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Italy - The Genie is out of the bottle

Written by Rivoluzione Editorial Board Wednesday, 07 December 2016
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Matteo Renzi_-_PSD--Flickr_flickr.com--photos--psdbiroupresa--15186950594Renzi lost and has resigned. The result of the recent constitutional referendum is without precedent: almost twenty million NO votes buried the constitutional counter-reforms, and the Renzi government with them.

 

Renzi resigns: Italian crisis unfolds

Written by Francesco Merli Monday, 05 December 2016
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Matteo Renzi_-_PSD--Flickr_flickr.com--photos--psdbiroupresa--15186950594_copyThe results of the Italian Constitutional referendum and the sudden announcement of prime minister Renzi’s resignation are sending shockwaves throughout Europe. A victory for the No vote was expected, but the scale of the defeat for Renzi, with almost 60 percent supporting No, goes far beyond what had been anticipated by all exit polls.

 

New UKIP leader elected - but trouble still lies ahead

Written by Scott Shaw Thursday, 01 December 2016
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Paul Nuttall_-_Euro_Realist_Newsletter--FlickrFollowing the resignation of Nigel Farage – and his successor, Diane James, after only 18 days – Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP and former deputy leader for the party, was yesterday announced to be the newly elected UKIP leader, winning the leadership contest with over 62% of the votes from party members. But does the future hold in store for Nuttall and this far-right, racist party?

   

British Autumn Statement: Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

Written by Adam Booth Tuesday, 29 November 2016
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Theresa May - Policy Exchange--Flickr flickr.com--photos--policyexchange--10725847516When Boris Johnson, the pro-Leave Tory foreign secretary, recently promised to “make a titanic success” of Brexit, it is unlikely that he realised at the time just how apt his choice of words was. With the Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR), as part of yesterday’s Autumn Statement, predicting slower growth and a £122bn hole in the government’s finances as a result of Britain’s forthcoming departure from the EU, it is clear that the UK economy is heading for an iceberg.

 

Britain: Buckingham Palace repairs - a Royal rip off

Written by Daniel Morley Tuesday, 29 November 2016
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Buckingham Palace_-_Validney_Pimenta_flickr.com--photos--valdiney--3897577313Walter Bagehot famously remarked that there is no point in a mediocre monarchy - either the monarchy is fabulously expensive, or there is no monarchy. And fabulously expensive it certainly still is.

   

Theresa May: Capitalism’s dedicated servant

Written by Rob Sewell Wednesday, 23 November 2016
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Theresa May_-_Policy_Exchange--Flickr_flickr.com--photos--policyexchange--10725847516The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced that the government’s agenda is “unashamedly pro-business”. Millions of Britons who are gearing up for Christmas must be in a state of shock at this earth-shattering news that a Tory government is an “unashamed” supporter of big business.

 

Spain: 81 year-old woman dies in fire caused by a candle she used as electricity had been cut off

Written by Jorge Martín Wednesday, 16 November 2016
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canldes blackout - Public Domain--Pexels.com An 81 year-old woman died in a fire in her flat in Reus, Catalonia in the early hours of Tuesday, November 15. The fire was caused by a candle she kept by her bed. Two months ago, the electricity company had cut off her supply as she was unable to pay. This tragic incident reveals the barbarism of a system which puts private profit above the needs of the people and highlights the brutal impact the crisis of capitalism is having on millions of families in Spain.

   

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