The pressure on Greece on the part of the European Central Bank, the Euro-group and some EU government has tremendously increased. Counter pressure is necessary. transform! europe has therefore agreed to issue the following call:
The first projections had already revealed that the election on 25 January would lead to a fundamental change of political direction. This turned out to be true even though the goal of achieving an absolute majority was just missed out on. Instead of the required number of 151 Parliamentarians; SYRIZA now has 149 out of 300 deputies in the Greek Parliament (Vouli).
We the undersigned call on the governments of Europe, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF to respect the decision of the Greek people to choose a new course and to engage the new government of Greece in good faith negotiations to resolve the Greek debt.
The list of first signatories includes seven out of nine German TU presidents, all members of the executive boards of DGB and IG Metall, plus some (primarily social-democratic) politicians at German Bundestag and European Parliament levels, including two vice-chairmen of SPD, as well as numerous academics.
Regulatory cooperation is the ultimate tool to prevent or weaken future public interest standards. Civil society organisations denounce it as a danger to democracy and an attempt to put the interests of big business before the protection of citizens, workers and the environment.
Greece is headed into a new era of anti-austerity as the radical leftist Syriza successfully formed a government with the Independent Greeks party after falling short of an outright majority in Sunday’s landmark elections.
300 intellectuals, trade unionists, artists and activists from all over the world, have launched an appeal uniting their voices to say: “We will defend the right of the Greek people to make their decisions freely; to break with austerity; to say ‘no’ to the humanitarian crisis which has plagued the country; to pave the way for a real alternative for Greece – for a social and democratic reorientation.”
We are pleased to inform you about the online publication of the new EuroMemorandum: “What future for the European Union – Stagnation and polarisation or new foundations?”. Almost 300 economists and social scientists from all over Europe and beyond have already expressed their support for the EuroMemorandum 2015.
Axel Troost, the financial policy speaker of the parliamentary group DIE LINKE in the German Bundestag, met with leading Syriza politicians. In this interview, he explains why a debt cut is not the most immediate issue, and how Syriza aims to re-build the mismanaged Greek state. The primary challenge, he says, is an end to the devastating austerity policy.
The participants of the meeting of the Trade Unionist Network Europe (TUNE), held on 7–8 January 2015 in Brussels, declare:
Our total opposition to the austerity programs imposed on their own peoples by the EU, the Troika and leading European Governments – causing unnecessary and unacceptable...