neoliberalism

LABORATORY GREECE – TRAILER

LABORATORY GREECE is a journey through past and recent Greek history: from the Second World War, to the process of European integration until the current economic and financial crisis.

A documentary about History and many stories: the daily life in the epicenter of implemented neoliberalism.

Fascism and yesterday’s occupation, the Resistance: a country that owes its Liberation to its people. (more…)

Statement-Denunciation of the US intervention in Venezuela

The recognition by the USA of the largely defeated candidate in Venezuela’s Presidential elections, as “interim President” of the country is a blatant interference of the Americans in the internal affairs of an independent, sovereign state. Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented situation, where the defeated in the elections presidential candidate, declares himself president and the “World President” rushes to recognize him. Close behind the sidekick countries of Latin America (the so-called “Lima group” declare that they recognize the leader of the Opposition as President, and, backed up by the OAS, exert pressure for the “restoration of democratic order” (change of regime, that is) in Venezuela. (more…)

Part of the Slovenian “United Left” against euro

A rally for the Initiative for Democratic Socialism in Ljubljana, Slovenia on April 30, 2013. Borut Krajnc

A rally for the Initiative for Democratic Socialism in Ljubljana, Slovenia on April 30, 2013. Borut Krajnc

Τhe European Union has proven itself unable to cope with economic and political crisis — but they are hardly powerless. The experience of Syriza in powerhas shown just that.

The defeat by transnational capital — embodied in the European institutions — was one that had parallels in the challenges that faced the French left in the 1980s and other attempts at left government. It seems that the modern European left has two choices only: to accommodate to neoliberalism — and abandon most of its ambitions — or get entangled in hopeless struggles with the EU.

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Is Another Europe possible?

by Danny Nicol, Professor of Public Law at the University of Westminster

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Danny NicolIs the European Union an empty vessel into which any political content may be poured? Can it accommodate not just neoliberal conservatism but also Keynesian social democracy, hard-line greenery and even pro-nationalisation democratic socialism? A new UK campaign, “Another Europe is Possible”, would have us believe this, and is touting for votes in the EU referendum on the basis that the Union can be changed into a more socialistic entity, “not [by] a network of politicians but grassroots activists across the UK”. The same optimism is apparent in the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM 2025) in which Mr Yanis Varoufakis looms large. With the ferocity of tigers protecting their young, these progressives attack those who single out the EU as a hotbed of neoliberalism. ‘Can you name an institution not dominated by neoliberalism?’ argued Marina Prentoulis of Syriza UK at the launch of “Another Europe”: ‘National governments are pushing a neoliberal agenda too’.

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Privatising Europe

Using the crisis to entrench neoliberalism

13 March 2013
Joseph Zacune

This working paper and infographic provide an overview of  a great ‘fire sale’ of public services and national assets across Europe that is providing profits for a few transnational companies but is often fiercely opposed by its citizens.

Contents of briefing

  • Root causes of the crisis
  • Bad medicine for ailing economies
  • Using the crisis as cover to deepen neoliberalism
  • The Troika & the sacrifice of sovereignty
  • Privatisation as a key component
  • Greece – an El Dorado for investors?
  • Ireland – taking unpopular steps towards privatisation
  • Italian citizens reject the privatisation of public utilities
  • Portugal’s privatisation push
  • Spain – ‘citizen waves’ against privatisation
  • Britain as a testing ground for privatisation
  • Local democratic alternatives

The Great European Fire Sale The Great European Fire Sale

A visual overview of privatisation of public services and assets enforced on crisis countries by the European Commission and European Central Bank. And the popular resistance movements to defend public services that have emerged as a result.
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“The drive for austerity was about using the crisis, not solving it. It still is.”
Nobel prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman

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