Europe
Covid-19 Luxembourg Progressive forces in Luxembourg demand pro-worker policies to fight COVID-19

The Communist Party of Luxembourg has called for a moratorium on repayment of loans during the crisis period and the freezing of the housing rents by law

EU-Iran trade One year after launch, EU countries and Iran close first deal under INSTEX payment mechanism

The deal was for the supply of medical equipment to Iran. INSTEX was devised in 2018 by Germany, France and the UK as a special purpose vehicle to bypass the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US

COVID-19 forces US foreign policy on backfoot

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha looks at US-China and US-Russia relations during the pandemic and falling oil prices

Cuban doctors in French overseas territories Cuban doctors invited to join fight against COVID-19 in Caribbean islands

Cuban doctors will aid the fight against COVID-19 in the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, and Guiana, which are administered by France

Orban power grab Hungary Under garb of fighting COVID-19, Orban takes absolute control in Hungary

The law passed by the Hungarian parliament on March 30 gives extraordinary powers to the government led by Viktor Orban to rule by decree without the mandate of the parliament. Orban has a notorious track record of abuse of power and authoritarianism

Workers crisis UK COVID Thousands of jobs at stake as restaurant chain collapses in the UK

Workers of Carluccio’s chain of restaurants have already been subjected to a 50% wage cut due to the COVD-19 crisis

Spain workers COVID Spain prohibits firing of workers amid COVID-19 crisis

Spain has been reeling under the COVID-19 crisis and has now become the worst affected country in Europe after Italy. As of March 30, over 80,000 people had contracted COVID-19 in Spain, with over 6,800 deaths

MPLP Interview Belgium Médecine pour le Peuple: Defending the right to health for all

We speak to Dr. Hanne Bosselaers from Médecine pour le Peuple (MPLP) – an initiative of the Workers Party of Belgium (PTB/PVDA) – which seeks to provide accessible and quality health and medical care to the people

Save SEPO Refrigerator unit workers in Russia protest layoffs and closure of plant

The management of the Saratov Electric Aggregate Production Association in the city of Saratov has decided to close the plant and lay off employees citing losses

German communists-COVID-19 German communists call to end sanctions hindering fight against COVID-19 pandemic

The German Communist Party (DKP) initiated a petition on March 26, Thursday, calling for the end of sanctions against Russia, Venezuela and Cuba, to strengthen the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus

Julian Assange’s bail plea denied

Julian Assange’s defense team had moved a bail application in light of fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison. The Wikileaks founder has been in judicial custody in the prison since September 2019

COVID crisis Belgium Belgian Workers’ Party proposes ‘millionaire tax’ to help combat COVID-19

The Workers Party of Belgium (PTB/PVDA) has called for imposing a 5% one-time tax on the 2% super-rich people in the country. As of March 24, 4,269 people had contracted the Coronavirus in Belgium, with 122 people dead

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