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Austerity is Not Enough! We Need a Federal Europe, United and Democratic / EU in crisis: analysis, resistance and alternatives to Corporate Europe / Has Europe lost its soul to the markets? / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Manifesto of the Appalled Economists / Commons Sense / 95 Theses / Another Road for Europe /

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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

Has Europe lost its soul to the markets?

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks calls for European religious leaders to come together to help save the euro and the European Union by reasserting the role of morals and religion in shaping shared social values and overturning the dominance of the markets.

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Sir Jonathan Sacks (Chief Rabbi) issues an appeal to European society for a reassertion of religous values against market fundamentalism arguing that religous values are fundamental for steering the power of the markets towards the service of humankind

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.

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

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.

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