Why pensions are a European issue, and why the strike also is (and what you can do to help)
The role of political organisations certainly isn’t to substitute for the workers or their trade unions. However, they may at any time help envisage economic and social struggles in a broader way, in time or space, to open perspectives. The present movement over pensions in France deserves some thinking. Europe In 2003 a movement over
While the general rate of redistribution of wealth in Sweden is relatively high, this country has had a real push on the question of pension reform using a point system, as Henri Sterdyniak, from French Observatory of Economic Conditions (OFCE) indicates. Indeed, years after this type of reform occurred, the situation there is quite catastrophic:
James Galbraith’s memoir of lifelong struggles to make economics a force for good
Mainstream economics has always functioned as the mathematised ideology of financialised capitalism. The few economists who fought from within the economics discipline on behalf of the many have led lonely, difficult lives. In this lecture, James K. Galbraith, a founding member of DiEM25 and a member of our Advisory Panel, narrates his personal journey and, in the process, lays down a research strategy for younger progressive economists. He also reveals to non-economist progressives the kind of theoretical weaponry that the establishment has at it disposal. A must read!
DiEM25’s National Collective in Germany (NC) calls on all DiEMers to join the Extinction Rebellion without Borders in October 2019, starting October 7 in the capitals of the world. Recent climate research shows that we have to revise almost everything about the speed and the severity of the climate catastrophe. The climate catastrophe is no
DiEM25 Italia: Salvini’s threats must be countered!
Salvini’s perfidious calculation: He provokes a government crisis in plain summer and could not be blamed for the chaos the adoption of Italy’s budget will unevitably bring about in September. Read more about DiEM25 Italy’s stance.
MeRA25 as the only ray of hope on the day the recalcitrant Greek Right returned to office
Greece’s Tories, the New Democracy party and its leader, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis, today are the victors in our general election. However, their victory that was set in motion on the night of the referendum (July 5, 2015) by Mr Tsipras, the outgoing Prime Minister.
Whilst politicians and masters of war massacre thousands overseas to protect commercial interests, our “well-educated” elite could not be bothered. But workers have shown true internationalist spirit and awareness by transcending local and national politics to defend lives in distant lands.
Who to trust more – Greens or DiEM25? – on climate?
In late April, DiEM25 founder Yanis Varoufakis participated in a debate with Sven Giegold, lead candidate of the German Greens. After two very close first rounds, Giegold used the third to attempt to nail his opponent on our Green New Deal. But Varoufakis had all the answers.
Pamela Anderson supports democracy in Europe – DiEM25
Together with Srećko Horvat, the Croatian philosopher in third place on the transnational list of democracy in Europe – DiEM25, Pamela Anderson presented her election poster last week in Berlin. Nationwide there will be about 1000 posters on which Pamela Anderson advertises for the Green New Deal.
Real solidarity from Europeans means criticism of the movements — to wish Algerians the same freedom from inspectorates, austerity, unjust trade deals and technocratic rule that we demand for Europeans in DiEM25.
The European Union Court rules in favour of the ECB – and against transparency and democracy in Europe
#TheGreekFiles, a legal opinion about the ECB’s actions towards Greece in 2015, will continue to remain secret. For now. DiEM25 will appeal the European Court’s ruling and amp up its campaign to bring transparency to European institutions.
Raise your voice against US aggression on Venezuela
We firmly oppose the threat of US military aggression against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. US military intervention has a long history in Latin and Central America, often supporting right-wing juntas and toppling democratically elected governments. There are only a few countries in both regions that have not been attacked by US forces during the
How Brexit could lead to Britain becoming a land of the rich
How Brexit could lead to Britain becoming a land of the rich! The UK’s EU referendum campaign was one of the most divisive campaigns in modern British history: the question whether the UK should remain or leave the EU split the nation, families and friends. Brexit lies by the Leave campaign! The Leave campaign, funded
DiEM25’s online art auction: A new way of funding democratic movements and a new relationship between participatory politics and art
DiEM25 is changing the way we do politics and fund our campaigns. From our first day, we declared that we shall not be receiving money from bankers, Brussels, oligarchs and assorted vested interests – that we would struggle with whatever funding our activists could provide from their meagre resources. Today, faced with the uphill struggle of participating
Austerity, Xenophobia, Euro and Environment – DiEM25 and European Spring event, Berlin 24/1/2019
With xenophobic and authoritarian forces rising across the EU, economies not yet back to pre-2008 levels, Eurozone ‘exits’ becoming more likely and climate catastrophe on the horizon, it’s time to stop what we’re doing and rethink.
