National Sections of the L5I:

Austria

"We need a militant, anti-capitalist LEFT!"

Interview with Nina Gunic, a member of the League of Socialist Revolution (LSR), Austrian Section of the League for the Fifth International and a candidate of the new LINKE (LEFT) electoral list in Austria Read more...

Left to stand in Austria's crisis election

The collapse of Austria's coalition government has accelerated the formation of a new alliance of forces to the left of the Social democratic Party that could lead to the formation of a new workers' party. The first, tentative moves towards a new grouping were taken after the Social democratic Party (SPO) suffered a humiliating electoral defeat in provincial elections in May. While the SPO has still historically grown connections to the working class it is quite clear that the vanguard of workers are turning away from it. Read more...

Austria: Successful Internationalist May Day Demonstration in Vienna!

Our internationalist May Day demonstration in Vienna was a complete success. More than 1.500 people marched on the "Ring"  a broad street in the centre of the city  under the slogan "Let us Resist together!" Michael Proebsting reports.The internationalist May Day demonstration takes place since 2005 when the League for Socialist Revolution (LSR)  Austrian section of the LFI  and a left-Stalinist organization (Communist Initiative) took the initiative to organize a demonstration independent of the social democratic and Communist Party apparatus. Since then we have succeeded in forming an alliance with a number of immigrant organizations from Turkey and other countries and Austrian left-wing groups. Read more...

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...

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