Mobilization in the Netherlands / Infoavonden: #Blockupy Frankfurt NL Mobilisatie

Infoavonden: #Blockupy Frankfurt NL Mobilisatie

7 mei – Amsterdam: Real World Economics
Tijd: 20:00
Organisatie: Real World Economics
Locatie: CREA Café, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, Amsterdam
Global Info NL

9 mei – Utrecht: Basta! Infoavond: #Blockupy Frankfurt
Tijd: 19:30
Organisatie: Kritsiche Studenten Utrecht / Basta!
Locatie: Boekhandel de Rooie Rat, Oude Gracht 65, Utrecht
Critical Students NL

9 mei – Utrecht: Basta! Infoavond: #Blockupy Frankfurt*
In heel Europa wordt opgeroepen tot massale protesten in Frankfurt, de
zetel van de Europese Centrale Bank. Van 16 tot en met 19 mei zijn er
actiedagen gepland tegen het crisis-regime van “de Trojka”; de Europese
Centrale Bank, het Internationaal Monetair Fonds en de Europese Unie.
Lokale strijd verbind zich in Frankfurt voor deze transnationale opstand
tegen de aanvallen op onze vrijheden, banen, en middelen van bestaan.

Wil jij mee doen aan deze actiedagen, laat je van te voren dan goed
informeren. We zullen eerst een inleiding gegeven over waarom er
weerstand nodig is tegen “de Trojka”. Vervolgens wordt deze actie in de
context geplaatst van eerdere Europese mobilisaties. Verder zal er
natuurlijk zoveel mogelijk informatie gegeven worden over wat je kunt
verwachten en hoe je het beste deel kunt nemen aan #Blockupy Frankfurt!

*7 mei – Amsterdam: Real World Economics – The EU Fiscal Pact and the
Constitutionalisation of Austerity Forever*
The economic crisis has reached a new momentum with the EU heads of
government signing the Fiscal Pact on 2 March. What German Chancellor
Angela Merkel triumphantly called a ‘milestone in the history of the
European Union’ opens up Pandora’s box. Critics warn that the new Fiscal
Pact constitutes a massive assault on democracy and leads to a further
deepening recession. Signatory states will have to commit themselves to
harsh and permanent fiscal discipline in order to be eligible to the
European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the rescue fund following up the
interim European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). Exceeding the
agreed debt ceiling will be subject to fines by the European Court of

This clears the road for ever more cuts in social welfare spending,
privatisations and labour market flexibilisation, with further wage
repression, mass lay offs, and lowered living standards as likely
consequences. The redistribution of revenues from labour to capital,
which has been observed in the last three decades, will be deepened.
Undemocratic bodies such as the European Commission and the European
Court of Justice are assigned sovereign rights and new competencies,
while national parliaments find their own budgetary powers curtailed,
and the European Parliament is left without a say.

In order to enter into force by 2013, the new Pact needs to be ratified
by national parliaments, and Ireland by a popular referendum. Debates
about the Pact’s profoundly undemocratic elements and its disastrous
socio-economic impacts seem however largely absent thus far.

This Real World Economics evening is devoted to explaining the Fiscal
Pact and its consequences. With Kenneth Haar (Corporate Europe
Observatory), who is an expert on the Fiscal Pact; Andy Storey
(University College Dublin), who will cover its socio-economic impacts
and the Irish referendum; Arjan Vliegenthart (Senator of the SP), who
will brief the debates of the Dutch parliament; and Kees Hudig (Real
World Economics), who will inform about upcoming actions such as the
blockade of the ECB in Frankfurt on May 17-19. Moderated by Angela
Wigger (Real World Economics).

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