Belgian-Canadian student and DiEM25 member faces up to 8 years in prison after attending protest in Hungary
A Belgian-Canadian university student and DiEM25 member is facing up to eight years of jail-time after being arrested during a spontaneous protest in front of the Hungarian Parliament on the evening of December 12. Adrien Beauduin, a PhD student in Gender Studies at Central European University, was arrested along with four other protesters, who are
On the night of 11 November on the eve of the International Conference on Libya, the group of artists known as Stalker / Noantri Planetary Citizens arrived in Palermo, Sicily, with ten maritime rescue ladders, originally made in 2004 with the Pakistani crew of a ship impounded in the port of Naples, and restored over
We have white smoke! The results of MeRA25′ electoral program vote
The basic principle of DiEM25 – and MeRA25′ of course – is our internal democratic processes. MeRA25′ electoral program was voted in favour by 97,73%! Besides the vote on the program as a whole, there were five individual votes regarding the following fields: Conversion of medical and law schools to exclusively postgraduate schools, according to the
Message to DiEM25 members: The summer is over, let’s seize the day, let’s seize 2019
To all DiEM25 members Friends, comrades, DiEMers, Today I am writing to you in my capacity as Secretary of MeRA25, DiEM25’s Greek electoral wing. Today, we begin voting on MeRA25’s electoral program. This is a remarkable moment. Think about it: DiEM25 is developing transnational democracy for the first time in Europe’s history, indeed globally.
Here and now: a creative vision for Europe, London, October 10
On October 10, “Here and Now: A Creative Vision for Europe” will bring together Srećko Horvat, Danae Stratou, Yanis Varoufakis, Bobby Gillespie and Rosemary Bechler at the Platform Theatre of Central Saint Martins to consider the role of culture in the fight for the future of Europe. With a range of performance, presentation, and discussion, the event
At the opening on July 14, short welcoming speeches will be delivered by the Mayor of Pollença as well as by the director of the Museu de Pollença, Andreu Aguilo, the artist Danae Stratou and the curator Ines Muñozcano.
DiEM25’s response to the European Council: a coherent, human, effective migration policy
The 28 governments meeting in Brussels for the last European Council summit have abdicated their moral and political responsibility towards Europe’s citizens and towards future generations. Here is the alternative of DiEM25.
The Provincial Court of Navarre has decided to release on bail the five men it considers guilty of abusing an 18-year-old girl during the San Fermín festival in Pamplona in 2016. The decision is a new blow to a society that is aware of the fight against male violence and once again, thousands of women
“Just be fair”: when does journalism undermine its own reputation?
I don’t think there is any doubt that the powerful entities exposed by WikiLeaks want to destroy it and I don’t think there is any doubt that Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks team face huge legal and extralegal risks.
Over the last two months in Italy, 20 regional assemblies have been held that have elected as many regional coordinators. And on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May in Rome, DiEM25 convened the first National Congress for Italy.
What the new Bavarian police law means for European progressives
Last Tuesday, the Bavarian federal parliament passed a new law that gives unreasonable and excessive powers to its police. The legislation comes less than one week after 35,000 people protested against the law at the biggest demonstration in Munich in half a decade. The Bavarian parliament has full authority of its police, according to federalisation
Europe must distance itself from the Israeli government
Europe must condemn an American foreign policy that is blatantly guided by cynical geopolitical goals in the region, for the sake of which the human rights of the Palestinians are willingly sacrificed.
On the European Commission’s post-2020 long-term budget proposal
For the European project to remain relevant to European citizens – and indeed, for it to survive – it needs sensible, long-term projects, and to imagine ambitious and courageous solutions. That’s why DiEM25 offers strong alternatives in its Green New Deal policy proposals that will lift Europe out of its multiple crises, and bring it boldly into the 21st century.
