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Germany: PSG holds meetings in defence of Greek workers

By Marianne Arens, December 22, 2012

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) recently held a series of meetings in Germany under the slogan “Defend Greek workers.”

Mental health charity warns of “nightmare scenario” for North East England

By Mark Blackwood, December 22, 2012

A report reveals that when compared to the London area, the UK’s poorest region in the North East has almost three times the rate of self-harm/attempted suicide hospital admissions.

Privatisation agenda behind government threats against UK teachers

By Julie Hyland, December 22, 2012

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition intends to roll out the conditions that exist in academies to all public schools, in preparation for the handing over of education to the private sector.

French President promotes corporate interests, Mali war in Algeria visit

By Alex Lantier, December 21, 2012

On December 19-20, French President François Hollande made a 36-hour visit to Algeria, to expand military and trade ties between France and its former colony.

Germany’s Left Party mobilizes for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, December 21, 2012

Last week leading figures of the German Left Party signed a statement calling for intervention in Syria.

The German chancellor’s Christmas message

By Ulrich Rippert, December 21, 2012

In an interview last weekend with the Financial Times, the German chancellor declares that the European welfare state cannot be sustained.

Social discontent grows in Greece against austerity

By Christoph Dreier, December 21, 2012

Workers are vehemently opposed to the implementation of the most recent cuts package, in particular the massive layoffs planned for the public sector.

Government threatens UK teachers with pay cuts as punishment for industrial action

By Julie Hyland, December 20, 2012

By threatening teachers with pay cuts, the government intends to create a precedent that will be used against all public sector workers.

German parliament votes to station Patriot missiles on Syrian border

By Ulrich Rippert, December 19, 2012

The parliamentary resolution is a prelude to military intervention in Syria.

Private consultants reap rewards from UK National Health Service privatisation

By Richard Duckworth, December 19, 2012

Private consultancy firms have been central to the coalition government’s plans to carve up the National Health Service.

Germany’s Left Party and the closure of GM-Opel’s Bochum plant

By Dietmar Henning, December 19, 2012

The closure of the GM Opel plant in Bochum is the first such auto plant closure in Germany since 1949.

UK government pays millions to tortured Libyan to conceal its crimes

By Julie Hyland, December 18, 2012

The British government has agreed to pay £2.23 million to Libyan Sami al-Saadi and his family, who were kidnapped with the aid of MI6 and rendered to Tripoli.