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The US movement Occupy Wall Street has inspired demonstrations against the power of the financial sector around the world, giving new force in Europe above all to protests in the crisis countries. What is the outlook for the fledgling protest movement?

Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 18. September 2012

Occupy movement has failed

On the first anniversary of the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, roughly 1,000 people - considerably fewer than one year ago - gathered for a protest in New York's Zuccotti Park. The Occupy movement has failed to achieve its goals, the left-liberal daily Delo writes: » more

Novinar - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 22. May 2012

Zorniza Ilieva on the slick Occupy movement

The financial and economic crisis has led to a new protest movement in Europe and the US. But the angry youths behind the Occupy movement are less idealistic than their parents who took to the streets in the 1960s and 70s, writes columnist Zorniza Ilieva in the daily Novinar: » more

Público - Spain | Monday, 14. May 2012

Ramón Cotarelo on the reconquest of the people's sovereignty

In Spain, the protest of the "indignant" began on 15 May 2011 (15-M) with a major demonstration at Madrid's Puerta del Sol Square against the austerity policy and corruption in politics. To mark the anniversary of the protest, tens of thousands of demonstrators are once again gathering in Spanish cities. They want to regain their sovereignty as the people, and it is their legitimate right to do so, writes political scientist Ramón Cotarelo in the left-leaning daily Público: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Tuesday, 3. April 2012

Occupy's critique of capitalism remains vital

The Occupy movement has lost impetus in many Western countries. But opposition to uncontrolled capitalism remains essential, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 29. February 2012

Occupy London highly successful

More than 100 police officers evicted the protesters of the Occupy London movement from their camp in front of St. Paul's Cathedral on Monday night. The protesters have nevertheless achieved much, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes: » more

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Tuesday, 31. January 2012

Occupy Sweden fuels class hatred

The Swedish Occupy movement "Allt åt alla" (Everything for Everyone) invited people to take part in a bus safari through the exclusive Stockholm suburb Saltsjöbaden on Sunday to take a look at the millionaire's villas there and "foment class hatred". Such rhetoric won't help solve the social problems at all, writes the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 19. January 2012

Protests are part of global movement

Because the protest in Romania is directed against the political system as a whole it is unrealistic in the eyes of the left-liberal dialy Der Standard to expect the demonstrators to join forces with the opposition: » more

Profil - Austria | Saturday, 31. December 2011

Georg Hoffmann-Ostenhoff on Lenin's current relevance

In 2011 not only in the Arab world but also many people in Russia, China and the West rose up against the powers that be. This trend will continue in the new year, Georg Hoffmann-Ostenhoff predicts on news portal Profil Online: » more

Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 28. December 2011

2011 surpasses 1989

Just as in the course of history only a few people stay in our memories the same is true with the years, writes Lluís Bassets in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante, and says 2011 was more historical than 1989 when the Eastern bloc collapsed: » more

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Wednesday, 14. December 2011

Mirjam Donáth on Occupy and the end of the American dream

The demonstrators of the US Occupy Wall Street movement have shown the US that the American dream is coming to an end, writes journalist Mirjam Donáth in the online edition of the left-liberal weekly Magyar Narancs: » more

Wprost Online - Poland | Tuesday, 6. December 2011

Young Poles don't get indignant

In Poland there have been no major protests against the anti-crisis policies of the government, like for example in Spain. This shows how reasonable young Poles are, the conservative news portal Wprost Online writes: » more

Voxpublica - Romania | Monday, 28. November 2011

From Occupy to the hunt for bargains

Last Friday was Black Friday in the US, the day after Thanksgiving when businesses traditionally lure customers with extra-low prices. The tents set up in front of stores across the country resembled those of the Occupy movement in New York but reveal another paradox of Western culture, writes Julian Leca on the blog portal Voxpublica: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 21. November 2011

Indignants help Conservatives to win

The Spanish Socialists suffered massive losses in the parliamentary elections, obtaining just 29 percent of the vote. The movement of the Indignant also played a part in the Socialist debacle, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Wednesday, 16. November 2011

Occupy's brilliant strategy

The clearing of Zuccotti Park using brute force only confirms the success of the Occupy movement, writes the liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 16. November 2011

Keep the capitalism debate alive

The Occupy activists are now called on to keep the debate on capitalism alive, writes the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 16. November 2011

Police violence like in Syria and Libya

Hundreds of police officers cleared the demonstrators from Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York on Tuesday. The daily Delo has harsh words for the police action and draws parallels with dictatorial regimes: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 16. November 2011

An end to outmoded rhetoric

Surveys indicate that only a third of US citizens support the demands of the Occupy movement. This is mainly a consequence of the activists' outdated rhetoric, which should be abandoned as it fails to address the unresolved problems of the financial crisis, writes the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: » more

