14N European Strike and Action Day

On 14 November 2012, there were general strikes, strikes, actions and demonstrations in many European countries, the biggest strike ever.
There was a general strike in Portugal and Spain, Malta and Cyprus, there were strikes in Greece and Italy, and actions and demonstrations in Belgium, Germany, and other countries.







New York Solidarity Action: http://www.occupywallst.org/article/general-strike-historic-transeurope-solidarity-ass/

ETUC Brussels:


In Germany, the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) called for actions and demonstrations in solidarity with #14N in Europe, following the ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) call.
There were rallies and demonstrations in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Cologne, Wuppertal and other cities.

Reports in German / Berichte auf deutsch



EGB-Aufruf: http://tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=8404

Bericht DGB:
Europäischer Aktionstag: Europaweit Tausende auf den Straßen
Proteste in Spanien, Portugal, Belgien, Italien gegen die soziale Spaltung Europas. Auch in Deutschland gingen die Menschen auf die Straßen. Aufgerufen hatte der Europäische Gewerkschaftsbund EGB, um ein Zeichen zu setzen für Arbeit und Solidarität – gegen das Spardiktat der Europäischen Union.
Berlin: http://www.dgb.de/themen/++co++0b370a76-2e67-11e2-9b76-00188b4dc422

IL und Ums Ganze: Solierklaerung: http://umsganze.org/ein-guter-abschluss-fuer-2012-ein-grund-zur-freude-in-duesterer-zeit/

Duesseldorf: http://14nduesseldorf.blogsport.de
Wuppertal: http://soli-komitee-wuppertal.mobi/2012/11/14n_wuppertal/

Hartz IV for EU citizens

On Monday, 18 June 2012, there was a small protest about Hartz IV for EU citizens in front of the Jobcenter Neukoelln in Berlin.

The German authorities issued a reservation to the European Convention on Medical and Social Assistance (ECMSA; EFA in German) and wrote letters to Hartz IV recipients from EU countries that they were allegedly no longer entitled to receive unemployment benefits.

More information: http://efainfo.blogsport.de

The german government has suspended the ECMSA (in German: Europaeisches Fuersorgeabkommen, EFA) – with grave consequences for EU citizens who live in Germany and receive unemployment benefits (ALG II). Since March 2012, EU citizens receive negative decisions on their Hartz IV applications from the Jobcenters and ongoing payments are cancelled respectively. This affects about 10.000 people in Berlin. Several rulings from Berlin social courts have banned these practices by the
Jobcenters. Still the Jobcenters make negative decisions, partially arbitrarily.

The suspension of the ECMSA is part of the federal government’s reaction to the current economic crisis. The social systems are pre-emptively closed because of fear of immigration. Germany as the big winner of the crisis is hereby suspending European solidarity. While in this country politicians talk about a “job miracle” and about the highest tax revenues ever, people in the countries most affected by the crises are left without support. We say: Solidarity, not exclusion!

Hartz IV protest

Aussetzung des EFA-Abkommens:
Informationen fuer betroffene Hartz IV-Bezieher_innen:

The newspaper Neues Deutschland wrote an article in German about the issue:
Hartz IV fuer EU-BuergerInnen:

(image source: Protests against the introduction of Hartz IV in 2004, Wikipedia, B. Laczay)

No to EU Austerity

On May 5th and 6th 2012, around 300 participants met in Brussels for the Conference: “EU in Crisis. Analysis, resistance and alternatives to corporate Europe”. Many of the participants also signed a letter of protest against the ban on all forms of demonstrations and actions in Frankfurt (Main), Germany, from May 16th to 19th, 2012.


EU in Crisis, Brussels

More information: http://corporateeurope.org

Growing Movement Rejects Austerity Treaty


see also:

From Amsterdam 1997 to Seattle 1999 to Brussels 2012: