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“Visions are forged in the course of the action of social movements”, French MP Danièle Obono (La France insoumise) says

Marine Le Pen is offering voters simpler solutions. We will get rid of the migrants and then white French workers will regain their dignity, that is what she suggests. How do you convince voters that it doesn't work that way?It's not just Le Pen anymore. Racist, islamophobic rhetoric has caught on in other mainstream parties as well. So much so that…

¡No Pasarán! Declaration by the Party of the European Left, Die LINKE, and transform! europe

We stand together united, committed to create a different society where there is no space for fascism in any of its forms, and where war is rejected by the people: a society of equality, justice, and peace. We recognize that the war in Ukraine has created a new and uniquely dangerous situation, altering the political balance in Europe, and accelerating…

Anybody Can End Up As Refugee – Respect and Humanitarian Acts For All!

The war in Ukraine still goes on – about 3 million people (1.4 million of them are children) have already left their home country, while the caravans of people on the border with Poland and Ukraine’s other neighbouring states are growing every day.What is happening in Ukraine is an invasion by Russia, in violation of any notion of international…

Why Did Ukraine Suspend 11 ‘Pro-Russia’ Parties?

The suspensions have more to do with the post-Euromaidan polarisation of Ukrainian politics than genuine security concerns related to the Russian invasion.Recently, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government suspended 11 Ukrainian political parties citing their alleged “links with Russia”. While the majority of the suspended parties were small…

Study on the National Recovery and Resilience Plans of Selected EU Member States

Roland Kulke provides an overview of a research study commissioned by transform! europe which analyses the measures to offset the financial impact of the Covid19 crisis in 11 EU Member States for the years 2020 and 2021.Briefly after the onset of the pandemic, individual EU Member States began devising measures to offset the financial repercussions…

“The Climate Crisis Is a Crime with Clear Perpetrators”

Because they both fundamentally have to do with power?At first glance, the debates surrounding migration and the climate crisis appear quite different, but they have a lot in common. Rescuing refugees initially seems to be a much more urgent issue: if people are in distress at sea, and no help arrives, they will definitely die.What often disturbs me…

The Spanish Labour Reform

Last month, Spain’s progressive government (Socialist Party and radical left Unidas Podemos) passed a comprehensive labour law that is in complete contrast to what neoliberal orthodoxy wishes to impose on labour market interventions. Spanish Professor of Labour Law Antonio Baylos gives an overview.The night before Christmas Eve, unions, employers’…

Workers need a wage to live on – A Living Wage

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), supported by transform! europe, presents a policy paper on workers' wages in the garment and sportswear industries in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe.More than 2 million, predominantly women, work in the garment and shoe industry in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe. Poverty wages are a disgracuful reality…

“We need to prevent pacifism from turning into merely intermittent protest”, Luciana Castellina says

Speech of the founder of the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto and of the Partito di Unità Proletaria, former MEP Luciana Castellina, at the 'Europe for Peace' rally in Rome.Beyond the war itself I have been becoming increasingly worried about what is being created in Italy, beginning with how the TV channels are behaving. There is really a reason to…

Manifesto for a Green, Just and Democratic European Economy

1. Finance Watch, Belgium 2. The European Trade Union Confederation, Belgium 3. SGI Europe, Belgium 4. The European Environmental Bureau, Belgium 5. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Belgium 6. Greenpeace EU, Belgium 7. The European Youth Forum, Belgium 8. Sustainable Finance Lab, Netherlands 9. New Economics Foundation, UK 10. Greentervention, France…

The Legitimisation of a War: Risky Game with Old Accounts

It was not until the Peace of Riga in 1921 that the struggle between Poland and Soviet Russia over Ukraine and Belarus came to an end.There were no victors in the East at the end of the First World War. Both sides lost: Germans and Austrians on the one hand; Russians on the other. Then, something happened that nobody had foreseen when the war broke…

From Impeachment to Proposal: Gabriel Boric and the Constituent Process

Today, the progressive former student leader Gabriel Boric was sworn in as new president of Chile. The profound change in the Latin American country is amplified by the ongoing process of the rewriting of its constitution.For more information of the constitutional process in Chile in a comparative perspective, watch the recording of the panel Constituting…

