DiEM25 https://www.opendemocracy.net/taxonomy/term/21331/all cached version 08/02/2019 17:26:05 en Not just another political party https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/not-just-another-political-party <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/European_Parliament_-_Hemicycle.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/European_Parliament_-_Hemicycle.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="308" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>The European Parliament. CC.</span></span></span></p><h2>Introduction</h2><p><em>We consider the model of national parties which form flimsy alliances at the level of the European Parliament to be obsolete. While the fight for democracy-from below (at the local, regional or national levels) is necessary, it is nevertheless insufficient if it is conducted without an internationalist strategy toward a pan-European coalition for democratising Europe. </em></p><p><em>European democrats must come together first, forge a common agenda, and then find ways of connecting it with local communities and at the regional and national level.</em></p><p>- Extract from the Manifesto of DiEM25</p><p>From the day DiEM25 was inaugurated in Berlin, in February 2016, we have been saying that we have no urge to contest elections, in the daily hustle of what passes for “politics”. We would rather continue in our chosen areas of activism, while supporting existing progressive political parties.</p><p>Alas, Europe’s crisis and slow descent into a quagmire of incompetent authoritarianism does not give us the right to do so. The window for us to effect change is closing and this has become even more pressing after the recent German election which killed off the last remaining hope for a federalist democratic push by Macron and Merkel. </p><p>Time is running short. If DiEM25 is to make any impact on the 2019 pan-European (EP) elections; if our movement really wants to act before Europe disintegrates; if we want to redress climate change or the dominance of xenophobia before it is too late, we must decide soon.</p><p>We need to seize every opportunity available to us. This is especially important for our “<a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%3Dhttp://diem25.org/end%26amp;sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1510585697508000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNFg27gr2nt5IATehzq7OtT26xgs9Q&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1510585697542000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHK_9tlaDLBE-9itufaNLZj_aIzUg">European New Deal</a>” economic agenda – our proposals (a) to stabilise the Eurozone by measures that can be implemented without treaty changes or new institutions, and (b) to forge closer integration with other European countries either in the EU (but not in the Eurozone) or in the periphery of the EU (or moving out of the EU, e.g. the UK).</p><p>So while our critique of party politics and the obsolete nature of current political formations remains valid, enabling Europeans to vote for DiEM25’s proposals will allow us to add an additional tool through which our movement can influence the political landscape.</p><h2>Existing options to present our agenda to European citizens/voters</h2><p>The European political landscape is vast and varied. If we want to take our agenda to the ballotbox, we must be flexible and adaptable. Here are the means we have employed so far:</p><ol><li>asking candidates to sign a charter committing them to DiEM25 policies (and hold them accountable to their word!)</li><li>endorsing candidates, parties or coalitions with a clear-cut political programme that is in line with our <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%3Dhttps://diem25.org/progressive-agenda-for-europe/%26amp;sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1510585697510000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNEgV-YgWXkh5RAkCF4mRYcnbMf-hQ&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1510585697543000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE6PYVjbwtqUuSGv_id_hCqlFpOAg">Progressive </a><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%3Dhttps://diem25.org/progressive-agenda-for-europe/%26amp;sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1510585697510000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNEgV-YgWXkh5RAkCF4mRYcnbMf-hQ&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1510585697543000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE6PYVjbwtqUuSGv_id_hCqlFpOAg">Agenda</a></li><li>working for a progressive alliance whenever possible</li><li>creating a quasi-permanent partnership with local parties that might act as our ‘electoral wing’ in a given state, region or municipality (a movement that is setting out to attract parties, rather than the other way around )</li></ol><h2>The proposal</h2><p>We propose to add a further option to those mentioned above:</p><p>Creating a DiEM25 'electoral wing' which will enable our movement to act as a catalyst that brings about a transnational, pan-European party list, uniting political actors who are ready to embrace DiEM25’s agenda. This will enable DiEM25 supporters all across Europe, as well as parties, social movements, NGOs and citizens groups that support our principles and agenda, to join hands in a pan-European political revolution.