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Signs of Hope – A continuing series September 1, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. GW - September 1, 2016

Well firstly hast to be the outrage against the RoI’s appeal against getting some of the money it’s owed by corporate robbers from the Green Party through SF to further left. As WBS notes in another post, the outrage goes much further than this political spectrum – thus the problems of the IA.

I confess I feared something rather more muted. Well done to all involved.


2. GW - September 1, 2016

Secondly the continuing success of the movement against TTIP and CETA.

TTIP, after the French no, could cautiously be pronounced if not dead then in a coma. The battleground now moves to preventing the ratification of CETA.

Why is this important? Because CETA contains many of the anti-democratic, anti-worker, anti-public-services provisions and surrender of democratic rule to the diktat of transnational corporations that (still secret) TTIP reportedly has. US corporations will simply move to front offices in Canada and assault environmental standards, workers rights, public services and democracy from there.

There will demonstrations across Germany on the 17th of September ahead of the regional elections and the SPD conference that is planned to discuss the matter.

The anti-CETA ratification campaign has scored a number of successes including the right of national parliaments to veto it, and the collection of 125,000 signatures forcing the German constitutional court to consider whether CETA is compatible with German ‘Fundamental law’ (Grundgesetz), which is the nearest thing Germany has to a written constitution.

I had words with some SPD canvassers (we have a regional election here in Berlin) about CETA and TTIP and they, like every ordinary SPD member I’ve spoken to, claim to be against both treaties. When I pointed out that unfortunately ‘the base’ has little to no effective power in the SPD the result was embarrassed silence.

However it remains to be seen whether and SPD that is loosing support by the month will have the stupidity to push through CETA.

In passing the campaign has been an example of pan-European action from below from a wide spectrum of actors with heavy trades union involvement.

Notably no ‘return to the national’ here.


3. Joe - September 1, 2016

Newton Emerson’s column in today’s Irish Times is about the absence of trouble during this year’s marching season in the North.
He signs off with: “For now, though, for the first time in my adult life, I am looking forward to next summer in Northern Ireland.”


4. benmadigan - September 1, 2016

the spanish parliament has refused to support another Rajoy government



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