Jan
27
Fri
2017
Brexit: An unorthodox view @ London: Central Hall Westminster
Jan 27 @ 20:00 – 21:30

With Srećko Horvat, Elif Shafak, Yanis Varoufakis & Owen Jones

A troubled Britain is on its way out of a troubled European Union. Disintegration and xenophobia are in the air. The government in London is in disarray. But so is every other government in Europe, not to mention the European Commission whose authority is tending increasingly towards zero.

The only forces to be gathering strength everywhere are those of what might be called a Nationalist International, spreading their belligerent reach to Trump’s America. Bellicose nativism is on the rise propagating a thinly-veiled discursive ethnic cleansing. Even sections of the Left are succumbing to arguments in favour of retreating behind the nation-state and stricter border controls.

Srećko Horvat, a Croat philosopher, Elif Shafak, renowned Turkish novelist, andYanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister, bring to this conversation an intriguing perspective. As intellectuals who know Britain well, they understand first hand the perils of nationalism, disintegration, isolationism and marginalisation. They will place post-Brexit Britain in a context informed by a view of Europe and Britain from the continent’s opposite ‘corner’, sharing insights from Greece’s tensions with Brussels and Berlin, Yugoslavia’s disintegration, and Turkey’s fraught relationship with a Europe that both courts and marginalises it.

Moderated by Owen Jones, a passionate campaigner for a quite different Britain in a quite different Europe, it promises to be an evening that restores confidence in Britain’s and Europe’s humanist and internationalist potential.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email guardianlive.events@nulltheguardian.com

Jan
28
Sat
2017
DiEM25 Organisational Launch in the UK @ Conway Hall
Jan 28 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Today, with 2017 upon us, members of DiEM25 in the UK are convinced that Theresa May’s government is pushing Britain toward the rocks while progressive political forces are too introverted to make a difference.

For this reason, DiEM25 UK is gearing up to establish itself as a movement in every British city and town with a view to harnessing the discontent that surfaced during 2016 in order to make 2017 the year when progressive politics returns to Britain.

JOIN US ON SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY 2017, 10.00am AT CONWAY HALL

10-10.45 WHY DOES BRITAIN NEED DiEM25?

  • Welcoming speeches by members of DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective
  • Purpose of the event: How to make DiEM25 operational throughout the UK

10.50-11.50 BUILDING ALLIANCES IN UK & OUR BREXIT POLICY

Keynotes followed by moderated open dialogue

12.00-13:00 ORGANISING ACROSS THE UK: ‘THE DAY AFTER’

  • Short interventions by DiEM25 UK members who helped organise the event
  • Amending the organisation’s name
  • Commencing work on a Manifesto for a Democratic UK
  • Commencing work on extending DiEM25’s economic and social agenda (the European Green New Deal) to the UK
  • Building up DiEM25 UK across the UK
Feb
6
Mon
2017
SUBVERSION? From the anarchism of banks to the anarchist banker @ Brussels: Kaaitheater
Feb 6 @ 20:30

The young Croatian philosopher, writer and political activist Srećko Horvat (1983) is one of the leading voices of his generation. The 2008 Subversive Festival in Zagreb was his initiative. His writings include After the End of History: From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement (2013) and together with Slavoj Žižek What does Europe want? The Union and its Discontents (2014). In 2015, together with Yanis Varoufakis, he set up the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25). His starting point for this lecture will be Fernando Pessoa’s novel The Anarchist Banker and he will be discussing different models and practices for changing a political-economic system from within.

Language: English

Feb
10
Fri
2017
Schauspiel Frankfurt – Erfindung Europa @ Frankfurt: Schauspiel Frankfurt
Feb 10 – Feb 12 all-day

»Europa der Stier ist geschlachtet«, schrieb Heiner Müller schon 1994 und meinte damit nicht unbedingt die EU. In ihr hat die geografisch und politisch kaum fassbare Idee »Europa« so konkret wie nie zuvor Gestalt angenommen – ein Projekt ohne Blaupause, getragen von politischen Visionen und Notwendigkeiten, das heute völlig zurecht wegen seines Mangels an demokratischen Strukturen und marktkonformer Politik in der Kritik steht. Nicht nur eine Reihe von Fehlentscheidungen hat dieses Projekt in eine existenzielle Krise manövriert, die Europa zu spalten droht und nach Korrekturen verlangt; auch angesichts machtpolitischer und ökonomischer Verschiebungen in der globalisierten Welt muss sich Europa nach innen und außen neu begründen und vor allem als politisches Projekt neu erfinden. Doch wie soll sie aussehen, die »Erfindung Europa«?
Die Thementage versammeln dazu Denker, Politiker und Aktivisten, die statt apokalyptischer Antworten Ideen und Forderungen formulieren.

Mit Ulrike Guérot, Chantal Mouffe, Pablo Bustinudy (Podemos), Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Srećko Horvat (DiEM25), Claus Leggewie, Frédéric Lordon, Adrian Zandberg (Razem) u.v.a.

Das detaillierte Programm folgt.