Tag: political crisis

2021 German elections: Merkel’s legacy

27 September, 2021 · Germany

Scholz (SPD), Baerbock (Greens) and Lindner (FDP) probable members of a coalition government after this German elections 2021.
Scholz (SPD), Baerbock (Greens) and Lindner (FDP) probable members of a coalition government after this German elections 2021.

The 2021 German elections tested Merkel’s strategy to revamp the political apparatus, to contain the revolt of the angry petty bourgeoisie which had uplifted the far-right (AfD) but also to prepare the apparatus to promote the Green Deal and a strengthened EU centralized around the interests of German capital.

Is the Spanish bourgeoisie abandoning Sánchez?

21 September, 2021 · Spain

Pedro Sánchez speaks to the CEOS and presidents of some of the main Spanish monopolies.
Pedro Sánchez speaks to the CEOS and presidents of some of the main Spanish monopolies.

The electricity companies, the CEOE employers’ association, the banks… the corporate bourgeoisie is radicalizing, at least apparently: it is charging against the lukewarm palliative measures on electricity prices, against a rise in the minimum wage below inflation and even against the distribution of the recovery funds being decided by the government. What is happening? Why is the ruling class threatening to abandon Sánchez and take the wheel itself?

Bolsonaro and the self-coup d’état

9 September, 2021 · Brazil

Bolsonaro yesterday among his supporters. The threat of self-coup was hailed by them.
Bolsonaro yesterday among his supporters. The threat of self-coup was hailed by them.

The news are warning about the alleged imminence of a self-coup d’état in Brazil. The reality is even more complex and dangerous. The rift within the Brazilian ruling class is reaching a critical point where even a breakup of the army into rival factions cannot be ruled out.

Massive abstention in the French regional elections 2021

22 June, 2021 · France

Massive abstention in the French Regional elections 2021
Massive abstention in the French Regional elections 2021

French regional elections 2021: a massive abstention was expected of almost 60%… but in the end it seems that not even a third of the voters showed up to vote. The République is in danger! The minister of the interior, the editorials of the right and Mélenchon scream in unison. Libération says that the problem is a lack of supply, they would like an even wider panply of coourful parties, Le Figaro says that taking Le Pen to the second rounds in order to mobilize the vote under the guise of an electoral anti-fascism no longer works. Those of Le Pen, with their star Mariani at the head point out that they were the main victims of the massive abstention. But what does all of this really mean?

The Spanish crisis with Morocco

20 May, 2021 · Spain

Pedro Sánchez arrives to Ceuta in the midst of the crisis with Morocco
Pedro Sánchez arrives to Ceuta in the midst of the crisis with Morocco

After almost 36 hours of crisis with Morocco and after a general mobilization of the Spanish state, everything is apparently back to normal… but only after the National Court reopened a case for genocide against the Polisario leader clandestinely sheltered by Spain, and it became clear that the European support would not go beyond statements and after the USA supported Morocco and disregarded Sánchez. A full-fledged triumph of the Moroccan simulacrum that was enough to bring about a state crisis and highlight the international isolation of Spanish capital. Now a good part of the Spanish interests call for a “Perejil moment” from Sánchez, a change of course in Spanish imperialism.

Ceuta is not experiencing any migratory crisis

19 May, 2021 · Spain

Ceuta is not experiencing any migratory crisis
Ceuta is not experiencing any migratory crisis

The unfolding events we are seeing in Ceuta are not a “migratory crisis” [originally posted on May 18th]. It is an event encouraged and organized by the Moroccan state. We are not facing a refugee tragedy but a happening serving as political pressure in the context of the imperialist conflict between Spain and Morocco. A conflict that is becoming increasingly dangerous.

Protests in Colombia

14 May, 2021 · Colombia

Protests in Colombia
Protests in Colombia

After 12 days and having already suffered 47 deaths, 39 of which as a result of repression, protests in Colombia are entering a new phase.

Will the far right be outlawed in Europe?

14 March, 2021 · European Union

Génération Identitaire: youth movement of the French far right

Is Europe moving towards outlawing the extreme right wing? In Germany, the state’s counterinsurgency services have begun a process in the middle of an election year that could well lead to the dissolution of AfD, currently the main opposition party. In France, the government has dissolved one of the most powerful far-right wing youth groups. In Austria they are following the same path. But… Are they trying to take the far right off the board, or are they trying to do something else?

Assault on the Capitol: Questions and Answers

7 January, 2021 · USA

That is, Trumpism is Dorian Gray’s picture of the American bourgeoisie, the symptom it refuses to see of its own decay as a class, of its inability to sustain its dominance over society without fracturing it and confronting it at every turn. And that is scary because it is neither an exclusive disease of the Republicans, nor is it limited to the U.S.

