Germany’s largest party, the CDU, has appointed a new leader after a year of deliberation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Armin Laschet won 53% of the vote and will now hope to steer the party forward as it looks to progress past Merkel’s 18-year rule. With a leading role in the EU, Europe’s largest economy plays an important role as the relative ‘middle ground’ to increasingly polarised governments to its East and West.
On December 30th 2020, members of the An Gardaí Síochána fatally shot Nigerian-born George Nkencho, a 27 year old man in mental health crisis.
Nathan Czapnik warns the growth of reactionary ideologies and political policing in eastern Europe cannot be seen in isolation.
The continued operation of neo-Nazis in Germany despite proscription shows that they are far from deterred by state repression – only pushed underground.
Since last weekend, protests have erupted in France’s urban centres against a newly proposed #SécuritéGlobale’ bill that aims to ban individuals from filming police officers. #Paris #France #Police 🔥🚔✊
On Tuesday 17th November, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) were met with physical violence from the police force during a demonstration in memory of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic Uprising.
Last Thursday (22 October 2020), Poland’s High Court ruled that all abortions will remain illegal. This decision was made after a constitutional tribunal had reviewed the constitutionality of a controversial article from the 1993 ‘anti-abortion’ law which states that “difficult living conditions” is not an adequate condition for aborting a foetus.
The Communist Party’s International Commission has issued a briefing note on the current political crisis in Belarus and its wider international context.
Yesterday (7 October 2020), after a monumental 5-year-long trial, it was announced that 68 members of the Greek Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have been sentenced for a multitude of criminal offences.
For over a week, student-led school occupations have erupted around Greece as a response to the government’s disregard of safety measures for students and education staff in wake of the reopening of schools.