NO to EU Blackmailing on Greece – YES to Open Borders: EU is responsible for Economic Misery, for War and Fleeing

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We shared the thrill. We shared the pain. We shared the fight. Then, in spring, when Tsipras and Varoufakis denounced Troika’s destructive politics. Then, in summer, when Greek referendum ended up in the overwhelming OXI. At least since Greek government and the parliament in Athens – resulting from EU’s blackmailing politics – by a majority voted for a third Memorandum and thus for an aggravation of austerity, opinions differ again. Now with September 20th Greece has voted (once again) – and we have arrived where doubters of parliamentary solutions had remained in January.

What can we learn from the experiences so far? What is the situation, what are the prospects now in Greece? What does that mean for us and for the Left in Europe?

At least since mid 2015 a new issue is pushing in the center of debates: the fleeing of hundreds of thousand people to Europe – an escape from economic misery and war. Once again Greece is playing a crucial part: by now the major part of refugees is entering Europe on Greek ground. And once again Greece is in danger of EU blackmailing: To prevent refugees from reaching mid, western and northern Europe, EU is about to force the government in Athens to build huge refugee detention camps (so called hot spots). Instead of open borders and combating the reasons for flight EU politics once again targets at criminalization and deterrence.

What claims do we focus on? How can we along with refugee support groups in Germany, Greece and the rest of Europe contribute to humane and solidary politics?

Location: Berlin, House of Democracy and Human Rights, Greifswalder Straße. Start: Saturday, October 17th, 3pm // End: Sunday, October 18th, 4 pm // Attendance on donation: 15 Euro // Language: German with translation from and into English and Greek

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