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Folk i rörelse 2011/3 – 9. 31.5 Konferens om åstramningspolitiken i Bryssel


Austerity, debt, social destruction in Europe: enough!
Coordinate our strengths!
Democratic alternatives are necessary and possible!

European Conference on 31 May 2011 in the European Parliament in partnership with the GUE/NGL Parliamentary group.

Since May 2010, the policies pushed by the E.U. and carried out in each country are greatly worsening the social, economic and situation and democratic situation. The austerity plans and the question of the public debt are at the heart of social and political conflicts. The “pact for Euro” marks yet another stage in the determination of the dominant forces in Europe to abolish the social model and to open the doors to social regression and taking democracy away. It removes any perspective of Europe’s emerging from the crisis.

On the pretence of fighting the crisis, budgetary deficits and State debts, the European Union and the governments of all our countries have initiated austerity policies that threaten all our populations, increase poverty and unemployment, attack all public expenditure for social solidarity and justice, all systems of social security and make unrealistic choices  necessary for the environment.

Job shedding and insecurity as well as wage reductions are returning while bonuses and profits of big business and the banks are rising more than ever. The EU wants to Impose regulation of wages, a drop in the level of indebtedness and to this end policies of massive reductions in national budgets and public expenditure. This will increase social inequality, call into question public services and further reduce access to basic needs and fundamental rights for everyone.

There are many mobilisations taking place against this, but they are still scattered. We hope to contribute to thinking about alternatives, to building effective solidarity and European-wide convergence of initiatives that develop in many countries.

We intend to appeal to all those who are mobilising and resisting, who want to take part in a perspective of Europe-wide struggle. We also intend to intensify the demand that Europe play another role in the world, particularly in solidarity with the Arab revolutions that are carriers of democratic and social demands as well as that of a new vision of relations between Europe and other regions of the world.

We ask you to take part in this conference, which will be broadly open.

It will take place in two stages:
- in the morning: the alternatives to austerity
- afternoon: the mobilisations in various countries and common perspectives.

Since September 2010, forces involved in the European Social Forum and In European social mobilisations wished to organise this conference, a year after the European-wide hyper-austerity agreement, which will take place in partnership with the GUE/NGL Parliamentary group.

Attac Allemagne, Attac France, Cadtm, Fédération syndicale unitaire (France), Solidaires (France), Transform! Europe, Euromarches, Attac Flandres, Forum social Autrichien, Forum soziales Europa (tbc), Euromémorandum (tbc), Espaces Marx (France)…….(1).


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