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Rebuilding the world: the hubris behind the global infrastructure agenda

Originally published on OpenDemocracy By Xavier Sol Infrastructure is not just about bricks and mortar. It is about systematic wealth extraction from local communities, whose territories are permanently reshaped in the name of capital accumulation. This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The […]

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VIDEO: The song of the EIB

On the occasion of the EU elections 2019, Counter Balance and its partners call the citizens’ attention on the bank of the EU – the European Investment Bank (EIB). What does it do? What are the challenges it has gone through so far? What the aspects that need improvement? And what can the citizens do […]

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Report exposes how PPPs across the world drain the public purse, and fail to deliver in the public interest

From the complete failure of the Castor Project in Spain, to an overpriced hospital in Sweden, projects financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) make no exception to the list of PPP disasters compiled in this new joint report. Brussels/Bali, 8 October 2018 History RePPPeated: How public private partnerships are failing, launched on the occasion […]

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New study challenges the infrastructure mega-corridors agenda

We live in an age of what might be termed “extreme infrastructure”, and “Mega-corridors” are its most visible manifestation. A new study by Counter Balance calls attention on this pervading global agenda and identifies the risks associated with it. While infrastructure corridors are not new, their expansion has now reached an unimagined extreme scale. New […]

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New report: Juncker Plan backs billions in fossil fuels and carbon-heavy infrastructure

14 November 2017 Brussels, Bonn — While in Bonn at the UN climate talks the EU touts the Paris Agreement, back in Brussels the European Union is set to continue a funding tool that in last two years has lent billions of euros for fossil fuels projects, finds a new study from CEE Bankwatch Network, […]

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Letter to the EIB on the financing of MOSE project in Italy and corruption scandal

Re:Common and Counter Balance have written to the European Investment Bank (EIB) President and Directors to notify the bank of the latest developments regarding the trial for corruption that just ended in Italy in relation to the MOSE project. MOSE is a major infrastructure project in Italy which received financial support from the EIB for […]

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