Social Rights

Social Cohesion in times of recession

19.02.2014

The 2008 global economic and social crisis continues to be debated, reinterpreted and explained. For some, it can be seen as cyclical, structural or civilizational. For others, the disastrous effects of this global crisis are still amplified and not a single analyst seems to be able to propose solutions. The most vulnerable populations are at the frontline of this global crisis. The crisis exacerbates social tensions and inequality between richest and poorest rises and as the middle class becomes more precarious. How far will this go? This conference will go back on mutations incurred by social ties and explore the creative potential, in social and environmental terms, the situation is creating. Spain and Greece, so far the countries most hit by the recession, are laboratories in this regard. In other words: what can social cohesion become in times of prolonged recession? How are we to respond to deteriorated social ties? What forms of violence can it cause? Conversely, what types of resistance and creativity can it create? Finally, what are the social and political reactions and perceptions at work in the face of increasing recessions and even the emergence of a widespread depression?


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 17-21 February 2014

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU rules on money market funds, posted workers, cloned animals and EU food law, money laundering, terrorism funding and the financial system, protecting migrants' lives in Mediterranean. Among Greens/EFA events : hearing on right to water - first successful EU citizens' initiative, conferences on plastic bags, on social cohesion in times of recession and on afrophobia in the EU


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Employment and migrants rights

Seasonal workers to get strengthened rights under EU rules

The European Parliament today voted on EU legislation on seasonal workers. The Greens welcomed the outcome, which sets out new EU provisions on the rights of seasonal workers from non-EU countries. Commenting after the vote, Green migration and employment policy spokesperson Jean Lambert said: &quo...


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© Udo Weber

A Green Review

7th legislature of the European Parliament (2009-2014)

During this five-year term, Greens/EFA have been the driving force to promote crisis resilience through social justice, to secure our climate and energy future, to fight for a healthy environment, to defend human rights, social, democratic and digital rights, to promote global solidarity and security and to celebrate cultural diversity in the EU.


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Minority rights

Overdue EU action on homophobia and LGBT discrimination must be delivered

The European Parliament today voted in favour of a report calling for an EU roadmap against homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Commenting after the vote, EP rapporteur/draftsperson and Green civil liberties and LGBT spokesperson Ulrike Lunacek stated: &quo...


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Free movement

Knee-jerk populism cannot be allowed to dominate debate on fundamental EU principle

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution in the context of the current debate on the free movement of workers, following the end of temporary restrictions on free movement from 1 January. Commenting after the vote, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "Free movement is a fundam...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

14.01.2014

Recorded Livestream

Press briefing with Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Dany Cohn-Bendit on the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group


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Minority rights

MEPs want EU action on homophobia and LGBT discrimination

The European Parliament's civil liberties committee today voted with a large majority in favour of a report calling for an EU roadmap against homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Commenting after the vote, EP rapporteur/draftsperson and Green civil liberties...


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