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 10. November 2011

Swiss Occupy movement too tame

The city of Zurich today demanded that the Swiss activists of the Occupy movement clear their camp in the city's Lindenhof district. The left-wing weekly WOZ calls on the activists to resist the calls and heighten their profile in doing so: » more

Le Monde - France | Monday, 7. November 2011

François Cusset on the new power of the people

The departing Greek Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou decided not to risk letting the people vote in a referendum on the EU's austerity plans. But as the Occupy protests are demonstrating, Europe should get used to people having their say, writes intellectual historian François Cusset in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Friday, 28. October 2011

Hard line for indignant before Spanish vote

The election authority in Madrid on Thursday stipulated certain streets where no demonstrations may be staged in the days leading up to the Spanish parliamentary elections on November 20. Puerta del Sol Square, a symbolic location for the Movement of the Indignant, is included in the list. The conservative daily El Mundo welcomes the decision and urges that it be implemented: » more

hvg - Hungary | Monday, 24. October 2011

Immanuel Wallerstein on the success of the Occupy movement

Occupy Wall Street, the movement against the power of the financial markets and social injustice that started in the US and has spread across the globe, is already a huge success, social scientist Immanuel Wallerstein of Yale University writes in the left-liberal weekly Heti Világgazdaság: » more

România Liberâ - Romania | Tuesday, 18. October 2011

Romanians have different worries from the West

In Bucharest only around 100 people gathered to protest against the power of the financial markets on Saturday. The daily România Liberă asks why so few Romanians took part in the global day of protest: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 17. October 2011

Demonstrators themselves benefit from system

In demonstrating against the financial sector and the capitalist economic order, the global "Occupy" protesters forget that they too benefit from the system, the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung admonishes: » more

El País - Spain | Sunday, 16. October 2011

Never has protest been so global

Commenting on the international day of protest against the banks' abuse of power on October 15, the left-liberal daily El País underlines the novelty of the movement: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 17. October 2011

Fear of loss forces people onto the street

The hundreds of thousands of people who protested in around 80 countries on Saturday against the power of the financial sector are unlike other demonstrators, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 16. October 2011

Violence erupts in undemocratic Italy

In Rome there was rioting on the fringes of the Occupy protests which drew more than 100,000 protesters. Italy's democratic deficit is responsible for this anomaly, explains the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Sunday, 16. October 2011

Only the start of Portuguese protest

The Portuguese version of Saturday's march of the Indignant, in which almost 1,000 cities worldwide took part, was just the first of many such protests in Portugal, writes the daily Diário de Notícias: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Wednesday, 12. October 2011

Alexander von der Decken calls for updated democracy

Social movements in 79 countries are calling for people to join the Occupy Day protests against social injustice, lack of freedom and the dismantling of democracy. The protest prompts foreign policy expert Alexander von der Decken to demand democratic reform in the state-owned liberal daily Wiener Zeitung: » more

Kauppalehti - Finland | Monday, 10. October 2011

Occupy Wall Street gaining strength

For weeks supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement have been demonstrating for more social justice in the US. If the economic slump continues its ranks will be strengthened, the business newspaper Kauppalehti predicts: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Tuesday, 4. October 2011

America's youth alienated

The protest of young people against the machinations on Wall Street shows how part of the new generation thinks, writes the liberal daily The Irish Times: » more

Público - Spain | Wednesday, 3. August 2011

Spain's "indignant" remain non-violent

The Madrid police cleared the main gathering place of the protest movement of the "indignant", Puerta del Sol Square, on Tuesday. Although the demonstrators are very angry the majority still favour a non-violent course. The left-leaning daily Público prints an appeal by the movement explaining why: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 3. August 2011

Israel's indignant should protest with parties

Since last week tens of thousands of people in Israel have taken to the streets to protest the rising cost of living and social inequality in the largest demonstrations in the country in 40 years. Israeli author Abraham B. Jehoschua warns Israel's indignant to take the path of parliamentary democracy in the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

Público - Spain | Friday, 22. July 2011

Spain's indignant achieve transparency laws

The Andalusian regional parliament passed a series of regulations aimed at ensuring greater transparency on Thursday that were proposed by the movement of the "indignant" which emerged from the protests of May 15. But the vote demonstrated that the conservatives still haven't learned their lesson in true democracy, writes the left-leaning daily Público: » more

Le Monde - France | Friday, 24. June 2011

Give Europe's Indignant prospects

The protests on the squares of Greece and Spain show no sign of letting up. More must be done to integrate the youths into society, writes the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Monday, 20. June 2011

