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The recent peremptory statement of the President of the European Central Bank (ECB) on the increase of wages (“the worst thing to do at the present moment”) illustrates the point at which the “TINA” (there is no alternative) mentality came into being in European economic circles. Therefore, there would only be one way to exit… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

The Forgotten

Anniversaries are meaningless unless they offer new perspectives. For Clara Zetkin, the right to work was essential for the recognition of women in society because it is only with a stable job that anyone can gain independence. That was over a century ago and if the fighting initiated by this progressive activist has changed the… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

Being at the World Social Forum in Dakar last week and listening to people, speeches as well participating at debates I sincerely got the impression that the relationship between Africa and Europe also needs change. Like the North African states, Europe has for too long defended “traditional” cooperation. From the time of independence – 50… » read more

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The recent uprisings in the Maghreb region have exposed the double standards with which Europeans apply “universal values”. We are happy to talk ad nauseum about our own popular movements that brought our peoples out from under the yoke of dictatorship, poverty and oppression. Recent events in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in North Africa reflect… » read more

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Is Europe fresh for 2011?

January of a New Year in Brussels is always a month of planning, discussion, retreats and, of course, of hope that the policies in the New Year will be successful. This year, many of the planned activities for January announced that “Europe needs a fresh start for the 2011”. Is this… · Surprising? Not really… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter