Left to Freeze

When news and pictures emerged of the conditions refugees in Serbia and Greece were living in this winter -- outdoors, barely surviving the freezing temperatures -- we sprung into action. We raised an outstanding €64,000 to go directly to the organisations helping people on the ground.

Part of the donations have gone to Refugee Aid Serbia helping those braving the cold in Belgrade, as well as Fresh Response, a movement helping those who are stuck on the Serbian/Hungarian border and who face police brutality daily.

Save the Soil

Soil is one of the most strategic resources of Europe as it ensures food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change regulation. It's time to protect the soils of Europe. Each passing minute, the soil is assaulted, suffocated, contaminated, exploited, poisoned, mistreated, and depleted. In Europe, there is no longer a specific law that protects the soil.

Die EU knickt beim Thema Emissionshandel ein

21. Februar 2017

Das EU-Parlament hatte die Chance den Emissionshandel in Europa zu reformieren und zu einem wirklichen Werkzeug gegen Klimawandel und Umweltschutz zu machen. Sie knickten jedoch vor der Industrie ein und verpasste die Möglichkeit eine wirkliche Veränderung zu bewirken. Es sind viel zu viele Zertifikate auf dem Markt und der Preisdruck auf Verschmutzer damit gering. Am 28. Februar stimmt der Ministerrat über die Reform ab.

CETA: next steps

CETA vote

In February MEPs arrived in Strasbourg for one of the most important votes in the whole of this parliamentary session: to ratify the undemocratic trade deal with Canada called CETA. But they were in for a surprise when they got there - us!

Mit Essen wettet man nicht

5. Februar 2017

Jedes Weizenkorn wird nur einmal geerntet, verarbeitet und gegessen - verkauft aber wird es 99 Mal. In ihrer Gier nach Profiten wetten Spekulanten auf Mais, Weizen und Zucker. Die Folge: Die Preise für diese Grundnahrungsmittel steigen: Das trifft vor allem die Ärmsten der Armen. 

A people-powered plug for tax evasion

Corporations have been taking us for a ride by using every trick in the book to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. But that could be about to end. The European Commission has proposed a first step to make giant corporations like Amazon and Facebook play by a common set of tax rules across Europe, and stop them from exploiting the differences in national corporate tax regimes.

Democracy for Sale Awards

The ongoing negotiations of the EU-US trade agreement, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are happening behind closed doors, hand in hand with big business lobby groups. Their influence is so great that their collaboration with TTIP negotiators deserves closer scrutiny. Our contribution: to give the most successful business group in hijacking TTIP for corporations an award!