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Radio Foro: Latin America and Europe: The Alternative Summit

Prior to the official summit convened by European and Latin American state representatives, which began on May 17th in Madrid, activists and NGO groups met at the „Linking Alternatives“ summit. The participants spoke out against a Europe characterized by war and capitalism. This was the fourth Linking Alternatives summit to take place while the officialEU and Latin American summits were convening. In 2004, the alternative summit took place in Guadalajara (Mexico), 2006 in Vienna, 2008 in Lima (Peru), and May of 2010, it took place in Madrid.

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Radio Foro: Interview with Laura Rangel from RECALCA

We had a conversation with Laura Rangel from the Colombian Alliance against Free Trade, RECALCA.

Laura Rangel describes her government as corrupt. The EU sits at the same table with a president who is oppressing and disappearing people. These human rights abuses, she says, are conducted in the interests of large European companies. Rangel refutes the argument that Columbia has become safer under Uribe and that the country is in a process of democratization which should be supported by the EU.

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Radio Foro: On the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT)

The sixth summit between representatives of the European Union and Latin American and the Caribbean was held in Madrid in the midst of the continuing effects of the (economic) crisis.

Following the substantial panic in the financial sector which rose out of the Lehmann Brothers incident, the economic collapse in Greece has emerged at the forefront of European current events. The millions of euros spent in rescue packages have not seemed to make much of a dent in resolving their astronomical debts. In this vein, outcome for Portugal and Spain is still uncertain.

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