It is not exactly easy to be optimistic about what 2018 has in store for either Latin America or Europe. In a sense, my country of citizenship, the United Kingdom, now seems to offer one of the more promising political scenarios around. There is civil war within the country's elite, Theresa May's Conservative government gets … Continue reading 2018: a year for political hope?
Yesterday's general election in Spain has delivered a very different result to that predicted by the polls, although it is less surprising that it has replicated the indecisive result of last year. The election not only failed to deliver any single party a majority, but once again made the formation of any government dependent on … Continue reading The left fails in Spain
I returned from Brazil to the UK to vote in the referendum, and now find myself observing another crisis. It may well eventually lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom, given the large majority in favour of remaining in Europe in Scotland and the prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence. Ironically, to … Continue reading Initial reflections on Brexit
David Cameron's negotiations may be going reasonably well from the point of view of reducing the number of leading figures in his own party who might support the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. But the "concessions" made to the British government have absolutely nothing to do with the real interests of working people, even … Continue reading Whose Europe?
It is encouraging that what was generally portrayed by the British press as a crisis of "migrants flooding across borders" is now increasingly seen as a refugee crisis, evoking a strong tide of humanitarian sentiment, particularly in Germany but also in the UK, where the Cameron government has been forced to backtrack somewhat from its … Continue reading Europe’s crises
So the country that destroyed two thirds of Greece's economic capacity during the Second World War has now succeeded in obliging the European Union to impose a "settlement" on Greece that guarantees the majority of its citizens an even grimmer future than they could have expected when they voted "no" to the previous proposals on … Continue reading Sleepwalking to catastrophe
The majority secured by the "no" vote in the Greek referendum left no room for doubt about what most Greeks now expect from their elected government. Yet Alexis Tsipras immediately obliged Yanis Varoufakis to resign as finance minister and entered into talks with the opposition political parties that it had just defeated. What should we … Continue reading The moment of truth in Europe
It has become clear over the past week that the leaders of the European union are willing to go to any lengths in terms of inflicting further suffering on Greek citizens to maximise the chances of a "yes" vote securing a majority in the referendum to be held on July 5th, scarcely concealing their hope … Continue reading A comment on Europe and the Greek crisis