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Beyond the Crisis: Developing Sustainable Alternatives / European Common Goods / Common Appeal for the Rescue of the Peoples of Europe / Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy / Manifesto of Indignati / 1,000 Economists sign open letter to G20 Finance Ministers in Support of Financial Transaction Tax / Avanti Europe Manifesto / Euromemorandum 2012 /

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Beyond the Crisis: Developing Sustainable Alternatives

European Trade Union Institute conference supported by the Socialists & Democrats and the Greens to discuss causes of and prospective solutions for the European crisis.

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researchers from the European Trade Union Institute hold a conference to discuss with MEPs, academics, and social policy actors sustainable alternatives to the European crisis arguing that the crisis has revealed the systemic problems with the previous growth model and opened up new possibilities for restructuring the priorities of Europe, including a new social model and a transition to low-carbon models of consumption and production

European Common Goods

The European Common Goods campaign proposes a radical reorganisation of labour production based around the notion of Common Goods as the basis of a new socio-economic order.

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.

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

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

1,000 Economists sign open letter to G20 Finance Ministers in Support of Financial Transaction Tax

A large group of economists sign on to support a tax on financial transactions, which, even at low rates, could tame the profligacy of global financial speculation and raise billions of dollars to fund public goods.

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an international group of economists from 53 countries endorse a letter to the G20 Finance Ministers endorsing a Tobin tax for world citizens the markets should also be used to provide global and domestic public goods

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.