A Christmas Eve of Brexit and royal speeches

25 December, 2020 · Imperialism Report

The trade agreement between the EU and Great Britain is more a truce than a new stage. In Spain, the debate on the royal discourse reveals that the petty bourgeois revolt is being diluted without losing an ounce of reactionarism.

A cornered capital

5 December, 2020 · Argentina

President Alberto Fernández visits a Volkwagen factory.

Argentine capital is in an impossible trap: its imperialist game depends on three-way carom with major powers; its capacity to recover profitability depends on a plan that Fernández has not dared to define yet and that can only aggravate what he already has set in motion: drastically worsening the general conditions of exploitation and pensions; and increasing profitability by lowering further the real wages. The real decision-maker of the future is therefore the working class.

New rifts within the EU

20 November, 2020 · European Union

Victor Orban

The so-called locomotives of the EU, France and Germany, are increasingly divided and confronted with each other. Their attempts to give momentum end up being counterproductive, separating sometimes the East, sometimes the South. At this point it is undeniable that the pandemic and the recession have accelerated the process of implosion of the EU. And there is no let up and no respite.

What is happening in Peru?

16 November, 2020 · Peru

The institutional crisis in Peru has reached a critical level. What is behind it? What does the maremagnum of acronyms, names and accusations of corruption mean?

The petty bourgeoisie explodes

1 November, 2020 · Global situation

Barcelona tonight.

All these petty bourgeois movements affirm, although they cannot compensate, the capitalist material truth that makes all their current manifestations reactionary. The petty bourgeoisie exploits because it has more and more difficulty in profitably exploiting the labor of others and fears proletarianization. Its slogans, the call to save businesses before people, express the devaluation of those human lives that it cannot make profitable in its accounts of exploitation.

Budgets on thin ice

27 October, 2020 · Spain

The General State Budget confirms that the promised “social turn” will not come. The faster the government tries to flee forward, the harder it treads on ice that is barely holding up.

What Parliament and businesses do not want us to see nor think

23 October, 2020 · Spain

Waiting in the food bank cue. Orcasitas, Madrid.

Tens of thousands of people have already been sacrificed. The Spanish ruling class is willing to sacrifice whatever and whoever is necessary until they recover profitability. As Roig says, they are not going to “deviate from their path” just for anyone’s health and life.

From political crisis to state crisis

17 October, 2020 · European Union

Presentation of the frist "Rule of Law Report" by the E.C. in Brussels.

What lies beneath all this debate about the “rule of law”? Why does it appear precisely in Hungary, Poland and now Spain? Where does it lead to an EU that is only in the early stages of a new recession?

Could Vox displace the PP?

5 October, 2020 · Spain

The Spanish bourgeoisie does not want to try to relegitimize the state by relying on the anger and desperation of the petty bourgeoisie, it only wants to tame it and dilute its expressions in the institutional parties in the way that Merkel seems to be achieving in Germany.

Ideological madness

22 August, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Anti-mask and QAnon signs are displayed at a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 9. Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images

Underneath all this ideological unhinged charivari there is a materiality that can be summed up in two terms: incompetence and incapacity. Incompetence both of the bourgeoisie and it’s theorists to imagine a progressive future, and of the petty bourgeoisie to find a way of articulating its interests capable of dragging the rest of the social whole, that is, to organize and create what they themselves call a people.

King’s gambit

5 August, 2020 · Spain

monarchy spain

King Juan Carlos I is leaving Spain. Are we facing an institutional crisis? What forces are precipitating it? What are the bourgeoisie and the Spanish state reacting to, and with what outlook?

EU funds: when “aid” means cutbacks, precariousness and attacks on pensions

22 July, 2020 · European Union

For the workers of the countries that have been affected, the credits really are cutbacks and the direct aid that they receive will only serve to accelerate the transfer of income from labor to capital. And in the case anyone had hoped that the European Council could serve to prevent the escalation of war in the Mediterranean and the horizon of barbarism that it opens, they were deeply mistaken.

The end of “confluences”

13 July, 2020 · Spain

Podemos candidate in Galicia accepting defeat during the election night.

The end of the stage of confluences around Podemos is the end of the possibilities of a fit of petty-bourgeois revolt in the political apparatus of the state. The form that remains open points to a regime crisis.

Fragility and ideological crisis

6 July, 2020 · Global situation

El primer ministro británico, Boris Johnson, durante un discurso en su visita al Dudley College of Technology en Dudley, Reino Unido, el 30 de junio de 2020. Paul Ellis/Pool vía Reuters

It is significant that the current crisis is also an ideological crisis, that is, a crisis of the discourses that underpin the social domination of capital. It shows the historical exhaustion of the state capitalism in which we live. It is the other side of its inability to prevent the devaluation of capital.

The new roadmap of Spanish capital

15 June, 2020 · Spain

Business Summit organized by CEOE with all the big Spanish firms today.

