On 29 April the Central Committee (CC) of AKEL, the Communist Party which until 28 February 2013 held the presidency of Cyprus, declared that "the only choice for Cyprus is a solution outside the loan agreements and Memorandum. The implementation of such a solution is likely to constitute a decision for exit by Cyprus from the Euro".
Bob Crow and the leadership of the RMT rail union have joined the chorus for British exit from the EU led by Nigel Lawson, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer for Margaret Thatcher.
Within a year”, says a typical scaremongering Ukip leaflet, “29 million Romanians and Bulgarians will gain the right to live, work and draw benefits here”.
Godfrey Bloom, MEP for the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), which threatens to scoop many Tory votes in the May elections, has told Ukip leaders: “We do not have the resources to write serious papers on major subjects, why reinvent the wheel? Why not buy policy ‘off the shelf’?”
The economic crisis has rocked the European Union (EU). In Britain, the Tories want a referendum on links with the EU, stoking up nationalism. Early socialist debates about the United States of Europe help us orientate in today’s conditions.
Barely one month after Greek and European rulers assured us the European debt crisis had been resolved, Greece had been stabilised, and the euro wasn’t in danger, a crisis in the Cypriot banking system and uncertainty over a bailout deal threatened the “peace”.
On Sunday 25 March David Cameron wrote a piece for the Sun railing about so-called health and benefit tourism by migrants!
In the recent Eastleigh by-election the UK Independance Party came second to the Liberal Democrats, pushing the Tories into third place.
British parliamentary contests are described as first past the post for a reason, and the reason is that coming second does not get you a seat at Westminster.
The demonstrations that took place on Saturday 2 March in Portugal once again beat all the previous records for participation in this country that is on life support, severely affected by the crisis, and austerity measures imposed by the “Troika” (the IMF, European Union and European Central Bank).