A group blog on Europe


Dockers protest outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon in 2012.
A left-wing government in Portugal? Don’t hold your breath
By Ctia Bruno - 17 April 16:56

Why there's not going to be a Portuguese "Syriza" any time soon.

An ambulance outside Kat Hospital in Athens.
From heart attacks to maternal care: the human cost of austerity in Greece
By Dawn Foster - 13 April 10:55

Austerity has caused more than just tear gas usage to rise - heart attacks have spiked in the republic.

After the Cahuzac scandal, the Hollande presidency is in tatters
By Philippe Marlire - 03 April 20:52

France's Socialist president has failed to deliver - and in record time.

An anti-government protester in Budapest on 30 March. (Getty.)
Hungary is no longer a democracy
By Benjamin Abtan - 02 April 11:02

Europe has been slow to act, but it is not too late.

Food stamps are just capital controls for poor people
By Alex Hern - 27 March 12:07

If you want to introduce higher prices for poor people, at least do it openly.

Cyprus looks for plan B
By Alex Hern - 22 March 8:24

There is no plan B.

Cyprus: everything you need to know
By Alex Hern - 18 March 9:38

The tax, the Russians, the insurance, the surprise, and the future.

Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot in Greece's general election of June 2012.
Alexis Tsipras of Syriza: be daring, Ed Miliband

Greece's opposition leader on meeting with Labour officials, and his views on the "self-destructive" Cyprus bailout.

Cyprus: has the eurozone run out of road?
By Nick Malkoutzis - 17 March 18:18

After the bank levy, citizens will lose confidence in the system and turn to extreme political alternatives.

"We are powerful and we will soon be dominant": Golden Dawn's intimidation in the courtroom
By Yiannis Baboulias - 12 March 17:52

How can Greeks ever be sure of justice for neo-Nazi crimes?

Ed Miliband addresses the TUC rally on 26 March 2011.
Left-wing populism? Don't hold your breath
By Phil Burton-Cartledge - 12 March 14:35

Why "the cuts" aren't as big an issue as we'd like to think.

"We saved the banks but are running the risk of losing a generation"
By new-statesman - 11 March 11:25

Senior European politician warns of the damage caused by unemployment.

Alfie Meadows and Zak King are not guilty: now it's time for police behaviour to be scrutinised
By Petra Davis - 09 March 9:59

Lawyers warn that violent disorder charges are being used to attack the right to protest.

Student protesters found not guilty of violent disorder
By New Statesman - 08 March 15:46

Acquittal comes after a two-year process.

Beppe Grillo leads yet another right-wing cult from Italy
By Wu Ming Foundation - 08 March 13:48

Essay: beneath its populist surface, the Five Star Movement represents more of the same.

Protests sweep Bulgaria following a self-immolation in Varna
By Alex Hern - 08 March 9:07

Government resigns as high electricity bills force people onto the streets.

Anti-squatting MP denies responsibility for death of homeless man
By Alex Hern - 07 March 9:54

"A typical squatter is middle-class, web-savvy, legally minded, university-educated and, most importantly, society-hating," said Mike Weatherley.

How to make protest effective
By David Ferreira - 05 March 16:34

We need to do more than march from A to B if we want political change.

Barack Obama holds a cabinet meeting at the White House on 4 March.
Spending cuts and the threat to democracy
By Juan Cole - 05 March 10:27

What America should learn from Europe and the Middle East.

Death of homeless man blamed on anti-squatting laws
By Alex Hern - 04 March 15:49

Daniel Gauntlett froze to death last weekend on the doorstep of an empty bungalow.

Portuguese anti-austerity protests.
"To hell with the Troika, it's the people who give the orders"
By New Statesman - 04 March 11:49

In pictures: thousands protest in Portugal.

UKIP's leader Nigel Farage.
UKIP is what you get after 30 years of neoliberalism
By Phil Burton-Cartledge - 04 March 11:27

Why a lurch to the right won't win back voters.

A couple walk past shops catering for eastern Europeans in Boston, in Lincolnshi
New migration statistics should reassure on Bulgaria and Romania
By Sarah Mulley - 28 February 12:35

Beyond the headlines, it's not all doom and gloom.

Greek pensioners demonstrate outside the Labour Ministry in Athens
Greek government makes extraordinary and undemocratic attacks on free speech
By Yiannis Baboulias - 27 February 13:50

While no one is looking, the Greek government goes on a rampage.

A woman walks passed an electoral information banner at a polling station
Italy’s elections and the European “misunderstanding”
By Andrea Mammone - 27 February 8:40

Does the political return of Berlusconi represent a realistic danger for Western democracy?

New Statesman
Workfare: Unexpected Intern in the bagging area
By Alex Andreou - 21 February 16:12

The truth of the matter is that the government cares more about statistics than genuinely tackling unemployment.

Laurie Penny on Kate Middleton: benefit scrounging mother moves into palace at taxpayer's expense
By Laurie Penny - 21 February 15:34

Britain only permits two types of outrage today: dog-whistle disgust for the extremely poor and spanielish devotion to the aristocracy.