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In the context of multiple crises – ecological, political, financial and geopolitical restructuring – there are emerging forms of social cooperation. In the Spanish case, we have seen some of the largest demonstrations since the country made its transition to democracy in the 70s with massive occupations of public squares, attempts to prevent parliaments’ functioning

The Resurgence of the Civic

Adrian Pabst analyses the global/local dynamics of the current protest movement through a new shared notion of the ‘civic’. To excerpt: In a strikingly different configuration, the glocal protest movement neither sacralizes otherness nor erects absolute divisions. Rather, it attempts to break down the barriers that shield the governing elites from democratic accountability by pursuing

The Global Street Comes to Wall Street

Saskia Sassen explores the notion of a changing public space through the political movements of 2011. To excerpt: In each of these cases, I would argue that the street, the urban street, as public space is to be differentiated from the classic European notion of more ritualized spaces for public activity, with the piazza and

The Greek Cauldron

Stathis Kouvelakis takes a look at the patterns of Greek protest amidst EU-IMF-ECB imposed austerity and the specifically Greek dimensions of the Eurozone crisis.

Spring Confronts Winter

Mike Davis analyses the protests of 2011, including the new European social movements, and asks what Act Two of the new political situation will look like.

The global capitalist crisis and youth: from Tunisia and Egypt to Europe and the USA

Abstract: Departing from the recent revolutionary upsurge in the Arab world, this article focuses on the links between youth protest and the current economic crisis. Although its levels in Arab countries have in recent months reached spectacular heights, such protest has also been significant in other parts of the capitalist world, notably Europe. Interpreting youth

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Eurozine – The EU: Broken or Just Broke

Eurozine has collated a series of articles from its partner publications exploring the nature of the Eurocrisis and its fate. Categories include politics, economy and ethics, identity, integration and solidarity, and the future. Contributions include Jacques Delors on the prospects of a federal Europe, an article on the role of Germany, a recent interview with

Can Europe Make It?

Since its opening a series on ‘the road to Europe’ with articles by Donatella Della Porta, Rossanda Rossanda, and Mario Pianta, OpenDemocracy has collected a series of articles exploring aspects of the Eurocrisis – including the role of several key member states – and possible solutions up to the present date.

Social contract theory for Occupiers: what law, culture and history tell us

Abstract: No legitimate social contract can be devoid of stewardship, responsibility and duty. Recognising this allows us to assess both the historical significance of the democratic revolutionaries of our time, and the scale of the political challenge posed today by hypocrisy.

Germany and the Euro-Crisis

Published on The Nation ( Germany and the Euro-Crisis Jürgen Habermas | June 9, 2010 Translated by Ciaran Cronin (with acknowledgments to Eric Rosencrantz at [1]). Starnberg These are fateful times. The West and Russia celebrated the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany on May 8 and 9, respectively. Here in Germany these

Organisations →

European Trade Union Confederation


ATTAC is an international organization involved in the alter-globalization movement. We oppose neo-liberal globalization and develop social, ecological, and democratic alternatives so as to guarantee fundamental rights for all. Specifically, we fight for the regulation of financial markets, the closure of tax havens, the introduction of global taxes to finance global public goods, the cancellation

European Trade Union Institute

regeneration Europe

The Spinelli Group

Group advocating a federal Europe.

World Economists Association

The World Economics Association (WEA) was launched on May 16, 2011. In its first two months of existence, over 7,000 economists and related scholars joined. This phenomenal success has come about because the WEA fills a huge gap in the international community of economists — the absence of a professional organization which is truly international

Corporate Europe Observatory

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.

Collettivo Prezzemolo

A group of international students and researchers from an array of different countries, bearing a variety of experiences and understandings of the unfolding crisis. What unites us is the awareness that while our governments cooperate in responding to the economic crisis in an antidemocratic and reactionary fashion, the movements opposed to these reforms remain in

FutureLab Europe

According to the website, ‘FutureLab Europe is a project of the European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship, affiliated to the Network of European Foundations and initiated by the Körber Foundation. It is operated by the European Policy Centre.’ They are hosting an event in March entitled ‘One passport, one people? The role of democratic citizenship in

Foundation for European Progressive Studies

An independent social-democratic political foundation, but with associations to a network of political foundations and think tanks across Europe and with the Party of European Socialists. Current work under the Next Left series involves defining ‘themes that derive from their prior ideological debate and could become cornerstones for a proposal of a new socio-economic paradigm

European Alternatives

European Alternatives is a civil society organisation devoted to exploring the potential for transnational politics and culture. The group offers a new magazine, edited by the TransEuropa group of activists and artists and published in English, Italian, and French editions offering commentary on migration, media freedom, austerity and European alternatives, interviews with artists and European

Friends of Europe / Les Amis de l’Europe

Policy-oriented think tank which engages with Europe’s future, a social Europe, and a global Europe. They stress independence from party associations and their facilitation of debates between citizens and experts/policymakers, roundtables, and international conferences. Recent relevant publications include The State of Europe: Re-thinking the European Project and European Politics and the Euro Crisis: Ten Failures.

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

The second-largest alliance of MEPs from across the EU who propose a set of social-democratic policies based on job creation, growth and strong financial regulation – rather than austerity – as a solution to the crisis. Their broad position can be read here, a list of members is available here, their position on how the

EuroMemo Group

European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe This EuroMemorandum seeks to set out a critical analysis of recent economic developments in Europe and to present the basis for possible alternative policies. It is intended as a contribution to the critical discussion in intellectual and social movements in Europe, and in solidarity with all

Initiatives →

Ending the Honeymoon: constructing Europe beyond the market

European Union Federalism or Nothing

Save the Greeks from their Saviors!

Austerity is Not Enough! We Need a Federal Europe, United and Democratic

The EU’s new austerity treaty – a democratic and economic disaster for Europe

EU in crisis: analysis, resistance and alternatives to Corporate Europe

Beyond the Crisis: Developing Sustainable Alternatives

German Solidarity with Greece

Greece Solidarity

Has Europe lost its soul to the markets?

European Common Goods

Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe


We Are More

Manifesto of the Appalled Economists

Commons Sense

Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy

Attac European Network Academy

We Are Europe!

European Citizens’ Initiative

Indignados/Occupy Movement: A Global Phenomenon

95 Theses

Manifesto of Indignati

1,000 Economists sign open letter to G20 Finance Ministers in Support of Financial Transaction Tax

The Spinelli Group Manifesto

Avanti Europe Manifesto

Open Letter/Call for Action

Euromemorandum 2012

Another Road for Europe