</p><p>DiEM25 will thus remain a movement, whose members guide its policies as they now do, while developing an electoral wing which catalyses political developments.</p><h2>Nature of DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’</h2><p><strong>A revolutionary, historic first</strong>- DiEM25’s electoral wing will take, in each country, the form of a political party that represents our transnational, pan-European political movement in selected electoral contests. It will not necessarily contest elections, preferring to support other political actors (e.g. entering an electoral alliance with them) or simply abstaining, but also ready to contest elections if DiEM25 members all over Europe decide that the conditions in the said country are ripe.</p><ul class="start lst-kix_xukwolblzema-0"><li><strong>Transnationality</strong>- DiEM25’s “electoral wing” will be the first transnational party list with a genuine transnational decision-making structure, a truly pan-European campaign, and election manifestos, as well as policy papers in general, for each country party being approved by all DiEM25 members across Europe. DiEM25 thus remains the transnational movement which authors the manifesto and policies of each member-state manifestation of our ‘electoral wing’. As an example, our German, French, Italian etc. members will have to approve our Greek election manifesto, and our Greek, Italian, French etc. members the German one.</li><li></li><li><strong>Inclusive and participatory in policy design</strong> - DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’ will campaign in each country within the scope of DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe &amp; its<a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%3Dhttps://diem25.org/progressive-agenda-for-europe/%26amp;sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1510585697515000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNE-moPD7b9ZOOLn5QwWEQ2M2PGyGA&amp;sa=D&amp;ust=1510585697543000&amp;usg=AFQjCNF7QHpgNIwZPK8WyqSKLAxrUKRMYw"> 7 pillars.</a> DiEM25’s inclusive and participatory White Paper process will continue at the pan-European level, as today, feeding into the manifestos of our ‘electoral wing’ in different countries. The task of the ‘electoral wing’ will be to reach the mainstream and to imbue national politics with this transnational DiEM25 agenda.</li><li><p><strong>Transnational candidates</strong>- DiEM25 will consider cross-national candidacies, beginning with the May 2019 European Parliament election; e.g. a German DiEM25 member running in Greece, a Greek in Germany, an Italian in France, a Belgian in Spain etc. (electoral legislation constraints notwithstanding). Thus DiEM25 will put into action transnationality in a manner that helps create the European Demos that Europe’s future democracy necessitates.</p></li><li><p><strong>Non-Partisan </strong>- At the heart of our political mission lies the simple truth that if Europe is not democratised, it will disintegrate. DiEM25’s call has been answered by women and men of various political backgrounds, brought together by the aim of driving through a transformation to our political system, and an upgrade to our democracy. Hence, DiEM25’s “electoral wing” is not “partisan” in the traditional political sense of being guided by political tribalism. The scale and importance of our mission instructs us to look beyond political cleavages and petty party politics, and instead support any and all who agree with us that Europe can and must be democratised, and join us in forming the force that ushers in the internationalist democracy of the future.</p></li><li><p><strong>Optional membership</strong> - True to our promise of non-partisanship, and as a demonstration of how DiEM25 challenges the standard relationship between movement and members, there will be absolutely no compulsion of DiEM25 members automatically to become members of its “electoral wing” in their country of residence: Membership of any political party or alliance set up by DiEM25 will be on an opt-in basisfor each of its members.</p></li><li><p><strong>Multiple membership</strong>- DiEM25 members will not only have the option of not joining our ‘electoral wing’ in the country of their residence but will also retain the right to continue to belong to other political parties, as long as the latter’s principles and policy agenda do not clash with DiEM25’s Manifesto.</p></li></ul><ul class="start lst-kix_bpbwcjsu2xt0-0"><li><p><strong>All membership debates and votes</strong> - The electoral manifesto and charter of national parties under the DiEM25 ‘electoral wing’ will be debated and approved via all-member DiEM25 internal votes - including, naturally, all DiEM25 members independently of whether they have joined the electoral wing or not.</p></li><li><p><strong>Mobilisation</strong> - Any pan-European movement without an electoral presence (at least in the forthcoming European Parliament elections) tends to impotence. And a pan-European party list without a coherent transnational pan-European movement behind it can only repeat the failures of the past. We need both. By acquiring an ‘electoral wing’, DiEM25 will not lose its character as a movement. On the contrary: It will gain strength by effectively pushing its policy agenda on the canvas of pre-election campaigns and, later, within parliamentary processes. The unprecedented overlap of major crises facing Europe call for, concurrently: (i) a comprehensive political response and (ii) the transnational mobilisation of social pressure on governmental institutions to ensure change. We conceive a “party” as a mechanism to facilitate and expedite social mobilisation, giving a clear end-point to our demands for change. Our transnational party list will, besides seeking to win electoral support from voters, serve to provide a clear theory of change to our mobilisations on the ground and to facilitate those at European level.