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European Union Federalism or Nothing / 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 / Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy / Indignados/Occupy Movement: A Global Phenomenon /

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European Union Federalism or Nothing

The Spinelli Group's forum in March will be considering the propsects for a federal Europe as a solution to a fragmented union still divided along national lines in crucial policy areas.

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a group of European politicians, journalists, religous leaders, academics and policy-makers hold a forum discussing the EU's prospects in forming a federal union for European citizens because the important values of the European Union, like social protection, are threatened by national rifts which divide European society.

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

Coinciding with the day of the Spring European Council, the Permanent Forum of Civil Society will hold a dialogue and consultation with other initiatives in Brussels to discuss a revision of the Lisbon Treaty.

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a network of NGOs and trade union organisations launch a process of dialogue and consultation criticising EU policy-makers for recent treaty changes that will affect the social and economic rights of EU citizens and immigrants because a new project for growth is necessary to maintain the union and continue to provide social protection for its citizens.

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

Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute organise a panel to discuss the new budget treaty that will give Brussels further powers to intervene in economic and social policies in EU member states.

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critical analysts and legal experts launch a comprehensive critique of the new EU fiscal compact for the centralised imposition of austerity on EU member states arguing that the new budget treaty was passed without a sufficient democratic debate and will have long-reaching socio-economic impacts as well as stimulating political and legal backlash

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

A two-day conference in Brussels is being organised by Corporate Europe Observatory to discuss the role of big business and finance capital in the European crisis and to strengthen the progressive response to the crisis.

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a group of European activists, academics, journalists, trade unionists and intellectuals participate in a conference arguing the EU policy response reflects a distorted priority that favours appeasing financial markets over protecting and bolstering a social Europe

Beyond the Crisis: Developing Sustainable Alternatives

European Trade Union Institute conference supported by the Socialists & Democrats and the Greens to discuss causes of and prospective solutions for the European crisis.

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researchers from the European Trade Union Institute hold a conference to discuss with MEPs, academics, and social policy actors sustainable alternatives to the European crisis arguing that the crisis has revealed the systemic problems with the previous growth model and opened up new possibilities for restructuring the priorities of Europe, including a new social model and a transition to low-carbon models of consumption and production

Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy

The Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy forum was held in an occupied theatre in Rome and set out to begin articulating an alternative vision of Europe based around an idea of the commons. The agenda is closely tied to the Commons Sense campaign, but includes a wide network of organisers and participants including newspapers, academics, NGOs, and even the Municipality of Naples.

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over forty organisations, networks and social movements from eight European countries met in the Valle Theatre in Rome to coordinate a campaign around the idea of an alternative European model based on the commons for European citizens arguing that European political responses to the crisis, and to globalisation generally, represent transfers of resources from the public to the private sphere

Indignados/Occupy Movement: A Global Phenomenon

Donatella della Porta and Fabrizio Bernardi at the European Union Institute organised a roundtable in November to discuss the protests. A video of the discussion can be found here.