Alternative Solutions to the Debt Crisis

This conference will discuss how an alternative exit from the debt crisis could look like, what the lessons from the debt crisis are for EU cooperation, what the role of the European Parliament and other European institutions should be post-2014. We will discuss who the actors are that promote the ‘debt Regime’ of indebtedness and debt crises, and we look at the relationship between debt and the Arabellion. We will take up the debate on “forced capitalists” triggered by the privatization of former public services, and the surge in consumer credits to finance consumption in times of falling real wages. How and why do people fall into the debt trap of mortgages, consumer credits, student debts – and how can they escape? Experts will share their insights and present case studies on how the debt regime has impacted specific European countries. At the end we will discuss resistance from the citizens, for example against forced evictions from the homes.

6th March 2014, 18:00-20:00
Public Forum - POLITICS IN TIMES OF DEBT CRISIS

7th March 2014
1. WHO PROFITS FROM DEBT AND DEBT CRISIS?
2. DEBT AND THE ARABELLION
3. THE PRIVATE DEBT CRISIS IN EUROPE AND OTHER WORLD REGIONS
4. DEBT, TROIKA AND THE EURO CRISIS

8th March 2014
5. COUNTRY STUDIES - THE DEBT REGIME IN ACTION (SLOVENIA, POLAND AND GREECE)
6. WORKSHOPS ON ECUADOR, ARGENTINA, DEBT AUDIT CAMPAIGNS IN EUROPE AND ICELAND
7. RESISTANCE FROM CITIZENS

International Trade Union House, Boulevard du Roi Albert II, No. 5 / 2, B-1210 Brussels

A conference by:
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) Brussels
European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad)

Documentation:
Conference report (pdf, 3 mb)

Linked articles:
The Debt Crisis in Poland and its impact on society. Study, Gavin Rae, 2014