Commission President von der Leyen is in complete denial about the gravity of the moment as the EU grapples with its biggest recession ever and faces an existential crisis and moral reckoning, Left MEPs said about today’s State of the European Union speech.  

As millions of Europeans struggle to make ends meet, as we face climate chaos and  humanitarian calamity at Europe’s borders – citizens deserve a bold executive that inspires with transformative alternatives to our broken system, the opposite of the current EU leadership. 

Co-President Manon Aubry faced off Ms. von der Leyen in the plenary chamber: 

“We must be clear about the social crisis that has struck, hitting frontline workers, who became  the...

Using Amazon as an example of how dominant online platforms use their vast market power to avoid taxes, squeeze small and medium-sized businesses, engage in price dumping and drag down labour conditions, UNI Global Union and UNI Europa submitted a sweeping set of recommendations to the European Commission to ensure that the Digital Services Act (DSA) protects workers’ rights and upholds the...

Europe’s biggest multinational aerospace corporation, Airbus,  revealed its plans to shed around 15,000 jobs. Airbus aims to cut at least 5,000 jobs in France, 5,100 in Germany, 900 in Spain, 1,700 in the UK and 1,300 elsewhere.

Once again the companies in the air transports and aviation sector are trying to shift the burden of the recession on the shoulders of workers.  The companies...

Decrying EU leaders’ hatchet job on the long-term budget and recovery plan, the GUE/NGL group will join a vast majority in the European Parliament today in passing a resolution that strongly criticises the conclusions of last weekend’s summit.

The lack of ambition shown in the context of the biggest crisis facing Europe in decades is unacceptable for MEPs, who regret the scaling back of recovery...

EU leaders must go beyond compromises to achieve an EU Recovery Plan and long-term budget that is fit for people and planet, Co-Presidents of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament said ahead of a major EU Summit.

The German Presidency and Council President Charles Michel have been on diplomatic overdrive to bridge deep divisions between member states in order to find a solution to the...

Member states must broaden collective bargaining rights to include platform workers, extend paid sick leave and carers’ leave, and be afforded fiscal flexibility during the crisis under sweeping measures from rapporteur José Gusmão (Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal) approved by the European Parliament today. 

Part of the EU Employment Guidelines, Gusmão’s adopted text demands that only...

Millions of workers in the tourism and catering sector, as well as many more working in related activities, have been hit hard on their income and labor rights, after the spread of COVID-19 pandemic around the world, since the beginning of 2020.

It is now clear that tourism, which accounts for 29% of global exports of services and 7% of total exports, remains a very expensive and highly...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel set out the priorities of the German Presidency of the EU Council today in the European Parliament.

Reacting to Merkel’s speech, GUE/NGL co-President Martin Schirdewan said her presidency would be judged by how it manages the economic and social fallout from COVID19.

Schirdewan said people were tired of member states arguing over the recovery plan and called...

A failure to reach political majority in the European Parliament today means that next week’s plenary debate on Turkey’s violation in Greek & Cypriot waters will take place without a resolution.

However, the right-wing EPP group has singled out the GUE/NGL group by specifically accusing them of blocking a resolution on Turkey’s aggression. The charge is wholly unfounded. This is a shockingly...

GUE/NGL statement on the WHO General Assembly’s ‘Costa Rica Plan’

Intellectual property and patent rights are threatening many countries’ access to medicines and vaccines for treating Covid-19 – especially the poorest ones. Such rights cover both products and technologies (medicinal drugs, vaccines, etc.), which mean once a life-saving drug or vaccine is discovered, large parts of the world’s...

Following yesterday’s Franco-German proposal for a €500bn EU recovery fund through shared borrowing in the financial markets, Co-Presidents of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament said that while this represents a qualitative change from past proposals, it is largely insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge. 

Manon Aubry

“The amount proposed by France and Germany...

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