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Newsletter 16 April 2015
Our newsletter contains information about the activities of our network, its members and observing members and about important initiatives of social movements we are taking part in.
Featured Article
transform! goes Spanish
By Walter Baier, Eva Himmelstoss
The transform! network maintains a multilingual and multimedia website which, from now on, will also be available in Spanish. [read more... ]
Blog
Spain Gags Freedom of Expression and Assembly and Restricts the Right to Asylum
Despite fierce opposition from civil society, all opposition parties, Spanish public opinion, as well as condemnation from the United Nations and the Council of Europe, Spain adopted on 26 March the Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security, considered by many as a black day for democracy. [read more... ]
Water charges movement shakes Irish politics
The Poster-Child Misbehaves
By Ronan Burtenshaw
Ireland has been the "Poster-Child" of austerity policies. The government wants to impose water charges which would hit low earners disproportionally and pave the way for privatisation. Unseen protests emerged all across Ireland since 2012. Ronan Butenshaw gives an overview. [read more... ]
French County Council elections
By Roger Martelli
Some lessons from the County Council elections (Départmentales) in France [read more... ]
Game about next government is still almost completely open
Finnish parliamentary elections on 19 April
By Ruurik Holm
The past election period has been demanding for the government. Many commentators consider the sitting government as one of the worst in the Finnish history. The economic situation of Finland is gloomy. The government has failed to implement each and every one of its planned large-scale reforms. Out... [read more... ]
The post-austerity era in Greece: Problems and possibilities from a feminist critical perspective
By Aliki Kosyfologou
Remarks on the social aspects of the memorandum policy in Greece during the past four years: The “Gender Trouble memorandum” [read more... ]
Call to action from Coalition Climat 21
Mobilizing collectively against climate change throughout 2015
To prepare for the United Nations conference on climate change in December 2015 in Paris, close to 100 civil society organisations have collectively founded the French platform « Coalition Climat 21 » to: build the pressure needed for ambitious and just climate action, and transformational and... [read more... ]
Appeal
Renewing Europe: for a common social and ecological industrial policy
As the crisis continues and the average EU industrial output remains far below its pre-crisis level, the European Commission's “Jobs, Growth and Investment Package” and the European Central Bank's moves lack of ambition to meet the dramatic challenges the EU is confronted with. SYRIZA has been given... [read more... ]
Short report of a Symposium by the EL Education Working Group
Education seen through women's eyes
By Sonja Crivelli
The conference in Prague provided the opportunity of an interdisciplinary approach on the condition and formation of women in the educational systems in Europe: an analysis from a class and gender point of view. It took place on 14 and 15 March and gathered about fifty persons coming from eleven... [read more... ]
Calendar
18 April 2015 – 19 April 2015
Workshop of transform! Akademia Working Group on Energy
For a Democratic European Energy Model
In 2015 climate issues seem to be at the top of the political agenda, as is shown by the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris towards the end of the year. Most of the head of states and governments will attend what is already being described as the hugest international summit... [read more... ]
27 April 2015 – 28 April 2015
Workshop of RLS Brussels and transform!
Left Industrial Policy in Europe
The multiple crises put the European left parties and social movements under pressure to find answers to often contradicting challenges. One of these many challenges lies at the heart of this project. [read more... ]
27 April 2015 – 30 April 2015
International Conference
May Day School 2015: How do we think about fascism today?
Announcement by the Institute for Labour Studies (ILS), Ljubljana: [read more... ]
09 May 2015 – 01 January 1970
transform! Workshop
Where do(es) the Anti-Austeritarian Social Movement(s) in Europe stand?
The severity of the crisis, together with the brutality of its management, has brought back critical EU issues at the top of social movements’ agenda across Europe and accelerated the process of their Europeanization – understood as a growing articulation of local struggles with the European... [read more... ]
15 May 2015 – 16 May 2015
Workshop of transform! Akademia network
Labour Market Reforms and the Rise of Precariousness
While the crisis management has pushed forward measures damaging collective bargaining and so-called labour market reforms, precariousness has been skyrocketing ever since. [read more... ]
16 May 2015
23rd isw-forum
The Rise of the South – Upheaval of the Global Power Structure?
China already overtook the United States as the strongest economy in the world (in Purchasing Power Parity). Among the first 10 countries are five transition countries. These five show a higher Gross Domestic Product than the five leading countries of the “old metropolies”. In 2030 the transition... [read more... ]
30 May 2015 – 31 May 2015
Party of the European Left and transform!
European Forum for Alternatives
transform! will participate in the two-day event with contributions on issues as diverse as productive transformation and European industrial policy, ecological transition (in view of the UN International Conference on Climate Change, December 2015 in Paris), the challenges of labour, social economy... [read more... ]
08 July 2015 – 12 July 2015
Litoměřice, Czech Republic
10th Summer University of the European Left
Every year since 2005 activists, party members, and members of social movements from all over Europe and beyond meet for four days to jointly develop ideas for an alternative Europe. The Summer Universities are jointly organized by transform! europe and the Party of the European Left. [read more... ]
16 July 2015 – 19 July 2015
Watch the conference via Livestream
Democracy Rising World Conference 2015
Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) First World Conference on the subject “Democracy Rising: From Insurrections to ‘Event’” [read more... ]
Publications
transform! Discussion Paper #5, March 2015
Towards Europe’s Productive Transformation – an Emergency
Issues revolving around an alternative European industrial policy and a productive transformation addressing social needs and ecological imperatives are at the core of the work carried out by the transform! Economists Working Group (TEWG). This collective Discussion Paper intends to present a... [read more... ]
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