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Editorial

June 2018

The next European elections will be held in May 2019. We believe that the time between now and this deadline should be used to bring social issues into the public debate and to question the direction taken by this European Union. Far from electoralism, we want to work together with other social forces to send a strong unified message to the people of Europe.


EU (UE) - Politics - Statements/Calls

EU: EPSU VS European Commission

The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) is to take the European Commission to the European Union General Court on 15 May 2018 for failing to implement a Social Partners’ agreement by legislation.

The Crisis of Social Democracy: From Norway to Europe

The crisis of social democracy is being debated throughout Europe. Several of the historically strong labour parties have almost been wiped out in elections while others seem unable to recover from defeat. In the last few years, a number of social democratic parties have ended up with only one-digit election results (Greece, Ireland, Iceland, The Netherlands, France), while others have experienced major setbacks.

Alter Summit supports a public rail network in France and elsewhere

Emmanuel Macron’s government is attacking the SNCF. Alter Summit would like to express its full support for the company’s workers, all subcontractors, users and citizens who would pay the price for this privatization and dismantling of an efficient public service.

Commodification of health: the challenge facing health systems

Despite variations - mainly due to differences in how they have evolved - health systems in most countries are today confronted with similar problems closely linked with the increasing commodification of health.

Migration policies: between hypocrisy, confusion and instrumentalization

On 29 and 30 November 2017, African and European heads of state met in Abidjan for an Africa-European Union Summit aimed at "defining future directions for cooperation between the two continents"[1]. Migration issues were high on the agenda, as the summit was an opportunity to follow up on the orientations taken at another summit on migration in Valletta, Malta, in 2015.


Struggles (luttes/luchas/kämpfe) in Europe

EU-ES: 8M of 2018, women make history

March 8th 2018 will be read on textbooks, studied in classes of contemporary history, journalism, political science, sociology ... But above all, this March 8th will be cherished in the collective memory of thousands of collectives which organized and, more importantly, in our personal memory, the memory of the millions of people who participated in it.

BE: Victory against Vulture Funds

On 31 of May 2018 the Belgian Supreme Court rejected the request brought by NML Capital Ltd seeking to overturn the act of law passed by the Belgian government on 12 July 2015 “relating to the struggle against Vulture Funds’ activities” thus confirming this law which is unique throughout the World. It is a victory for the peoples of the World in the face of a voracious profiteer of unregulated finance.

EU-Africa: Regularization VS Readmission

We are seeing an increase in racist and discriminatory acts against migrants and refugees. In addition, we are also witnessing the proliferation of bilateral and European agreements aimed at deporting "illegalized" persons.

EU Call: Take control over finance!

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it’s time to tell the story of the global financial crisis from a citizens’ perspective and to propose positive common solutions to put the public interest first in the future.


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