A group blog on Europe


Cameron's loose lips won't cost the Tories the election - but his silence just might
By Stephen Bush - 24 March 10:06

David Cameron is under fire for revealing he won't stand for a third term. But it isn't even his biggest mistake this month.

New Statesman
Think of Boston, not Berlin
By David Cronin - 28 August 8:20

Ireland is second only to Greece in terms of the scale and speed of health cutbacks undertaken by “developed” countries.

The immigration detention camp at Amygdaleza, near Athens. (Getty.)
Essay: the new untouchables
By Spyros Marchetos - 27 August 16:58

Greece's - and Europe's - treatment of undocumented migrants is a threat to the liberty of us all.

In Latvia, Riga has become a ghost town
By Agata Pyzik - 22 August 10:10

The third-poorest country in the EU, Latvia punitive welfare conditions and the exclusion of Russian-speakers from surrounding nations has lead to a depopulation of 30,000 a year.

An unemployed mother with her children.
Jobless in Europe: The wretches of Spain
By George Eaton - 22 August 9:50

What kind of a social model is it that leaves half of young people out of work? George Eaton profiles Spain's employment woes.

A homeless man in Athens.
The death of a "freeloader": When will we accept the results of austerity?
By Yiannis Baboulias - 14 August 16:57

As an eighteen year old dies trying to flee a ticket inspector in Athens, police in Britain boast of apprehending a mother shoplifting to feed her two children. All across Europe, people are struggling to survive.

A demonstration by Berlusconi supporters outside his house in Rome. (Getty.)
Berlusconi's defenders reveal their contempt for democracy
By Andrea Mammone - 08 August 17:39

The former prime minister's personality cult has damaged Italian politics.

A trade deal that allows corporations to sue governments is not about "recovery"
By David Cronin - 26 July 10:24

The proposed US-EU partnership is likely to strip away rules that protect health and the environment.

Nothing to see here: Athens is now closed to democracy
By Yiannis Baboulias - 18 July 11:48

There are two kinds of deficit that have taken hold in Greece: the economic one, and the democratic deficit created by government spin and five years of austerity and authoritarianism.

Pope Francis visits migrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Let's open Europe to immigration
By Benjamin Abtan - 17 July 11:02

Why Pope Francis's visit to Lampedusa highlights a challenge for all of us.

How the people of Poland are kept from taking to the streets
By Agata Pyzik - 11 July 8:37

While Poland loves to boast about westerners coming to earn money, it is less open about those from the eastern part of the continent. Propaganda serves to justify almost anything.

Why is Spain experiencing an English language boom?
By Anmar Frangoul - 11 July 8:12

Twenty-seven per cent of Spain's population is unemployed - over six million people. In a ferociously competitive job market, Spaniards see learning a foreign language as the best way of distinguishing themselves from others.

In Turkey, the crackdown on anti-government protesters has begun
By Ece Temelkuran - 05 July 14:17

The Turkish government’s spin doctors have linked the recent protests to cyber attacks and historical cases of secular dissent to silence anti-government demonstrators.

A recent debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The high priests of austerity
By David Cronin - 28 June 18:07

To an EU elite determined to push harmful economic policies, democracy is an inconvenience.

Ece Temelkuran.
New Statesman contributor from Turkey threatened by pro-government media
By Daniel Trilling - 21 June 16:28

Ece Temelkuran is targeted for having criticised Erdogan's response to the #OccupyGezi protests.

Cuts now, jobs later - Europe is abandoning a generation
By Andrea Mammone - 20 June 16:16

At last, politicians are talking about youth unemployment, but their efforts don't go far enough.

Demonstrators against Hellenic Gold march in the forest in Megali Panagia
Shock therapy and the gold mine
By Daniel Trilling - 18 June 17:51

From switching off the national broadcaster, to the Skouries protests, the Greek government is unable to silence public anger at its handling of the crisis.

"A direct blow to democracy": the switch-off of Greece's state broadcaster
By Yiannis Baboulias - 12 June 13:38

After the closure of ERT, the country's political future hangs in the balance, writes Yiannis Baboulias.

In France, as elsewhere in Europe, the far right kills
By Benjamin Abtan - 10 June 16:12

The murder of the young anti-fascist activist Clément Méric in France is the tip of a rise in far right violence at the European level.

Protesters build a barricade in Istanbul.
How #OccupyGezi could transform Turkish society
By Mark Bergfeld - 06 June 12:09

Through protesting together, people from different backgrounds are discovering a new power.

An anti-government protester waves Turkey's national flag
People have killed their fear of authority - and the protests are growing
By Ece Temelkuran - 03 June 11:53

What began in an Istanbul park has tapped in to years of grievances.

Wu Ming.
Wu Ming: A band of militant storytellers
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 29 May 11:12

The Celluloid Liberation Front speak to the Italian literary collective Wu Ming, whose work draws readers in to exchange, sharing and confrontation.

Too early for good news from Greece
By Yiannis Baboulias - 10 May 12:37

Ministers' claims that the economy has "turned a corner" don't bear up to scrutiny.

FILM: "Into the Fire: the Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece"
By new-statesman - 08 May 17:24

Watch Kate Mara and Guy Smallman's new documentary on migrants in Athens here.

Birgitta Jonsdottir, leader of Iceland's anti-establishment Pirate Party.
Why has Iceland returned to the politicians who caused their crisis?
By Andrew Gawthorpe - 03 May 11:34

The centre-right's victory masks growing disaffection with politics.

Italy's new government is unlikely to break with the past
By Andrea Mammone - 02 May 12:22

The left-right coalition represents a continuation of the old, discredited politics - and a victory for Berlusconi.

Kostas Vaxevanis (L) being escorted to the public prosecutor in Athens
Kostas Vaxevanis: "The only way for the Greek people to know about their own country is through the foreign press"
By Daniel Trilling - 22 April 9:04

The Greek journalist, who was instrumental in the publication of the "Lagarde list" of major tax evaders in October 2012, talks to the NS's Daniel Trilling.

It is time for Turkey to recognise the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide
By Benjamin Abtan - 20 April 10:02

It is now 98 years since 1.5m Armenians were systematically massacred. Recognising what happened is the only way to help us all move forward.

Greece's modern slavery: lessons from Manolada
By Yiannis Baboulias - 19 April 11:43

A shooting in a small agricultural town in the Peloponese demonstrates the stark dangers of the anti-immigration rhetoric gaining ground in Greece.

White doesn’t always mean privileged: why Femen's Ukrainian context matters
By Agata Pyzik - 18 April 12:54

The criticism of Femen and their topless protests as “fast-food feminism” ignores the postcommunist macho culture in Ukraine, the country from which the group emerged.