Mauricio Miguel of the Portuguese Communist Party told the Communist Party of Britain's congress today that finance capital was "destroying society's productive forces on a huge scale, beginning with mass unemployment."
He said that imperialism's "violent offensive" against the workers and the people had intensified through the austerity and privatisation measures across Europe.
The Communist Party of Ireland's Pearse McKenna pointed out the convergence between the policies imposed by the British government in Northern Ireland and those implemented by the Irish government in the Irish Republic, as demanded by the EU and IMF "troika."
Rafael Sardina brought greetings to the congress from the central committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.
He urged socialists and progressives in Britain to keep up the pressure against the illegal US economic blockade of his country and for the freedom of the Miami Five.
Foreign Minister Alistair Burt's admission that the Cameron government has "supported" a survey of attitudes to US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas amounts to a tacit admission of British involvement.