DiEM25 in Austria:
“Europe’s Duty to the Refugees – Europe’s Duty to itself“
Europe closes down.
Not only with regard to flight, migration and refugees, the current atmosphere in Europe is characterized by political and intellectual bigotry and self-imposed isolation.
Hence, „the European Union will either be democratised or it will disintegrate“, to quote the recurring theme of the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25), recently founded by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and numerous European politicians, intellectuals and activists. DiEM25 rejects the scandalous treatment of refugees in all European countries, the wide-spread strengthening of new and old nationalism, and the neo-ordo-liberal economic policies, for which there supposedly is no alternative. Instead, DiEM25 promotes the vision of a different Europe: a Europe that defends democracy, justice and human rights, a Europe that puts the needs of the people over the wishes of banks and corporations, and a Europe that is fully aware of the EU’s great historical achievement of bringing peace to a continent that had been haunted by war and destruction for centuries.
Watch the videos of #DiEM25’s Vienna event in WERK-X theatre! “Europe’s Duty to the Refugees, Europe’s Duty to Itself“ Share & #Let_Them_In
Check out the gallery from Press Conference and the Main Event.
After DiEM25 had already been presented in Berlin and Rome, the event in Vienna will focus on flight and migration and the so-called “refugee crisis“ in Europe. Contributors will be Yanis Varoufakis, Saskia Sassen, Srećko Horvat, Fanny Müller-Uri, Erich Fenninger, Teresa Forcades, Sandro Mezzadra, Walter Baier and Katja Kipping, among others.
Welcome/opening: Hor 29 Novembar
SPEECH: YANIS VAROUFAKIS (DiEM25) – speech on the Refugee Crisis
First round-table: Solidarity Beyond Borders
Intermezzo: Hor 29 – Novembar
Second round-table: Politics of Fear
BREAK: Hor 29 Novembar performs: Ey Özgürluk
Die Schweigende Mehrheit
Third Round-table: Refugee Crisis or System Crisis? Capitalism and Migration
Complete list of Speakers, Moderators and Hosts from 1st and 2nd part of the Event.
Yanis Varoufakis is an academic economist and Greece’s former finance minister
who led his country’s negotiations with the IMF and the EU in 2015 and who resigned
his post refusing to sign a third bailout loan agreement, describing it as “an loan
contract designed to fail“. In February 2016 he launched DiEM25 with the aim of “democratising a disintegrating Europe“. His most recent book is And The Weak Must Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity & the Threat to Global Stability (Bodley Head).
University of Vienna, Department of Political Science.
Lives in Vienna. She is a researcher of racism and lecturer at the University of Vienna, education worker and currently politically active in the network, Watch the Med – Alarm Phone.
Director of Bundesgeschäftsführer Volkshilfe.
National director of Volkshilfe Austria, managing Director of Equal GmbH
And member of management and supervisory boards of sections that are part of Volkshilfe.
Activist and Benedictine nun.
Sister Teresa Forcades is a Catalan physician and a Benedictine nun. She is a prominent social activist, focusing on public health. She has gained an international reputation for her criticisms of the pharmaceutical industry.
Director, European Alternatives, Italy/Europe, Lorenzo is the founding director of pan-European NGO and citizens movement European Alternatives. He is spokesperson of the European Media Initiative and host of the political webshow Talk Real.
Political Science student, University of Vienna.
I was born in Afghanistan and came to Austria 11 years ago. I just started studying Political Sciences at the University of Vienna. During the summer holidays I was volunteering in refugee camps. At the moment I am working with Unaccompanied Refugee Minors. I take part in different discussions and events in order to inform people about the current political situation in Afghanistan and about my experiences as a former refugee seeker.
Born in Rome in 1976. Lived, studied and worked in the Italian capital until the age of twenty-six. I soon put my love of politics into practice by joining The Democrats of the Left at a very early age. I served as Eur-Laurentino branch secretary and as a DS board member in Rome. Issy-les-Moulineaux Branch Secretary, Federal Communication Secretary, and Member of the PS 92 Federal Office and Council (Socialist party). I was a staff member for the socialist Senator-Mayor of Clamart, in Paris’s inner suburbs. As a PS City Councillor (until March of 2015) I worked in the areas of culture, architecture, and the environment, as well as the city budget.
I am an economist and I have co-founded Attac on 2000. The topic Attac deals with vary: agricultural and trade policies, food sovereignty, financial, tax justice and the various facets of the euro crisis. Since 2010, I co-ordinate the Alliance “Ways out of the crisis“. Since 2014, the Stop TTIP campaign is one of my main concerns. We have helped in building a broad alliance actively in Austria and at a European level, the TTIP negotiations were not completed in 2015 as planned and the resistance grows. I am convinced that we can stop TTIP, CETA and TiSA! In addition to the criticism of TTIP & Co. we broach increasingly the need for fundamental reorganization of the economy and society – of food sovereignty through glocalization to energy democracy and alternative trade mandate. The interest in these alternatives is growing; preparations for the 2nd “Good Life for All“ Congress (2017) are already underway.
Political Scientist and journalist.
Sociologist, Columbia University.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, and Chairs the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.
Srećko Horvat is a philosopher, author and political activist belonging to a younger generation of Croatian intellectuals. He has published more than ten books translated into more than fifteen languages. His most recent published work includes The Radicality of Love (Polity Press, 2015), Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia (with Igor Štiks, Verso, 2015), What Does Europe Want? (with Slavoj Žižek, Columbia University Press, 2014). His articles regularly appear in The Guardian, Al Jazeera and The New York Times. He has been active in the World Social Forum, various occupations (from Occupy Wall Street to plenums in Bosnia). He was one of the founders of the Subversive Festival in Croatia and is currently active in Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25).
Sandro Mezzadra teaches political theory at the University of Bologna. He is one of the founders of the Euronomade project.
Katerina Anastasiou is the coordinator of the info platform change4all. She is active in various grass roots groups in Austria and Europe. Her focus is militant organizational practices and communication.
Economist in Vienna, was National Chairman of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) from 1994 to 2006. Co-ordinator of the network transform! europe.
Katja Kipping is a German politician (Die Linke). Since 2005 she is a member of the German Parliament and since 2012, together with Bernd Riexinger, leader of the Left Party.
Journalist and non-fiction author. Lives and works in Vienna.
WERK X is a newly founded theater in Vienna that works to show the most exciting and innovative work in progressive theatre and performative arts to the Vienna audience. It has been established in 2014 after the former GARAGE X and the former sociocultural “Stadtlabor Kabelwerk” had been converged to the new theatre.
WERK X aims at providing a space for engaged artistic work beyond the repertoire of the state theatres. It follows an artistic approach that stands in favour of a critical view on the contemporary social order and works towards an understanding of art and theatre as a vital part of any democratic society.
The event will be held in English.
The event will broadcast live on the internet: live.werk-x.at