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Experiences of debt audits in Europe since 2011

A video realised by Research for Action, an independent research group that hosted a roundtable about experiences of debt audits in the UK and abroad.     Ten years from the financial crisis, cuts and privatisation of public services have become the new normal. Yet public sector funds are often constrained by debt repayments that have…

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Workshops on citizen debt audits at the Madrid conference “For a Plan B for Europe”

By Jérémie Cravatte – On the second day of the Plan B conference in Madrid, the hundreds of participants spread themselves among the various proposed workshops. This report is about the two workshops on the debt issue, organized by PACD (Citizens’ Debt Audit Platform, Spain) and ICAN (International Citizens’ Debt Audit Network). The first workshop |1|…

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Debt audits challenge the power of opaque finance

by Fanny Malinen, published originally on OpenDemocracy The belief that debts have to be repaid is one the cornerstones of the austerity narrative. But we have the tools to challenge it. “Financial capitalism is photophobic; it doesn’t like the light and thrives on opacity”, says Gerardo Pisarello. He is deputy Mayor of Barcelona, where the…

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European Conference on debt in Brussels

16 October Brussels, Belgium European Citizens’ Assembly on debt Auditoire Dom Helder Camara, Rue Plétinckx, 19  (Siège CSC), 9h30-17h30 Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/855… In the name of debt, the Troika and the Eurogroup have forced Greece to continue to implement austerity policies. The July 13th “agreement” blatantly demonstrated how the debt is a gun held by creditors and…

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Decentralized actions Blockupy central banks !

Around the (successful) mobilization of Blockupy in Frankfurt, several decentralized actions took place in central national banks (that are part of ECB) –> Italy Autonomous activists from north-east social centers close with barricades the Venetian headquarters of the Bank of Italy. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC6-QFhzRsg France Gatherings in front of “Banque de France” have been organized by…

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Transforming crisis to Krisis

Τhe #Festival4sce: A hub of networks towards the Alternative Route in Greece. By Insurgenta Iskra Crisis. Originally, the word derives from the ancient Greek verb “krinein”, meaning to judge in order to take a decision and its noun, “krisis”, meaning judgment, decision. According to Steven James Venette[1] “crisis is a process of transformation where the old…