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Nothing but a fig leave? Amager Bakke is a combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen and a showpiece of the country’s green transition.
Nothing but a fig leave? Amager Bakke is a combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen and a showpiece of the country’s green transition.IMAGO
We hear it regularly: the story that Denmark is a frontrunner in the green transition. But many facts tell another story. Looking at the small Scandinavian nation from the agricultural, industrial, fisheries or biomass point of view, the overall picture is not exactly green. Instead, we see a country that has specialised in projecting a green image and talking about its climate-goals and ambitions, while neither meeting those goals, nor living up to those ambitions. Here’s a walk-through. In April 2023, Danish media revealed that officials from ...
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Abascal with Carlson at the anti-government demonstrations at the PSOE headquarters in Ferraz.
Abascal with Carlson at the anti-government demonstrations at the PSOE headquarters in Ferraz.V0X / CC

The international alliances of the Spanish far right

Nora Rodríguez, Miquel Ramos
Spain’s far right has lagged behind its counterparts in other European countries in gaining a foothold in Spanish political institutions. After the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, far-right platforms experienced failure after failure, and only starting in 2011 did they begin to gain representation in small town councils. Academics like Xavier Casals described this anomaly as an 'absent presence', meaning that the extreme right existed with a subset of voters just like in the other countries, but these were mostly encompassed within ...
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Arruada, Volksfest von Corroios (im portugiesischen Kreis Seixal), September 2023.
Arruada, Volksfest von Corroios (im portugiesischen Kreis Seixal), September 2023.Ana Mendes
Interview with Mariana Mortágua Early legislative elections will be held in Portugal next March 10th. The President of the Republic dismissed the government on December 7th and dissolved Parliament on January 15th, bringing an end to a Socialist Party government with an absolute majority elected on January 30th, 2022. The outgoing government was unable to resolve the population’s main difficulties - the housing crisis and bankruptcy for several public services, specifically health and education. This, together with several court ...
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For many, Scandinavia is synonymous with social democracy, high union density, public ownership, and progressive governments inclined to climate action and sustainable policies. A recent study tour to Norway and Denmark, hosted by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s New York and Brussels offices, found that both countries still struggle with entrenched interests – local and international – holding back a genuine “just transition”. The five-day study tour in October brought ten experts – legislators, researchers, and activists – ...
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Event Report Friday, 1 December 2023 from 5 pm to 6.30 pm (Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam) Speakers: Daniel Santini (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Sao Paulo, Brazil), Cristiane Costa Goncalves (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, engineer, Brazil), Conor Farrell (Urban Public Transport, European Transport Workers' Federation), Judith Dellheim (Berliner Energietisch, Germany), Rika Müller-Vahl (#wirfahrenzusammen, Germany) Facilitation: Manuela Kropp (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels) In Germany, the ...
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From the left to the right: Bustinduy, Urtasun, Díaz, García and Rego, the five new ministers of Sumar
From the left to the right: Bustinduy, Urtasun, Díaz, García and Rego, the five new ministers of SumarSumar
Sumar will have a vice-presidency and 5 ministries, but with limited powers. Among the MPs who have said yes to Sánchez are the conservative Catalan nationalists of Junts and the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV).  Podemos is left out of the government and leaves the coalition to join the mixed group of independent politicians in the parliament.   The President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez (centre-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, PSOE), won the support of the absolute majority of the ...
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Protest by the extreme right in front of the PSOE headquarters in Madrid 8th November 2023.
Protest by the extreme right in front of the PSOE headquarters in Madrid 8th November 2023.Dani Gago Lizenz CC
The amnesty for politicians and activists prosecuted for the independence referendum held in Catalonia on 1 October 2017 mobilizes far-right groups around the slogan "Spain is breaking up". Nazi, fascist and ultra-Catholic groups rally against Spain's new government. Spain's right-wing has promised a legislature fraught with action against the government.   In October 2023, the Spanish extreme right saw its biggest popular mobilizations for years, coinciding with the pacts between social democrats and ...
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Call for Tender!

Service Agreement for design, layout and printing servicesThe Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is one of the largest political education institutions in Germany today, with branches in many countries worldwide. The Brussels Office operates as a think tank reflecting on European and international issues such as the global power shift and the socio-ecological transformation of today’s society. The Brussels Office of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung would like to conclude a long-term agreement for design/layout (Lot 1) and printing services (Lot 2) for printed materials, awarding these ...
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A supporter of the far-right party, VOX, celebrates among supporters of the Popular Party on July 23, 2023 in Madrid.
A supporter of the far-right party, VOX, celebrates among supporters of the Popular Party on July 23, 2023 in Madrid.MAGO / ZUMA Wire

Vox’s Public Policy

Nora Rodríguez, Miquel Ramos
Spain's Extreme Right first months in regional and municipal governmentsAfter the extreme right-wing party Vox entered the regional government of Castilla y León alongside the conservative Partido Popular (PP) in April 2022, the party gained more representation in the local and regional elections of 28 May 2023, allowing the PP-VOX coalition to be replicated in other autonomous communities previously run by progressive coalition governments. This has been the case in Extremadura, Aragon, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. Vox also entered the government of Murcia, ...
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Mobility is a basic human need. Over the last 100 years, the automobile has revolutionised the transport of people and goods. The automotive industry is a core industrial sector employing millions of people in Germany, Europe and the world. The trade unions in the metal sector are strong and powerful organisations without which the enforcement of social rights would have been impossible. But the costs and irreversible damage caused by the fossil fuel era are now undeniable. The technology based on the burning of fossil fuels is reaching its ...
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