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„Devant les perspectives terrifiantes qui s’ouvrent à l’humanité, nous apercevons encore mieux que la paix est le seul combat qui vaille d’être mené. Ce n’est plus une prière, mais un ordre qui doit monter des peuples vers les gouvernements, l’ordre de choisir définitivement entre l’enfer et la raison.“

(Albert Camus, Combat, 8 août 1945).

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NEWS August 4, 2017 – As the original answer to the inescapable question „Why Europe?“, a new French edition of the Ventotene Manifesto is available since January, at jfbb_fr@yahoo.fr.

„A free and united Europe“ (as distinct from the current Union) is not just a matter of preventing wars, or dictatorships („plus jamais ça“). It was, from the start, in the minds of Spinelli and Rossi, about creating lasting societal, political and economic conditions for a multi-tier democracy, that is, civil peace, on a continental scale, as a means to roll back unfair concentrations of power and wealth, hostile and fatal to freedom.

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EVENT On June 26, 2017, Bernard Barthalay and André Teissier du Cros presented the Committee Action-Democracy-Europe (CADE) to the Bastille Committee. Puissance Europe/Weltmacht Europa (PE/WE) was represented by Federica Martiny (Pisa) et Jean-Mathieu Robine (Paris). The founding Manifesto is available here in French and here in English.

EVENT Our friend Michel Aglietta was invited by the GRASPE review to deliver a lecture in Brussels on June 7 : „Un projet européen pour la croissance“, in the presence of Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

NEWS On June 4 the World Government Research Network published a paper by Bernard Barthalay about the French presidential elections: „What does the Macron Brand stand for?“. Read more.

EVENT On April 5, Bernard Barthalay (PE/WE), Philip Cordery, then still a member of the French National Assembly elected by French citizens living in the Benelux, and Eneko Landaburu, a former Commission Director General, now special advisor to the President of „Notre Europe“, Enrico Letta, were invited by the GRASPE review and Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to look back on the European Union sixty years after the Rome Treaty. Read more.

EVENT A private meeting between Bernard Barthalay, André Teissier du Cros, President of the Bastille Committee and author of A Tax on Net Assets (TNA) or Progressive Tax on Inactive Wealth, 2016, François Morin, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Toulouse 1 University, author of L’économie politique du XXIe siècle, Paris, 2017, led to their decision to join efforts and promote together a eurozone democracy as a prerequisite and optimal framework for any effective action to roll back financialisation and return to the Founders‘ plan for a federation.

NEWS Bernard Barthalay (PE/WE), Michel Crinetz, former supervisor, Gilles Raveaud, Institut d’Etudes européennes at Paris 8 University, and Stanislas Jourdan, Campaign Coordinator for „Quantitative Easing for people“ cosigned an op-ed in L’Obs on „helicopter money“. Read more.

EVENT „A European Unemployment Insurance: A Solution for Europe“. On March 22, Bernard Barthalay, economist, and Olivier Bontout (DG EMPL) were invited at the Borschette Center by the UEF Europe Group to discuss this idea as both an asymmetric shock absorber and a contribution to reconnecting citizens to the Union. Read more.

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