380 delegates from 27 member parties and from nine observation parties arrived in Berlin for the 5th Congress of the European Left. Their concerns about Europe were connected: austerity politics, growing precariousness, the rise of the populous right and higher military budgets for geopolitical power games (just to name a few). Europe is standing knee deep in crises and this is not just from the viewpoint of the Left. The question, however, of “what to do?”, brought an end to the agreement among those present.
Gregor Gysi, still chairman in the German Bundestag, was elected as the new chairman of the European Left. Without opponents, Gysi can only have a short majority of the delegates behind him, with only 68% of the votes, and the EL made a rather split impression.
Naturally, DiEM25 wasn‘t officially invited to the Congress. Through “Die Linke”, however, there was a chance to set up a stand and present the proposals of our Pan-European democratic movement to the interested delegates and representatives.
Despite being just one of many stands using the color red at the event, the DiEM stand nevertheless stood out clearly. During the three-day congress, 8 DSC members alternated regularly at the stand and radiated a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere.
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