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Contents

L’Europe mal-traitée / European Days of Action / European Action Conference / Ending the Honeymoon: constructing Europe beyond the market / 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 / German Solidarity with Greece / Greece Solidarity / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Manifesto of the Appalled Economists / Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy / We Are Europe! / 95 Theses / Manifesto of Indignati / Avanti Europe Manifesto / Euromemorandum 2012 / 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 Action Conference

'2011 was an action-packed year. Inspired by the rise-ups in North Africa, hundreds of thousands of people around the world demonstrated against the global Capitalist crisis. In Greece one general strike took place after another; in Israel massive demonstrations against the rising cost of living filled the streets; in Spain tens of thousands of people camped in the central plazas; in the USA, Occupy Wall Street bolstered a worldwide movement; finally enthusiasm for taking to the streets reached Putin’s Russia as well as Nigeria. Germany, on the other hand, has remained relatively quiet. It’s high time to end this complacence and to send a signal of solidarity with this worldwide resistance, a signal against the Troika and their masters in Frankfurt and Berlin. For this reason, 250 activists, from various networks throughout Germany, met in Frankfurt on January 22. These activists arranged a European Action Conference, to take place in an eventful spring of 2012.'

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Avanti Europe Manifesto

Avanti Europe, rather than taking aim at specific issues, hopes to provide an active space for debate about the future of Europe. Its existance is a recognition of the profound problems Europe is confronting, and Avanti would like to find solutions which are neither populist or nationalistic but which take Europe forward as a set of institutions with new priorities.

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