National Sections of the L5I:

Austria

Successful left-wing demonstration against the EU-treaty in Austria

The demonstration was the high point of a campaign for several months and took place on the Saturday before the ratification of the treaty in the parliament by the Social democratic, the Conservative and the Green party. The League campaigns against the EU-Reform treaty because it is an important step towards building an imperialist EU-state apparatus to increase the neoliberal attacks, the militaristic policy around the globe and to reduce the democratic rights in Europe. (for a detailed analysis of the treaty in German language you can download our pamphlet [INT http://arbeiterinnenstandpunkt.net/stor/broschueren/EU-Reformvertrag_s-w.pdf]here[/INT]. Read more...

The left and the Austrian class struggle; a response to the Permanent Revolution Network

The website of Permanent Revolution Network (PRN) attempts a critique of the political positions and practical activity of ArbeiterInnen Standpunkt (ASt), the Austrian section of the League, during the recent mobilisations against the new “Grand Coalition” government in Austria. Their polemic, “Protests in Austria: the left’s response” by Dave A, posted on 1st February 2007, combines downright lies, political illiteracy and a devastating self-exposure of their attempts to form an unprincipled international bloc. In this article Michael Proebsting responds for the ASt and League for the Fifth International. Read more...

New coalition government is a betrayal by social democracy

In January the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) and the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) agreed to form a new government. In itself this is nothing surprising. Most people expected it and similar coalitions have governed Austria for most of the post-war period.

But then something very unusual happened. In the days before the inauguration there was a public outcry against the programme of the new government. On the day of the inauguration itself several thousand gathered at Ballhausplatz, outside the official residence of the chancellor and the president, and heckled the new ministers crossing the square. Read more...

Austria: Vienna was anti-Bush city!

The 21st June was not only a day of handshakes between Bush, the Austrian chancellor Schüssel and the rest of the EU’s top politicians. It was also undeniably a day of protest against the Bush visit, against the aggressive, militarist policy of US imperialism but also of the European Union. Both the Austrian and the world press reported extensively about our actions (see below). Read more...

Austrian school students call for a European Day of Action

The question of youth was absent from the agenda of the Florence meeting. So too were young people. This was curious because Franco Russo of RC specifically encouraged Revolution to attend and even to submit a section of youth for the Charter. Whilst Revolution representatives spoke to it, no one else did. In summing up, Franco commented on the obvious lack of young people as protagonists. Indeed. Read more...

Austria: Strike against education cuts!

Before this parliamentary decision, entry to Austrian universities was not limited (with the big exception that you have to pay 364 Euros in tuition fees per semester - another legal change this right wing government enforced three years ago). Now, with the new laws, universities are allowed to take the arbitur exams (the notes of the high school exams) or make one or several special tests at the beginning of the semester and to select the students. Read more...

Mayday in Vienna/Austria: a successful internationalist demonstration

Mayday 2005 was different from the last years. To be precise it was very different. Usually the huge social democratic rally is followed by a left-wing demonstration controlled by the Communist Party. The CP apparatus controls the speakers’ list and the whole profile of the demonstration. In the last few years this demonstration has declined to a few hundreds. Traditionally it was followed by separate march by the Turkish left. Read more...

Yugoslavia: bringing the war to Austria

Austria is little more than one hundred kilometres from the centre of the fighting in Bosnia and shares a border with Slovenia. The war is having a big impact on political life, as Michael Gatter of ArbeiterInnen-standpunkt, Austria section of the LRCI [Editor: now the League for the Fifth International], reports. Read more...

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