The death of more than 800 people who drowned when a small fishing boat capsized 60 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa late on Saturday brings the death toll to of people among people attempting to reach Europe by boat in 2015 alone to 1,600. This tragic event highlights the dramatic situation that has developed in Africa and the Middle East after years of imperialist meddling.

The news of the German pilot Andreas Lubitz flying the Germanwings Airbus 320 into a mountain in the French Alps came as a shock to the world. Although the official accident investigation is still in progress and will take months to complete, French authorities quickly made this into a criminal investigation and released certain information pointing the finger to the First Officer on board.

The former model country among the successor states of the former Yugoslavia now finds itself in a deep social crisis. For months the country has been shaken by a protest movement, which has oriented itself “against the system”. The following article by Goran Musić and Emanuel Tomaselli gives an insight into the background and perspectives of this movement.

At its recent meeting in January the International Executive Committee of the IMT discussed the situation in Europe, highlighting the growing level of class struggle on the continent as the effects of the austerity measures being applied everywhere begin to be felt by the workers and youth. We are publishing the second part of a slightly edited version of the points raised in the discussion.

At its recent meeting in January the International Executive Committee of the IMT discussed the situation in Europe, highlighting the growing level of class struggle on the continent as the effects of the austerity measures being applied everywhere begin to be felt by the workers and youth. We are publishing a slightly edited version of the points raised in the discussion.

The European Trade Union Confederation has called a European Day of Action and Solidarity against austerity on November 14. The initiative was taken by the Portuguese CGTP-IN trade union confederation which decided to call a 24h general strike against the latest package of austerity measures proposed by the right wing government of Passos de Coelho in the 2013 budgets. It was the enormous explosion of anger on September 15, when the largest demonstrations since the Portuguese revolution of 1974 took place, which pushed the union to take this action.

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