Europe Against Austerity

1 October 2011, 10am-5pm, Camden Centre, Bidborough St, London WC1H 9AU, England. – Eurozone on the brink, fight back – what does the left say about the eurozone crisis, and do we have a different way out? – Published on Red Pepper.org.uk (first on Europe Against Austerity), September 21, 2011.

In the last two years, Europe has seen waves of strikes, mass demonstrations, student occupations, civil disobedience and even riots in response to government austerity policies. Struggles have broken out against pension cuts, student fees, reduced welfare payments, privatisation and falling living standards. So is there an alternative to cuts and privatisation? What does the left say about the crisis of the eurozone? What were the fundamental economic causes of the ‘great recession’ – and does the left have a different way out?  

This conference, initiated by the Coalition of Resistance anti-cuts campaign in Britain, is the chance to find out. Olivier Besancenot of France’s Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste is coming to speak, together with representatives from the Left Bloc in Portugal, Die Linke in Germany and Sinn Fein in Ireland, and from anti-austerity movements in Greece, Spain, Italy and more. The organisers are calling it “the widest such forum since the meetings of the European Social Forum”. The conference will also be addressed by trade unionists from Britain, including Unite leader Len McCluskey … (full text).

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