</p></li></ul><h2><strong>Motivation</strong></h2><p>The option of forging an alliance that promotes DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe in Brussels comprising existing nation-state-based parties does not exist. Most progressive parties are already divided, with sizeable factions within them clearly opposed to our radical Europeanism. If we insist on such an alliance we shall get trapped in opportunistic alliances that condemn DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe to obscurity and DiEM25 to a certain eclipse.</p><p>We are, of course, open to creating alliances. But to create alliances that put DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe at their centre, DiEM25 must develop its own electoral instrument, its own ‘electoral wing’. Once DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’ is up and running, collaboration with political actors genuinely interested in DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda will become more feasible and honest.</p><h2>Procedure</h2><p><strong>Step 1:</strong> DiEM25 will register a political party in as many European (not just EU) countries as it is feasible. These parties will have a new name consisting of a title selected for the particular country to be accompanied by DiEM25 - e.g. XXXXX-DiEM25. (The option of calling the party simply DiEM25 remains.)</p><ul class="start lst-kix_th6zen1mqckm-0"><li><strong>Step 2:</strong> DiEM25 will seek alliances with existing political parties in the specific country. In case an agreement is reached, along the lines of our Progressive Agenda for Europe and the European New Deal, the party list to be presented to voters will be labelled YYYYY-DiEM25, where YYYYY is the name of the party with which the alliance has been struck. E.g. Razem-DiEM25 in Poland.</li><li><p><strong>Step 3:</strong> If no such alliance is possible, DiEM25 members across Europe will decide, in an all-member vote, whether XXXXX-DiEM25 will contest the elections on its own or not at all in the said country.</p></li></ul><h2>Coordination: DiEM25’s Electoral Forum</h2><p>To ensure that the transnational party list, and the various country-specific manifesta, are in line with the above and with DiEM25’s principles and procedures, DiEM25 will inaugurate an Electoral Forum comprising members of the CC, the various NCs and representatives of the political actors with whom DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’ is collaborating.</p><h2>Which elections? Our horizon must be 2019</h2><p>The purpose of inaugurating DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’ is to seize the historic opportunity presented by the May 2019 European Parliament Election. Besides the latter, the question of which other local, regional or national elections we contest, and which not, will be decided by all-member votes on a case-by-case basis.</p><p>The 2019 elections offer us a chance to harness Europe’s next transnational democratic moment. While traditional parties remain visionless, trapped in the limits of national competition, and (ab)using the European Parliament Elections as a glorified opinion poll prior to their next national elections, DiEM25 can make the pan-European electoral process its platform for Europe’s first genuinely transnational campaign.</p><p> This will be a stupendous chance to show that another Europe already exists and is ready to make its presence felt from the ground up. All across our continent.</p><div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? DiEM25 DiEM25 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:46:28 +0000 DiEM25 114622 at https://www.opendemocracy.net DiEM25: a detailed proposal on creating an electoral wing https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/diem25-detailed-proposal-on-creating-electoral-wing <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An open letter from the DiEM25 coordinating collective to members and friends, proposing a transnational political party as <span style="text-decoration: underline;">one</span> of its tools for democratising Europe..</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none caption-xlarge'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/5866027999_de8b72c3d5_z.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/5866027999_de8b72c3d5_z.jpg" alt="lead " title="" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload caption-xlarge imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" width="460" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>The EU Flag and Castor and Pollux.Flickr/Bob. Some rights reserved.</span></span></span>Dear Members and Friends,</p><p>For some time now, a debate has been raging among members regarding DiEM25’s possible direct or indirect involvement in elections. Should we? Shouldn’t we? If yes, in what capacity? How can we become involved in elections without losing our ‘movement character’ and our capacity to converse and influence existing parties through dialogue? How can our mission of deepening democracy be made compatible with the rather superficial act of fielding candidates?