While the right wing brings out for a walk their doberman wrapped in the red and yellow flag and the left wing enjoys discussing children’s sex and the future of princesses, the reality of the workers has already initiated the “adjustment”.

Decoupling

29 May, 2020 · Imperialism Report

“Decoupling” is the new slogan running through think-tanks, chancelleries and economic ministries. It means a reduction in the interdependence between national capitals. But the reality is that not only capitals will become “decoupled”, but also the institutional system and the balances between classes will.

Militarism comes to the fore

22 May, 2020 · Imperialism Report

What we are seeing, from China to Brazil to Turkey, is an initial phase in the development of militarism. The political weight of the military reappears as a resource and a safeguard against the internal conflicts of the bourgeoisie (Brazil) but above all as a way of ensuring a viable medium-term strategic perspective (China) in a context where the centrality of the imperialist conflict shifts from the commercial and the placement of capital to the military (Turkey).

A fake repeal of Rajoy’s labor reform

21 May, 2020 · Spain

Sanchism needs Rajoy’s labor reform to do its alchemy so that, for example, each rise in the minimum wage reduces the total wage bill received by the workers. And if he were to repeal it, it would be in order to re-enunciate it under a different name… and with the same substance.

Franco-German proposal: swan song or a “new beginning”?

20 May, 2020 · European Union

Germany wants an empire that will buy its overproduction and generate applications of capital, with a currency subordinated to its logic of accumulation, a Central Bank subordinated to its courts and a well-controlled nuclear army… but also wants to organize everything at a bargain price. No, the scaffolding does not seem to be solid enough for this historic era of economic, political and social tornadoes and hurricanes. But is there anything to be regretted? Are we workers losing something important with the collapse of the “European perspective”?

Europe is breaking down

18 May, 2020 · European Union

Poster in the European Commission building stating that "Europe is the future".

This evening Macron and Merkel will be presenting their “salvation of the EU”. But in today’s historical conditions, every step forward is one step closer to a zombie structure.

The Revolt of the Spanish Petty Bourgeoisie

14 May, 2020 · Spain

In the historical period in which we are living, the mobilizations of the petty bourgeoisie, regardless of their ideological expression, cannot converge with those of the workers. On the contrary, they will be increasingly in conflict with the universal needs that the workers’ struggles assert. Worker’s struggles will have to overcome any nationalist temptation, any “popular” approach in order to advance. From day one.

The collapse of the Saudi system

13 May, 2020 · Saudi Arabia

The collapse of Saudi Arabia has gone virtually unnoticed by the international press. The impact, however, is enormous. In the Arab world, comparisons are rife with the collapse of Russia and its model of state capitalism in the early 1990s, with Prince Salman playing the role of an increasgly powerless Gorbachev, racking up imperialist defeats, economic disasters and internal enemies.

The crisis has entered a new stage

30 April, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Strike at Gazprom in Yakutia, Russia, this week.

A new phase of economic recession and political crisis is beginning worldwide. All the contradictions of the system have accelerated with the pandemic and the ability of capital to recover will depend on its ability to impose a massive transfer of income from labor to capital in each country. The losses and needs of capital are even more brutal than in 2009. But unlike ten years ago, we are entering this new phase with a working class that has mobilized under an almost universal program of demands and that in not a few cases has been strong enough to overcome the unions and twist the arms of companies and governments. But this was not even the first act. It has been the overture.

Accelerating chaos, evolving struggles

24 April, 2020 · Imperialism Report

European videossummit yesterday

We are living through an acceleration of chaos whose scale has only begun to show in the media when the UN has begun to warn that the coming famine will affect more than 136 million people.

From media control to social surveillance

22 April, 2020 · Global situation

The development of tensions between states, in a framework defined by the attempts to organize a massive transfer of income from labor to capital, will further narrow the space of expression that the ruling classes will be able to allow without risk to the social order. The media, which increasingly contained less and less news and were more parochial, are going to be even more accommodating and localistic. And the famous “anonymity” and “neutrality” of the Internet will be eroded into sweetened – or privatized – versions of China and Russia. Exacerbated social and information control is here to stay.

Is there a way out of the EU’s contradictions?

20 April, 2020 · European Union

People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.
People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.

The EU cannot resolve its contradictions, only by raising them again and again to a higher level, in the hope that the developing global environment of “economic warfare” will be enough, as external pressure, to precariously hold the structure together.

European Nordism and Spanish imperialism

14 April, 2020 · Spain

Mark Rutte and Pedro Sánchez.

Neither Dutch, Danish or German nordism nor Spanish anti-EU pro-sovereignty narratives fall from the sky. But in order to understand them, one must first discover the particular place of Spanish imperialism between Europe and Latin America.

Political crisis and pensions

18 January, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Putting ourselves firmly on our own ground today means moving from discussing pension mechanisms to demanding pensions according to the needs of everyone as well as rejecting trade union representation and parades in order to start organising strike assemblies and coordinating them among themselves.