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Left festivals in Europe

Press and left party festivals in Europe during September

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Brussels and Athens offices with new directors

Our offices in Brussels and Greece have welcomed two new management members in July. Dr. Martin Schirdewan completes the team as director; Claus-Dieter König starts as deputy director.

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Grassroots energy transition instead of fossil companies

Study on energy democracy published (in German)


In view of this year’s COP 21 climate talks in Paris, calls to world leaders to shift away from fossil fuels are getting louder. Climate activists, climate experts, scientists, politicians, social movements but also climate change itself with its inherent catastrophes have a simple message for the COP21 negotiating partners: we need a speedy energy transition!

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Economic Valuation of Nature. The Price to Pay for Conservation? A critical exploration

by Jutta Kill. Brussels, August 2014. In English and German.


'Nature is destroyed because it’s invisible to politicians and business', advocates of economic valuation say. The implicit assumption: Create a ‘nature that capital can see’ and the loss of biodiversity will be stopped. But it isn’t that simple! Possibly far-reaching changes in perception and subtle changes to legal principles will go hand-in-hand with creating a ‘nature that capital can see’.


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