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L’Europe mal-traitée / European Days of Action / 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 / German Solidarity with Greece / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Commons Sense / Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy / Attac European Network Academy / We Are Europe! / 95 Theses / Manifesto of Indignati / The Spinelli Group Manifesto / Open Letter/Call for Action / Another Road for Europe /

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L’Europe mal-traitée

'Europe must become a democratic political project—which it is not at all today—one that coordinates all economic policies, including monetary policy. Economic policies must break with the logic of neoliberalism and help promote a new development model, non-productivist, freed from the stranglehold of finance, and grounded in the respect of that which is held in common and the central role of public policy and services. In order to find a way out of the crisis we should fight for a social, ecological, and feminist transition.'

European Days of Action

'The 400 participants of the Action Conference from February 24th to 26th in Frankfurt/ Main, Germany, have decided to call for days of protest from May 17th to 19th against the crisis dictatorship of the European Union. We resist the disaster that is applied to Greece and other countries, against the impoverishment and denial of rights of millions of people and the practical abolition of democratic procedures resulting from the decisions of the Troika consisting of ECB, EU and IMF.'

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.

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

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.

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.

Commons Sense

The European Charter of the Commons Campaign proposes a European Citizen's Initiative which conceives of public rights in terms of the commons. The goal of this reconception is to move away from existing economic dichotomies which have blocked debate about how to distribute tangible and intangible resources.

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an international group of academics launch a European Citizens Initiative encouraging the European Union to reconceive priorities based around the idea of the commons for present and future European citizens because the present dichotomy of property and state has led to a political imbalance which favours the private sector and corporate interests at the expense of the people

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

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

The Spinelli Group Manifesto

The manifesto of the Spinelli Group aims to push the process of European integration further at a time when the crisis threatens to shake it apart. The premise is that challenges like climate change, resource exhaustian and financial regulation cannot be dealt with at a national level and instead require a post-national and federal Europe.

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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