sovereignty

The British voted for Brexit ignoring threats, intimidations and monstrous tales

by Dimitris Kazakis, President of EPAM

Professionals of division, civil war and European racism are panic-stricken. Britain has voted for Brexit giving Boris Johnson an unequivocal mandate “Get the Brexit done”. That was anyway the slogan of the Tories’ electoral campaign.

The BBC predicts that the Conservatives with 43,6% of the votes obtain 364 seats, the Labour with 32,2%, get 203 seats. The Liberal Democrats with 11,5% get 12 seats, while the Scottish National Party with 3,8% 48 seats. A party needs 326 seats to secure absolute majority in the British parliament. (more…)

Interview of Ambassador Chrysanthopoulos to “a-specto” of Bulgaria : “Greece has ceased to exist as a State”

Συνέντευξη Πρέσβη Χρυσανθόπουλου στο  “a-specto”  Βουλγαρίας : “Η Ελλάδα έχει πάψει να υφίσταται ως κράτος”.

Леонидас Хризантопулос: Гърция не съществува като държава

Julia Vladimirova for a-specto 

Mr.  Chrysanthopoulos,  you’ve been a Director General of EU Affairs and Director of the Direction in charge of Third Pillar and Schengen issues in Greece,  also Ambassador of Greece in Yerevan,  Warsaw and Ottawa.  You are one of the important persons,  who have worked a lot for the Greek membership in the EU and the country’s future in the Union.  Today you want Greece to break up with the EU.  Why? What’s happened?

Greece joined the EU for three reasons. The first was to guarantee democracy in a country that had come out from a seven year dictatorship. The second was to get some kind of protection from Turkey that had invaded Cyprus in 1974 and that was also raising the issue that some Greek islands belonged to Turkey. The third reason was to achieve the economic development of Greece. (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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Colonization by Bankruptcy: The High-stakes Chess Match for Argentina

By Ellen Brown *

If Argentina were in a high-stakes chess match, the country’s actions this week would be the equivalent of flipping over all the pieces on the board.

David Dayen, Fiscal Times, August 22, 2014

August 27, 2014 “ICH” – Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar, defeating a 2005 settlement in which 92% of creditors agreed to accept a 70% haircut on their bonds. A US court has backed the vulture funds; but last week, Argentina sidestepped its jurisdiction by transferring the trustee for payment from Bank of New York Mellon to its own central bank. That play, if approved by the Argentine Congress, will allow the country to continue making payments under its 2005 settlement, avoiding default on the majority of its bonds.

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Norway 1814 – 1994 – 2014: Sovereignty and Democracy

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By Heming Olaussen

2014 is a year of political jubilees. 200 years ago Norway got her Constitution (Grunnloven), which is celebrated every year on May 17 in every place in the country with children’s processions and speeches. And on November 28, it is also 20 years since the last No of the Norwegian people to EU membership. Where is the connection between these two great events in Norway’s political history – and why is No to the EU calling this a ”double jubilee” and making a campaign on it? In 1814 Norway was subjected to Denmark, formally in a ”union”, but really governed as a colony. After the Napoleonic wars Denmark (more…)

STATE SOVEREIGNTY, NATIONALITY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION – SOME DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES

Εθνική κυριαρχία, εθνικότητα και Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση  – μερικές δημοκρατικές αρχές

by Anthony Coughlan (*)

Nations and Nation States make up the international community. “Globalisation” and the supranationalism of the European Union affect the environment of Europe’s Nation States, but do not make them out of date.  Nationhood, shared membership of a national community, is the normal basis of democratic States in the modern world. This is shown by the advent of several new European Nation States to the international community since 1989, and the likely advent of many more States, in Europe and across the world, as the 21st century continues.

The following democratic principles are proposed as fruitful ways of approaching questions of nationhood, State sovereignty and the European Union. No claim is made for their novelty, but (more…)

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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