May 1st: As long as capitalism exists, every generation of workers is condemned to wage the same struggles again and again – for dignity, wages, conditions, hours
Today, May 1, we struggle not to forget the sacrifices of generations of workers to etch onto the world’s collective conscience the crucial principle that labour is not, and can never be, just another commodity.
Europe’s pioneer transnational list council to gather in Lisbon
The list’s co-founders, as well as observers representing various political forces from across Europe, will hold their second meeting to continue developing the effort to present a united political front in next year’s European Parliament Elections.
Emmanuel Macron’s European challenge: and the crownless again shall be king?
Contrary to President Macron’s understanding of the authority of democracy, DiEM25 is devoted to constituting a horizontal, spontaneous and rhizomatic form of political and social organization, the legitimation of which depends on the will of freely associating citizens and groups of citizens.
The French economy might turn out to be the toast of Brussels, but the day to day experience for the French people will not endear them to liberal politics and the one who came to power promising to change it all.
You are a member of DiEM25 – MeRA25? You’re fired! Political persecutions in 2018
We received a message today which shocked us. We share it withholding the names of those involved, for obvious reasons. “So, I lived to see that, too! Today I got fired from my job as Scientific Advisor for an organization that cooperates with a German organization. The “justification” given was I am involved in DiEM25
The madness and conflict of Shakespeare’s characters can humanise economics
Why former Greek finance minister and co-founder of DiEM25 – a pan-European movement for democratising the EU – accepted the invitation to give Kingston University’s sixth annual Shakespeare lecture at the Rose Theatre.
What is there left to say on a dark day like today? How can we even respond with words to what has happened in Afrin? The truth is, we can’t It’s just not possible to describe what has occurred. We can only express our heartfelt human warmth and solidarity with those who have lost their
Europe’s first transnational list to contest elections is born
Today, March 10, 2018, will be a date to be remembered. For the very first time, national, regional and municipal political forces from across the continent assembled with a view to bring about change and reconstruct the European Union – bottom-up, transnationally.
The polis needs the feminine, at least as much as the feminine needs the polis
The feminism developed in recent years relates the legitimate claim of women’s full citizenship within the polis with a more symbolic – but not less profound – demand of full citizenship of femininity in politics.
We need to establish party wings while ensuring that the movement takes the lead. We need these dialectics in our struggle for more democracy in Europe (and beyond). And we must centre the women’s struggle along the way.
With very limited resources, virtually no access to media, loose infrastructure and entirely voluntary activist base, the Initiative managed to establish itself as one of the most relevant opposition forces in Belgrade. So while this might not have been an electoral victory, it was a victory of an idea.
Let us celebrate 8 March both as a day marking considerable progress this year, but also as a special day destined to disappear because we will continue to fight, everywhere, whatever the odds against us, until we attain genuine equality, respect and dignity.
Labour’s plans are among the most hopeful developments in the Brexit process so far, and are strikingly similar to DiEM25’s proposal for a “Norway model” of relationship with the EU to achieve both a more progressive UK and a more democratic EU.
We must call for a serious and effective investigation, powered by the Slovak journalists that this killing attempted to silence: to join forces to properly and thoroughly investigate what Kuciak was investigating. That would be a true homage to his death.
DiEM25’s members overwhelmingly approved the name of our new Greek electoral wing – the political party with which DiEM25 will contest elections in Greece, returning the spirit of the Greek Spring to the place of its birth.
An open letter concerning the upholding of the Rule of Law in the European Union, co-signed by 188 scholars, politicians, public intellectuals and members of the European Parliament and sent on November 3, 2017.
As a mediator between West and East, between Central Europe and the Balkans, Austria plays a very important role in mirroring emerging trends in Europe. Voter results should be a wake-up call for progressive movements, like DiEM25, to push harder and stronger for their positions.
Our electoral wing, if members greenlight it, would allow us to take our fight with the Establishment to the next level – a historic, first-of-its-kind pan-European political force that will return power to you. To the people. To us all.
The political dissolution of the EU seems inevitable, as racism and nationalism are growing in many countries of Europe. But we must remember the words of John Maynard Keynes: the inevitable generally does not happen, because the unpredictable prevails instead. DiEM25 has this function: helping the unpredictable to emerge.
