InDepth – Europe in crisis

Smash the dictatorship of the markets

Below are a collection of articles on the crisis unfolding across the Euro-zone. These articles deal with the problems facing the PIGS countries (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) as well as the future for the “European Project” and the main European powers.

They also discuss the future of the single currency, what options are left for the EU leaders and the coming “austerity” attacks which will impoverish millions across the continent.

Greece – A test bed for ‘austerity’ and resistance
By Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales) 16 June 2010

The European Union’s spiral of crisis
By Robert Bechert, CWI 6 June 2010

Will Ireland follow Greece
By Kevin McLoughlin, CWI Ireland, 7 June 2010

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In the “strict regime” prison colony, AK159/6, in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, a collective hunger strike was declared by the prisoners in protest at alleged brutal beatings, the prison’s military regime and claims of ’frame ups’ of prisoners by the authorities. Starting with a few prisoners at the end of May, the hunger strike has now been joined by the mass of prisoners. Kazakhstan currently holds the Chair of the The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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