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Global week of action against the Debt and International Financial Institutions (IFI), 8-15 October 2014

Argentina has fallen prey to a bunch of hedge funds known as ‘vulture funds’. Taking advantage of the precarious financial situations of some States, these vulture funds buy debts at a discounted price on a secondary market and then sue the debtors for the initial amount to which they add interests, penalties, and legal expenses.…

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Why the Portuguese public debt is not payable

There has been “not one historical incidence” where austerity policies have led a country to get out from under a heavy debt burden.  Ashoka Mody, former IMF chief for mission to Ireland Download Why the Portuguese public debt is not payable. Download the Portuguese version Porque não é pagável a dívida pública portuguesa. Summary Conclusions 1 – The debt is…

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Half a million citizens in Spain now have control over municipal government accounts

Over half a million people now have access to real participation in their municipality The OCMs: citizen bodies to control local governments   (subtitles in: English, French, Italian, Greek, Portuguese and German). After two years of work at the Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD), we are handing over our municipal tool to citizens: the…

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OCAX: an online tool to keep public budgets under people’s control

A year ago, the PACD (Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform) launched its campaign to fight debt and lack of transparency in the municipalities. The aim was to create citizen observatories to get the budgets under citizens’ control. An online tool has been developed in order to support this task. The tool, OCAX, is totally open source:  any group can…

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2nd newsletter of TroikaWatch

Enjoy the 2nd newsletter of #TroikaWatch: In this newsletter you can read about: Overall situation European level Greece Ireland Portugal Cyprus Spain Italy Slovenia Who we are and why we write this newsletter Overall situation While the general outlook remains broadly unchanged, with the Troika still pushing for severe austerity and national governments continuing their…

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ERT belongs to us, not to the oligarchy!

The government of the memorandum is falling apart, trapped in the consequences of its own austerity policies. Its panic became apparent when the Prime Minister circumvented the parliament and then bypassed even the cabinet. Unconstitutionally, the signature of one and only minister shut the public broadcaster, paving the way for this same method to be…