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The EU’s green deal is a colossal exercise in greenwashing – The Guardian

Ursula von der Leyen’s signature proposal co-opts the slogans of climate activism, but has none of the substance Emergencies tend to reveal our true priorities. When our house is burning down or the storm waters are flooding in, we hold on to what we value most, and leave the rest behind. A decade ago, the leaders of the European Union found themselves facing such a moment. With the French and German banks...

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With a recession on its way, it is time we demanded an International Green New Deal

Last April, again in The Guardian, David Adler and I called for a particular Green New Deal to be implemented internationally. Now that a new recession is ante portas, we are renewing this call, suggesting that we cannot afford yet another ‘good’ economic crisis to go to waste. Our latest piece in The Guardian follows: Brexit, Trump’s trade wars, the crisis of our democracies, the failure to address climate...

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Naomi Klein supports MeRA25-DiEM25’s campaign against oil & gas extraction in Greece

This morning, in Greece’s Parliament, MeRA25’s parliamentarians are staging an all-out struggle against the ratification of disastrous contracts between the previous (SYRIZA) government and multinational oil companies. The contracts to be ratified give the companies (including Exxon-Mobil and Total) full licence to drill, extract and exploit gas & oil reserves across Greece’s beautiful seas (Ionian, Aegean,...

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Discussing the Green New Deal for Europe – StartupTV

StartupTV presents Yanis Varoufakis, Greek academic, economist and politician, talking about his vision for the future of European politics, including a Green New Deal for Europe. In 2015, Varoufakis launched his own party, The Democracy in Europe Movement, or DiEM25, alongside Croatian philosopher Srećko Horvat. Varoufakis’ vision for a Green New Deal, financed by green...

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Against extractive practices (social & environmental). Interviewed by Kate Aronoff for DISSENT

“We have to talk to people in a way that combines addressing these [economic] anxieties with the issues of the environment. Unless we manage to do that, we will fail.” Kate Aronoff  Summer 2019Yanis Varoufakis celebrating the anniversary of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal in 2018 (Pedro Ribeiro Simões/Flickr)The last few years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for the European left. Riding up front has...

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Today, DiEM25 has every reason to celebrate. Tomorrow we get down to work, again – Message to our magnificent activists

“We showed Europeans how a common agenda can be put together collaboratively by many political actors coalescing from all over Europe. How a common list of candidates, in support of this common agenda, can emerge. How we can campaign across Europe, together, under the banner of this agenda. In the months and weeks leading to 26th May, I have had the distinct privilege of campaigning with all of you in Paris, in...

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Why we are running in this EU election – FORTUNE magazine’s report

Nothing has ever been subtle with Yanis Varoufakis, the leather-jacketed, motorbike-riding economist who was finance minister of Greece for six of the most tumultuous months in that country’s history. Plain-spoken (to say the least) and a self-professed radical, he is, at 58, not nearly done waging war on Europe’s major power players. This week, he gets his chance to prove whether his ideas have traction among...

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The European elections could be an opportunity for a transnational Green New Deal – Adler & Wargan in The New Statesman

Forget the People’s Vote: the upcoming elections for European Parliament have become the new second referendum. To one side, Nigel Farage hopes to gather the Leave vote behind his new Brexit Party. To the other, a splintered coalition of Greens, Changers, Lib Dems, and Labour candidates are campaigning for Remain. Both sides agree on the primary purpose of these European elections: “vote so you can be heard on...

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