Starting tomorrow, our very own Yanis Varoufakis and Lorenzo Marsili will be touring Italy. Their mission? To meet activists and political figures and put forward DiEM25’s proposals for tackling Europe’s common problems.
The current events taking place in Catalonia are worrisome to DiEM25, for they touch on the very essence of some of our movement’s founding principles, particularly our defence of democracy and of people’s rights to decide their future.
At DiEM25, we agree with the logic of a universal basic income. Critically, however, we believe that the money should not come from additional taxes or the government. We propose UBD instead: a universal basic dividend.
French workers protest Macron’s labour reform – and the troika’s arrival in Paris
Pandering to big business by maximising its profitability at the expense of workers is only a consequence of the Schäuble plan to rid the EU of its core values and quash its peoples’ democratic yearning.
As the world has darkened, so has our mood. Snarkiness, cynicism and divisiveness have become the order of the day. This renders us immobile and incapable of addressing the multiple threats confronting us, at a time when we need to be as strong, cooperative and positive as possible.
#G20Hamburg – an update from DiEM25’s members and activists on the ground
Protesters are blocking the streets, helicopters are hovering the sky and DiEM25 is in the middle of it all. Join our call for “Constructive Disobedience” tonight at 7.30pm from Hamburg’s University (live stream available).
All citizens have the right to freely express their opinions and to gather peacefully for protest. The freedom of assembly, as well as freedom of expression, is a basic pillar of every free and pluralistic society.
Hamburg is transforming itself into an Orwellian dystopia for the G20 Summit
On July 7-8 the G20 Summit is happening in Hamburg. The city’s authorities plan to transform it into a democracy-free zone of complete surveillance, enforced by paramilitary means. We wrote the letter below to the Senate of Hamburg to protest.
Reduction of military spending in DiEM25’s New Deal, a contribution from Pressenza
As journalists at the international press agency Pressenza and activists of the Humanist association “World without Wars and Violence”, we intend to make a contribution to the debate in DiEM25 and the development of an innovative and courageous platform for the 2018 European elections.
Since 2008 more people on earth are living in cities than in the country. Until 2030 there will be 5 billion people in cities. Therefor urbanisation is a planned development. In which direction this plan will develop and who is going to have the right to a say in the matter will be another question.
56 candidates for French parliament endorse DiEM25’s principles
Our French members have taken a different route to bring DiEM25 into the electoral debate and push for a progressive alliance at the ballot: they gave a variety of candidates running in the upcoming parliamentary elections on June 11 and 18 the chance to embrace our movement’s aims.
On May 28, we published to our members a list of fifteen progressive parliamentary candidates standing in the UK general election on June 8 whom we would like to publicly endorse for the last few days of the campaign. Every DiEM25 member, including non-UK members, had a vote in this, and the results are now in!
Last week, DiEM25 held its first-ever event in Athens, ground-zero of the Euro Crisis and of course our co-founder Yanis Varoufakis’ home turf. Here’s a timeline of what happened: The week started off with a bang: Greece’s opposition party shamelessly attacked us, so we responded in kind. The DiEM25 Greece team put out a series
Macron came to Greece’s aid during our crisis. The French left should back him
Yanis Varoufakis: “When my country was being bullied by Europe’s pro-austerity establishment, Macron was a rare ally. More importantly, he’s all that stands between France and the fascism of Marine Le Pen”
We feel that it is about time DiEM25 should return to Greece, thereby returning the spirit of the Greek Spring to its birthplace, in spite of the different “Kazimirs” of Greece and other countries. And this is what we are doing by starting from Thessaloniki on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of April.
How we got here The situation in Turkey during the time before the referendum could well be described as a Chronicle of a Death Foretold . Erdogan used July’s failed coup attempt as an excuse to unleash a fierce manhunt against anyone standing in his way. Students, scholars, journalists and citizens who opposed his regime
DSC Berlin launches first DiEM-Lab Event: „How to build a Rebel City“
It took a while…but now the DSC Berlin is ready to launch its very first DiEM-Lab! DiEM25 Berlin opens a new space to foster grassroots politics and democracy! On the 30th of April several activists, political organisations and local initiatives will gather at Technische Universität Berlin to discuss „How to build a Rebel City“. Speakers
Brexit is government of the old, by the old, for the old – and it will perish with the old. Maturity could still mean that it is the right thing to do; only in Theresa May’s hands Brexit has become an attempt to restore a 17th century version of sovereignty that is bound to fail.
