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Los indignados

  • May 21, 2011
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Astonishing events are unfolding in Spain, where anti-austerity protests have been taking place across the country  on the eve of regional and local elections. 20,000 people have turned the Puerta del Sol in Madrid into a mini Tahrir Square.   Last week there were protests in more than fifty cities, in what appears to be a spontaneous  grassroots movement called Democracia Real (Real Democracy) that began with a sit in outside the Spanish embassy in London last Monday.

Like the Arab pro-democracy uprisings,  the student anti-cuts protests in the UK, and...

Europe rages against the machine

  • May 18, 2011
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In Greece….

 

And Spain…

More at The Real News

 

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Will Hutton on the European right

  • May 15, 2011
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I’ve hardly ever bought the Observer since it supported the Iraq war,  but I made the mistake of reading it today and I wasn’t inclined to start buying it again.   First there was a soft three-page profile of Pamela Geller, a bigoted anti-Muslim harridan who surely doesn’t deserve any more attention than...

The end of Schengen?

  • May 07, 2011
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Is Europe’s horror of ‘immigration’  paving the way for the unravelling of one of the key components of European integration – the ‘borderless’ Schengen Area?   It’s certainly beginning to look that way. Last week the EU Home Office Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom announced forthcoming discussions to introduce a ‘temporary reintroduction of limited internal...

Multiculturalism is bad for you

  • April 22, 2011
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Superb article by  Liz Fekete at the Institute of Race Relations on the European-wide convergence between mainstream conservatives and the extreme-right in their attacks on multiculturalism.   Her central thesis is that, at a time of economic crisis

In singling out multiculturalism as a threat to national identity, the leaders of Europe’s centre-right parties...

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