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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

European elections

The Right-wing parties took a beating yesterday in several Countries. The Socialist Party won big in France. That is not saying a lot. The Socialist Parties of Europe have given up almost all Marxist theory over to liberalism so they can keep winning elections. It is no surprise that status quo candidates were kicked out in droves after pushing such harsh austerity measures on the people in both countries, but especially Greece. -សតិវ អតុ

According to Reuters;
“In Greece, a radically altered and highly fractured parliament is struggling to build a coalition, with fresh elections to come if it fails.
In France, Francois Hollande, a Socialist who campaigned on an anti-austerity platform, pushed out President Nicolas Sarkozy, bringing to an end a staunch partnership with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that has been at the heart of Europe's austerity drive.”
None of this is surprising. Nor is it a surprise that Reuters sites such pessimism for the Business rulers;

“For U.S. investors, it means a return to the volatile period that dominated the better part of last summer and fall, when fund managers scrambled to stay ahead of developments in Europe's debt crisis.”

Weather this means any real change is hard to tell. For the people the battle isn’t over yet. The following is from the Kasama Project and the Greek KOE;

From the Communist Organization of Greece

May 7, 2012

Dear Comrades,
For your information, below you may find the final results of yesterday’s national elections, as well as some short information about the parties with parliamentary representation.
Despite the antidemocratic and absurd electoral law (*), our organization is now represented by 3 comrades in the Greek Parliament.
On this occasion, we want to sincerely thank the dozens of fraternal parties and organizations from all over the world who have sent to SYRIZA and to KOE their solidarity and congratulations. In these critical times, we are very much aware of our responsibility towards our people and also towards the international movement.
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