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Spain Just Formed Its First Left Coalition Government in More Than 80 Years

Sebastiaan Faber and Bécquer Seguín The Nation
Spain's new coalition government, led by the Socialist Party and Unidas Podemos It vows to strengthen job security and unions, raise the minimum wage and taxes on the wealthy, pass a climate-change law, and introduce free, universal public child car

Brexit Backlash Hits Labour Hard; What Next For Labour Movement?

Morning Star editorial; Martin Kettle in The Guarian Morning Star
Early exit polls have suggested a Tory landslide, with Leave-voting areas switching away from Labour according to predictions. Two completely contrasting visions for our future were on the ballot paper. Labour’s offer went further than two years ago

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Insular, Controversial Picks for Nobel Literature Laureates

Jennifer Wilson The Nation
Next year, says the reviewer, the Nobel Committee for Literature should look beyond Europe. Despite the differences between awardees Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, they both reflect a divided Europe as viewed only from within its borders.

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Convergence On the Right

Cathy Nugent Workers' Liberty
As the far right grows world-wide through the confluence of traditional conservatives, authoritarian elements, white nationalists and previously marginal fascists, its sway makes struggles against capital problematic. A new book charts alternatives.

German Elections: Mixed Joy and Great Sorrow

Victor Grossman Portside
With many, it was less joy than sighs of relief; neither Saxon nor Brandenburg voters gave the far-right, fascist-leaning Alternative for Germany (AfD) the Number One position it had hungered for.

We Need to Win Our People Back - Lessons from the French Left

Interview with Elsa Faucillon and Éric Coquerel; b Fabien Escalona and Pauline Graulle; Translation by David Broder Jacobin
French workers' top electoral choice isn't Marine Le Pen, but abstention. To mobilize their support, the Left needs to look beyond the workplace alone - and answer a deeper mood of alienation.

Tidbits - July 25, 2019 - Reader Comments: GOP Destroying Democracy; Puerto Rico Rises and WINS; Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Colin Kaepernick; Iran; Europe's Right; Citizens United; What to Do When ICE Shows Up; Angela Davis and Black Lawyers; more

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Reader Comments: GOP Destroying Democracy; Puerto Rico Rises and WINS; Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Colin Kaepernick; Iran; Europe's Right; Citizens United; What to Do When ICE Shows Up; Angela Davis and Black Lawyers; and more ...

Barcelona's Occupy Mayor Wins a Second Term

Elia Gran The Indypendent
Three weeks after appearing to lose her re-election bid, Barcelona's leftist mayor Ada Colau won another four-year term Saturday. Barcelona was not the only city that had elected a "municipalist" government.
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