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An Alternative for SYRIZA
Achilleas and Eleni
Article
2015
In order to regain sovereignty, a country has to exit not only the EZ, if a member, but the EU itself. Liberated from the noose of the EU treaties and regulations, Greek people will have the freedom t...
Amazing Brexit: Identity and Class Politics
Bohne, Luciana
Article
2016
This shell of a once fighting left embraces the culture of identity but excludes the entity of class. As a result poverty has become the P-word, and the poor the pariahs of neoliberal dystopic utopia....
Beyond the brexit debate
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
Whatever the result of the Brexit referendum, of one thing we can be sure: Britain will neither be invaded by marauding Turks, as anti-EU campaigners suggest might happen if the country votes 'Yes', n...
A Blow for Peace and Democracy: Why the British Said No to Europe
Pilger, John
Article
2016
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 ...
Brexit and the Diseased Liberal Mind
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
The enraged liberal reaction to the Brexit vote is in full flood. The anger is pathological -- and helps to shed light on why a majority of Britons voted for leaving the European Union, just as earlie...
Brexit: the English and Welsh Enlightenment
O'Brien, Aidan
Article
2016
By voting for Brexit the English and Welsh have switched on the light. And, as usual, when the light suddenly conquers the dark the cracks become obvious and the cockroaches scatter. It’s a beautiful ...
Brexit: Establishment Freak Out
Hahnel, Robin
Article
2016
The "masters of the universe" are shocked and displeased. Increasing numbers of voters are registering their anger, most recently by voting for Brexit in Great Britain. But many who voted for Bernie S...
Brexit and the EU implosion
Amin, Samir
Article
2016
The article looks into the construction of the European Union, Britaint's Brexit choice and Germany's hegemony, particularly in the euro zone.The author talks about a range of ways that financialised ...
Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2016
The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that -- for once- their failures have become a prominent...
Brexit: It's Not About the EU, It's About the EZ
Hungerford, David
Article
2016
"Politics is the concentrated essence of economic forces in motion." Forget the politics of the June 23 Brexit referendum for a minute. Let's take a look at the money.
Britain, Europe and the Real Crisis
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
The decision by British voters last week to leave the European Union has brutally exposed two features of contemporary British politics. The first is the depth of popular disaffection with mainstream ...
The Brussels lobbyists: Major firms seek to influence EU laws for thire own advantage long before they reach the European Parlament
Laurens, Sylvain
Article
2015
A look at the lobbyists who target the bureaucrats who control research budgets and make decisions for the EU's technical agencies.
Connexions Library: Europe Focus
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Europe.
Crisis in the Eurozone
Lapavitsas, Costas
Book
2012
A controversial call to break up the Eurozone and stop the debt crisis.
Democracy and Popular Sovereignty instead of Neoliberal Integration and a failed Euro-System
Lexit Network
Article
2016
This document was commonly developed by people from the Lexit Network. It was written and agreed before the Brexit referendum and was not intended to influence the popular vote one way or another. Wit...
Devolutionary Notes
Zwerin, Michael
Book
1982
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Dilemmas of Domination: The Unmaking of the American Empire
Bello, Walden
Book
2005
Argues that in a not-too-distant future the American empire's hidden weaknesses will pose fatal challenges to American supremacy.
European Unification Divides Europeans: How Forcing People Together Tears Them Apart
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2016
Unification of Europe has brought about radical new divisions within Europe. The most significant split is between the people and their political leaders.
Europe's Moment of Truth
Patnaik, Prabhat
Article
2015
Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras' acceptance of an "austerity package" on July 13, which contained measures rejected by the Greek people in a referendum barely a week before, represents not just an abject...
The Failed Strategy
Tietze, Tad
Article
2015
The failure of Syriza in Greece, and the timidness of other left-social-democratic parties and formations tells us that we must learn the dangers of political shortcut and focus on building radical mo...
Finance as Warfare: the IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt
Peries, Sharmini; Hudson, Michael
Article
2017
An interview with economist Michael Hudson, who argues that the International Monetary Fund provided loans to Greece with the deliberate intention that the country be forced to go into default and be ...
How Financial Transaction Taxes Make the Economy More Efficient
Baker, Dean
Article
2017
The efforts to implement a financial transactions tax (FTT) within the European Union (EU) seem to be finally coming to a head. While the EU is far from unanimous in support of a FTT, an effort to imp...
In or out of the European Union? A tale of two referenda
Burgin, Andrew
Article
2016
Andrew Burgin argues for a 'Remain' vote in the Brexit referendum.
The internationalist case against the European Union
Callinicos, Alex
Article
2015
For the first time in a generation Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union. How to vote in that referendum is a difficult choice for anyone on the left. Since the 1990s the anti-EU c...
The Left and the EU: Why Cling to This Reactionary Institution?
Richardson, Joseph
Article
2016
Why is it that many people who consider themselves left-wing have such difficulty grasping that the EU is a deeply reactionary institution? The mere fact that those running the EU present it as an int...
