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Our response to the deal with Greece being reached over the debt crisis.

Last night activists from Global Justice Now and Jubilee Debt Campaign projected “Cancel Greek Debt” in giant letters against the German embassy in West London, below a a mock-up of German Chancellor Angela Merkel  as the three wise monkeys (‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’). The series of projections also included a the slogan “OXI – no to Debt and Austerity.”

Campaigners have expressed dismay today that the European Parliament ignored the voice of millions of European citizens to express a positive opinion on TTIP (the US-EU trade deal). After angry scenes in Strasburg in which MEPs accused Parliamentary president Martin Schulz of “shredding the rules of procedure”, several much fought amendments were not voted on.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 8 July) sees the European Parliament plenary session vote on a position paper on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the USA and the EU. The vote had originally been scheduled to take place in June but was postponed on a technicality at the last minute by parliament president Martin Schulz.

Responding to the early results of the Greek referendum which predict a comfortable 'no' vote, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

This morning we teamed up with Jubilee Debt Campaign to hold a solidarity protest at the ‘Elgin Marbles’ in the British Museum with a banner saying "OXI No - No More Looting - Support Greece"

This morning Edinburgh council unanimously passed a motion to express concern about the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on local services, jobs, suppliers and democracy. The decision came shortly after Lewisham council unanimously passed a similar motion yesterday evening. 

Millions of pounds of UK aid money have been invested in a project in Tanzania which is destroying the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, driving them into debt and impacting the local environment, according to a new report by The Oakland Institute released today in collaboration with Greenpeace Africa and Global Justice Now.

A group of artists including Juliet Stevenson and Vivienne Westwood have launched a video to raise public awareness of the trade deal TTIP which is being secretly negotiated between the EU and the US

An important vote on TTIP at the plenary session of the European Parliament that was expected to take place on Wednesday morning was delayed at the last minute. The reason that was cited was that there was such a large number of amendments to the proposal that MEPs needed more time to consider it.

The European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop TTIP” has reached a new record number of signatures two days ahead of a critical vote on TTIP in the European parliament. TTIP is a dangerous trade deal between the EU and the US that is set to transfer vast amounts of power from governments to big business.

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Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies are today meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. No details or mention of the meeting are publicly available but its existence was leaked by one of its attendees.