The EU cannot survive if it sticks to business as usual
As it stands, the prospects for a stabilized eurozone do not look good. Business as usual — the establishment’s favored option — could soon produce a major Italian crisis that the eurozone cannot survive.
The idea of Europe is in retreat and the European Union seems to have entered into an apparently irreversible crisis. With Brexit, one great pillar of the European Union has already fallen. Others may follow – if not in this year’s election cycle then perhaps in the next.
“Take our country back!” is the proud message of Brexit supporters and an aspiration that we begin to encounter everywhere in Europe, even amongst left-wingers advocating a return to the nation-state.
A tragic milestone in the EU’s treatment of refugees
Today is the one-year anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal on refugees that’s tearing families apart, inflicting unnecessary suffering on people who have already suffered the unimaginable and sending the worst message to the world about the values of Europe, our common home.
Dutch Elections and Europe: the Dutch political ‘center’ asserting itself no reason for complacency
Underneath the ‘grey-right or green-right’ coalition government, which will most likely now emerge, several strong socio-economic and cultural changes are manifest, which constitute the deeper transformations in the Dutch political arena. And they may not be unique for The Netherlands.
The world is suffering setbacks in Gender Politics. The repulsive statements and scandals of the Trump campaign are only one example for this. Poland’s government would like to abolish the already restricted right to safe and legal abortion which thousands of protesters, the black protests, have prevented so far. The German AfD wants to get rid of gender studies altogether and all too often we hear the word Genderwahnsinn – Gender madness.
Last Saturday afternoon in Barcelona was momentous. A third of a million people came together to protest in our streets. It was the biggest march seen in Barcelona since the Iraq War demonstrations, almost fourteen years ago. The march has been plotted out from Barcelona’s heart to its shoreline, but even before we start moving
DiEM25 Unveils Its ‘European New Deal: An Economic Agenda for European Recovery’
To take back our countries, our regions and our cities, we need to reclaim common purpose amongst sovereign peoples. And to do this we need an internationalist, common, transnational European project. We need a European New Deal. This document outlines just that.
In February 2016, we launched our movement with a simple goal: to democratise Europe. Back then, the establishment media quickly dismissed us as ‘too radical’ and ‘utopian’, and went back to the business of preserving the status quo for their corporate and political masters. A year on, our journey to ‘radical utopia’ is going quite well!
In Berlin a broad alliance of local initiatives takes to the streets for social housing and self-determined organisation of the city by its inhabitants. Students of the Humboldt University of Berlin initiated this demonstration. What is exemplified by this demonstration is the consequence of extensive social change. A report. The students present at the demonstration
Warmongering has always been an instrument which is used by elites to neutralize social resistance. When people start to raise their voices against the poverty and inequality and when the elites sense that their power and privileges are under threat, they use nationalist rhetoric to redirect the anger of the oppressed people. By using cheap and flammable nationalist rhetoric they convince
DiEM25-UK: Organisational launch meeting at Conway Hall, London
On Saturday morning, January 28, 2017, at Conway Hall in Central London, long an important place for radical religious, philosophical, social and political thinking in the UK, DiEM25 held its UK organisational launch.
DiEM25 aims to act as the catalyst to the construction of a broad left coalition able to challenge the rising nationalism in Europe and confront their domination of the media and political landscape – something sorely needed here in Britain.
Setting the tone for DiEM25’s grassroots activism in Barcelona
It’s a rainy, late-January morning. A group of demonstrators stands singing in front of the Barcelona European Parliament Office to protest for the European Action Day against CETA. Among these demonstrators can be found progressives, ecologists, feminists, alter-economists and, as has become usual in this city, DiEM25 supporters. Even in a cold winter morning, the
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
This phase of Poland’s parliamentary crisis is over, but Poland remains stuck in a much deeper one – the crisis of far-right authoritarian rule, of representative parliamentary politics and of democracy itself.
