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Where do things stand for Interdemos

Interdemos mission statement is to work towards the construction of a European demos, through horizontal links between politicized grassroots solidarity actions in various European countries. We are active on two fronts: concrete (financial) solidarity with grassroots action in Greece (for the time being we focus on this country as its future political fate will play a key role also for other countries) and contributing to the emerging progressive alternatives in other European countries. There is lot to do on both fronts this summer.

Concrete solidarity-wise, we have transferred a little less than € 90 000 to Solidarity for All in Greece, thanks to your donations and our own resources. To face the consequences of the bank withdrawals closure 1)With the partial reopening, it is still impossible to withdraw more than € 420 per week. Electronic payments are possible within Greece, but most of the solidarity structures can not receive them., we brought a sum in banknotes to Greece, which will make possible for Solidarity for All to operate for the summer. In addition, we are well in the way of creating a French non-profit association with new members of the board in addition to the initial founders. This association should be able to launch a fundraising campaign at the end of September to ensure a continued support. The collected funds will be transferred using the channels then available.

The political action is inseparable from the concrete solidarity actions. Solidarity for All and our other contacts in Greece played a significant role in the campaign for the NO at the July 5th referendum. They are today at the heart of the efforts to overcome the wound to democracy that the signature of the July 13th agreement represents (see the Wound to Democracy post we have just published). The specific role of France in convincing the Greek government to accept this agreement and even in drafting is most questionable provisions has led us to campaign for the rejection of this agreement when it was submitted to the French Parliament on July 15th. The result in the National Assembly remains disappointing (69 against, among which no MP of the socialist party). We nonetheless were instrumental in avoiding the worse, that is the risk that the only votes against would arise from the extreme right and right-wing MPs.

We hope that the creation of an association of which each of you will be able to become a member will permit to this political action to grow in scale and efficiency. The territory of Europe is the seat of a democratic crisis that is now visible in all its intensity. To remain passive spectators would be disastrous. Interdemos will keep acting and working will all those who aim to take back in our hands the political fate of Europe.

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1. With the partial reopening, it is still impossible to withdraw more than € 420 per week. Electronic payments are possible within Greece, but most of the solidarity structures can not receive them.
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The lessons of the Greek referendum

Philippe Aigrain, one of the founders of Interdemos, published today an op-ed in Eutopia – Ideas for Europe on the lessons of the Greek referendum and what is at stake today and this week.


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Over the last nine days, no effort was spared to try to sow fear and doubt in the minds of Greek voters, and even more to misrepresent events to citizens in other EU countries.

Day after day, international media claimed against all evidence that the referendum was about staying in the Eurozone or leaving

IN BRIEF

  • The Greek people brought the NO vote to win in the referendum by its own independance of mind and ability to overcome fear
  • In most EU countries, there is no convincing perspective of progressive alternatives to the existing dominant political forces
  • European citizens of all EU countries should understand that it is our destiny and our political future that is at stake

The decision of the ECB to refuse to raise the level of support to banks during the brief campaign period for the referendum was a clear political revenge, contrasting with the unlimited support that was given to German and French banks to limit their exposure to the consequences of the crisis since 2009.

Read more at: http://www.eutopiamagazine.eu/en/philippe-aigrain/speakers-corner/lessons-greek-referendum