transform! europe and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung invite political scientists and actors to debate the possibilities for common perspectives and action of the Left in Europe in a Berlin-Seminar under the title: “State of Affairs in Europe” in July.
Against the backdrop of blackmail of SYRIZA government in the negotiations with the institutions, further cuts to pensions and social benefits make the mass protests against these measures as against the implementation of the privatization, the continuation of neoliberal politics, the alarming soar of the far right in numerous countries, but also the introduction of new left leaning government in Portugal, the crumbling of the bi-partisan system in Spain which lead to new elections on 26 June, and after the referendum about Britain’s membership in the EU, we believe that a new determination of the positioning of the Left is necessary.
For this a number of conferences, seminars and debates have taken place (especially the foundation and conferences of DiEM-25, the conference ‘Building alliances to Fight Austerity and to Reclaim Democracy’ in Athens, the Plan B-conferences and the strategy conference of the RLS). We do not intend to add another event to this sequence but rather try to draw provisional conclusions of these debates also in the view of the forthcoming congress of the EL.
We want to discuss the following topics:
The discussions will be in English.
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Institut für Gesellschaftsanalyse
14:00 – 15:00: Welcome and Introduction
15:00 – 16:30: State of the Union after the UK-referendum – critical scenarios of EU
16:30 – 17:00: Coffee Break
17:00 – 18.00: Reconstruction of the European legislation and Institutions with consequences for the Left
18.00 – 19.30: The new quality of the shift to the right, the new quality of EU-scepticism and nationalism
09:00 – 11:00: The new quality of the shift to the right, the new quality of EU-scepticism and nationalism
11:00 – 11:15: Coffee break
11:15 – 12:30: Scotland, UK and the EU – the EU-referendum: change in the society and mobilisation
12:30 – 13:30: The Situation of the social democrats in Europe
13:30 – 14:00: Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00: The social-democrats in Europe: the case Labour-party in the UK
16:00 – 16:30: Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00: Mapping of the Left in Europe
18:00 – 18:30: Snack
19:00/20:00: Visit of the refugee theatre
09:00 – 10:30: Left and Government
10:30 – 10:45: Coffee break
10:45 – 12:15: Left and Government
12:15 – 12:30: Coffee break
12:30 – 13:30: European Migration Policies: A major strategic issue for the European Left
13:30 – 14:15: Final discussion and outlook
14:15 – 15:00: Lunch Break/snack