<br />&nbsp;<br />During the summer, DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective (CC), DSCs (local groups) and members in general have submitted their input to this debate, with the great diversity of opinion that is DiEM25’s trademark. Among ourselves the question now is: How do we move beyond mere debating towards reaching a decision?<br />&nbsp;<br />This question has become all the more pressing after the recent German election which, without a shadow of a doubt, killed off the last remaining hope of a federalist democratic push by the Macron-Merkel duo, the deep establishment's last hope. This is the right time for DiEM25 to respond.<br />&nbsp;<br />The CC, in our regular meeting that took place on Saturday, September 23 via teleconference, noted that time is running short. Too many windows of opportunity are closing too quickly. If DiEM25 is to make any impact on the 2019 pan-European (EP) elections; if DiEM25 is to live up to its inaugural commitment to act before Europe disintegrates (before 2025?); if we are to keep open the fast-closing window of opportunity for redressing climate change or the wholesale dominance of xenophobia... we must decide soon. In this context, the CC proposes the following process:<br />&nbsp;<br />Step 1: CALL FOR OPTIONS. Deadline: October 20, 2017<br />&nbsp;<br />Members, DSCs and PNCs are invited to submit brief, specific proposals (that may of course be accompanied by longer explanatory texts) on DiEM25’s electoral presence to be presented to members in an all-member vote. <br />&nbsp;<br />To kickstart the process, the CC is tabling its own proposal as follows: <br />&nbsp;<br />CC PROPOSAL: That DiEM25 will not turn itself into a political party but, rather, seeks to register (as one of its many instruments and initiatives) an ‘electoral wing’; a genuinely transnational party organisation in as many European countries as possible. These organisations would not be independent but bound to the movement’s internal votes. Whether and where DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’ contests elections will be decided by DiEM25 all-member voting on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with DiEM25’s Manifesto, Organisational Principles and the policy document entitled <a href="https://diem25.org/electoral-wing/">‘NOT JUST ANOTHER POLITICAL PARTY‘</a>.</p><h2><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not Just Another Political Party</strong></h2><h2><strong><strong>Introduction</strong></strong></h2><p>From the day DiEM25 was inaugurated in Berlin, in February 2016, we have been saying that we have no urge to contest elections, no craving to hold office or to engage in the daily hustle of what passes for ‘politics’. In truth, we would rather stay out of all this and continue in our chosen areas of activism, read poetry, listen to music etc. while supporting existing progressive political parties.</p><p>Alas, Europe’s crisis and slow descent into a quagmire of incompetent authoritarianism does not give us the right to do so. This is why we threw our lot in with DiEM25.</p><p>In our first year, DiEM25 worked hard to generate a Progressive Policy Agenda for Europe. One that would confront head-on “Euro-TINA”, the toxic belief that there can be no alternative in the EU. At our Rome event on March 25, 2017, we introduced our&nbsp;<a rel="noopener" href="http://diem25.org/end" target="_blank">European New Deal</a>&nbsp;(END) a strong answer to the question: “What should be done?” On that occasion, we promised to turn immediately on the next question: “Who should do it?”</p><p>When DiEM25 was formed, its Manifesto stated that:</p><blockquote><p>We consider the model of national parties which form flimsy alliances at the level of the European Parliament to be obsolete. While the fight for democracy-from below (at the local, regional or national levels) is necessary, it is nevertheless insufficient if it is conducted without an internationalist strategy toward a pan-European coalition for democratising Europe. European democrats must come together first, forge a common agenda, and then find ways of connecting it with local communities and at the regional and national level.</p></blockquote><h2><strong><strong>Two possible paths</strong></strong></h2><p>We can think of only two ways in which the above could be taken further:</p><ol><li>Forge a pan-European, transnational alliance of existing nation-state-based parties that, nonetheless, adopt a pan-European policy agenda. In that context DiEM25 could work as a catalyst to bring this alliance about.</li><li>DiEM25 spawns a transnational political party, without becoming a party itself, by which to contest elections and take its Progressive Agenda for Europe to ballot boxes around the continent. Only partially in jest, we call this adjunct DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’.</li></ol><p>The strong preference of most of us, at least of the members of the Coordinating Committee, was for (1), if feasible. However, it was never going to be easy. Most existing parties are deeply divided on what should be done with the euro, with the EU etc.