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A historic moment for the international progressive movement?

An open letter and new year's message to President Emmanuel Macron from Paola Pietrandrea, member of the DiEM25 coordinating collective.

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Join voices against the fascist cult of violence – “Long Live Life! Down with Death!”

After recent events in Macerata, Italy, we are beginning to realise that we need thousands of daily acts of resistance to banish fascist ideology.

The magnificent oomph: securing a progressive Brexit

Yanis Varoufakis addressed a packed room of Labour Party MPs and councillors on fighting present and future battles with 'Norway plus', yesterday evening at the House of Commons. 

Circularity. A new strategic horizon

In a circular democracy, plural practices move beyond the idea of state sovereignty towards a sovereignty of proximity that can co-manage basic needs.

Let’s set the record straight on fake news, Mr President

An open letter and new year's message to President Emmanuel Macron from Paola Pietrandrea, member of the DiEM25 coordinating collective.

Are we living through a new “Weimar era”? Constructive resolutions for our future

It has been argued that progressives should drop the 1930’s analogy altogether, on the grounds that this risks identifying the threat posed to democratic societies as inherent in the very demos itself.

Struggling with the state

Three strategies – engaging with state institutions, practising exodus in the form of prefigurative politics, and an aim of taking power – need not be viewed in isolation, but can bolster one another and lead towards lasting democratic transformation.

Is DiEM25 still a vehicle for change?

DiEM25 members’ vote for the first transnational political party in Europe is a vote for more leadership. But the new strategic horizon is experimental and circular.

The Left is dead, carpe DiEM!

As Machiavelli teaches us, political action is nothing but the result of the struggle between the will of political subjects and everchanging conditions which are not of their own choosing. Français.

La gauche est morte, carpe DiEM !

Comme nous l’apprend Machiavel, l’action politique n’est rien d’autre que le résultat de la lutte entre la volonté de sujets politiques donnés et des conditions muables que ces derniers ne sont pas à même de choisir. English.

A Tale of Two Faltering Unions (UK and EU); and what DiEM25 proposes in response

An address at the Oxford Guild, Oxford University, on passionate believers who are troublemakers, Brexit negotiations, simulating a federation and other conundrums, November 28, 2017.

Not just another political party

On November 8, members voted an overwhelming 'YES!' to the proposal that DiEM25 should be able to compete in elections includng the European elections of 2019, while remaining a movement.

Catalunya and beyond: what’s after the nation-state?

To take back control we need neither to retreat to existing nation-states nor to replicate the nation state’s authoritarian structures at a smaller, regional level.

Catalonia: democracy and secession

The Catalan question is not a national question, nor a question of a nation state, but a question of democracy.

On DiEM25’s electoral wing: reply from a CC member to thoughts on ‘a historic moment’

 A transnational movement-party, a hotbed of grassroots democracy capable of supranational solutions – why that matters to me.

DiEM25: a detailed proposal on creating an electoral wing

An open letter from the DiEM25 coordinating collective to members and friends, proposing a transnational political party as one of its tools for democratising Europe..

G20 – they colonized our future

G20 forecasting prolongs the infinite growth paradigm into the future, while G20 backcasting draws strategic conclusions for present action leaving the paradigm still intact.

Portugal’s left-leaning economic recovery

Portugal is making the news for all the right reasons. Español Português

German elections 2017: 8 proposals for Germany's progressives

Germany needs new narratives and policy agendas in order to energise a new politics across Europe – a politics which will reflect the common interest of the majority of Europeans.

DiEM25: A historic moment for the international progressive movement?

DiEM25 needs to create a Janus-faced, progressive union out of the cooperation of every individual – individuals who in turn need to willingly relax their egos for the bigger cause.

The importance of Europeans sticking together to achieve a progressive Europe

Thoughts arising from Brexit for the DiEM25 September event in the Bozar in Brussels on the ‘Real State of the European Union’. (speech)

DiEM25 anti-austerity campaign France 2017

We promised Macron that if he “becomes merely another functionary of Europe’s deep establishment we will oppose him... ” Now the time has come to do exactly that.

A Treatise on European Government: on a constitution and the transnational

This treatise on constitutional European government is linked to the first on the EU treaties: outlining the foundations for a transnational constitution as the keystone for a 'second Reformation of Europe'. (Long - 13,000 words)

A Treatise on European Government: on the international and the problems of the treaties

This treatise on constitutional European government has been prepared for a DiEM25 debate. The argument here for moving beyond the 'international', is based on a critique of the EU treaties. (Long - 6,000 words)

Nuclear weapons modernised as nations prepare to ban them

DiEM25 calls on all European nations to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty as a matter of human survival.

Katja Kipping at DiEM25's "Next Stop 2019?"

"A Europe that excites people would be one that aims to be a well balanced economy rather than one that's focusing on competition." (Video,  9 mins)

Nessa Childers in Diem25's Ireland Launch Event

"I listen to endless talk about the existential crisis of socialists and democrats and not very much insight into the fact that they have brought it upon themselves." (Video, 12 mins)

Saskia Sassen at DiEM25's "Next stop 2019?"

"You don’t need to change everything to bring foundational change." (Video, 5 mins)

Aral Balkan on an Internet of People from DiEM25's "Next Stop 2019?" event

"We are talking about a very different type of social system that we live in. We’re talking about a corporatocracy." (Video, 7 mins)

Alice-Mary Higgins on the DiEM25 Manifesto at the DiEM25 launch in Ireland

"We need to bridge that new and innovative kind of democratic accountability from the local to the national, to the European and international level. It needs to be remade ground-up and DiEM is an exciting part of that…" (Video, 24 mins)

'Constructive disobedience': a critique

For disobedience to be justified in a fully public, democratic way it needs to be grounded in horizontal, pre-institutional political relations (an extremely difficult challenge both philosophically and politically).

Resignation letter from Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi to DiEM25 and Yanis Varoufakis' reply

The writer, media theorist and activist wrote to say “I am no longer a European given Europe’s daily crimes” & “thus I resign from DiEM25”. Read his letter, and Yanis Varoufakis’ reply.

A guide to "Constructive Disobedience"

To confront the Establishment head-on, and bring about the Progressive Europe that is desperately needed, we call on activists everywhere to practise “Constructive Disobedience”. What do we mean by this? Read on to find out.

Hamburg transformed itself into an Orwellian dystopia for the G20 Summit

On July 7-8 the G20 Summit took place 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 open letter below to the Senate of Hamburg to protest.

What role is Germany playing in the European Union and what is meant by “Multi-Speed Europe”?

Yanis Varoufakis explains Germany's role in the European Union and what we should take into account when we hear the term "multi-speed" Europe. (Video, 4 mins)

21 candidates for French parliament endorse DiEM25’s principles

"Our French members... gave a variety of candidates running in the upcoming parliamentary elections on June 11 and 18 the chance to embrace our movement’s aims."

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