Podemos could lose half its seats in Spain’s general election By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell

2 April 2019 — WSWS

Support for Spain’s pseudo-left Podemos party has slumped ahead of the April 28 general election as a result of its pro-austerity, pro-Socialist Party (PSOE) policies.

Polls suggest the share of the vote for the Podemos-United Left coalition has crashed from 21.1 percent at the last election to a12.3 percent, and that it could lose up to half of its 71 seats in Congress.

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Can the Left Look to Portugal for an Alternative to Austerity? By Asad Ismi

1 March 2019 — Global Research

While social-democratic parties all over Europe have been losing power and popularity, the centre-left Portuguese government is being lauded even by the mainstream media for defying the European Union (EU) with its anti-austerity policy and thereby sparking an economic recovery in the country.

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The war on the poor

1 March 2019 — True Publica

The war on the poor

TruePublica: This is the latest depressing news of the ideological war on the poor in Britain. Although much of what is reported below is known to some extent, most of the stories below were reported in just the last few weeks. This article then highlights some interesting facts, the underlying reasons for these deliberately driven social disasters, the ideology behind it and concludes with what might come next.

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A Tale of Two Austerities By John Clarke

17 January 2019 — Socialist Project

The greatly intensified austerity that has been imposed in the UK since 2010 has been looked to with considerable approval by right wing imitators. Among countries that had developed a relatively adequate ‘welfare state’, the attack on social provision in the UK has been outstandingly severe. One of the key elements of this has been a drive to degrade social benefit systems. The central objective has not been, as is generally claimed, to save money but rather to ensure a level of desperation that drives people into low wage precarious work and depresses the level of real wages.
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UK People’s Assembly protest shows Corbyn’s role in demobilising the working class By Steve James

14 January 2019 — WSWS

Some 2,000 people attended the People’s Assembly demonstration in London on Saturday, called under the slogan “Britain is Broken, General Election Now.”

The protest was much smaller even than last May’s Trades Union Congress demonstration, when only 25,000 attended, and a mere fraction of the 2011 “March for an Alternative,” when 250,000 demonstrated. Saturday’s march concluded with a perfunctory rally in Trafalgar Square.

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The struggle against austerity and the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe

12 January 2019 — WSWS

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Today’s People’s Assembly against Austerity demonstration in London declares that a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn is the only alternative to a Conservative government bent on destroying jobs, wages and vital social services.

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