The biggest step towards European Union so far took place in Maastricht, when the eponymous Treaty was signed by the member states and the European Community became the European Union. The town with a population of approximately 122,000 inhabitants is also located right in the backyard of the right-wing populist Geert Wilders and his EU-critical
Since it’s forming in April 2016, DSC Belgrade has established a few priorities alongside a couple of questions that we discuss at our meetings, which take place weekly. We started as a small collective but now have 8 steady members and many more coming and going. We all met at DiEM25’s Forum, and we were
by Dominik Schlett Last Saturday (December 3rd) the young DiEM25 Movement walked a thin line in Berlin. It should have been the first countrywide meeting of the movement in Germany, but due to time bottlenecks the project was threatened with failure. The meeting was announced only a few days prior, and the lack of time
Humanity needs to materialise the over and over talked, written and argued about “mind shift”: reconnecting the individual with his natural environment, societies with the biosphere, humanity with the planet.
DiEM25 Launches Appeal to EU Institutions to #StopTheDeal
We call upon Europeans and their elected representatives to overrule the EU-Turkey Agreement and end the EU’s practice of sacrificing human lives and basic humanist principles on the alter of appeasing xenophobes and ultra-nationalists.
DSC News brings us to the very west of Germany, this time to visit DSC Cologne. “It takes a long time to build a group. There are new people every time, some of them don’t come back after their first meeting, but others become very committed.” This is how Klemens Surmann describes his experience of
Trump’s election is the second time in a few months that a vote has left the establishment confused and scared in its wake. The first such vote was Brexit of course. Both outcomes had seemed impossible. Both were in fact own goals, politicians wishing to hurt the opponent and instead hurting themselves. In the case
A day of victory for the politics of fear, loathing and division
Donald Trump’s victory marks the end of an era when a self-confident Establishment preached the end of history, the end of passion and the supremacy of a technocracy working on behalf of the 1%. But the era it ushers in is not new. It is a new variant of the 1930s, featuring deflationary economics, xenophobia and divide-and-rule politics.
Europe’s crisis of confidence will likely continue spreading across Europe: In Holland and France, but also in Spain and Italy, as well as in Germany, Finland, and the East. If nativist populism can rise in Britain, it can rise anywhere.
Spain’s ousted opposition leader reveals where the real power lies: with the country’s oligarchs
Let Mariano Rajoy stay in power or bring on a third round of elections. Those were the only choices that the former Secretary General of the Socialist Party, Pedro Sánchez, said he was given by the country’s top media and corporate oligarchs in a prime-time interview last night.
How to revitalise progressive politics in Brexit Britain
Though ‘Out’ won, the people of Britain do not need to settle for bad change overseen by the regressive, isolationist type of government now in power. Here, Yanis proposes how the country’s progressive internationalists can respond to the challenge of Brexit.
Sarajevo is etched in the collective memory as a city of war. Twenty years after the peace agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the green hills around the city are changing into gated communities for Arab tourists. Public space is either neglected or privatised, then commercialised. A new generation is sowing the seeds of change.
Like Stefano I too think that the Eurozone is disintegrating, probably in a manner that will also bring about the EU’s effective demise. However, my difference with Stefano is that I see no reason why we must adopt the Eurozone’s disintegration as our objective.
Committing Geocide: Climate Change and Corporate Capture
Undoubtedly people unaware of the dangers of climate change still exist, but they are certainly not the people in charge of world affairs. The real problem is that we are faced with determined, well-organised adversaries who care nothing about human rights or climate change; who would probably laugh at the very mention of geocide. They want only one thing: business as usual…
Yanis Varoufakis’ speech at the DiEM25 members meeting in Aegina (August 2016)
Greece is suffocating in a Europe that is disintegrating. And Greece will continue to suffocate as long as Europe is disintegrating. And Europe will continue to disintegrate as long as countries like Greece are being suffocated.
Reclaiming Europe from the powers that be – Barbara Spinelli in conversation with Lorenzo Marsili
Barbara Spinelli is an author, journalist and MEP for the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, as well as a member of DiEM25. Lorenzo Marsili is one of the initiators of DIEM25 and the cofounder of European Alternatives.