Germany: CDU appoints new leader in attempt to strike balance

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.

CP calls for a united struggle for popular sovereignty in face of Tory EU Deal

Communist Party of Britain General Secretary Robert Griffiths and International Secretary John Foster released a statement yesterday (26 December 2020) on the UK-EU Agreement on Trade and Cooperation.

Communists slam Brexit talks as ‘confected theatre’

Britain’s Communists have sounded a sceptical note about the extension of post-Brexit trade talks between the British government and the EU. Addressing the party’s executive over the weekend, Alex Gordon said the continuing talks have “an air of confected theatre about them, although these are performances that not many people might pay to watch”.

Europe’s young communists declare ‘Socialism or Barbarism’ in the midst of COVID-19 second wave

Abbie Rhodes reports on a recent online conference which brought together European communist youth organisations to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggles being led by the youth across the continent.