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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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Communiqué de la coordination européenne anti euro, Paris, le 22 janvier 2016

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La coordination européenne anti-euro rassemble des représentants d’Allemagne, d’Autriche, d’Espagne, de France (le Parti de l’émancipation du peuple), de Grèce, d’Italie.

POUR UN PLAN B EN EUROPE DE A à Z…

Les Plans B fleurissent de Paris à Madrid en passant par Berlin. Mais A, B ou C qu’en est-il vraiment des intentions politiques des organisateurs de ces débats ?

A. Les organisateurs du débat Pour un plan B en Europe qui se tient à Paris le 23 janvier ont réuni un panel d’intervenants dont les positions sont loin d’être communes. Ceux comme Oscar Lafontaine, isolé au sein de Die Linke – qui prône la sortie de l’euro depuis plusieurs mois au moins – ou comme Frédéric Lordon ou encore Emiliano Brancaccio, Costas Lapavitsas, auront-ils des points de vue convergents avec les altereuropéistes qui y prennent largement la parole et semblent vouloir d’abord « sauver l’Europe ? »

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Yanis Varoufakis in Australia: A political cover for his role in Syriza’s betrayal

“Syriza is a case study in how pseudo-left bourgeois parties—and the individuals who lead them—will utilise “left” and socialist rhetoric to deceive the working class and gain political power, in order to impose the dictates of the financial and corporate elite.”

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Yanis Varoufakis, the finance minister in the Syriza-led Greek government until he resigned on July 6, began a speaking tour in Australia last weekend. After media interviews through the week and a lecture on Thursday at the University of Sydney, he will be the featured speaker at events in Melbourne today and at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow.

 Varoufakis at the University of Sydney

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Le Plan B de Mélenchon, Konstantopoulou, Lafontaine, Varoufakis, Fassina et Georges Sorros

Article de Dimitris Kazakis

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Oscar Lafontaine, Zoe Konstantopoulou, Stefano Fassina et Yannis Varoufakis ont cosigné un Plan B- soi-disant-  pour l’Europe. Le manifesto en question annonce pratiquement la création d’un mouvement politique a niveau européen et l’appel à une conférence internationale pour début novembre. Ce mouvement fait partie du projet de l’espace politique uni au sein de l’UE, annonce par Jose Manuel Barroso des 2013. Leur but est la substitution des parties politiques nationaux dans chaque pays membre  par des ‘parties européistes’ et dans un deuxième temps l’abolition des parlements nationaux  et des gouvernements jusqu’à 2025. (more…)

The Defeat of Europe : Varoufakis’ article in “Le Monde Diplomatique”

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  1. The trouble with Greece

In 2010 the Greek state lost the capacity to service its debt. Put simply, it became insolvent and, thus, lost access to capital markets.

To prevent a default on fragile French and German banks, that had irresponsibly lent billions to irresponsible Greek governments, Europe decided to grant Greece the largest loan in world history on condition of the largest ever magnitude of fiscal consolidation (also known as austerity) which, naturally, resulted in a world record loss of national income – the greatest since the Great Depression. And so began a vicious cycle of austerity-driven debt-deflation, spearheading a humanitarian crisis and a complete inability to repay the nation’s debts.

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Ψηφισαμε «ΟΧΙ» στη σκλαβια αλλα «ΝΑΙ» στις αλυσιδες μας

Original article : GREECE’D: We Voted ‘No’ to slavery, but ‘Yes’ to our chains

Από τον Μιχάλη Νευραδάκη στην Αθήνα και τον Greg Palast στη Νέα Υόρκη

Δεν ήταν έκπληξη το ότι οι Έλληνες με διαφορά 2 προς 1 απέρριψαν με την ψήφο τους το βάναυσο και οικονομικά παλαβό πρόγραμμα «λιτότητας» που απαιτεί η ΕΚΤ σαν αντάλλαγμα για το δάνειο για την πληρωμή των δανειστών. Με αυτό τον τρόπο οι Έλληνες υπερίσχυσαν μιας άνευ προηγουμένου εκστρατείας εκφοβισμού από τα ελληνικά και τα διεθνή ΜΜΕ, την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και τα περισσότερα από τα πολιτικά κόμματα.

Αυτό που είναι εντελώς παλαβό, είναι ότι, ενώ ψήφισαν «όχι» στην λιτότητα, πολλοί Έλληνες θέλουν να μείνουν αλυσοδεμένοι στο ευρώ, στο αίτιο των δεινών μας. (more…)

The Truth About Greece: Syriza’s Creatively Ambiguous Referendum

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By Michael Nevradakis, 99GetSmart

It was just four months ago, though it already seems like a lifetime away, when Greece’s celebrity finance minister Yanis Varoufakis publicly stated that “creative ambiguity” won the country a “loan lifeline” from the institutions formerly known as the troika: the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund. Despite the never-ending soap opera that is Greek crisis politics though, few would have imagined that the SYRIZA-led coalition government would succeed in outdoing itself in terms of its “creative ambiguity,” by calling a referendum which, just days before the polls open, remains remarkably unclear as to its actual meaning and potential consequences. (more…)