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Continental drift: a slew of European breakaways

The U.S. and its allies may rail against the referendum in the Crimea; Scots will consider a very similar one on September 18, and Catalans would like to do the same.

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Revival of fascism a growing concern in Europe

Commenting on Ukrainian developments, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius pooh-poohed the idea that there is a fascist danger.

Italian elections reflect dangers facing Europe

The parliamentary elections carried out in Italy during the weekend of February 23-24 have created great worry in governments throughout Europe.

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Cyprus presidential election moves to second round

Austerity is the key issue facing Cypriot voters as they head to the polls for the second round of the presidential elections.

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Left wins first round in French legislative vote

There is good news for France's new Socialist Party President, Francois Hollande.

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Irish voters hold their noses, OK forced austerity

This will be seen as a victory for those who are promoting austerity as the solution for Europe's fiscal woes.

Europe and Africa: a genocidal history

During the "scramble for Africa" at the end of the 19th century, Germany had entered the game partly for economic and partly for geopolitical reasons.

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Massive demonstrations challenge anti-worker policies in Portugal, Spain

In both countries, austerity measures include massive cuts in wages and pensions, elimination of the social safety net, privatization of public property and attacks on labor rights.

French election pollsters: Sarkozy slipping, both left and far right advancing

France elects a new president on April 22, with a runoff possible on May 6. As this date approaches, it would appear that incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy is going to have trouble holding on to power.

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General strike shuts down Portugal

A general strike called by Portuguese unions against austerity measures imposed by international finance capital practically shut down Portugal last Thursday.

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