The extreme right Dutch politician, Pim Fortuyn, was shot dead 6 May, on
the premises of the national radio station in Hilversum. This single act
has shaken Dutch society, including the complacent Dutch establishment
who had always liked to assume that "nothing like that will happen here".
Local authority elections took place in most parts of England on 2 May.
We contested 30 seats. In general our votes increased [see table below].
By comparison, we received more than double the average Socialist
DURING PEACEFUL protests last year on May Day in London, the
Metropolitan police at Oxford Circus penned thousands of people in, for
several hours. Two of those held are to sue the police for wrongful
detention. One of them, Lois Austin, a leading member of the Socialist
Party (CWI section in England and Wales), was...
Le Pen’s success in reaching the second round of the French Presidential
elections has highlighted the series of setbacks the so-called
"centre-left" governments have recently suffered in European elections.
This follows recent election gains for far-right or racist parties in
Austria, Denmark, Italy,...
As all the first-hand reports make abundantly clear, 16 April 2002 in
Italy was a day like no other. The first 8 hour general strike in the
country for 20 years was solid. The response to the strike call
surpassed all expectations. Just over 8 million workers are members of a
union yet over 13 million people struck work...
Elections to the Verkhovnaya Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) last week have
left workers with little to celebrate. Six parties (The Socialist Party,
the Communist Party, the United Social Democratic Party, the United
Ukraine block, the Our Ukraine block and the Timoshenko block) managed
to gain more than the 4% needed to...
Today the tensions in Antwerp (Belgium) have led to several acts of
violence. Antwerp is a city with a large Jewish community and a large
community of immigrants from North Africa and other Muslim countries. A
Jewish synagogue two streets away from my workplace was attacked with
molotov-cocktails this morning.
Saturday 23 March will be one of the most memorable days in the history
of Italy. Three million people made their way towards the Circus
Maximus, not far from the world-famous Coliseum, at the heart of the