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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 / EU in crisis: analysis, resistance and alternatives to Corporate Europe / German Solidarity with Greece / Greece Solidarity / European Common Goods / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Europa / Manifesto of the Appalled Economists / Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy / We Are Europe! / Euromemorandum 2012 / 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.

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.

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

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.

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

German Solidarity with Greece

Germans have expressed solidarity with Greece by organising protests across the country – including at the Greek embassy in Berlin and outside the Berlin Film Festival.

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members of the Attac Germany network and associated groups declare solidarity, organise an international action conference, engage in protests and days of action crticizing the German government and the Troika for the imposition of austerity measures on the people of Greece because economic imbalances in Europe are partly caused by German economic policy and further exacerbated by imposition of austerity measures by the German government and the Troika. These policies mainly represent the interests of the wealthy, while Greek democracy, culture, and people are under attack.

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.

European Common Goods

The European Common Goods campaign proposes a radical reorganisation of labour production based around the notion of Common Goods as the basis of a new socio-economic order.

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.

Europa

Six European newspapers organised a joint series to explore the European Union - it's strengths and its weaknesses - with more nuance. The aim was to surpass national divisions in the news media - while not ignoring the different perceptions that seem to divide Europe along national lines.

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six European newspapers creating a joint news magazine for the European public to surpass national divisions in news and comment the European public because the crisis of the European Union threatens its future not only economically, but also culturally, and Euroscepticism and national sterotyping are on the rise. One way to address this is through a public discussion at the European level.
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Manifesto of the Appalled Economists

The Manifesto of the Apalled Economists, launched initially by a group of French economists, sets out to contest the economic terms in which policy resonses to the crisis is being justified. By stating and debunking 10 premises and providing several proposals for each, the group hopes to move the debate beyond its current orthodoxy.

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a group of professional and academic economists publish a manifesto criticising EU policy response in response to the crisis for European citizens arguing that the terms used to justify policy response are irresonsible not only in political and social terms, but do not even hold in economic terms, which is how they are presented.

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

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.

Euromemorandum 2012

The EuroMemo Group's annual report, Euromemorandum, this year criticises EU policies that have led to the crisis and lays out a set of policy proposals that promote more integrated - but more progressive - European economic policies. The focus is on strengthening democracy and social justice by reforming trade policy, rejecting austerity, protecting labour rights, and proposing alternative models for growth.

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