The EC-IMF-ECB cometh

Euphoria over the Spain bailout 'triumph' proved to be very short-lived, writes Eddie Ford

No longer able to avoid reality, the Spanish government finally bit the bullet on June 9 by formally requesting a bailout from the European Union possibly worth up to €100 billion or more. Even then, after many months - if not years - of pretending that it needed no external help to prevent its heavily toxicated banking system from collapsing, the central government in Madrid is still attempting to maintain the fiction that its finances are essentially healthy and there is no need to panic.

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Letters

Decline; Wave goodbye; Questionable; Shoddy; They enjoy me; Thanks, comrade; Predators; Adult; You could laugh; Draconian; Bond theme

Strategy and freedom of criticism

Mike Macnair continues his review of: Daniel Bensaïd, Alda Sousa, Alan Thornett and others, 'New parties of the left: experiences from Europe', London 2011, pp202, £7

Ideologically bankrupt

The South African Communist Party has published a new version of its programme. Peter Manson analyses 'The South African road to socialism'

A bargain!

A subscription to the Weekly Worker is fantastic value, says Robbie Rix, as he counts his few remaining, spare pennies. Why not help him out?

Regime change must come from below

Sanctions and malware are preparatory acts of war against Iran. Those who condemn the crimes of the regime should also condemn the crimes of imperialism and its agents, writes Yassamine Mather

Be careful what you wish for

As the next Greek elections loom, Paul Demarty takes a look at the lines being taken by the left and the current controversy in the SWP

Turmoil threatens

While Italy teeters on the brink of a new crisis, the left is nowhere. Toby Abse reports on the machinations of the main parties

Opposition fails to show

Michael Copestake reports from the 2012 Communist Students conference

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