Austerity creates suffering for the people as well as shrinking rather than growing their countries' economies.
A failure by the left to unite will open the door for Europe's resurgent far right, whose xenophobia and racism have gained ground all over the continent.
On June 23, the European Union will be put to the test when Britain - its second-largest economy - votes on whether to stay in or bail out.
If one thing's clear after Ireland's recent election, it's that people no longer buy the myth that austerity is the path to economic salvation.
Jamaica has been experiencing economic decline, sky-high unemployment, and a seemingly intractable crime rate for years.
What looked like a smooth path to electoral victory for the Irish government has suddenly turned rocky.
Over the past year, left and center-left parties have taken control of two European countries and hold the balance of power in a third.
Instead of head-on confrontation, the left is trying to maneuver while strengthening its base by improving people's lives.
In France, as in other European countries, the most common interpretation of the right's surge is hostility toward immigrants, refugees and foreigners in general.
In a blow to the left, right wing candidate, Mauricio Macri, beat Daniel Scioli, the candidate of the ruling leftist Front, by 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent.