For an ambitious EU Financial Transaction Tax worthy of the name

For an ambitious EU Financial Transaction Tax worthy of the name

By Emma Clancy. The recession we are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – together with the urgent need for climate transition – will require unprecedented public investment by the European Union (EU) and its member states. The EU’s absurd debt and deficit rules – combined with the ...
After neoliberalism: Naked class war aided by the state

After neoliberalism: Naked class war aided by the state

By Zack Breslin. Neoliberalism has been exposed as a failed doctrine, first by the financial crisis that erupted more than a decade ago and now by the Covid-19 pandemic. What replaces it? The seismic events of the financial crash of 2008 revealed the consequences of allowing rampant financial capitalism to ...
Cancel Rio Tinto: Going beyond symbols to fight a racist system

Cancel Rio Tinto: Going beyond symbols to fight a racist system

By Carlo Sands.When mining giant Rio Tinto blew up two sacred Indigenous sites dating back 46,000 years in the Pilbara in Australia’s north-west earlier this year, it was with the consent of the state Labor government.  It shows that while the Western Australian (WA) Labor Party sometimes pays formal respects ...
Ireland’s Apple antics fuel global race to the bottom on corporate tax

Ireland’s Apple antics fuel global race to the bottom on corporate tax

By Mairéad Farrell TD. Last Wednesday, July 15, there was a collective sigh of relief from the government. The European Union’s General Court had ruled against the EU Commission in Ireland and Apple’s appeal against its state aid ruling. The Court found that the 0.005% corporate tax rate that Apple ...
We have a moral and legal obligation to pass the Occupied Territories Bill

We have a moral and legal obligation to pass the Occupied Territories Bill

By Pearce Clancy. Four months on from the General Election, talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party are coming to a head and likely to result in a Programme for Government. Although originally expected to be finalised over the weekend, at the time of writing the final ...
Occupied Territories Bill: It’s time for Ireland to ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements

Occupied Territories Bill: It’s time for Ireland to ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements

By Kevin Squires. As the new Israeli government moves to illegally annex yet more Palestinian land, anyone who has been following the fate of the Occupied Territories Bill will have seen it emerge as one of the principal sticking points in the ongoing Irish government formation negotiations.  If made law, ...
Coronavirus will not destroy neoliberalism – only we can do that

Coronavirus will not destroy neoliberalism – only we can do that

By Lisbeth Latham. Triumphalist comments about the end of capitalism or neoliberalism abounded in the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2008, just as there are many people today who believe that the current crisis is the end of neoliberalism or capitalism. Unfortunately, neoliberalism and – more importantly – ...
Behind the spin on the EU’s recovery plan

Behind the spin on the EU’s recovery plan

By Emma Clancy. Addressing members of the European Parliament on 27 May, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed the creation of a ‘Next Generation’ European Union recovery fund worth €750 billion, to be raised by the Commission – a temporary Eurobond. The funds would be disbursed as €500bn in ...
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