Eastern Europe

Oppose Tusk-Cameron, oppose Brexit

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Vicki Morris

On 2 February EU president Donald Tusk published proposals to placate David Cameron. They will be ratified, or not, at an EU summit on 18-19 February.

Cameron wants to hold an in-out referendum quickly, possibly in June. The chief plan is for the UK (or any other EU state) to be able to cut EU migrants’ rights to in-work benefits (tax credits, child benefit, etc.) for four years.

East European states have objected to the proposal, since it discriminates mainly against their citizens travelling to the UK for work. They are right to do so.

Cameron wants to hold an in-out referendum quickly, possibly in June. The chief plan is for the UK (or any other EU state) to be able to cut EU migrants’ rights to in-work benefits (tax credits, child benefit, etc.) for four years.

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Solidarity with refugees Open the borders!

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Vicki Morris

Refugee flows into Europe from the Middle East and Africa were expected to decline as autumn sets in and sea crossings become more dangerous, but the numbers of people fleeing poverty and war, particularly in Syria, remain very high and are even growing.

Refugee flows into Europe from the Middle East and Africa were expected to decline as autumn sets in and sea crossings become more dangerous, but the numbers of people fleeing poverty and war, particularly in Syria, remain very high and are even growing.

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Árpád Göncz: 1922 – 2015

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John Cunningham

Sometimes being worthy, decent and honest isn’t enough.

Although at the time I moved in slightly more elevated circles than I do now, in the nine years I lived in Hungary I never met Árpád Göncz, Hungarian President for ten years in the nineties, who died on 6 October.

Árpád Göncz, Hungarian President for ten years in the nineties, died on 6 October.

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Open Europe's borders!

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Vicki Morris
We must increase the pressure and make the case for the EU to open its borders and let the refugees in!

Germany is back-pedalling on its earlier stated open borders policy and has suspended freedom of movement, as EU governments fail to deal with the migrant crisis.

Germany re-introduced border controls on Sunday 13 September, and stopped train traffic from Austria. This is the route by which as many as 450,000 refugees, most fleeing the war in Syria, have come into Germany via the Balkans this year.

The German Interior minister Thomas de Maizière said the public resources of the southern German states were exhausted by the scale of the current migrant flows.

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Solidarity with sacked Gdansk port worker

Maciek Konopka, a dock worker in Gdansk, Poland, has been sacked for union organising, sparking an international campaign for his reinstatement.

Maciek’s sacking is the latest union-busting action by dock management, including intimidation and threats of dismissal as workers organise for better pay, against the use of temporary contracts, and over negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.

Management employs workers on rolling temporary employment contracts, seemingly to maximise a culture of fear and job insecurity.

Maciek Konopka, a dock worker in Gdansk, Poland, has been sacked for union organising, sparking an international campaign for his reinstatement.

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Solidarity with refugees and migrants

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Hannah Webb and Zoe Salanitro

The situation of migrants journeying through Hungary has been covered extensively in the news, showing chaotic scenes at Keleti Station in Budapest.

A recent rush of migrants when people heard rumours of a fence being built on the border between Serbia and Hungary, on the orders of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. People wanted to try to cross the border before the fence was complete.

It is clear that solidarity, self-organisation and widescale civil disobedience can be of significant help in helping those looking for a better life.

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The Jobbik-Putin nexus

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Hannah Webb

Although my first week (of a study year) in Budapest has been filled with mundane tasks of internet installation, sim cards and university course registration, it was not uneventful.

Jobbik, an explicitly fascist party, is the second strongest political party in Hungary and is growing in popularity.

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