16 | 09 | 2019

At the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation recalls the brutal consequences of what was the most violent and bloody military conflict in history, triggered by Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and militaristic Japan, responsible for the loss of more than 50 million lives and tens of millions of injured.

Nazi-fascism was responsible for numerous crimes, such as the mass extermination of populations and prisoners in concentration camps, the imposition of forced labour, the systematic destruction of economic and social infrastructure and cultural heritage.

'While Brexit understandably dominated many of the debates at the TUC conference, other vital issues were neglected to a worrying extent', Andy Bain told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

He praised the efforts of some unions and delegates in Brighton this week to focus more on austerity, public services, manufacturing and the urgent need to boost investment in technology, public transport, housing and other aspects of Britain's inadequate infrastructure. In particular, the CP trade union organiser highlighted the TUC's failure to campaign for the ambitious 'New Deal' package of economic policies agreed 12 months ago. 'The renewed commitment to this radical project must now be backed up with action', he remarked, pointing out that workers have shown through recent strikes and solidarity activities that they can be mobilised for a fight-back.

Today, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the proposed portfolios of the nominees for the commissioner positions.

While the nominees were announced today, they have not been appointed yet – the European Parliament must still make the final decision on each of them.

The 32nd Pancyprian Festival of Youth and Students of the United Democratic Youth Organization (EDON) took place on July 3-5 at the Famagusta Gate Moat in Nicosia, Cyprus with thousands of participants. On the last day of the Festival, Andros Kyprianou, General Secretary of the C.C. of the Progressive Party of the Working People (AKEL), took the floor.

The European Union cannot be reformed in the interests of the workers and peoples of Europe, insisted an international panel of speakers at the huge 'Avante!' festival near Lisbon, Portugal, at the weekend.

Neoklis Sylikiotis of Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus (AKEL) told the open-air meeting on Saturday evening that the EU had produced a Europe in which 16 million workers were unemployed - more than 7 per cent in the euro area - and 110m people lived in poverty, while the EU Commission-European Central Bank-IMF 'Troika' had imposed sweeping austerity and privatisation measures in order to bail out the banks.

With at least 150 signatories from 35 countries across five continents, former world leaders like Presidents Lula and Rafael Corrrea, lawyers, journalists, writers and academics are calling on the use of the judiciary as a weapon of political persecution to be stopped.

MEPs including GUE/NGL co-leaders Manon Aubry and Martin Schirdewan, Younous Omarjee, Anne-Sophie Pelletier, Emmanuel Maurel, Leïla Chaibi, Manuel Bompard, Marisa Matias, Özlem Demirel, Miguel Urbán, Idoia Villenueva Ruiz, Manu Pineda and Sira Rego have also signed.

The first massive, united, class response was given by thousands of workers, unemployed, self-employed, young workers, pensioners and women at Thessaloniki with the rally of PAME during the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair, on Saturday, September 7, with the slogan:

«Class, Massive, Unifying Struggle for Contemporary Conditions of Work and Pay – For Life With Rights.»

The demonstration sent a massive, militant response to the anti-workers’ government-EU-capital attack and responded to the ND government’s plans to crack down on the trade union movement.

We view the agreed reciprocal release of persons held in custody on the territories of Russia and Ukraine as a positive signal to be followed by other important steps to overcome the current deadlock in Russia-Ukraine relations and in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

It was made possible by fulfilling the agreements reached personally by the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Unlike its predecessors, Vladimir Zelensky’s administration showed a reasonable approach and readiness to compromise.

Left Parliamentarians call for negotiations, disarmament and civil crisis management instead of increasing military expenditures

In Helsinki this week, Left Parliamentarians from the European and national Parliaments have been participating in the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The aim of the Conference is to scrutinise EU Foreign and Defence Policy.

Following the meeting, MEP Idoia Villanueva Ruiz (Podemos, Spain), MPs Mr Aristos Damianou (AKEL, Cyprus), Mr Tobias Pflüger (DIE LINKE, Germany) and Georgios Katrougalos have released the following statement:

In view of the various conflicts in particular in the European Neighbourhood, the growing confrontation between NATO and Russia, the collapse of the nuclear arms control regime and the start of a new arms race, the parliamentarians are calling for EU initiatives to revive the disarmament process. They express concerns and reject the EU’s security concept which favours military solutions over negotiations.

Left MEPs have condemned Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, for refusing to appear before the European Parliament’s Environment Committee to answer questions about the impact on the Amazon forest of the recently agreed EU-Mercosur free trade agreement.

The request for a debate was moved by MEP Anja Hazekamp (Partij voor de Dieren, Netherlands) and endorsed by the Committee following global attention on the fires currently devastating the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

Left group in Parliament will not endorse nominee for president of ECB

Left MEPs will be voting against Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank today.

Her eight years at the helm of the International Monetary Fund – as part of the Troika along with the ECB and the European Commission – have been characterised by policies that have exacerbated inequality across the globe while benefiting the 1%.

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