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Danish MEP to speak against EU Austerity Treaty in Dublin

Danish MEP Soren Sondegaard will speak at public meeting in Liberty Hall on Monday March 5 at 7.30. Also speaking will be Paul Murphy MEP, Richard Boyd-Barrett TD and Jimmy Kelly, regional secretary of the trade union Unite. The meeting has been organised by the Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty.

 Soren Sondegaard is a Danish MEP from the Red-Green Alliance and an opponent of the neo-liberal policies being forced upon the peoples of Europe by the European Commission at the behest of the governments of Germany and France.

 The Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty rejects the proposed EU Fiscal Treaty as a bankers treaty, in continuity with the bank bailouts already made, and an attack on the living standards of ordinary people and the public services on which we depend. The Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty demands a full public debate on the treaty and will vigorously campaign for a 'no' vote in the coming referendum.

 Sondegaard is in favour of a Europe-wide alternative which puts the interests of working people and sustainable development in first place, rather than the profits of the banks and the wealthy. He welcomes the decision of the European Trade Union Confederation to oppose this treaty and hopes that the Irish Congress of Trade Unions will call for a ‘no’ vote from its Executive meeting next Friday.

 “If implemented,” says Sondegaard, “the Fiscal Treaty will institutionalise austerity across Europe, further attacking the living standards of working people and the unemployed. It also undermines the democratic right of people to elect governments that oppose neo-liberal economic policies. This is a European battle upon Irish soil. In other European countries, governments are trying desperately to avoid putting this Treaty to a popular vote. As a result, there are millions across Europe hoping that the people of Ireland will take the opportunity to reject this Treaty and strike a blow against the neo-liberal and austerity policies being pushed by the European Commission.”

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