pvda beThe Belgian Workers’ Party, one of two communist parties in that country, has initiated a petition drive to impose a “corona tax” on the super wealthy to deal with the health and economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The introduction to the petition says that it’s not the job of the heroes of the coronavirus struggle to pay the costs. “The government wants to make the workers pay” for the costs of the crisis . . . this is unacceptable. Every evening, we applaud the caregiving personnel and the innumerable heroes who make our society work every day. And are those heroes of the coronavirus the ones who should pay for the crisis? Out of the question!”

The petition demands the institution of a wealth tax of 5% of all fortunes in...

pvda beAt the 14 October local elections, the PTB (Parti du Travail de Belgique, Workers’ Party of Belgium) – the only national party in Belgium – has made a breakthrough in the major cities of Flanders, while making further progress in Brussels and Wallonia. Particularly noteworthy are the results in Brussels, capital of Europe, with 11.6%; Antwerp, the second largest port city in...

PVDAWe reproduce an appeal by Peter Mertens, chairman of the PTB-PVDA (Workers' Party of Belgium):

According to the opinion poll of the RTBf/La Libre (public TV channel and daily newspaper) of 24 March, the PTB-PVDA would become the second political party in the South of Belgium (20,5%), almost tied with the Socialist Party PS (20,3%); it would become the third political force in Brussels; and in...

Workers Party of BelgiumInterview by Irish blog Communist Perspective  with Peter Mertens, chairman of Worker's Party of Belgium (PTB) on the free trade agreement with Canada (Ceta)

Peter Mertens: The European Union was already preparing to sign the free trade agreement with Canada with much fanfare. While this agreement would have far-reaching consequences for Europe, for its people and for the climate, the...