*On Tuesday, 26.6, in Simplon (Boterdiep 69)*
*Please spread it everywhere!*
*What is happening in Europe? Privatizing profits and socializing losses.*
The UK under Thatcher in the `80s was the first state in the EU that
proceeded in massively privatizing public services and industries.
Nowadays, privatizations stand at the core of the neoliberal policies that
all European states adopt to confront the economic crisis. Along with
austerity measures, budget cuts and the Memoranda, privatizations are
advertised as part of the solution to the crisis. These policies which
socialize costs and privatize profits are advocated by the majority of
European states, from Germany to Greece and Spain, and are forcefully
imposed by the European Commission against nation's will.
The most representative example is the two recent Greek elections which
delivered a clear message to end austerity and privatizations. However,
EU-officials ignore the popular will and keep on interfering with Greece's
domestic politics by terrorizing the Greeks that if they don't stick to
austerity and privatizations their lives will be destroyed. And in Greece
this propaganda which caused the fear prevailed. However, are these
policies the way out of the crisis, or are they associated with the causes
that lead to today's social and economic conditions??
Catastroika is a documentary which investigates the effects of
privatization programs in a number of countries, from Russia to the UK and
today's Greece. The documentary brings about a number of questions that can
form the basis of an interesting open discussion: What is the role of the
EU and Eurozone architecture and how is it associated with these results?
Is the Eurozone crisis a problem of Greece and Spain or are there more
important structural problems? Come and share your opinion about what is
really happening in the European Union!
*Place:* *Simplon*, Boterdiep 69 (http://www.simplon.nl/)
*Date: *Tuesday, 26.6* *
*Discussion will follow*
*Real Democracy Groningen*
What is happening in Europe.pdf