European Social Model

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Social Compact for Europe / Ending the Honeymoon: constructing Europe beyond the market / Save the Greeks from their Saviors! / EU in crisis: analysis, resistance and alternatives to Corporate Europe / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Manifesto of the Appalled Economists / 95 Theses /

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Social Compact for Europe

Since 2008, the austerity measures have deepened the crisis. The ETUC is deeply concerned at the dramatic rise in unemployment in Europe, and the increasing inequality and poverty which undermines the European Social Model. Meeting at the Executive Committee, on 5-6 June, Europe’s trade union leaders adopted the Social Compact for Europe and called on

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

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

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.

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.