Not all quiet on the Eastern front…

Bogdan Gradinaru
22/11/2017, Articles Member-contributed
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The joint endeavour of Diemers from Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Serbia working on the Eastern European platform has already been publicised in this article. This was just to present a cornerstone for future actions, opening up the space for other Diemers from Eastern Europe to join in. Anyone sensible rejects facile comparison, but we need to admit that this part of Europe “needs different treatment”.

Subsequently we have decided that our main goals and aims are the following: one – to tell the story that introduces members from non-Eastern European countries to the troubles and strife of Eastern European countries: and second – to demonstrate conclusively that it is crucial for the future of Europe to implement DiEM 25 pillars in these countries too, whether or not they are members of the EU.

Let us not forget the words of Julian Assange concerning Serbia: “a country in-between, a pivotal, pioneering place where the future happens first.” Of course, the same can be said about the whole of the region. Sometimes, and not seldom, local symptoms at the “periphery” reveal serious diseases or malaises at the core. Europe is and should be a living body, therefore the rest of our European brothers living in the South, North or the West of our continent clearly cannot look away when they see people evicted from their homes for minor debts, their goods confiscated; impoverished, downtrodden workers thrown out of their jobs; governments ruled by billionaires presiding over shrivelling economies, rising xenophobia and racism, militarism, tribalism; crushing defeats and leftwing and progressive forces the objects of derision in elections – all of which is actually happening right now in half of the European continent.

It is crucial to learn from the example of Eastern Europe if we don’t want to see the whole of Europe collapsing in this way. We are for the time being collecting new materials with the aim of thoroughly working through the items already outlined in our article.

Since democracy is the foundation for all other efforts, we have decided to start with it. So this will be the subject of our next paper. It gives us pleasure to invite you to to read and to contribute to our debates group. There are no local problems, but only local understandings, and we are here to bridge the gaps. Watch this space.

Carpe DiEM!

 

Bogdan is a member of DSC Bucharest, but also a humble engineer living in Munich. His main points of interest are socio-political issues of South-East Europe, as well as promoting DiEM25 there.

 

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