We summarise a text by Theorie Communiste which focusses on the internal contradictions of the movement, how official representative organisations undermined grassroots initiative and puts the protests in context with the riots of suburban youth.
The anti-CPE struggle
Extracts of an analysis by Theorie Communist
Article looking at the flow of investments from Germany (and elsewhere in Western Europe) to countries further east.
“Then I will leave and go to the east!”
What some decades ago might have been a defiant outcry of desillusioned lefty teachers, under the threat of dismissal due to their CP membership, is now taken up again and realised by the ‘class enemy’.
Article analysing foreign investment and business in the Czech Republic since 1989 and recent changes which are occuring.
Transformation towards private capitalism, which started after 1989, was at the beginning mainly affected by the struggle inside the old-new ruling class for the actual character of this change. Already in 1990 the Czech faction of bourgeoisie led by Vaclav Klaus, who was minister of finance and who later became the prime minister and who is now the present president, got the strongest position.
An analysis of Poland, its economy, its social and political history and how it has been shaped by workers' struggles past and present.
Behind the Border
It is only a one hour journey from Berlin to the German-Polish border, the supermarkets in Berlin offer Polish food, immigrants from Poland are part of daily life in the German capital - nevertheless there are not many direct contacts (apart from perhaps the punk scene). The ‘iron curtain’ is slow to dissolve, due to languages and the geographical location.
Information about various workers' struggles in and around Poland, including strikes by seamen, railworkers, car and telecoms workers in 2005.
Here is an update on recent struggles in and around Poland. More information in English can be found on a website run by the base-unionist ‘workers’ initiative’ from Poland: http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/index.htm
Polish seamen on strike for eleven days in the docklands of Travemünde/Germany
Summary of a chat with a young guy who works for Solectron electronics in Timisoara, Romania, Summer 2004
About the international free trade zones in Romania
There used to be six free trade zones in Romania, where foreign investors were supposed to invest in low tax paradises. Today only one zone remains