Draft European Union constitution 2004

Reply to AWL on Europe, by Vincent Présumey

Réponse à Martin Thomas (et ça et là à Yves Coleman) : voir la réalité en face !

Il faut savoir gagner une grève !

Réponse à Martin Thomas (et ça et là à Yves Coleman) : voir la réalité en face !

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The case for the "red no"

By Bjarke Friborg, who is EU campaign secretary for the Red-Green Alliance and a member of SAP, the trend in the RGA supporting the Fourth International.

During this round of EU-debate in Denmark, the left wing has had a clear and distinct presence ­ with a marked internationalist perspective.

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Summary notes on the debate on Europe

Summary notes on Europe for the international meeting of June 2005/ notes sommaires sur l'Europe, pour la réunion internationale du 18 juin 2005. (In English and French).

By Martin Thomas

[Points 1 to 5 of section A, excluding the annexes, summarise the basics of our argument]

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The European left and the EU

A survey of the attitudes to the EU and the draft European constitution of the two main link-ups of the European left, the Party of the European Left (Communist and ex-Communist parties) and the European Anti-Capitalist Left (which includes some revolutionary groups).

Excerpted from an article by Martin Thomas in Solidarity 3/55, 15 July 2004.

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Le Parti des travailleurs et l'Europe

"A little informative article written by a comrade who recounts what the Parti des travailleurs [PT, Workers' Party, one of the three sizeable Trotskyist groups in France] said about Europe and the referendum", sent to us by Yves Coleman. In French.

Le Parti des travailleurs et l'Europe

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The sad farce of the "no" victory

Written the day after the referendum, this text will be expanded and modified to address readers feedback. Text below in both English and French. By Yves Coleman (Ni patrie ni frontières).

THE SAD FARCE OF THE NO "VICTORY"

On the nationalism of the Left bourgeois parties and the political manoeuvres of the Far Left

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European constitution - French “no” will not bring a better Europe

By Vicki Morris

The French electorate certainly gave president Jacques Chirac a bloody nose on 29 May when they rejected by 55% to 45% the proposed European constitution.

The no campaign in France was led by left-wingers, and most of the French (and British) left have welcomed the “no” victory. Sober judgement suggests they are wrong. The first result of the “no” victory may well be that Britain gets its opt-out from the EU’s 48 hour maximum working week extended...

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Should socialists vote no to EU constitution?

No Campaign will not lead to a better Europe

In reply to the message of greetings to the AWL conference of May 2005 from the French Marxist group Liaisons arguing that the "No" campaign will stimulate the class struggle, Martin Thomas replies:

Let us stand back and take a longer view. Since the 1960s the AWL and our forerunners have had to respond to several rows in mainstream politics over Europe.

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A left "no" to the Euro-constitution - which turns out to be not so left

Translation and commentary by VM of article appearing at http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3232,36-653734@51-641597,0.html


Trade unionists of France, you are not alone, by Jane Carolan and Ian Davidson
Letter appearing in Le Monde, 25 May

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