The European Union has reached an historical turning point. European political leaders and the economic and financial elites have taken advantage of the crisis to impose their own unjust, neoliberal and antidemocratic order.
Over a hundred delegates packed into the Coalition of Resistance’s conference at the Unite the Union headquarters in London on Sunday afternoon, to strengthen anti-austerity coordination across Europe.
The conference entitled “The ‘Critical’ in Critical Political Economy” was organized by the Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) of the European Sociological Association and took place in Barcelona at the University Pompeu Fabra on 21 and 22 September 2012. transform! europe was invited to the conference.
The Forum “Firenze10+10 – Joining forces for another Europe” will be held from 8 to 11 November at Fortezza da Basso in Florence, with the participation of thousands of people from all over Europe. Economists, experts, movements, trade unions, civil society groups and political actors will share experiences and will propose alternatives to the policies that have led Europe into the current crisis. transform!europe participates to various workshops.
The following conclusions are the results of the Conference held by the European Left Party, Esquerra Unida i Alternativa and Fundació l’Alternativa in Barcelona, on 5 and 6 October, titled “Inequality in Europe”.
On 19 and 20 October, an international conference entitled “Education for a Society of Solidarity” took place in Vienna. The Austrian member organisation of transform! europe – transform!at – was co-organizing. The aim of this conference was to take first steps towards a European left manifesto on education.
Who could ignore the fact that today war between France and Germany is something unthinkable? The members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee impute this as an asset item to the EU and add in this context one of the main motivations of Europe’s populations in favour of the European construction: The preservation of peace among the member states and the commitment for global peace.
Two were the highlights of the day Angela Merkel visited Greece on October 9: on the one hand the absence of any kind of intention to negotiate – as far as the Memorandum and the austerity measures are concerned – on behalf of the Greek government, on the other the very well-organised plan the Greek authorities launched for the purpose of targeting social protest and terrorising the politically “awake” youth and working-class people.
On 12–13 October 2012, elections took place in the Czech Republic. The elections were for regional assemblies and one-third of the Senate. Their political impact could have far-reaching results for the whole of society. They signalled a resounding “no” to cost cutting and complete submission to the demands of the world financial sector for a quick restart of neo-liberal capitalism.
This year's Summer University of EL and transform! europe took place in Portaria, Greece. transform! took care of collecting reports on various seminars and plenaries. Find the documentation for download here.
He survived the “short 20th century” by more than two decades. Eric J. Hobsbawm had been one of the great thinkers that past century gave birth to. By profession a historian, he was a story-teller and historical philosopher at the same time who practised historiography as social history. In the...
In November, European social movements will meet in Florence to plan continent-wide responses to austerity and the European crisis of democracy. Tommaso Fattori calls for us to make ‘Firenze 10+10’ a priority
One week before the big demonstration in Paris on 30 September against the Fiscal Compact called for by a broad alliance of trade unions, social movements and political actors, among them the Front de Gauche, the federal council of the French Greens („Europe Écologie Les Verts“) has with a clear majority spoken out against the ratification of the Fiscal Compact by the French National Assembly.