Europe

Military spending and the EU crisis infographic

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Collection: 
Austerity Economics
European security
Suites: 
War and Pacification
Democratising Europe
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Military spending and the EU crisis infographic

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Austerity Economics
European security
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War and Pacification
Democratising Europe
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Oscar Lafontaine’s call to return to national currencies

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Collection: 
Democratisation
Democratisation
Suites: 
Democratising Europe
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The Euro area was set up with a common monetary policy but no common fiscal, wage or industry policy. Oscar Lafontaine’s call to leave the Euro and return to national currencies has focussed on the divergent development of wages since the introduction of the euro. The key variable here is wage costs per unit of output, which depends on the growth of wages and the growth of labour productivity.... Read more

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La venta masiva de servicios públicos en Europa sirve para consolidar el neoliberalismo

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Collection: 
Soluciones justas
Gobernanza económica de la UE
Suites: 
Alternativas Públicas
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Entrevista con Nick Buxton
Translators: 
Enrique Prudencio para Zona Izquierda
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Transcripción de una entrevista grabada en vídeo.... Read more

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Land Grabbing: insights from Romania

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All around the globe, peasants, pastoralists, fishers’ communities, rural women and indigenous peoples are losing their once effective control over significant areas of the world’s land, water, wetlands, pasturelands, fisheries and forests for generations to come. This phenomenon – called ‘land grabbing’ – poses a serious threat to rural societies and ecologies and must be stopped and rolled back.

While the stereotypical discussion of land grabbing positions it as a problem only occurring in the global South, a new study by Hands Off the Land (HOTL) and the European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC) shows that that the scale of land grabbing in Europe is greatly overlooked. Land grabbing is occurring throughout Europe, in both the ‘old’ E.U. member states of the West and the ‘new’ member states of the East.

In Romania, lands are being grabbed for many purposes including for industrial agriculture, mining, energy, tourism, water resources, and speculation. It is reported that around 800,000 ha, or 6% of Romanian farmland, could already be in the hands of transnational corporations. Capturing lucrative E.U. subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) appears to be a major driver of many of these grabs. This is leading to growing land concentration, as half of the subsidies received in 2012 went to just 1% of the farmers, all of whom had holdings above 500 hectares.

These large-scale land deals are not a form of investment that meets the needs of today's rural population in Romania. On the contrary, it accelerates the concentration of land in the hands of a few private actors, deprives the majority of Romania’s family farmers of access to land, undermines food sovereignty and weakens the appeal of rural areas, widening the rural-urban divide.

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Monday, April 29, 2013
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Land and Water Grabbing
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International Call Cumbre de los Pueblos 2013

Collection: 
Dismantle Corporate Power
Enlazando Alternativas
English
Suites: 
Corporate Power
Alternative Regionalisms
Subtitle: 
People’s Summit of Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe for Social Justice, International Solidarity and in Defense of the Commons
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The participating governments have decided to put investments as main theme of the meeting in Santiago, using the title "Alliance for Sustainable Development : Promoting Investments of Social and Environmental Quality".... Read more

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Cumbre de los Pueblos Chile 2013

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Corporate Impunity
Corporate Impunity
Spanish
Suites: 
Poder Corporativo
Justicia Agraria y Ambiental
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Article
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La agenda de la Cumbre de los pueblos, por otro lado, toma dos puntos de partida: 1) la profundización de la crisis económica y social en Europa y sus implicaciones para los países de América Latina y el Caribe y 2) el aniversario 40 del golpe de Estado de Augusto Pinochet en Chile, el derrocamiento del gobierno de Salvador Allende, quien fue elegido democráticamente y de la imposición del... Read more

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