Spain needs more direct democracy

More than 200,000 demonstrators gathered in Spain's cities on Sunday to protest the Pact for the Euro and demand more say. The time for more direct forms of democracy has come, writes the daily La Vanguardia: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 16. June 2011

Spain's Indignant still non-violent

There was rioting ahead of the Catalan regional parliament elections in Barcelona on Wednesday when demonstrators tried to prevent members of parliament from entering the building by force. But the protest of "the Indignant", the 15-M movement, is still pacifist, the liberal daily El País explains: » more

Correio da Manhã - Portugal | Tuesday, 14. June 2011

Portugal's youth without hope

Around 100 young Portuguese laid down flat on the main square in Lisbon last Sunday to draw attention to their poor prospects on the labour market. The tabloid Correio da Manhã sympathises with their cause: » more

Blog Ivan Rioufol - France | Friday, 10. June 2011

Protest of the Outraged is populist

In several European countries the social democratic parties have attempted to take credit for the protests of the young generation as a confirmation of leftist values. That's wrong, writes Ivan Rioufol in his blog for the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more

Le Point - France | Thursday, 9. June 2011

Claude Imbert on the futility of protests by the "Indignant"

Indignant Greeks and Spaniards continue to demonstrate against austerity measures and youth unemployment. But their protests cannot change our economic system, writes Claude Imbert in the liberal conservative weekly Le Point: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Monday, 6. June 2011

Pan-European "indignant" movement

It is now two weeks since the protests of the "indignant" began at Greece's major squares. Spain and Portugal have also witnessed this type of protest. This is a pan-European movement, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos concludes: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Thursday, 2. June 2011

Athens' Indignants threaten political system

For more than a week now the "indignant citizens" movement has been demonstrating in Athens against the government's drastic austerity measures. The protests are a symptom of a major crisis of the political system in which the great majority of citizens have lost faith in the parties, writes the left-liberal daily To Ethnos: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Thursday, 26. May 2011

Free Greeks get indignant

Several thousands of Greeks demonstrated against the government's austerity measures on Athens' Syntagma Square and other main squares across the country on Wednesday. Encouraged by the Spanish protest movement, they plan to gather again today. This is a movement of free citizens, Pitsirikos writes jubilantly in his blog: » more

Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 24. May 2011

Youth protest spreads to Portugal

Hundreds of young Portuguese have set up camp on the Rossio, the main square in Lisbon, in a show of solidarity with the demonstrators in Spain, but also to draw attention to their own goals in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in early June. The youth protests are spreading, comments the daily Público gleefully: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 24. May 2011

Spaniards must get active

If the dissatisfied Spaniards want to bring about change they must show initiative and put the knowledge gained abroad to good use, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

Libération - France | Tuesday, 24. May 2011

EU forces citizens to protest

The youth movement at Puerta del Sol could well spread to other European countries, writes the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 23. May 2011

Protest election against social injustice

The Socialist's drubbing in Spanish local elections is a consequence of the austerity measures being protested on Spain's streets, writes the business paper De Tijd: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 23. May 2011

Voters demand change of course

The results of the Spanish local and regional elections should be interpreted first and foremost as a protest against the ruling Socialists, comments the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 20. May 2011

Ban on protests no solution for Spain

Spain's electoral commission has declared the protests slated for the weekend illegal, saying they could hinder Sunday's local elections. For days thousands of demonstrators have been protesting at the squares of major Spanish cities against unemployment, corruption and the majority voting system. The left-liberal daily El País disagrees with the ban: » more

Público - Spain | Tuesday, 17. May 2011

Spain's sick democracy

Several thousand people took to the streets in Spain to protest mass unemployment and government austerity measures. They also accused the country's politicians of incompetence and corruption. The left-leaning daily Público warns the politicians not to grow too distant from the people: » more

Blog Antes pelo Contrário - Portugal | Saturday, 19. March 2011

Stéphane Hessel is not an anti-Semite

Stéphane Hessel's book Indignez-vous! (Get Angry) is a bestseller in France and many other countries, having sold 1.3 million copies in France alone. Now the former resistance fighter is being accused of anti-Semitism. Daniel Oliveira finds the allegations appalling in his blog Antes pelo Contrário for the weekly magazine Expresso: » more

Der Freitag - Germany | Monday, 17. January 2011

Jakob Augstein on German and French worries

In his best-selling book Indignez-Vous! (Get indignant!) the former diplomat and resistance fighter Stéphane Hessel calls on the French to be more socially active and fight for their values and ideals. Jakob Augstein, publisher of the leftist weekly Der Freitag, compares the debate in France with that triggered in Germany by Thilo Sarrazin's book: » more


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