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    Unpacking Competitiveness

    • Sol Trumbo Vila, Attac, Andy Storey, Alexandra Strickner, Steffen Stierle
    25 June 2014
    Primer

    The Competitiveness Pact is the final stage of the new EU economic governance architecture. In this primer, we expose the myths and reality surrounding competitiveness – and what it really means for the lives of Europeans.

  2. The Fiscal Compact on European Budget Discipline

    Heikki Patomäki
    17 April 2012
    Article

    European political leaders and the institutions of the European Union have reacted to the Euro crisis by creating conditional debt packages, in cooperation with the IMF (International Monetary Fund). Such “aid packages” typically prescribe severe austerity measures, similar to the structural adjustment programmes applied to many troubled developing countries, especially since the 1980s. The results have rarely been a success. 2

     
  3. The Fiscal Compact Bypasses Democracy and the Rule of Law

    Lukas Oberndorfer
    08 March 2012
    Article

    The adoption of the “fiscal compact” through a treaty under international law bypasses the already feeble democratic and constitutional requirements of European law.

  4. 'Save Us From These Bankers, Fast'

    David Cronin
    19 July 2010
    Article

    Besieged by bankers opposed to regulation of their sector, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have taken an unusual step

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    The struggle for Europe’s soul

    Oscar Reyes
    01 March 2007
    Article
  6. Ireland’s Debt Crisis: Roots and Reactions

    Andy Storey
    29 November 2011
    Article

    The Celtic Tiger might just find its strength and appetite for action in the growth of left leaning electorates and local citizens initiatives. The tailspin of economy caused by austerity policies should be countered by a transparent debt audit.

  7. Firenze 10 + 10 and the changing character of power

    Hilary Wainwright
    30 November 2012
    Article

    A series of interviews with young activists shows signs of a movement that connects local everyday struggles to a global movement, and one that resists by creating alternatives in the present.

  8. Another Road for Europe

    Donatella della Porta
    15 February 2012
    Article

    The Euro crisis is more than an economic crisis; it has also unveiled an insidious disregard for democracy at the heart of the European project. How can we democratise the EU "from below"?

  9. The public debt crisis in Greece

    Marica Frangakis, Nicos Poulantzas Institute, Athens
    07 October 2011
    Article

    Every story needs a narrative, an explanation of why things happened the way they did. In such a narrative lie the answers of how to avoid/correct similar developments in the future and how to propagate positive ones.

  10. For a different Europe

    10 May 2012
    Article

    There is a need for a strong and coordinated European effort to decisively end the attack on welfare and democracy and to make alternatives a reality.

  11. Poor recovery, high costs

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    The Great Recession shows no clear signs of ending, but conservative solutions to it have already wrought great long-term social damage.

  12. Video: Uniting struggles against European neoliberalism

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    18 December 2013
    Article

    A strategy meeting in Amsterdam became a critical milestone for the convergence of different European social movements on the frontlines of resistance against the neoliberal EU austerity regime.

  13. Could Irish Referendum on EU Fiscal Treaty challenge 'permanent austerity'?

    01 March 2012
    Article

    In brief video interviews, European activist scholars expose how the EU Fiscal Treaty is undermining democracy, and share their hope that the Irish referendum will open up debate on citizens' alternatives to the EU programme of 'permanent austerity'.

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    Another Europe is Possible

    Willem Bos
    02 February 2007
    Article
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    Rise of Neoliberal and Undemocratic Europe

    Susan George
    08 March 2012
    Article

    We are punishing the innocent, the people who are supposed to pay through austerity, and we are rewarding the guilty because the banks are continuing to receive huge privileges and subsidies from our governments.

  16. Breaking with fear in Greece

    Yiorgos Vassalos
    16 February 2012
    Article

    The real news in Greece is not about riots, but of a growing number of people who have broken away from fear and decided to fight back against the austerity imposed by the 'Troika' of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF.

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    The EU Crisis Pocket Guide

    06 November 2012
    Primer

    A useful pocket guide on how a crisis made in Wall Street was made worse by EU policies, how it has enriched the 1% to the detriment of the 99%, and outlining some possible solutions that prioritise people and the environment above corporate profits.

  18. Corporate capture at the heart of Europe

    Olivier Hoedeman
    06 October 2010
    Article

    The Irish government announcement of a €34 billion Euro bailout, two years after the financial crisis first broke, is a reminder that little has been done to prevent it happening again just as the social costs are becoming ever more evident.

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