Despite the predictions of the pollsters that it would be victorious, the gauche plurielle ("plural left"), that is the coalition government, came out defeated from the French municipal elections of March 11th and 18th 2001.
“...the LCR and LO have particular responsibilities to prepare for the coming events, both in the struggles and in the presidential and parliamentary elections.”
The strong development of the Alliance in England cannot be measured simply in the number of candidates to be fielded in the general election. Equally important is the way the Alliance has developed organisationally and politically over recent months.
A slow change has been taking place at the top of the SWP... now finding full expression with the Socialist Alliance general election campaign. A wholesale attempt to change the practice of the SWP is now underway.
If Berlusconi’s fortunes have revived and he can hope to win on May 13, it is above all the centre-left which bears the responsibility, because of its calamitous record and its insistence on persevering in its orientations and its methods.
The erosion of Portugal’s Socialist government is accelerating. At the beginning of March, the tragic collapse of the bridge at Entre-os-Rios, in the north of the country, led to 70 deaths and to the fall of Jorge Coelho, minister for infrastructure and strongman of the Socialist Party (PS) apparatus.
The successes of the NPD, the murders and attacks committed by youth with neo-Nazi motivations in Germany is not explained solely by the precarious social situation of the guilty but also by a racism propagated officially by the state for some years.
The initiative taken by Germany’s ruling parties to ban the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD - National Democratic Party) is a significant political fact. It is not aimed at a marginal groupuscule but at the party which is currently at the centre of the recomposition of fascism in Germany.
Comrade Rudolf (Rudi) Segall was 90 years old on April 6th, 2001. Ten years ago, our German-language sister publication, Inprekorr, wrote: "Rudi belongs to a generation which is dying out, who as Jews have suffered oppression, anti-semitism, racism and who have nonetheless rejected the temptation of Zionism..."
The dynamism of the class struggle in the twentieth century shows itself in the demise of the institution of monarchy.
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