on Global Matters(2) – March 2009

EYFA invites you to the 60th birthday of NATO celebrated this spring in Strasbourg and Baden-baden. You are excused when you live in the UK and like to attend the G20 summit in London instead. Then join us for a tour along the NoBorder and Climate camps this summer and for a hitchhike to the G8 summit in Italy. A small break then before we take up preparations for COP15 in Copenhagen. The UN climate summit will take place in December exactly 10 years after the ‘battle of Seattle’ . Another celebration you don’t want to miss out on so we hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there. x


1. 60th NATO summit, April 1-5, Strasbourg / Baden-Baden

2. G20 summit, April 2, London

3. NoBorder Camp, end of June, Calais, France

4. G8 summit, July 8-10, Maddalena, Italy

5. Climate Camp, August 3-9, Dutch/Belgium border

6. Climate Camp, August 3-9, France

7. NoBorder Camp, Lesvos, Greece

8. COP15, December 7-21, Copenhagen

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1. 60th NATO summit, April 1-5, Strasbourg / Baden-Baden

Thousands are expected to protest against the 60th NATO summit. The actual summit is meant to start on the 3rd after a gala dinner by ‘our’ world leaders. They will be flown in from the G20 summit in London where they will have failed to come with solid solutions to the multitude of crisis’ we’re facing. So at the NATO summit the scenarios will be laid out for when all hell really starts to break loose. Security is a hot topic this year and it won’t be about securing you & me.

The protest camps will open up on April 1 and camp locations are still being sorted. Different actions are planned in the run-up to the summit focusing on the increasing militarization on the streets in Europe and on its outer borders. Towards the start of the summit actions of civil disobedience and mass blockades should frustrate the summit’s infrastructure and prevent the summit from happening. 60 years of NATO has been enough. It’s bye-bye NATO.

http://gipfelsoli.org (for an extensive overview of links)


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2. G20 summit, April 2, London

The G-20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 economies: 19 of the world’s 25 largest national economies, plus the European Union (EU). In London they will come together on the 2nd of April to break their heads over the economical mess they created. On April 1, or April Fool’s day, people will reclaim the city in a big carnival that will thrust into the very bell of the beast: the Bank of England. On April 2nd they will bang early in the morning on the doors of the hotels, where the ministers and governors are staying, to deliver the message of a world beyond capitalism. http://www.g-20meltdown.org

Climate campers will put up their tents on April 1 in front of the European Climate Exchange in the Square Mile area of London. They state: “At a time of climate crisis their response to the market meltdown is emergency loans to car manufacturers, increased spending to encourage consumption, and bailouts for the very people who got us into this mess – just the thing that will make the climate crisis worse.” So bring your tent and sleeping bag, your wind turbine and mobile cinema. http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/g20