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“For decades the liberal centre have been sleepwalking toward this crisis. Today the populist right are positively goose stepping to the abyss. DiEM25 offers a step away from the edge.”
What opportunities and pitfalls lie in the path of a progressive democrat in a post-Brexit world?
On Friday 24 February 2017, DiEM25 Belfast and the Crescent Arts Centre present Yanis Varoufakis for an evening of discussion on the subject of Democracy on the Edge of Europe.
Tonight’s event will be streamed live from 21.00 Central European Time. Click below:
Varoufakis came to wide public attention as the Greek Minister of Finance in 2015 and played a prominent role in Syriza’s negotiations with the European Union and Greece’s creditors. He is a leading figure in the new, political movement DiEM25 with “One very simple, but radical, idea: to democratise Europe.”
As Northern Ireland struggles with a future outside of the EU – a future that its people did not choose – it is time for democrats of all stripes to play a role in shaping the political structures that govern us. Like nowhere else in Europe, Northern Ireland has experienced the acute ramifications of a contested border and continues to suffer at the hands of those who promote xenophobia and division over equality and cohesion. To add to this, the Northern Ireland Assembly has recently had to call elections due to a damaging political scandal, which exemplifies both the problems with and the opposition to western liberal democracies in the twenty-first century.
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