Steve McGiffen

How do they sleep?


Apparently, British MPs are after a pay rise of over 30%, which would see them earning £86,250 a year.  A recent survey, which the people’s representatives filled in anonymously, reported that


Recently Foreign and Defence Ministers from France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain met in Paris and issued a joint communiqué calling for the European Union to develop a new “military structure"

Book Review - The economics of killing

Vijay Mehta The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World
(London: Pluto Press, 2012) £13.00

Radical left set for huge gains in Dutch election


The Socialist Party of the Netherlands is not a social democratic or labour party, but the biggest radical left parliamentary party in Europe, with the exception of the Cypriot AKEL and, since the

Alice in Euroland


One of my favourite books is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I don’t really remember when I first read it, but I must have been around seven years old.

The Plan


Recently the Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote an article (New York Times, 25th June 2012) which typifies the centre-left’s critique of the Eurozone cris

Dutch Socialists: preparing for power?


The Dutch Socialist Party – despite its name, an EU-critical left party – is riding high in the polls and looking forward to the elections on 12th September.

Freedom, theirs and ours


A series of rulings in the European Court of Justice over the last few years has put workers’ right to strike in question.

Austerity stops at the doors of the European Parliament


Last week the radical left and EU-critical Dutch Socialist Party used its single seat in the European Parliament to propose that Members of the European Union’s only elected body show solidarity wi

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