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Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Giles Tremlett for the Guardian In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off… More Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Parchment in the Fire: Yanis Varoufakis on the need for the democratization of Europe

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Parchment in the Fire: One Year on, Syriza has sold its soul for power

by Costas Lapavitsas Today marks a year since a radical left government was elected in Greece; its dynamic young prime minster, Alexis Tsipras, promising a decisive blow against austerity. Yanis Varoufakis, his unconventional finance minister, arrived in London soon after and caused a media sensation. Here was a government that disregarded stuffy bourgeois conventions and… More One Year on, Syriza has sold its soul for power . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: One Year on, Syriza has sold its soul for power

Parchment in the Fire: Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

From EuroActiv Athens had secured a funding deal with China during the crucial negotiations with its creditors last summer. But a phone call from Berlin to Beijing killed it, Yanis Varoufakis disclosed on Tuesday (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports. In an interview with Skai TV, Varoufakis admitted that there was a “Plan X” in the event of… More Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

Parchment in the Fire: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

As the success of Spain’s upstart anti-austerity party shakes the country’s two-party system, the most likely outcome for ailing social democrats is a fusion with liberal conservatives Source: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The GuardianFiled under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Podemos, Spain,… More Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Data from Southern Europe indicates a trend of wealth distribution to the top 20% of income earners since the onset of austerity. At the outset of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, the income share of the bottom 20% of income earners in Greece and Portugal increased, whereas the income share of the top 20%… More Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Parchment in the Fire: Political Radicalization in Europe

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Parchment in the Fire: A portrait of poverty: Europe’s women & children

In Real Economy this week Maithreyi Seetharaman looks at the challenges governments face in tackling poverty with the help of some of those closest to the issue. The shocking truth is that… Source: A portrait of poverty: Europe’s women & childrenFiled under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, poverty . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: A portrait of poverty: Europe’s women & children

Parchment in the Fire: The Losing Battle | Jacobin

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Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s new social and political context ~ Global Labour Column

Source: Portugal’s new social and political context ~ Global Labour ColumnFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s new social and political context ~ Global Labour Column

Parchment in the Fire: Some Charts on the Conditions of Labour in Greece

A few charts from the Eurofound website provides an insightful glimpse into the conditions of workers in Greece in the context of austerity. The first chart, taken from Eurofound, demonstrates the trajectory of labour costs and labour productivity in Greece up to and during the crisis. The data indicates a significant divergence of labour costs and labour productivity under austerity. Effectively, austerity is pushing down labour costs, resulting in increases in Greek labour productivity.

Increased labour productivity, however, can largely be explained as a result of declining compensation per worker, as opposed to being the result of innovations stemming from (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Full Contents of the Agreement between Socialist Party and Left Bloc | Esquerda

The full contents of the agreement signed between the Socialist Party and the Left Bloc can be read here.

Source: Full Contents of the Agreement between Socialist Party and Left Bloc | Esquerda

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: What is the Left Bloc? | Esquerda

In this article, we shall present information which allows the reader to get a clear picture of how and in which political climate the Left Bloc was founded and how it has developed.

Source: What is the Left Bloc? | Esquerda

Filed under: Eurozone crisis, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Left Bloc, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: Left Parties In Portugal Vow to Topple New Center-Right Government, pt. II

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Left Bloc, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: Spanish politics: Why is Podemos losing ground? | In English | EL PAÍS

After topping voter intention polls, the party is falling behind rival Ciudadanos as it seeks to redefine its position and message

Source: Spanish politics: Why is Podemos losing ground? | In English | EL PAÍS

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

Parchment in the Fire: Left Parties In Portugal Vow to Topple New Center-Right Government

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: Surge in Portuguese Left Bloc Support Puts Socialist Party on the Spot | The Bullet No. 1179

Will Portugal finally see the end of austerity as administered for four years by the right-wing coalition (known as Portugal Ahead) composed of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) and Democratic and Social Centre-People’s Party (CDS-PP)? In the country’s legislative October 4 elections this governing alliance, running for the first time as a single ticket called Portugal Ahead (except on the Azores), won the elections, but with only 38.4 per cent of the vote.

Source: Surge in Portuguese Left Bloc Support Puts Socialist Party on the Spot | The Bullet No. 1179

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power – Telegraph

Constitutional crisis looms after anti-austerity Left is denied parliamentary prerogative to form a majority government

Source: Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power – Telegraph

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal, the Left

Parchment in the Fire: Passos Coelho asked to form minority government in Portugal – FT.com

Pedro Passos Coelho, the centre-right prime minister who lost his parliamentary majority in Portugal’s inconclusive general election three weeks ago, has been appointed to form what could be a shortlived minority government. President Aníbal Cavaco

Source: Passos Coelho asked to form minority government in Portugal – FT.com

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: Defiant Portugal shatters the eurozone’s political complacency – Telegraph

Brussels faces a second anti-austerity revolt as the Portuguese Left tears up the script and demands the right to govern

Source: Defiant Portugal shatters the eurozone’s political complacency – Telegraph

The secretary-general of the Portuguese Socialist Party, Antonio Costa, appears on Saturday after the election results are made public Photo: EPA

8:45PM BST 21 Oct 2015

The delayed fuse on the eurozone’s debt-deflation policies has finally detonated in a second country. Portugal has joined the revolt against austerity.

The rickety scaffolding of fiscal discipline and economic surveillance imposed on southern Europe by Germany is falling apart (Read more…)

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Parchment in the Fire: The Eurozone Crisis, Collective Bargaining, Labour Market Reform and Austerity, 2010-2015

By the summer of 2010, the financial crisis initiated by overleveraged financial institutions had been transformed into a sovereign debt crisis. This was a deliberate tactic of ‘crisis management’ by neo-liberally minded European elites to protect their financial sectors. State intervention to the tune of billions of pounds and Euros recapitalized the banking sectors of Europe at the expense of the public finances propping up the European Social Model (ESM). Despite evidence to the contrary, the financial crisis was now being framed as the result of profligate governments. However, the governments of Ireland and Spain – two of the countries (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Is Portugal a poster child for austerity?

Source: Is Portugal a poster child for austerity?

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: Portugal’s austerity government wins – POLITICO

The center-right coalition, whose reform zeal won Berlin’s admiration, looks short of an outright majority.

Source: Portugal’s austerity government wins – POLITICO

Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, elections, Europe, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: 9 faces to watch in Portugal’s election – POLITICO

An interesting array of candidates for prime minister.

Source: 9 faces to watch in Portugal’s election – POLITICO

Filed under: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal

Parchment in the Fire: In Portugal, the Left is caught between two extremes

By Hugo Coelho for the New Statesman –

Antonia Costa’s socialists face an unpalatable choice: grand coalition with the right, or cohabitation with die-hard communists on the left.

Source: In Portugal, the Left is caught between two extremes

Filed under: Austerity, Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal, Portuguese Socialist Party