Veranstaltungszentrum Europahaus Wien
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The annual strategic seminar of transform! europe and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation focuses on the political actors of the radical left in Europe and their ability to provide programmatic and strategic answers to current challenges, to build alternatives and to further develop forms of political organization.
It is a question of the left-wing actors not only in national, but also in European level, their effectiveness and capacity to initiate a political change by creating – among others – left and progressive alliances that will contribute to the long-term project of a left hegemony. Despite the successes achieved by left forces in specific countries, the left as a political subject is still on the defensive. It is therefore, always, essential to organize strategic and programmatic debates not only analyzing the reasons of our victories or our defeats, but also on the fundamental weaknesses of our narrative, our structures and our communication channels.
Thus, we see this seminar as the space where political actors, academics and young scholars, as well as activists and trade unionists come together in order to critically discuss the very thorny topics of modern left politics in Europe.
The workshop will first analyse the social and political upheavals in Europe, identify the shakeouts of political systems and power relations in Europe and draw conclusions for the left in Europe. So what are the new challenges for the political left ten years after the outbreak of the crisis (rise of the far right, transformation of democracy and statehood) and how can the left react to them?
In times of transition, of interregnum, where completely different developments seem to be possible: could a left project succeed in developing strategies for a political change in the respective countries and in the European level? How can left-wing actors, especially left-wing parties at national and European level, succeed in pointing out alternative paths of development by translating their programmatic positions into concrete policies, amplification of political pressure towards them and transforming new practices into collective action? What are the leverages and weaknesses of the respective projects and where can these projects be developed?
The aim of the seminar is to present the strengths and weaknesses of Europe’s left-wing parties and to discuss their strategic options for future struggles. This not only includes the deepening of knowledge about concrete challenges the left faces in specific European countries, but also the concretization of left policies as a method and a process, namely policy areas which left-wing majorities can stand for: The social question, peace and democracy.
At the end of the seminar, there will be an attempt to bring together the connecting elements or modules discussed in order to trace the strategies that could shape left-wing policies in today’s Europe.
Angelina Giannopoulou, firstname.lastname@example.org