The German government is being forced to ration hot water; street lights are being dimmed; and special heated halls are being set up for those who can’t afford central heating – in a country where winter temperatures regularly drop well below freezing. Many Germans are stocking up on wood to burn for warmth, as many predict that gas supplies will completely or nearly run out by early 2023. These are the grim prospects faced by the working class in the economic powerhouse of Europe.
Since June, the Netherlands has seen a new wave of militant, 40,000-strong farmers’ protests, aimed against government plans to reduce the emission of nitrogen compounds. These protests have reached the international media, with videos proliferating of heavy tractors blocking roads and supermarket distribution centres, and dumping manure outside the homes of politicians. What lies behind these protests, what class interests do they represent, and what is the position of the Marxists towards them?
El régimen, con el Acuerdo por la Nueva Constitución y auxiliado por la pandemia, logró efectivamente desmovilizar el impulso revolucionario de los cinco meses que siguen al estallido. Ahora nos enfrentamos a tomar una posición frente a la coyuntura inmediata, que es por el Apruebo, el Rechazo, o anular y boicotear el plebiscito.