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Connecting the Struggles

From the Indignados in Spain to the anti-fracking protests in the UK and Romania, from the anti-austerity movement in Greece to the Occupy protests in 951 cities worldwide, citizens around the globe are on the march. But what – if anything – do these popular movements have in common? Can we connect the local struggles playing out across Europe and beyond? And if so – what does the bigger picture look like? The latest edition of the Green European Journal aims to find out!

Articles in this edition

01.09.2015
Connecting the Struggles: Editorial

Introduction by the Editorial Board

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01.09.2015
There Is No General Moral to Building a Movement

In an interview with GEJ, Hungarian sociologist Agnes Gagyi explains why struggles differ from East to West, and why the educated middle class has become so prominent in today’s movements.

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01.09.2015
Stopping Eldorado Gold – Mining Struggle in Greece

Eldorado Gold now owns all gold-mining projects in Greece. The company is harming the environment and avoiding taxes; and the way Greece deals with this problem can determine some important developments in Europe.

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01.09.2015
Saving RoşIa Montană: Romania’s New Face

Much to the surprise of everyone, the strongest protests in Romania’s late transition were related to environmental destruction.

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01.09.2015
Going on the Offensive – A Picture of Scotland’s Anti-Fracking Movement

The effective grassroots campaigning of Scottish communities, who have fought the Scottish government and unconventional gas companies, is an inspiring story for those across the UK and the rest of Europe.

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01.09.2015
Once Upon A Time… Notre Dame des Landes

The proposed airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes has become a landmark in the fight against useless mega projects. The so called “zadists”, who are fighting to defend the territory, became a symbol of those in search of another, fairer and humane world. Utopians with their feet on the ground.

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01.09.2015
The Children of Gezi: Defending the Northern Forests in Istanbul

What happened after the Gezi protests ended? Ever since the barricades were dismantled, the burnt out buses removed, and the world’s attention moved on to protests and unrest elsewhere, Istanbul seems to have become quiet.

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01.09.2015
Urban Gardening in Greece – A New Form of Protest

Guerrilla gardening and local consumer-producer networks are redefining life in today’s Greek cities. While the crisis has shifted politicians’ attention away from the climate, “transition and recovery movements” work hard to keep the environment on the agenda.

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01.09.2015
“It’s About Time to Start Acting” – Art, Protest and the Public Space

An interview with the philosopher, writer and activist, Lieven De Cauter.

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01.09.2015
Criminalising Resistance: The European Network Against Mega-Projects

Every opportunity that comes up is used by mega-project promoters and their allies to stigmatise resistance movements.

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01.09.2015
Greens Need to be Radical in Actions and Words

An interview with José Bové.

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01.09.2015
Portugal: The Crisis and New Actors Against Austerity

A strong anti-austerity civil society started to be a reality in Portugal in 2011.

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01.09.2015
The Crisis Is an Opportunity to Reform the Economy

An interview with Gerhard Schick.

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01.09.2015
Joining Forces: Fighting Side by Side for a Different World

Have the Greens lost their connections to political movements? Did they become just another political party like all others?

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01.09.2015
An Extraordinary Protest Just Disappeared

An interview with Nancy Fraser on the role of marginalised groups in protests, the problems of Zuccotti Park and neoliberalism’s impact on environmentalism.

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01.09.2015
Transforming Political Consciousness

An interview with Chantal Mouffe.

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