Democracy, xenophobia, and the political establishment: Stockholm DSC event report

by DSC Stockholm 1

Leading up to the Swedish parliamentary election on September 9, DSC Stockholm invited politicians, journalists and writers to discuss the rise of xenophobia in Sweden and what is to be done for democracy.
DiEM25 presented three topics for debate:

  • Democracy in Europe and Sweden: What kind of democracy is offered by the Swedish parties, and how can a national democracy survive without a pan-European movement?
  • Nationalism and Xenophobia: How can political movements answer to Swedish voters’ frustrations?
  • Social class: Class today is not the class of yesterday. Rather, we find a clash between the guardians of the political establishment and a people that has lost its faith in democracy.

We also had Generation.s (Stockholm) as guest-speakers, discussing the European Spring and offering an up-to-date situation on French democracy.
All in all, the DSC event was a huge success — and DiEM25 Stockholm received great feedback, questions, and input for the road ahead.
Speakers were:
Democracy in Sweden: Joakim Löf (DiEM25) author and a former Green party member and active.
Nationalism and xenophobia:  Kirill Filimonov (DiEM25 coordinator) Researching participatory politics and media activism at Uppsala University.
Classes and the Deep State: Mats Sederholm (DiEM25 coordinator) Author and articles-writer.
Update on French democracy: Christophe Premat (Generation.s)  Academic and politician, National Assembly deputy in 2014-2017.
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