Our democracy against their austerity

For a European Spring



Two successful days of action in Brussels!

Brussels witnessed two great days of action on 13th and 14th March. On 13th, a hundred people weaved through the streets of Brussels on an austerity tour. The next day busses from across Europe arrived in Belgium's capital to join those already present: first, to march against austerity, and secondly to successfully occupy the Commission's 'austerity HQ', the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. Successful actions were also taking places across Europe.

Actions update

To see pictures from both Brussels days, as well as European events, visit our facebook page

Media update

For media wanting to get an overview, see our latest press releases here, or for the coverage rolling in around Europe click here

Legal update

Unfortunately, following the peaceful occupation of DG ECFIN, the police felt it necessary to arrest 32 people from For a European Spring. For the latest information on the situation, as well as advice for those arrested from our in-house legal team, go here

For everybody who came to Brussels from North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) with our without the bus and was arrested, please contact: nrw [@] blockupy-frankfurt.org



for all European actions on 13&14 March click here

General info: 0032486033898; Press: 0032486033931

Wednesday 13 March

  • 11:00 Subversive austerity tour - Square de Meeûs (metro Trône)
  • 20:00 Popular assembly in Luxembourg station

Thursday 14 March

  • 12:00 An international “For a European Spring” bloc will join the trade union demo, meeting at the Park Woluwe entrance, opposite the Tram museum and beside the tram station (take tram 44, 92, 39) see map below
  • 15:00 Action Assembly, Parc Cinquantenaire see map below


Mercredi 13 mars

  • 11h: Tour d’austérité subversive – Square de Meeûs (metro Trône)
  • 20h: Assemblée populaire à la gare de Luxembourg

Jeudi 14 mars

  • 12h: Cortège – système sono «Pour un Printemps Européen» au sein de la manifestation syndicale, Entrée du parc Woluwe en face du Musée du Tram à coté de l’arrêt (tram 44, 92, 39) voyez la carte dessous
  • 15h: Assemblée pour une action, Parc Cinquantenaire voyez la carte dessous


A call for action against the EU Spring Summit
13 and 14 March 2013


Read the Call for Action in multiple languages: English -- Français -- Deutsch -- Ελληνικά -- Italiano -- Español

See who has already signed on to the call or sign on yourself or your organisation.


Demonstration in Brussels on 14 March

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The march was banned by the police. The police doesn't want to give permission for our protest when European heads of states meet and further deepen authoritarian neoliberalism. We are still mobilizing! For now we call for an assembly at 3pm in Parc du Cinquantenaire at ETUC rally. We are evaluating the situation and further information will follow as soon as possible.

Join us in the Pan-European Demonstration in Brussels on March 14:
For a European Spring: Our democracy against their austerity!

Contact: 0032486033898

For a European Spring campaign clip

In other languages (subtitles): Français -- Deutsch -- Ελληνικά -- Español

For a European Spring – what it is

'For a European Spring' is a call for actions, strikes and demonstrations all over Europe on the 13th of March, and for a pan-European demonstration and creative actions in the city of Brussels on the 14th of March.

Check out what's happening across Europe on the days of action

Why now?

'For a European Spring' is targeted at the EU Spring Summit, where leaders from across the continent will assemble on the 14th and 15 to strengthen the European Council's response to the crisis.

Read more on the EU Spring Summit

Against EU austerity policies

The response to date from economic and political elites in the European Union amounts to a massive attack on welfare, social rights and democracy. This has been achieved by undermining democracy, reflected in EU policies including the imposition of austerity, demands for deep cuts in social spending, attempts to weaken labour laws and the roll back of hard earned labour rights.

Background info on austerity policies and their impacts

This course of action is dangerous, profoundly unjust, and must be reversed. While these policies are designed to rescue big banks and big business, we, the vast majority, are made to pay for the excesses of the privileged.

All over Europe struggles and strikes are happening against these unjust policies. These struggles are our struggles, and we reject the violent attempts of European states to suppress them. Now is the time for solidarity across borders and sectors, to be the force to create real democracy and social justice. We are seeking to build a society where solutions, very different to those defended by the elites and imposed by the EU, can be proposed and discussed by everybody.

We call for actions, strikes and demonstrations on the 13th March across Europe as part of a week of European resistance, with a mass mobilisation on the 14th in Brussels targeting the EU Spring Summit. We will show those in power that our growing movement will, sooner or later, be strong enough to change the course of Europe in the interest of us all.

Slogans that can be used during the week of action

Abolish all EU-austerity treaties and legislation!

For an ecological Transition!

Disarm Financial Markets!

Debt: Don't owe, don't pay!

Fire the Troika, not the people!