09 | 04 | 2020

World Health Day 2020 could not come at a more defining moment for the future of global health as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The current crisis has exposed weaknesses caused by years of austerity and the increasing privatisation of our public health systems, while conditions for healthcare workers were allowed to deteriorate and the market hold of big pharma drove costs up and reduced access for the most vulnerable. This pandemic must give impetus to a more vigorous defence of public health and robust global cooperation to address such common challenges. 

The inadequate  EU response to the pandemic has left much to be desired with citizens paying the ultimate costs, as GUE/NGL co-President Manon...

It’s been described as the biggest peacetime crisis to face Europe for 75 years. Yet, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, our EU leaders were caught flat-footed, and were soon floundering and overwhelmed as the death toll rises and unemployment goes through the roof. 

EU solidarity to member states impacted by the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t just been slow. At times, it was an unedifying...

Policy proposals from Left MEPs in the European Parliament.

1. Zero dismissals

All employees should be protected from dismissal. This includes preventing the non-renewal of fixed-term or temporary contracts and the status of false self-employed persons. 

2. Leave no one behind

Measures must give priority to the protection of all workers, including those in atypical and precarious work...

Ahead of today’s extraordinary plenary session of the European Parliament on special measures to address the coronavirus pandemic, Left MEPs insist on a comprehensive European response that discards failed economic dogmas and puts protecting life as the top priority.

GUE/NGL Co-President Manon Aubry set out the Left’s expectations in this unprecedented public health crisis:

“Emergency...

Setting out a series of concrete economic measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Left MEPs today call on EU institutions and member states to enact a massive, coordinated emergency plan to protect lives, jobs and incomes.

With Europe facing an extraordinary public health emergency, the comprehensive proposals from the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament set out a plan that puts...

«We demand the outlawing of atomic weapons as instruments of intimidation and mass murder of peoples. We demand strict international control to enforce this measure.
We believe that any government which first uses atomic weapons against any other country whatsoever will be committing a crime against humanity and should be dealt with as a war criminal. We call on all men and women of good will...

firWith large concern, the FIR and its member federations pursue the current spreading of the Corona virus in Europe. We are not only concerned about the health aspects seizing the entire society, but because this pandemic affects in various forms the anti-fascist and remembrance work of the FIR and all member federations.

Since this week in all German concentration camp memorial places the...

Common Position Of European Trade Unions On The Developments Because Of The Coronavirus

The unions that we sign this text we salute the heroic contribution of workers, scientists in Healthcare, hospitals, sanitation and a series of other services who under, even life-threatening conditions, exhaustion, under-staffed and unprepared prevention systems, fight for the protection of the lives of the...

Despite current critical health risks, the US military will continue with its plans for a large-scale combat exercise in Europe involving the deployment of tens of thousands of personnel – Defender 2020.

Commenting on the dangers posed by the continuation of this major manoeuvre, Özlem Alev Demirel (Die Linke, Germany), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on...

LAB EuskadiThe serious situation generated by the imperialist war in Siria has become chronic. The war, that still continues after nine years, has moved millions persons from their homes, violating human rights and putting the economical interests beyond the life. In the last weeks the attacks against migrant people and refugees has been intensified in the Greek-Turkish border. People’s arrests, murders...

A statement by GUE/NGL co-presidents Manon Aubry & Martin Schirdewan

Turkish President Erdoğan’s recent decision to allow crossings by people seeking international protection into Greece has led to attempts by a significant number of them to enter the EU. European leaders and the Greek government must immediately stop all the violence, and must uphold all national, EU and international laws...

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