The Left and Immigration: A Major Challenge for a Different Vision of the European Union
Article
2013
After the latest drama in Lampedusa, where more than 350 immigrants, mostly Eritreans, perished 600 metres from the Italian coast, the immigration policies of the European Union and its member states ...
The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election: National Sovereignty
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2017
The 2017 French Presidential election marks a profound change in European political alignments. There is an ongoing shift from the traditional left-right rivalry to opposition between globalization, i...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 3, 2015: Greece and thd debt crisis
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Our spotlight this issue is on the debt crisis facing Greece. To understand the crisis, one has to look beyond the mainstream media to alternative sources of information. We've done that, with article...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016: Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
Privatising the Oceans: Fished out in our Lifetimes
Mora, Jean-Sebastien
Article
2013
Long-range fishing with the backing of the EU deprives countries elsewhere in the world of employment and a crucial food source. And it is depleting the seas to the point of ecological collapse.
The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie.
Pilger, John
Article
2015
According to John Pilger, the leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind - but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberal...
The Revolt of the Fragments
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
It was, without question, a bloody nose for the political establishment, the biggest it has received for decades. And many have read the unexpected success of the Leave camp in the British EU referend...
The Servility of the Satellites: The Snowden Affair and the Destruction of Effective Democracy in Europe
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2013
Recent revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the "Western democracies" into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name. The outrage against the Bolivian Preside...
The Silence of the Left: Brexit, Euro-Austerity and the T-TIP
Hudson, Michael
Article
2016
The media in the United States have treated the British vote against remaining in the European Union (EU) as if it is populist “Trumpism,” an inarticulate right-wing vote out of ignorance at being lef...
Sound & Fury : Just What Does Brexit Signify?
Bacevich, Andrew J.
Article
2016
Not since Y2K thretened to plunge the planet into chaos has a story provoked overwrought handwringing comparable to that triggered by Britons voting to withdraw from the European Union. By common asse...
Syriza and Sanders: "Just Say 'No'" to Neo-liberalism
Rectenwald, Michael
Article
2015
Hopes for Syriza's negotiations with the banking troika in the EU simmered and even boiled over among elements of the left, especially after the vaunted "No" referendum vote suggested that the Greeks ...
The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left
Sheehan, Helena
Book
2016
An account of the rise and fall of the Greek left party Syriza.
The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left - Book review
Stauber, Peter
Article
2017
A book review of The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left by author Helena Sheehan.
Tearing Down the Seven Pillars of Neoliberalism: Manifesto 2007
Attac France
Article
2007
With the beginning of the 1980s, we entered a new era of capitalism, the era of neoliberalism. This project systematically destroys all political, social and ecological restrictions for the activity o...
Trade Unions: The Difficult Path to Solidarity in One's Own Interest
Lehndorff, Steffen
Article
2013
In both the ideals and the rhetoric of trade unions international solidarity plays a major role. Trade union practice, however, is first and foremost focused on the context of those nation-states, in ...
The unbearable lightness of Greek democracy: Greeks have abandoned all hope that their political leaders have the skills to rescue the nations economy.
Polychroniou, C. J.
Article
2015
The only certain thing is that a government will be formed by a grand alliance whose only mission will be to implement the most painful, humiliating measures ever attempted by a democratically elected...
Why They Left: Brexit wasn't the first time Europeans rejected the EU, and it won't be the last. Here's what the Left should do.
Lapavitsas, Costas
Article
2016
The Leave victory in the British referendum represents a moment of political confusion -- a hiatus in the opposition between social classes. No class appears capable of directing events. The ruling cl...
Why we voted leave: voices from northern England - documentary
Sumaria, Sheena
Film/Video
2016
A short look at why those in the north of England mainly voted to leave the EU - from Guerrera Films.

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Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Introduction to the July 2, 2016 issue of Other Voices
Diemer, Ulli
2016
A constant theme in elite reaction to the Brexit referendum, expressed especially through the mainstream media, has been a visceral contempt for democracy. Ordinary working people are portrayed as stu...
Croatia's entry fee
Dérens, Jean-Arnault
2013
The country has a long coastline and history of sailors, fishermen and shipbuilders, but EU membership will probably put an end to one of its oldest industries. The yards had to be completely privatis...
Extremism goes mainstream
Across Europe far-right parties are gaining power by forming coalitions while liberals have failed to find a coherent response
Traynor, Ian
2010
Right wing extremist parties that attempt to stir up racial and ethnic prejudices have been gaining support during the recession in Europe. In Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy liberals already form ...
The Reaction to Brexit Is the Reason Brexit Happened
If you believe there's such a thing as "too much democracy," you probably don't believe in democracy at all
Taibbi, Matt
2016
"This isn't democracy; it is Russian roulette for republics," Kenneth Rogoff recently wrote in the 'Boston Globe,' of last week's Brexit vote.

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