In the framework of the meeting of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), consisting of eight trade union associations representing more than six million members throughout Germany, the delegates issued a statement on their vision of an alternative European economic policy which is part of a motion calling "For a Europe with a future: social, just and democratic!"
In their statement they are calling for an investment strategy consisting of a shift towards renewable energy, investment in infrastructure and a restructuring of the industry and services as future fields of activities. Europe needs to put an end to the current austerity policies. The EU should create a “future funds” to finance these investments. Furthermore, the DGB is calling for a financial transaction tax to make the initiators take their share in the economic crisis.
(Picture: DGB/Simone M. Neumann)