</p><p>DiEM25’s principles are in fact shared between segments of many different parties, but rarely by a party as a whole (with some bright exceptions, like Razem in Poland or The Alternative in Denmark). Forging an alliance with these parties would mean that all of us would have to leave many of our most basic principles unproved outside the door. This is not something any democrat is prepared to do. Indeed, doing this would reduce us all to yet another movement sacrificing its principles to gain electoral power.</p><h2><strong><strong>The difficult path: DiEM25 creates a transnational party as its ‘electoral wing’</strong></strong></h2><p>The far-off prospect of a solid alliance that comes close to adopting our European New Deal and radical Europeanism means that only one path remains available to us: If we want our END policy agenda to be offered to European voters as an alternative, if we want our Manifesto and its principles to come to the fore and to be taken seriously by both friends and foes, DiEM25 must create an ‘electoral wing’ – a transnational political party that becomes part of DiEM25’s broader organisation.</p><p>As a first step, this would mean that DiEM25 seeks to register a political party, depending on national legislations, in various European (not just EU) countries. Where necessary to give these parties a more local, country-specific identity, a name particular to country-specific DiEM25 party offshoots may be registered, crowd-sourced from the members, and after a pan-European internal DiEM25 vote that approves them.</p><p>This, of course, does not mean that DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’ should contest elections in every country – in various countries (either due to our own unpreparedness or due to our backing of other parties) we shall offer support to other progressive candidates (possibly of more than one party).</p><p>What matters, at this stage, is that DiEM25 will have registered a transnational political party in several countries so that, through our internal deliberation, we can confront the task of working out precisely how the national DiEM25 agenda and electoral program could be forged in a manner that: (i) empowers its local members, and (ii) preserves our transnational character and pan-European democratic decision making.</p><p>For example, we could agree that the electoral manifestos of each country-specific DiEM25 party be proposed by its members based on a local adaptation of the general DiEM25 platform, but that these manifestos need endorsement from DiEM25 in the usual way: a vote of all DiEM25 members across Europe.</p><p>Equally, in countries where an existing political party decides to join DiEM25, after a vote of all our membership they might be allowed to use the DiEM25 logo.</p><p>The issue of the relationship between the National Committee of each of those DiEM25 parties and DiEM25’s bodies (e.g. the CC, VC, DSCs etc.), as well as the relationship between DiEM25 bodies and possible external allies, will need to be hammered out with a suitable extension of our Organising Principles. But it is clear to us that we have little interest in replicating the same old national politics of old. Our aim is to construct what Europe has always lacked: a truly transnational, coordinated movement.</p><h2><strong><strong>Not just another political party!</strong></strong></h2><p>DiEM25 members have a natural antipathy to many of the conventional features of existing political parties and are simply not interested in reproducing these. So, how would DiEM25’s transnational electoral wing differ? Here are some main differences marking DiEM25 out:</p><ul><li>-&nbsp; DiEM25’s ‘electoral wing’ could be the first transnational party with a genuine transnational decision-making structure, a truly pan-European campaign and election manifestos for each country party being approved by&nbsp;<span>all</span>&nbsp;members across Europe. Thus, our German members will have to approve our Greek election manifesto and our Greek members the German one.</li><li>-&nbsp; DiEM25 will break down the tradition of ‘democratic centralism’ (the idea that its members become subordinate to the party and its majority) with a radical innovation: Members of DiEM25 in, say, each country will&nbsp;<span>not</span>&nbsp;have to become members of its ‘electoral wing’ – the DiEM25 affiliated party in that country. In short, every DiEM25 member will continue to take part in shaping DiEM25 policies across Europe, and in specific countries, without necessarily joining the political party that does DiEM25’s running in their own country – its ‘electoral wing’ there.</li><li>-&nbsp; DiEM25 will establish a protocol for office holders following a successful campaign of its ‘electoral wing’. For instance, some of us suggest that members who win office should hold it for a pre-specified period before resigning to return to the grassroots.</li><li>-&nbsp; DiEM25 will attempt to subvert nationality restrictions by fielding candidates from one country in elections in another country (legal constraints notwithstanding).</li><li><h2><strong><strong>Which elections? Our horizon must be 2019</strong></strong></h2></li></ul><p>The question of which elections we contest, and which not, will always be decided by our members on a case-by-case basis. However, a splendid start would be for DiEM25 to aim for the 2019 European Parliament elections. General/parliamentary elections will be harder to contest before DiEM25 parties are well established and have done the necessary preparatory work.