Feminist Greetings

A warm greeting to all women and LGBTQ-persons, to those struggling for a gender-just world in which men and women can live in peace, social security, freedom, and self-determination!Particularly in this year, the demand for peace is crucial. War is raging in Europe as well and we are threatened by a terrible escalation: the use of nuclear weapons…

Spanish Minister of Equality Irene Montero on Democratic Analysis of Critical Feminism

Irene Montero (Podemos) was interviewed by Juan Carlos Monedero, political scientist at the University of Madrid and director of transform! europe's Spanish observer organisation Fundación Instituto 25M.The interview was conducted in the framework of the 10th seccion of the International Training Course on Political Education (Curso Internacional De…

Stop the War! An Appeal for a Europe of Peace

Transform! europe condemns the attack that Russia, under the governance of Vladimir Putin, has launched upon Ukraine. We reject the use of military force against a sovereign state, just as we have previously rejected NATO forces deployment in countries bordering Russia, and in countries of Asia and Africa and Europe. We therefore call for an immediate…

Press Release: Stop the War! An Appeal for a Europe of Peace

Transform! europe is issuing a Peace Manifesto advocating for an end of the attack against Ukraine, peace and a deeper understanding of the current conflict.De-escalation and peacetransform! europe strongly condemns military aggression against a sovereign country and calls on President Putin and the Russian Federation to immediately cease any hostilities…

It’s about the kitchen, not the cake

Transform! europe's Roland Kulke on the most recent study days of the Left Group in the European Parliament.The Left Group in the European Parliament met in Marseille for its traditional study days. These days are different from the usual life of MEPs. It is not about legislative proposals and amendments, but for once about discussing together, also…

Portuguese Elections: The Left at a Crossroads

Socialist Party (PS) achieved absolute majority, the left had to face significant defeat.Whereas the Socialist Party achieved its second absolute majority in its history (41.5%, 119 out of 230 seats), both Bloco de Esquerda (‘Left Bloc’ or ‘Bloco’) and the Communist Party (PCP) lost significantly (PCP half of its parliamentary seats, Bloco lost…

Europeans Are Demanding the Right To Clean, Affordable Energy

This year’s Energy Poverty Awareness Week is taking place from 21 to 25 February to build momentum across Europe to demand clean, affordable energy for all.The Right to Energy Coalition is organising a Twitter storm all week. Follow the Right to Energy Coalition on Twitter and tweet your demands, solutions, and stories from the ground using the #RightToEnergy.The…

Without a Left Alternative, Resistance Channels Behind the Far Right

But we have to see that here in our neighbourhood Ukraine is just a tool in the geostrategic clashes of the great powers. This is not just about Ukraine, but about fundamental issues: what will be the fate of Russia? We can see from the break-up of the Soviet Union, what chaos and conflict would ensue from the break-up of Russia. Whenever we are confronted…

The Contemporary Beginning of Czech McCarthyism

The new Czech right-wing government is not just one of the many governments that have taken power in the Czech Republic over the past 30 years. It is a government that recalls the beginnings of McCarthyism in the US in the late 1940s. The new Czech government, which consists of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), the Mayors and Independents (STAN)…

A Foreign and Security Policy “Driven By Values”

Cornelia Hildebrandt analyses the new German government’s approach to foreign and peace policy in the coalition agreement.For the past 16 years, German foreign policy has been shaped by continuity and by the political weight of Angela Merkel. The de-escalation culture of Merkel’s political dialogue was widely considered to be a dependable anchor…

Security and the Left: Focus on Digitalization

Boosted by the pandemic the digitalization of our lives has accelerated rapidly. While it provides solutions to challenges of our times and it has become part of EU states' response to the pandemic, the risks and threats to fundamental rights, such as privacy and the right not to be discriminated against are present and not to be overseen.The podcast…

Mattadraghismo

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella’s re-election has elicited a general sigh of relief on the part of those who trembled at the thought of a mediocre spectacle of ungovernability. Let us, however, analyse some significant open questions on Italy's institutional and social structures.Starting, above all, with Article 85 of the Constitution: ‘The…

The French Background of Macron’s European Agenda

The French President’s vision for Europe, often hailed as ambitious and progressive, is seemingly at odds with his conventional neoliberal domestic policies. However, behind this discrepancy lies a coherent strategy which is key to his reelection. In his speech at the European Parliament on 19 January, Emmanuel Macron outlined his vision for the European…


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