EU military spending is 'elephant in the room' and key factor in European debt crisis, argues new report
At a time of harsh cuts in social services, it is morally unjustifiable to spend money on weapons that should be invested in creating jobs and tackling poverty.
1. The report can be downloaded at http://www.tni.org/briefing/guns-debt-corruption from April 15th. If you want an embargoed copy, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Transnational Institute (TNI) was established in 1974 as an international network of activist researchers committed to provide intellectual support to movements struggling for a more democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable world. http://www.tni.org
3. The Dutch campaign against the Arms Trade - Campagne tegen Wapenhandel - is a small grass roots organisation founded in 1998 to fight one of the root causes of war: arms production and arms trade. http://stopwapenhandel.org
4. The Global Day of Action on Military Spending - http://www.gdams.org – brings together organisations worldwide to raise public awareness of the human costs of high military spending. It coincides with the annual release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) new annual figures on world military expenditures (http://www.sipri.org/)
The EU focus on fiscal deficit is completely mistaken. They are the result of the crisis, not the cause.