to the flood disaster in Krymsk shows the extent of the social divide in Russia and the level of hatred for the government and the oligarchy.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 14 July 2012
The Romanian ruling elite is struggling to form a stable government that can impose the austerity measures dictated by the IMF and the European Union.
By Clara Weiss, 12 July 2012
As a result of the stagnation in the eurozone the economic crisis in Russia has worsened considerably.
By Clara Weiss, 10 July 2012
At least 170 people have died following flooding in the southern Russian region of Krasnodarsk at the weekend.
The definitive film record of the 1917 Russian Revolution
5 July 2012
Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, to the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 29 June 2012
The jail sentence of former premier Adrian Nastase on charges of corruption must be considered in relation to the ongoing political crisis in Romania.
By Clara Weiss, 16 June 2012
Tens of thousands joined an anti-Kremlin demonstration in Moscow on Tuesday.
By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian general staff to work out a plan for military operations outside Russia, including in Syria.
By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012
Trade unions are attempting to stifle the wave of strikes that have broken out recently in Russia.
By Clara Weiss, 7 June 2012
Russian president Vladimir Putin met with the German chancellor and the newly elected French president for talks centered on Syria.
By Anna Rombach, 5 June 2012
The health system in Bulgaria is undergoing a devastating decline as a result of the austerity measures dictated by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
By Andrea Peters and Clara Weiss, 26 May 2012
President Vladimir Putin has responded with force to anti-Kremlin protests in recent weeks, as the new government prepares to implement a right-wing agenda.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 May 2012
Social Democratic Prime Minister Robert Fico has made a sharp reduction in Slovakia’s budget deficit the central goal of his new government.
By Diana Toma, 23 May 2012
Cases in Romania of the inhumane treatment of children left abandoned in hospitals or simply thrown in the trash by their own parents are becoming increasingly frequent.
By Clara Weiss, 19 May 2012
The last minute decision of Russian president Vladimir Putin to not attend this week’s G8 summit is an unmistakable sign of deteriorating relations between Moscow and NATO.
By Clara Weiss, 11 May 2012
On Wednesday, a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight crashed into the rock face of a volcano near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2012
Immediately after the vote of confidence, the government said it would uphold the aim of reducing the budget deficit below three percent, and would adopt further cost-cutting measures.
By Clara Weiss, 8 May 2012
Putin’s third term as president will be marked by a deepening economic crisis and geopolitical tensions that threaten to escalate into a war between the major powers.
By Clara Weiss, 7 May 2012
The recent threats by the Russian army chief to launch pre-emptive military strikes in eastern Europe underline the growing geopolitical tensions between the major powers.
By Niall Green, 30 April 2012
Explosions in Ukraine point to mounting tensions within the country’s ruling elite.
By Clara Weiss, 28 April 2012
Russia has undertaken intensive preparations during the past few months for a possible military strike by Israel and the United States on Iran.
By John Chan, 27 April 2012
Both China and Russia are deeply concerned at the aggressive US military build up in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 April 2012
The probable election of Janos Ader in May as Hungarian president will advance the policies of the country’s right-wing government.