Social justice

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Social Compact for Europe / European Day of Action and Solidarity / European Union Federalism or Nothing / Save the Greeks from their Saviors! / Austerity is Not Enough! We Need a Federal Europe, United and Democratic / Beyond the Crisis: Developing Sustainable Alternatives / European Common Goods / Commons Sense / Attac European Network Academy / 95 Theses / Manifesto of Indignati / Another Road for Europe /

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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

European Day of Action and Solidarity

The Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called for a Day of Action and Solidarity, across Europe on 14 November in order to mobilise the European trade union movement behind the ETUC policies set out in the ‘Social compact for Europe’.

European Union Federalism or Nothing

The Spinelli Group's forum in March will be considering the propsects for a federal Europe as a solution to a fragmented union still divided along national lines in crucial policy areas.

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a group of European politicians, journalists, religous leaders, academics and policy-makers hold a forum discussing the EU's prospects in forming a federal union for European citizens because the important values of the European Union, like social protection, are threatened by national rifts which divide European society.

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.

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.

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

Attac European Network Academy

The European ATTAC (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens) network gathered in Freiburg to discuss alternatives to the financial crisis. Their demands included a financial transactions tax to fund public services, public regulation of financial institutions, debt cancellation, and an end to austerity.

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

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