The first round of the presidential elections in France has taken place. As it was feared, right wing populist Le Pen will be able to compete in the second round as well. Her opposite, Emmanuel Macron, is not only a conservative but a neoliberal as well. He will expedite cuts in social services. This development needs to be stopped for the whole of Europe to overcome the dangers for the existence of the EU. Nonetheless: Mrs Le Pen may under no circumstances become President of France.
Gabriele Del Grande, an Italian journalist has been arrested by Turkish authorities in the southeaster province of Hatay on the Syrian border, last 9 April. Since then he is detained - firstly in Hatay, then in Muzla – in isolation and no charge has been formulated against him.
“Starting tonight, I’m beginning a hunger strike, and I urge everyone to spread the demand that they respect my rights” he said during some calls. He cannot meet a lawyer neither he can know when and how this nightmare will end.
Despite unfair conditions during the campaign – thousands of politicians detained, partial media coverage, state oppression of journalists and opponents – nearly 50 per cent of voters balloted for no and thus rejected the authoritarian politics of Erdogan.
There are several reports on manipulation during voting, observing was greatly restricted in Kurdish regions, and it was decided on short notice to accept ballots without an official stamp, meaning they are actually invalid.
Los Partidos de la Izquierda de ambos lados del Mediterráneo nos reunimos en Benalmádena del 30 de marzo al 2 de abril de 2017 para la III Conferencia del Mediterráneo para reforzar nuestros lazos de solidaridad.
The dispersion of poison gas in Syria is a catastrophe for the affected people. The dispersion of poison gas finds our strongest condemnation. A clarification of facts by the UN is strongly needed. Either it was a poison gas attack, and then it must eventually work out to hold the culprit responsible for a war crime. Or, a poison gas factory, which was not run by Syrian government forces but by other troops, which has been bombarded. In this case, this must be strongly condemned as well and the culprits must be held responsible.
The cowardly attack in Saint Petersburg shows, that a new development in the Russia-EU relations must begin. First of all, our sympathies go to the relatives of the murdered and injured. The causes and the methods of terror can only be fought together. It was wrong to pressure Russia repeatedly and to try to isolate the country. The appropriation of Crimea was against international law, but the sanctions by the EU were the wrong step.