</p><p><strong>The 2019 elections offer us a chance to harness Europe’s only transnational democratic moment. While traditional parties remain visionless, trapped in the limits of national competition, DiEM25 can make the pan-European electoral process its platform for Europe’s first genuinely transnational campaign. This will be a stupendous chance to show that another Europe already exists and is ready to make its presence felt from the ground up. All across our continent.</strong></p><h2><strong>Conclusion</strong></h2><p>The decision for DiEM25 to create an ‘electoral wing’ is a difficult and risky one. But it seems to us an essential decision if DiEM25 is to pick up momentum and make a difference. As we said in Berlin, on the night of DiEM25’s inauguration: Let’s shake Europe. Gently but firmly. Or as Anais Nin once wrote:</p><blockquote><p>“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”</p></blockquote><p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none caption-xlarge'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 17.41.45_0_0.png" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 17.41.45_0_0.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload caption-xlarge imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" width="460" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>DiEM25 workshop in preparation opposite Bozar, September 9, 2017, Brussels.</span></span></span></p><p>To DiEM25 members: To share and discuss your proposals or that of the CC go to our forum or a discussion group of your choice. Once you have a final version of your proposal, send it to us <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSek8u7vIyAfXvyC7tF3nUH9OAegqNzTS9U17mQTXxDooKJ9eQ/viewform">via this form</a>. Note that Oct 20 is the final deadline, so we recommend that you plan to submit your proposal via the form by Oct 15, lest any last-minute delays prevent you from making your voice heard on time.<br />&nbsp;<br />Step 2: VOTING. Date: November 1, 2017<br />&nbsp;<br />Between the deadline for option submissions (October 20) and November 1, the CC undertakes to collate the various responses into vote-able counter-proposals to that of the CC above, as well as to amend its own proposal in view of the feedback. Then, on November 1, 2017, our internal all-member voting process will commence with at least two options on the menu: The (amended) CC proposal (see above), a NO ELECTORAL PARTICIPATION option, and other options that will be put forward by members (as collated by the CC).<br />&nbsp;<br />Step 2: Possible 2nd round of VOTING. Date: November 8, 2017<br />&nbsp;<br />If the first vote does not yield one option that attracts 50%+1 of voting members, a second runoff round will ensue.<br />&nbsp;<br />As our second anniversary is approaching, this is a decision that we must make, as always, collectively and after we consider fully all views and available evidence.<br />&nbsp;<br />Thank you for guiding and enriching our movement’s momentous next steps!<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Carpe DiEM25!<br />&nbsp;<br />&gt;&gt;DiEM25 Coordinating Collective</p><div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EU </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? EU DiEM25 DiEM25 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:21:25 +0000 DiEM25 113667 at https://www.opendemocracy.net German elections 2017: 8 proposals for Germany's progressives https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/german-elections-2017-8-proposals-for-germanys-progressives <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none caption-xlarge'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/PA-32821213.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/PA-32821213.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload caption-xlarge imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" width="460" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>German elections 2017 - ballot paper. Angela Merkel (CDU) has represented Stralsund in the German parliament since 1990. Stefan Sauer/Press Association. All rights reserved.</span></span></span>Germany is pivotal. It is, and ought to be, a country central to the European project. But this project is in trouble because of a political failure to align the interests of most Germans with those of most other Europeans. Thus, 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. But who will spread these new narratives and policy agendas? So far, the campaign for the upcoming German elections has not been encouraging in that regard. Ahead of the 2017 German federal elections next September 24, DiEM25 acknowledges the issues at stake and has taken action. Here’s how:</em></p> <p><em>We tabled a proposal for DiEM25’s German Provisional National Committee to circulate among our German collectives. They discussed the document, whenever possible took it to public gatherings, amended it, and most critically, reached out to like-minded Bundestag candidates to endorse and commit to enact if elected. This was in the same spirit as <a href="https://diem25.org/20-candidates-for-french-parliament-endorse-diem25s-principles/">our French members approached their parliamentary elections last June</a>.