A lecture/debate in English
On Saturday 11 november 2016
Het Spinhuis, Amsterdam
On the theme:
J.P.Morgan urges Southern countries to reform their Constitutional Laws
J.P.Morgan urges political reforms in Southern Europe countries. Neoliberal governments are eager to follow the dictats of multinationals. This is the case now in Italy where a small majority in the Parliament changed the constitutional law by transforming radically one third of the articles.
As a result the Senate will not be elected anymore by the citizens, two thirds of the Members of the 2nd Chamber will be nominated by the heads of the parties and all public utilities (like water, energy, transports, health) will be privatized and sold out to multinationals. Moreover the central government will get the right to take the final decision on all kind of big infrastructures and plants even if the Region concerned is against it (think of power plants, of fracking permissions).
J.M. Morgan literally says :
“Political systems around the periphery typically display several of the following features: weak executives; weak central states relative to regions; constitutional protection of labour rights; consensus building systems which foster political clientalism; and the right to protest if unwelcome changes are made to the political status quo. The shortcomings of this political legacy have been revealed by the crisis. Countries around the periphery have only been partially successful in producing fiscal and economic reform agendas, with governments constrained by constitutions (Portugal), powerful regions (Spain), and the rise of populist parties (Italy and Greece).”
We do fully disagree on what J.P.Morgan asks European governments to do.
And we are determined to say NO to constitutional reforms that reduce significantly our rights and democracy. The aim of this meeting is to discuss possible political solutions.
How can we involve more citizens int his vital discussion? How can we put this discussion on the political agenda at European level? How can we enlarge the discussion at a global level? How can we introduce a class struggle element at a global level aiming to increase democracy and rights in all national constitutions? How can we interact at a global level? How can we network?
We invite you to discuss with us at Spinhuis, Amsterdam
On november 11th
At 20:30 hrs
For mor information:
CDC Constitutional Democracy Coordination Amsterdam