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25 October 2014

#FixEurope Conference

From surveillance to TTIP, and from the treatment of migrants to Orban’s ‘illiberal’ Hungary – citizens throughout Europe are defending themselves against the ongoing erosion of civil rights and public space. To fix these and other wrongs in Europe we need to go well beyond the critical assessment of government policy: it requires a new set of ideals for European democracy and equality.

From surveillance to TTIP, and from the treatment of migrants to Orban’s ‘illiberal’ Hungary – citizens throughout Europe are defending themselves against the ongoing erosion of civil rights and public space. To fix these and other wrongs in Europe we need to go well beyond the critical assessment of government policy: it requires a new set of ideals for European democracy and equality.

These new ideals can only be born when we nourish and promote society’s critical mind(s), for only a critical mind can provide the relevant concepts and ideas to ignite social change.

How can we raise the often local concepts and ideas that already exist throughout Europe, onto a successful transnational level? How can we transform our networks, and social movements and initiatives into a powerful force for change? In short: How can we build a critical mass in favour of change, in a neo-liberal economic system that seduces us to conformity?

Speakers include:

Catherine Fieschi, Director, Counterpoint UK, London

Beppe Caccia, Board Member, globalproject.info, City of Venice

Ulrike Guérot, Director, European Democracy Lab, Berlin

Oli Henman, European Representative of Civicus Alliance , London

Saskia Sassen, Sociology Professor & Committee on Global Thought Co-Chair, Columbia University

Igor Stiks, Senior Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Full speaker bios available here.

The conference is open to the public and requires registration by sending an email to rsvp@euroalter.com with FixEurope Conference in the subject line.

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Tom Lines

I have read the banking lobby's numerous documents on this, and their strategy is this: get financial services included in TTIP so that they can then sue the US from Europe for 'loss of profits' arising from stronger US regulations. They even recycled material from 2008 calling for less regulation. Disgusting but true.

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