Democracy not austerity

To European Union leaders:

As citizens concerned about the impacts of the economic crisis, we call on you to calm market panic with sound economic policy, not by undermining our democratic rights to choose policies that save our jobs and services. History demonstrates that austerity cannot save our economies from recession - we must be bold and through public stimulus spending, invest in a prosperous future for Europe and the world.
 
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Posted: 8 December 2011
In 24 hours, our leaders may wave through a terrifying Merkel/Sarkozy plan that would abolish our right to choose sane economic policies. But, together, we can stop our leaders trashing our democracy and our jobs.

Panicked by big banks, Europe's governments want to change our constitutions and the EU treaty to permanently ban vital public spending. This is nuts: in the 1930s such spending was precisely what allowed Europe and the US to escape the Great Depression. Europe needs to toughen up and regulate the banks, not tie our governments' hands to make them happy.

We live in a democracy -- so Europe's leaders should not be able agree to this plan themselves -- they need to come up with solutions that have the approval of the people or our Parliament. We only have 24 hours to save our democracies from this attack -- our massive call today can force leaders to respect democracy, regulate the banks, reject austerity, and invest in our future. Our demands will be delivered to the leaders and media outside tomorrow's meeting. Sign and send to everyone you know before the meeting!

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