Thursday, 18. October 2018

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 Europe, with 8.7%; the two most important cities in Wallonia, Liège with 16.3% and Charleroi with 15.7%; and Ghent, the second largest city in Flanders, with 7.1%.

KTAMS of Cyprus protested the government’s failure to take no measures to protect the purchasing power of the citizens in the face of the recent price hikes.

'The real message from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that capitalism has caused the deadly global warming crisis and is incapable of solving it', John Foster told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

Pointing out that burning oil and gas accounts for 50 per cent of global carbon emissions, he said the big corporations showed no intention of helping reach the Paris Agreement targets to limit global warming to 2°C, let alone 1.5°C.

On behalf of the European Regional Office of WFTU we express our solidarity and we demand the immediate release of Ozgur Karabulut, President of Progressive Union of Construction workers in Turkey and all imprisoned workers protesting against slave labour and inhuman conditions in the Istanbul new airport construction.

The Political Bureau of the CC of the Communist Party (Italy) issued a statement on 1 October condemning the attack targeting the Communist Party of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) wounding three delegates of the party congress that was being held at that time. The statement pointed out that among those injured, Igor Khakimzyanov was 'one of the candidates for president of the DPR after the murder of Zakharchenko in late August'.

The Workers’ Party is calling on our members and supporters to vote for the best candidate in the field, Michael D. Higgins, in the upcoming Presidential elections on October 26th.

An Italian member of our rescue team wrote a moving text on the tragedy that has opened the eyes of the world to the humanitarian tragedy that is still unfolding in the Mediterranean. By Alessandro Porro.

Five years. It took five years for Europe to forget the Lampedusa tragedy. On October 3 2013, a boat that departed from Libya sank near the island, causing the death of 369 people.This resulted in mass outrage and shame at the time, leading to Italy proclaiming a day of national mourning and reviewing the laws on reception and integration of refugees.

Cllr. Ted Tynan of the Workers’ Party  has deplored the decision by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to privatise yet more routes operated by Bus Éireann and said that instead the NTA itself should be abolished.

Cllr. Tynan said that since its inception the NTA had shown that it was only interested in pursuing an ideologically driven agenda of privatisation.

On September 30, a referendum was held in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for voting the country's EU-NATO membership in terms of the Prespa Accord, in which governments of Greece and FYROM had arrived into an agreement by deciding to change the FYROM's name to "Republic of North Macedonia". While a participation of at least 50% was necessary for the referendum to be legally valid according to the FYROM Constitution, less than 37% of the 1,8 million eligible voters took to the polls on last Sunday.

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