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Is water a commodity or a human right? Cities across Europe are fighting water privatisation.
In 2010, water was officially recognised as a universal human right by the United Nations. However, the European Union has yet to do the same.
The management of water has long been in the hands of private companies, but resistance to this profit-driven model has increased in Europe since 2000.
Activists against water privatisation in Greece, Portugal and Ireland say that the EU applies pressure to privatise water services using the economic crisis as a pretext for the creation of a water market in Europe.
In many cases, the decision to close the book on water privatisation is the response to the failure of private operators to put the needs of communities before profit…
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