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Newsletter 19 March 2013
Since December 2009 the transform! europe newsletter has been published regularly once a month. It 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
Coming Soon: Athens, 7-8 June
Eleven Weeks before the Alter Summit
By Maxime Benatouil
Gathered in Brussels on 15 and 16 March, the members of the Alter Summit network unifying social movements, trade unions and NGOs have taken an important step forward in their attempt to create a European social movement. Eleven weeks from now, all those in favor of a democratic, social, ecological... [read more... ]
Last Interview with the thinker who studied the “social question” most deeply
Robert Castel, 1933-2013
The sociologist has passed away at the age of seventy-nine. He was Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and author of the Metamorphoses of the social question marked sociology. [read more... ]
Heavy Protests against Austerity Measures across Portugal
Que Se Lixe a Troika! (“Screw the Troika!”)
Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Portuguese cities on 2 March, protesting austerity measures that the government hopes will help to avoid the bailout and lift the country out of recession. [read more... ]
Analysis from Cyprus
Elections in an Era of Crisis
By Yiannos Katsourides
The context for the recent presidential elections in Cyprus was laid by three parametres. [read more... ]
Interview with Asbjørn Wahl
The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State
By Vladimir Simović, Asbjørn Wahl
Asbjørn Wahl on Norway being the "upper deck of Titanic", the welfare state that hasn't been demanded by the working class, and why its time has passed. Also on the "genuine" and contemporary capitalism in Serbia and the EU, the dead end of the trade union movement and alternatives. [read more... ]
Seminar Report
Strategies for a Left in a Precarious World
By Barbara Steiner
The Swedish transform! member organization CMS (Centre for Marxist Studies) organized the one-day seminar “Strategies of the Left in a Precarious World” on 16 February 2013. It took place at Kafe Marx at the headquarters of the Swedish Left Party, where also the office of CMS is located. Various... [read more... ]
Left Parties Reject the Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Council
The European Council agreement on the future EU Multiannual Financial Framework for the upcoming seven years from 2014 to 2020 is not acceptable. It paves the way for seven years of austerity and economic downturn in Europe and denies the notion of European solidarity. [read more... ]
26 March 2013 – 30 March 2013
transform! europe at the WSF 2013
The World Social Forum 2013 takes place in Tunis. From 27 to 29 March transform! will be co-organizing nine seminars which will host amongst many others representatives of Tunisian and African progressive movements and of new movements like the so-called “Indignants”, European politicians,... [read more... ]
20 March 2013 – 01 January 1970
Seminar by the transform! Working Group Brussels
What Mediterranean Policy for the EU?
The Brussels Working Group of transform! europe starts its 2013 program of seminars dealing with the central question of the role of the EU in the world. [read more... ]
11 April 2013 – 12 April 2013
GUE/NGL Seminar, in cooperation with the Forum Social Europe
Focus on Central and Eastern Europe
The seminar deals with economic, social and political developments, the situation of the trade union movement and the challenges of the political and trade union Left. [read more... ]
11 April 2013 – 12 April 2013
Workshop of the transform! Economists Working Group
State of the European Crisis, 'Competitiveness Shock', Alternatives
transform! europe invites to the first workshop of the transform! Economists Working Group. The working languages will be French and English. [read more... ]
Printed Euromemorandum 2013 available
The Deepening Crisis in the EU
Booklets containing the printed versions of EuroMemorandum 2013 entitled “The Deepening Crisis in the EU: The Need for a Fundamental Change” have been published by transform! europe in English, French and German. The Greek translation is available electronically. [read more... ]
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