Can Europe Make It?

Are alternatives still possible in Europe?

After five years of crisis marked by rising technocracy and #ThisIsACoup hashtags, is the hope of a truly democratic Europe still real? In this second episode of the new web-show TalkReal we continue asking whether change in Europe is still possible. (Video, 23 mins)

Ségolène Pruvot Beppe Caccia Lorenzo Marsili Niccoló Milanese Daphne Büllesbach
10 August 2015

The American Constitution famously begins with "we, the people". The draft European constitution sank by the French and Dutch referenda of 2005 began with "we, the kings, queens, and presidents of the European Union". 

From Greece to migration, European decision-making continues to accumulate historical mistakes. The incapacity of creating a real transnational democracy in Europe is jeopardising the wellbeing of all peoples of Europe.  

Is a radical transformation of our continent still possible? Or should the left, as Guardian journalist Owen Jones suggested, leave Europe? 

We began asking this question in the first episode of TalkReal, shot in Athens with key Greek and international intellectuals in the aftermath of the new memorandum being agreed by Greece.

The overwhelming response was yes, change is still possible, and no, progressive forces should not leave Europe but fight for its transformation. 

Is this right? And if so, how to achieve it? And what is the role of social movements and civil society? 

We discuss it in this second episode of TalkReal with some of the key people behind European Alternatives, a transnational citizens movement active for many years to push for democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state. 

How is the British police crackdown bill a threat to democracy?

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill creates new stop-and-search powers, allows the police to put more conditions on protests, and threatens Gypsy and Traveller rights to roam.

It's been met with mass protests from Bristol to Belfast. Is this bill a threat to our human rights – and is there any stopping it now?

Join us for this free live discussion at 5pm UK time, Thursday 15 April

Hear from:

Gracie Bradley Director of Liberty
Moya Lothian-Mclean Politics editor at gal-dem
Luke Smith Founder of GRT [Gypsy, Roma and Traveller] Socialists
Zarah Sultana Labour MP
Chair: Nandini Archer Global commissioning editor, openDemocracy

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