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Save the Greeks from their Saviors! / Has Europe lost its soul to the markets? / European Common Goods / Commons Sense / Minimum Income, Common Goods and Democracy /

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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

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

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

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