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German NGOs miss commitment to human rights in Habitat III process

In August 2015 the German Forum on Environment & Development submitted a first critical statement on the preparation of Habitat III.

Statement of the German Forum on Environment & Development on Habitat III

PDF at http://www.forumue.de

The German Forum on Environment & Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference in Rio on environment […]

statements

NO TO THE TROIKA PLAN AGAINST GREECE! NO TO THE EVICTION REGIME OVER EUROPE!

STATEMENT of European housing movements on the clash of the European austerity regime with the Greek people

The Greek government has called for a national referendum on Sunday, 5th July, for the new ‘bailout’ terms presented by the EU, the ECB and the IMF on June 15. These terms include an extension of high […]

Hamburg (GER)

German Tenant Union concerned about housing impact of Euro crisis

demands for investment prgrammes and non-profit housing sector

On May 31 the assembly of the German tenant union DMB expressed concerns regarding “the still expanding negative impacts of the financial and Euro crisis and the neoliberal austerity policies on housing conditions in Europe, like housing losses for economic reasons, evictions and permanently increasing housing […]

CALLS

German Tenants Union against TTIP

May 31 a huge majority of delegates at the biannual federal assembly („Mietertag“) of the German tenant union “Deutscher Mieterbund” (DMB) voted for two motions expressing a political rejection of the planned free trade agreements TTIP and CETA. The delegates, who represent regional and local associations with a membership basis of 1.27 million households, were […]

CALLS

TTIP: a threat to social housing, land rights and democratic cities

Housing Action Groups in Europe, Friday, 17th April 2015

The undersigning organisations, united in the struggle for the right to housing and to the city, strongly support the protests against the planned free trade agreement TTIP (“Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” between EU and USA) and the already negotiated CETA […]

NEWS & REPORTS

#antiMIPIM 2015: Tenants and bank tenants against Blackstone

Among the many financial investors present at MIPIM 2015 is the huge private equity firm Blackstone L.P., which calls itself “the world’s largest private sector owner of real estate assets”. Through buy outs of distressed subprime mortgages and other real estate assets it recently became a big landlord in the U.S. and in Spain. In […]

Barcelona

MIPIM 2015: International finance funds landed in Spanish housing

International finance funds have recently landed in Spain to take advantage of post-housing-bubble ‘bargains’. With very bad consequences for people affected by the crsis, the international commission of PAH said at the occasion of the MIPIM 2015.

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Cannes (FR)

MIPIM 2015: Destructive Istanbul canal project presented as highlight

Also Turkey and Istanbul are very present at the MIPIM this year. One of the “highlights” is the presentation of the giant project of a canal between the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. This “second Bosporus”, one of president Erdogans manic ideas, is a fundamental threat to nature and man.

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London (UK)

The first year of anti-Mipimism in London

London since many years is facing unprecedented levels of housing marketisation and commodification. No wonder that local activists took the slogan against the MIPIM 2015 in Cannes when the business planned a Mipim UK in last October. Here broad and loud protests really had some effect and disturbed the opening of the official fair. An […]

NEWS & REPORTS

MIPIM 2015: Concentration in the German financialized housing sector

While inhabitants in Spain are facing a new wave of mortgage sales to private equity funds like Blackstone, a current main trend in the German residential property sector is the concentration of housing capital in a few listed joint stock companies. Most of them – and also their big shareholders -are present at MIPIM 2015, […]