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Tema: Venstrefløj Europa

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Venstrefløj Europa
Se også: DK: Venstrefløj
Max van Lingen: The stagnation of the Dutch Socialist Party
International Socialism Journal nr. 151, jul 16 – side 131
Note: The Socialist Party (SP) is one of the parties that emerged to the left of traditional social democracy in the last decade of the 20th century. In electoral terms, it is one of the most successful. At its peak in 2006, the SP got 25 out of 150 seats (16.6 percent of the vote), becoming the third party in the House of Representatives. With the European Parliament (2014) and provincial (2015) elections it eclipsed the Labour Party (PvdA) for the first time, becoming the biggest party of the left in the Netherlands. Until Syriza’s election victory in 2015 the Dutch SP was the only left reformist party in Europe to win a bigger share of the vote than the traditional social democratic party.
Andy Brown: Reassessing Podemos
International Socialism Journal nr. 150, apr 16 – side 97
Note: The emergence of new left wing political parties in Europe in response to the crisis and government austerity policies has been discussed already in the pages of this journal. Specifically we have looked at the nature of the Podemos project in the Spanish state and the question of how the left should relate to it. It is now useful to revisit the analysis in the light of events in 2015 in the Spanish state in order better to understand the viability of Podemos in its own terms and the relationship between it, the left and the working class.
Ron Margulies: Tyrkisk valg er begyndelsen til enden for Erdogans regerende parti
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 345, jun 15 
Note: Præsident Recep Tayyip Erdogans Retfærdigheds- og Udviklingsparti (AKP) opnåede ikke absolut flertal ved Tyrkiets parlamentsvalg 7. juni, skriver Ron Margulies fra Istanbul.
Elizabeth Humphrys + Tad Tietze: Feedback: “Anti-politics” and the return of the social: A reply to Alex Callinicos
International Socialism Journal nr. 144, okt 14 – side 187
Note: In his diagnosis of the causes of the crisis of the radical left in the last issue of this journal, Alex Callinicos criticised the “anti-politics” analysis that we have developed over recent years, in particular at our blog Left Flank.
Alex Callinicos: Thunder on the left
International Socialism Journal nr. 143, jul 14 – side 111
Note: The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideological commitment to the system than because of the weakness of credible anti-capitalist alternatives.
Kieran Allen: Whatever Happened to the United Left Alliance?
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 6, jun 13 – side 17
Note: The United Left Alliance is in a comatose state from which recovery, at the moment, appears unlikely. Its steering committee has not met since December and some of its participants have left. At a time when thousands of people are looking for an alternative to the political establishment, the radical left has proved unable to forge a viable, broad organisation that could win their allegiance.
Donal Mac Fhearraigh: SYRIZA and the Rise of Radical Left-Reformism in Europe
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 103
Note: The rise of SYRIZA, Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left, in the May elections and in polls since, has electrified the left globally.
Jonny Jones: The shock of the new: anti-capitalism and the crisis
International Socialism Journal nr. 134, apr 12 – side 35
Note: In February of this year the Tory employment minister, Chris Grayling, launched an astonishing attack on the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) while live on national radio. Responding to a campaign against a government “workfare” scheme which puts unemployed people to work for no pay, Grayling claimed that the SWP were “part of a broader anti-capitalist trend on our society. Campaign groups are waging war very deliberately against big business”.
Left behind?
International Socialism Journal nr. 124, okt 09 – side 7
Note: The derisory message of a four-page piece by journalist Andy Beckett in the Guardian’s G2 supplement in mid-August was that the far left had missed “the political opportunity presented by the financial crisis”. And there are a good number on the far left who think the Guardian was right.
Alex Callinicos: Feedback: Revolutionary paths: a reply to Panos Garganas and François Sabado
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 173
Note: The responses in the previous issue of International Socialism by Panos Garganas and by François Sabado to my article “Where is the Radical Left Going?” are very welcome. As their articles bear witness, the condition of the radical left in Europe is quite diverse. Though I have disagreements with some of the things that both have to say, these differences are quite minor.
François Sabado: Feedback: Building the New Anti-capitalist Party
International Socialism Journal nr. 121, jan 09 – side 143
Note: Alex Callinicos’s article in the most recent issue of International Socialism shows well the changes that have taken place in the radical left in recent months. The characteristics of the situation, and in particular the deepening of the crisis of the capitalist system and the social-liberal evolution of social democracy, confirm that there is a space “to the left of the reformist left”. This space opens up possibilities for the building of new political formations or for initiatives such as the conferences of the anti-capitalist left, processes that require clarification.
Panos Garganas: Feedback: The radical left: a richer mix
International Socialism Journal nr. 121, jan 09 – side 153
Note: Alex Callinicos takes the debate on the future of the radical left several steps forward with his article in the previous issue of International Socialism. This is very important. It is crucial to restate the need and the possibility of building a radical left that avoids the twin dangers of sectarianism and opportunism today. The difficulties arise as we try to deal with the problems that have cropped up after the crises in Rifondazione Comunista in Italy and Respect in Britain. Is it possible to deal with the tensions between right and left within such projects in an effective way? And how? No ready made recipe exists and therefore we need to address these questions urgently and clearly.
Analysis: Italian lessons
International Socialism Journal nr. 119, jul 08 – side 15
Note: The victory for the coalition around Silvio Berlusconi in Italy is much more serious than the Tory gains in Britain’s local elections. It has produced a government in which the hard right have been making the running. The scale of the defeat suffered by the left is such that there is no Communist or socialist representation in parliament for the first time since the Second World War.
Chris Bambery: Europe’s radical left gets together
Socialist Worker nr. 2104, jun 08 – side 4
Note: The radical left in Europe has reasons to be cheerful. That was certainly the message from a 1,000 strong rally held in Paris’s Left Bank on Friday of last week organised by the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR).
Ian Taylor: New life for the new left
International Socialism Journal nr. 118, apr 08 – side 17
Note: Not long ago Nicolas Sarkozy in France, Angela Merkel in Germany and Kostas Karamanlis in Greece presented themselves as politicians who could do for continental European capitalism what Margaret Thatcher did for British capitalism.
Alex Callinicos: Italy, Germany, Greece: Different pictures of Europe’s left
Socialist Worker nr. 2091, mar 08 – side 4
Note: The collapse of Romano Prodi’s centre-left government in January was a miserable end to the hopes of all those who had wanted to see an end to the sleazy right wing politics of Silvio Berlusconi.
Jørn Andersen: Den europæiske venstrefløj: Pubertets-problemer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 274, nov 07 – side 6
Note: I nogle år er venstrefløjen næsten bare gået fremad. Men er fremgangen ved at være slut? Et kig ud over Europa tegner et billede, der peger i mange retninger.
Shock waves from Poland
Socialist Review nr. 40, feb 82 – side 17
Note: Each of the great upheavals in the Russian bloc over the last 25 years has caused turmoil in the West European Communist Parties.
Tim Potter: The death of Eurocommunism
International Socialism Journal nr. 13, jun 81 – side 105
Note: The last two years have seen the major West European Communist Parties enter an immense collective crisis – certainly the biggest in their history since the break up of the Stalinist myth in 1956. The symptoms of the crisis are easy to spot: the Communist Parties of Spain, Italy and France are all losing members and votes. All are wracked by internal questioning or public disagreement. None have been able to develop any coherent strategy for the problems facing them in the eighties.

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