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L’Europe mal-traitée / European Action Conference / Ending the Honeymoon: constructing Europe beyond the market / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Commons Sense / Avanti Europe Manifesto / 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 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.

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

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.

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