Faced with an employers’ offensive seeking to impose counter-reforms throughout the European Union, largely spontaneous social mobilizations have borne witness to the legitimacy crisis of the neoliberal model, already apparent in the success of the movement for global justice.
Education faces multiple threats as attempts continue to reduce it to a commodity. From the French republican school to the mass university of the post World War II period, educational systems have reproduced and continue to reproduce class inequalities. On the other hand, new resistances appear that defend public services and search for alternatives to the neoliberal educational model.
Although the European Council at Thessalonica had given a ’positive welcome’ to the draft Constitutional Treaty drawn up by the European Convention, it is obvious that the intergovernmental conference (IGC) has opened a Pandora’s box.
The draft European Constitution - which raises neoliberal dogma to the rank of fundamental law - is a challenge to Europe’s workers and peoples.
The ’new Europe’ which is joining the European Union has been likened recently to a US ’Trojan Horse’ inside the European project. And it is true that the new and old elites in power in Eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, notably in Poland, have adopted an Atlanticist and ultra-neoliberal orientation.
One year after its first gathering in Florence, the second European Social Forum will be held November 13-15 in Paris and in three towns of what was once the ’red belt’: Saint-Denis, Bobigny and Ivry.
Why a women’s day at the European Social Forum (ESF)? The idea of organizing a whole day of women’s debates inside the ESF emerged in the context of the limited space for discussion in workshops or in seminars provided by the first ESF at Florence.
After nine months in office, the government of Luis Inacio da Silva ’Lula’ has confirmed its contradictory and, in many aspects, even surprising character.
At the very end of September, Heloisa Helena, the senator at the forefront of opposition to the Brazilian government’s right-wing economic policies, announced she had no intention of walking out of the governing Workers’ Party (PT). If the leadership really wanted to silence her, they would have to pay the price of expelling her.