Nick Wright argues the people of the Irish Republic and their government have had a rude lesson in the politics of inter-imperialist rivalry.
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.
A prominent study published towards the end of 2020 through Cambridge University made the stark finding that “This is the first generation in living memory to have a global majority who are dissatisfied with the way democracy works while in their twenties and thirties”, receiving significant coverage in parts of Britain’s media.
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.
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”.
Britain’s Communists slammed the Tory government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as an “incompetent and corrupt disaster” at last weekend’s meeting of the Party’s Executive Committee.
The Communist Party’s International Commission has issued a briefing note on the current political crisis in Belarus and its wider international context.
In response to the recent TUC conference, Communist Party Chair Liz Payne has urged Britain’s trades union movement to unite to defend every job, demand a safe return to work and to reject EU attempts to limit control of state aid to industry in England, Scotland and Wales, at the party’s most recent Political Committee meeting.
The government’s new Bill withdraws economic decision-making powers from devolved administrations just as they are set to escape EU ‘competition’ regulation, explains Communist Party International Secretary, John Foster.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) has issued a statement condemning the tragic events affecting refugees on the Greek island of Moria.