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Contents

Ending the Honeymoon: constructing Europe beyond the market / Save the Greeks from their Saviors! / Greece Solidarity / Has Europe lost its soul to the markets? / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Attac European Network Academy / We Are Europe! / 95 Theses / Manifesto of Indignati / EconNuestra / 1,000 Economists sign open letter to G20 Finance Ministers in Support of Financial Transaction Tax / Open Letter/Call for Action / Another Road for Europe /

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Ending the Honeymoon: constructing Europe beyond the market

The regeneration Europe group proposes an aspirational grammar for a new European generation which breaks through the dominant language of economic rationality to construct a Europe based on trust, shared aspirations, and a revived idea of the European public.

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a group of young Europeans draft a proposal appealing to a new generation of Europeans for the construction of a new idea of Europe for present and future European citizens because the dominant logic of 'Europe as a market' does not express the aspirations of young Europeans or the potential of the Union to realise them and locks Europe into a disappionting cycle of economic rationality.

Save the Greeks from their Saviors!

Alain Badiou assails the attack on Greek society that comes in the guise of 'rescue packages' and argues that the future of European democracy rests on saving Greece from the neo-liberal, anti-democratic experiment imposed by EU institutions. He calls for an urgent multiplication of efforts and initiatives by intellectuals and artists on behalf of Greece.

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a group of French intellecturals publish an appeal urging other French and European intellectuals and citizens to publicly support the Greek people because EU policy response in Greece has serious consequences for the future of European democracy and society

Greece Solidarity

Call for solidarity with the people of Greece endorsed by the Coalition of Resistance and the People's Charter. The call, a response to the Common Appeal drafted by Mikis Theodorakis and Manolis Glezos, criticises the EU policy response to the crisis in Greece, arguing that austerity measures protect the rich at the expense of the poor.

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a European coalition of trade unions, campaigns and parties organised by the Coalition of Resistance and the People's Charter organise solidarity and raise practical support, including meetings criticizing the policies of the EU and the IMF which impose poverty and mass unemployment on the people of Greece arguing that the Greeks are being punished for conditions for which they are not responsible.

Has Europe lost its soul to the markets?

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks calls for European religious leaders to come together to help save the euro and the European Union by reasserting the role of morals and religion in shaping shared social values and overturning the dominance of the markets.

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Sir Jonathan Sacks (Chief Rabbi) issues an appeal to European society for a reassertion of religous values against market fundamentalism arguing that religous values are fundamental for steering the power of the markets towards the service of humankind

Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe

Mikis Theodorakis and Manolis Glezos decry the anti-political dominance of the markets, which, unchecked, have already demolished Greek democracy and threaten the rest of Europe. They call for coordinated action by intellectuals, artists, activists and other public figures to resist unbridled economic globalisation. Amongst their demands is an immediate halt to austerity and privatisation, debt restructuring, and radical treaty reform in the EU.

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a renowned Greek songwriter and Greek left-wing politician and writer issue an appeal to intellectuals, artists, activists, and other public figures to engage in coordinated action for the peoples of Europe arguing that the dominance of economic (market) logic has come to trump democratic values or basic notions of human dignity that are inscribed in the social and political history of Europe. This has terrible immediate consequences, like the impoverishment of the Greek people, but it also creates the conditions for a dangerous situation in Europe's near future.

Attac European Network Academy

The European ATTAC (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens) network gathered in Freiburg to discuss alternatives to the financial crisis. Their demands included a financial transactions tax to fund public services, public regulation of financial institutions, debt cancellation, and an end to austerity.

We Are Europe!

Ulrich Beck warns against the dangers of saving the Euro along the lines of German euro-nationalism. Instead, he suggests a revived European democracy 'from below' which encourages civic activity across a political and cultural community.

95 Theses

On the occasion of a lecture given at the European Union Institute by EU President Herman van Rompuy, a political collective of PhD researchers posted a list of greivances to the door of the church in which he was talking. The accompanying statement reaffirms the founding values of the European Union and argues that they must be reasserted to maintain the dignity of Europeans against EU policy and the power of the markets.

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a group of students and researchers made an intervention and posted a list of 95 theses criticizing EU president Herman von Rompuy, who was delivering a speech for betraying the founding tenants of the EU against the interests of European citizens arguing that values of human dignity, freedom, equality, democracy, the rule of law and solidarity are founding principles of the European Union.

Manifesto of Indignati

Statement of indignation written by a number of Italian student activists which not only expresses anger at European governments’ ‘dogma of the balanced budget’ who have failed in their basic democratic role to care for citizens and have instead become the harbingers of cuts, privatization, and job insecurity. It engages in a number of specifically

EconNuestra

A manifesto by a Spanish collective of economists – academics, researchers, students, journalists – declaring an economy of everyone for everyone. Apart from the manifesto, they are working on creating a wiki of heterodox economics. They are generally friendly with the 15M movement. Signed by 834 people, mostly Spanish, many academics and economists.

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coalition of economists issuing pubic appeal and creating knowledge resource

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

A large group of economists sign on to support a tax on financial transactions, which, even at low rates, could tame the profligacy of global financial speculation and raise billions of dollars to fund public goods.

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an international group of economists from 53 countries endorse a letter to the G20 Finance Ministers endorsing a Tobin tax for world citizens the markets should also be used to provide global and domestic public goods

Open Letter/Call for Action

A group of academics call on other intellectuals to challenge the terms of the debate about Europe's future and lead an effort to devise solutions free from the shackles of a stultified debate.

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a group of European academics issue an appeal calling on intellectuals to critically interrogate the debate about Europe's future for European citizens proposing substantive solutions to Europe's crisis and for the European public will require a serious engagement from intellectuals
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Another Road for Europe

Another Road for Europe lays out positive proposals for Europe to emerge from its crisis based on reformed values of social justice, environmental responsibility, democracy and peace. The appeal aims to articulate a program around which coordinated action can be organised across Europe.

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a group of European activists, academics, journalists, trade unionists and intellectuals launch and appeal towards other concerned Europeans for the survival of a positive European project arguing that social justice, environmental responsibility, democracy and peace should be the core values of a reformed European Union currently held hostage by the unbridled power of the markets