A new documentary explores the way with which the water privatization lobbyists try to exploit the countries of the European periphery that have been suffering from the brutal neoliberal policies imposed by Brussels-Berlin axis:
At a time when Europe is going through a crisis that is not solely economical but also a crisis of moral values, millions of European citizens demand a response to a crucial question: is water for the European Union a commercial product or a human right? Until today, the European Institutions have not given a clear answer. The EU has still to recognize water as a human right, as the UN did in 2010.
At the same time, cities, regions and countries all around the world are increasingly rejecting the water privatization model they had adopted for years and are remunicipalizing services in order to take back public control over water and sanitation management. In Europe, the majority of the cases have been recorded in France, home of the most powerful and influential private water multinational companies of the planet. Nine cases have been recorded in Germany.
Although Berlin and Paris have recently taken back public control over their water services, the financial and political European elites are demanding from Greece, Portugal and Ireland to privatize their public water systems. Provisions about water can be found in every M.o.U, Greece, Ireland and Portugal have signed with the Troika and it’s a common stipulation provided in every bailout agreement signed between the debt-ridden countries and their lenders.
Up To The Last Drop follows the money and the corporate interests during a period of four years in thirteen cities of six EU countries. It’s a documentary film about water that reflects contemporary European values and the quality of the current European democracy.
In September Emmanuel Macron arrived in Greece with the elite of the French neo-colonialism, that is, representatives of French companies like Suez, Total, EDF, Sanofi, Orpea, Bpifrance, Engie.
As reported by the Guardian in 2015, "Germany has been criticised for pushing Greece to sell off its water utilities when many of Europe's largest cities, including Berlin, are buying back theirs".
Under the terms of the bailout agreement approved by the Greek parliament, Greece has pledged to support an existing programme of privatisation, which includes large chunks of the water utilities of Greece’s two largest cities – Athens and Thessaloniki. France’s Suez and Veolia, the world’s two largest water companies, will be among those interested in Greece’s utilities if the government’s shares are sold off. Yet in France – another of Greece’s creditors – as many as 49 cities have bought back their water since 2000. “It’s a financial colonisation,” said George Argovtopoulos [President of the Thessaloniki water company trade union]. “It’s an attempt for companies in the north of Europe, the rich countries, to own monopolies like water systems, electricity and gas, in the poor southern countries in Europe. It’s a game of power and money.”
In other words, when the multinational corporate neo-colonialists find significant resistance inside the developed countries, they turn to colonies like Greece which are being destroyed by the neoliberal policies. They become a paradise for these 'investors' who come to buy ridiculously cheap and get away with huge profits, through tax-breaks, devastated labor rights, significant rise on water prices.