Who Votes For the Left?

Over the past four decades, the social and economic structures have undergone massive transformations. Alongside these, the realities of political life have inescapably changed as well: some once mass parties are now struggling to survive or are gaining no more than a few percent of the vote. In a range of countries, protest movements emerge

The Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, the European Parliament, and the Supply Chain Directive

The Rana Plaza disaster happened 10 years ago on 24 April 2013 in Bangladesh, killing over 1000 textile workers. The European Parliament remembered the victims and discussed a Commission proposal aiming to make EU big corporations accountable for their suppliers on environmental and workers’ issues. Conservative MEPs were divided during the debate.

The Left and the Inter-Imperial War

Looking into Europe’s geopolitical evolution since 1989 and citing Rosa Luxemburg Heinz Bierbaum and Michael Brie explain why Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine must be considered an inter-imperial war. Both call for the left to urgently conduct a Europe-wide debate on a concept of collective security both for Europe and its close neighbourhood. The

Building a European Public Opinion

Climate change, the living conditions of women, war, immigration: these are some of the issues addressed and told from different points of view and at different latitudes in this ePublication published by the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) in cooperation with transform! italia and co-funded by the European Union.

In Solidarity with Boris Kagarlitsky

Left-wing theorician Boris Kagarlitsky has been arrested in Russia on Tuesday on a charge of “justifying terrorism” based on his discussion about the motivations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Crimean Bridge explosion. We at transform! europe call for his immediate release. Read below the appeal by Rabkor to free Boris.

Beware Europe’s New Green Colonialism

Europe is leading the world in cutting carbon emissions largely by consolidating new forms of extractivism and sacrifice zones in the South. The authors Nnimmo Bassey, Breno Bringel, Liliana Buitrago, Madhuresh Kumar, Kavita Naidu, Vasna Ramasar, and Maristella Svampa analyse recent EU policies and advocate for alternatives to Green colonialism.

“For a Social Ecological Transformation: Transversal Dialogue Starting from Laudato Si’”

This conference is inviting contributions from all disciplinary fields exploring the possibilities of a transversal social ethics in the sense of Laudato si’ and social ecological transformation, and aiming at investigating the relevance of this text for thinking about alternatives to the current anthropological and socio-ecological crisis.

EU-Tunisia Deal: The Spirit of 1951

Tunisia and the EU signed a memorandum of understanding for a “strategic partnership” on renewables, economic development, and — for all — migration in July. The ongoing EU ’s asylum reform and this long-sought deal with Tunisia aiming at externalising borders are the latest steps in its war on migrants. The author calls for new counter-strategies.

The Spanish Radical Left and the Upcoming Election — “We Need a Passion for Justice.”

Marga Ferré, co-president of transform!, analyses in this dense interview the left’s recent defeat in Spain, the new radical-left electoral coalition Sumar led by Labour Minister Yolanda Díaz, their governmental record, their chance to win in the upcoming 23 July general elections and the ways to counter the menace of the far right coming to power.

“Alytaus Tekstilė” Factory in Lithuania: Theft, and Controversial Histories of Privatisation

This story is about a major Lithuanian textile factory which did not survive the “economic shock therapy”, and about its laid-off workers, who see the transition as “theft” by the new elites. It is still uneasy to criticize the new “capitalist period”, the author, a young Lithuanian trade-unionist, argues, and this, too, has nefarious consequences.

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