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  1. blaming the messenger Corporate Europe Observatory

    Interview: Blaming the messenger

    Frank Barat
    18 October 2017
    Multi-media

    Pia Eberhardt describes how corporate lobbies and think tanks have gone on what appears to be a concerted attack against NGOs and other groups opposing new free trade and investment deals,  and Corporate Europe Observatory's report Blaming the Messenger

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    Chinese investment in Europe in the Age of Brexit and Trump

    • Dorothy Grace Guerrero
    18 September 2017
    Paper

    Chinese investments in Europe have surged in recent years, totaling €35 billion in 2016. This paper examines the nature and scope of Chinese investments, how investments in Europe differ to those made in the Global South, why the Chinese state is interested in investing in the Europe and the implications for social movements committed to social justice.

  3. The EU’s Multilateral Investment Court and its alternatives

    22 September 2017 - Event

    Last year the European Commission announced plans to establish a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC) in its attempt to reform the investment  arbitration system, known as ISDS. However, the proposal has received little public scrutiny so far. Now five civil society organisations are  organising a public event with international experts to discuss the MIC and examine alternative approaches.

  4. Human Rights as a Key Issue in the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

    • Rachmi Hertanti
    07 September 2017
    Report

    This paper explores the potential impacts of an Indonesia-EU CEPA on human rights in Indonesia and the state’s duty to protect human rights.

  5. A chance to change EU security research policy for the better

    Chris Jones
    04 September 2017
    Article

    As the EU starts to negotiate new budgets from 2020 onwards, there is an important opportunity to shape EU security policy and research so that it prioritises human rights, democracy, transparency and equality.

  6. French border photo

    The ongoing march of the EU’s security-industrial complex

    Chris Jones
    31 August 2017
    Article

    A new report, Market Forces, tracks the last decade of EU attempts to build a homeland security economy, using advanced technology as the ‘most promising solution’ to a multitude of ‘threats’.

  7. Infographic: The EU's Security Industrial Complex

    30 August 2017
    Infograph

    What is behind Europe's 'Security Union'? Who is shaping EU security policy? Who is benefiting? What are the key policies and which EU institutions are involved?

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    Market Forces: The development of the EU Security-Industrial Complex

    • Chris Jones
    25 August 2017
    Report

    Despite the economic crisis, EU funding for new security tools and technologies will double in the 2014-20 period compared to the previous 6 years. The biggest winners have been the “homeland security” industry whose influence on European policy continues to grow, constructing an ever more militarised and security-focused Europe.

  9. Europe's Faustian Bargain with Big Finance

    Walden Bello
    24 May 2017
    Article

    Europe's social democrats played a central role in unleashing the financial sector that created the European economic crisis that continues to today.

  10. Europe: social democracy’s Faustian pact with global finance unravels

    • Walden Bello
    18 May 2017
    Paper

    This paper focuses on how the global economic crisis unfolded in Europe, where a toxic mix of financial liberalization, highly-leverage banks, a poorly-planned euro and Germany’s years of structural adjustment created a deeply unbalanced and highly indebted European economy, that was brought into sharp focus as Wall Street banks collapsed. The result was the reversal of Europe's economic integration and a state of permanent crisis that continues to this day.

  11. Opposition rises to planned agriculture mega-mergers

    27 March 2017
    Press release

    Farmer, farmworker, beekeeper, religious, international development, and environmental groups claim that the three resulting companies will concentrate market power and "exacerbate the problems caused by industrial farming – with negative consequences for the public, farmers and farm workers, consumers, the environment, and food security" in an open letter to the European Commission and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

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    Border Wars II

    • Mark Akkerman
    19 December 2016
    Policy briefing

    This briefing updates the July 2016 report ‘Border Wars: the arms dealers profiting from Europe’s refugee tragedy’ . It shows that the European policy response to the refugee tragedy continues to provide a booming border security market for Europe’s arms and security firms, some of whom are involved in selling arms to the Middle East and North Africa and all of whom encourage European policies focused on keeping refugees out. It’s a win-win for the security corporations, but the cost is a deadly toll for migrants forced into ever more dangerous routes as they flee wars, conflict and oppression.

  13. Visit to Brazilian bio-ethanol plant

    EU bioenergy use: the invisible social and environmental harms

    Katie Sandwell, Lyda Fernanda Forero
    08 December 2016
    Article

    The EU's reputation for clean and sustainable energy conceals a dirtier reality, particularly where renewable energy policies and development are driven by corporate interests. Today, nearly two thirds of all “renewable” energy in the EU comes from bio-energy. Although bio-energy appears to provide a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, there are serious questions about its actual emissions profile, and about environmental and social conflicts which are created or exacerbated by the industrial-scale production of biomass to meet European energy needs.

  14. A bioenergy sorghum crop is harvested near College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo)

    Bioenergy in the EU

    • Bente Hessellund Andersen
    08 December 2016
    Report

    The European Union’s approach to bioenergy is shaped by contradictory policies. Climate concerns are highlighted in public discourse and assure broad public support for renewable energy, including bioenergy. Meanwhile, however, the EU’s corporate growth and trade agenda promotes the use of energy that actually increases the EU’s footprint on land elsewhere, with significant implications for environmental and social justice.

  15. Access to land for farmers in the EU

    Access to land for farmers in the EU

    07 December 2016 - Event

    In Europe, land speculation and land concentration are an increasing threat to small and medium sized family farms and new entrants. Soaring land prices make it increasingly difficult for farmers to have access to land. In the meantime, investors are buying up enormous pieces of land, sometimes using legal loopholes. Land is increasingly becoming a globally tradable commodity and an object of financial speculation. Examples such as Scotland and Andalusia, where arable land, pastures and forests are highly concentrated since centuries, show the negative effects for sustainable rural development and societies as a whole.

  16. Leaked CETA interpretative declaration an utterly inadequate solution

    06 October 2016
    Article

    The final draft of the joint interpretative declaration between the EU and Canada on the proposed free trade deal CETA has been leaked today.

  17. Seis claves del blindaje de las empresas en el 'TTIP canadiense'

    19 September 2016
    In the media

    Público - Un informe al que 'Público' ha tenido acceso en primicia alerta de los peligros del mecanismo de protección de inversores en el CETA, y recuerda los resultados de otros acuerdos de libre comercio anteriores, que teóricamente también iban a resultar positivos.

  18. Handelsverdrag TiSA grote bedreiging voor publieke diensten

    • Bas van Beek, Jilles Mast
    08 September 2016
    Report
    Naast TTIP, het bilaterale verdrag tussen de EU en de VS, onderhandelen de Europese Unie, de Verenigde Staten en 21 andere landen op dit moment ook over TiSA een vergaand handelsverdrag over liberalisering en deregulering van diensten. Dit relatief onbekende verdrag vormt en grote bedreiging voor publieke diensten als zorg en onderwijs. Als het verdrag wordt doorgevoerd, betekent dat meer marktwerking in verschillende dienstensectoren. 
  19. Ghenghis Khans statue in front of Mongolia's Presidential Palace

    Building New Solidarities in Mongolia: Asia-Europe People’s Forum 2016

    Niels Jongerius, Matthijs Peters
    28 July 2016
    Article

    Between 4 and 6 July, over 750 activists, academics, social movements and civil society representatives from all over Asia and Europe gathered in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to share national and international struggles, exchange ideas and build new alliances during the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF).

  20. Samenvatting: Militaire uitgaven, belastingontwijking en de rol van Nederland

    • Martin Broek
    07 June 2016
    Report

    Zes van de 10 grootste wapenhandelaren hebben een juridische constructie in Nederland om zodoende belasting te ontwijken.

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