</em></p> <p><em>DiEM25’s German activists have moved fast and are in the process of confirming a list of candidates willing to adopt DiEM25’s proposed policy agenda for Germany. We will publish the list ahead of the elections. Below you can read our original proposal, “8 proposals for Germany’s Progressives.”</em></p><p>Germany is pivotal. It is, and ought to be, a country central to the European project. But this project is in trouble because of a political failure to align the interests of most Germans with those of most other Europeans. All sentences beginning with “the Germans…”, whether they contain positive or negative evaluations, are misleading, generalising, and end up undermining the common interest of a majority of Europeans and progressive politics in general. We created DiEM25 to provide new narratives and policy agendas that energise a new politics across Europe, which makes visible and gives voice to the common interest of the majority of Europeans. This is why Germany is central to DiEM25’s politics (it was not by accident that DiEM25 was inaugurated in Berlin!). For progressive candidates in the upcoming federal elections in September, DiEM25 has the following eight proposals:</p> <h2>1. On Germany’s social market model</h2> <p>Germany rose to envy-of-the-world status thanks to a social contract that offered the working class strong protection (and seats on the boards of directors of large companies) if it conformed to a flexible rule-bound, free-market environment in which business could get on with it. In conjunction with local banks linked to differently sized industries, and in a positive global environment, the so-called “German economic miracle” unfolded. </p> <p>However, since the creation of the euro and the banking crisis it caused, German economic competitiveness has increasingly been bought at the expense of Germany’s social market model. The casualisation of many workers, the repression of wages, the doubling of the proportion of ‘working poor’ Germans, the Christian Democrats’ increasingly confident attempt to limit social spending and public investment – all these developments are quietly turning Germany’s social market model into an empty shell that only resembles what German social democrats had once thought they had achieved. Moreover, more ‘structural reforms’ that will further reduce the life prospects of millions of Germans are currently being tried and tested elsewhere in the Eurozone.</p> <p><em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to: </em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Explain to the people of Germany that the (limited) achievements of the German model are under serious threat and that, moreover, the developments in the rest of the eurozone are enabling the dismantling of the German social market tradition. <em>Defending and making necessary improvements to Germany’s social democratic institutions and model goes hand in hand with opposing the coalition’s policies in the Eurozone.</em></p> <h2>2. On the euro</h2> <p>Progressive German candidates are already ringing alarm bells across the Federal Republic, to warn voters of a gross and dangerous falsehood: the notion that Germany is doing well out of the euro crisis and that its leaders have shepherded the European flocks well and wisely during it. The reason is simply: precisely the opposite has been the case. Germany is much weaker as a result of the crisis and Europe is at an advanced stage of disintegration as a result of how the German government has mismanaged Europe’s social economy and its resources.</p> <p>Yes, it is true that the crisis has created a large surplus for the federal budget (due to the massive suppression of interest rates charged to roll over Germany’s debt) and a huge influx of capital into the Frankfurt banks (due to capital flight from weaker economies whose citizens fear Grexit, Italexit etc.) But these surpluses are a sign of weakness, not strength. They are the sign of massive current and future hardship for a majority of Germans. To have the German establishment celebrate them as indicators of economic health is to add insult to injury.</p> <p>When a country like Germany reports its lowest level of investment (as a percentage of national income) at a time when investors are paying its government to borrow and savings are at the highest level in the nation’s history… When that country’s elites insist that the various surpluses must be maintained through further wage repression of the squeezed German working class, as a means to undermine the French and Italian working classes and give an excuse to the French and the Italian governments to squeeze their own workers… When in a country like Germany everyone is a saver (governments, families and companies save more than they spend/invest), thus being forced to entrust their hard-earned savings to other countries that they must then control via austerity and threats… When an ageing country that feels a need to save for its future is creating the economic forces that push interest rates below zero, thus depleting its own savings… When all this happens, you know that the country in question is in trouble.</p> <p><em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to: </em></p> <p>Make German voters aware of one basic thing: We are all in this together! No country is ring-fenced from the crisis. Germany cannot hide behind its surpluses without crushing its workers and its pension funds. If our monetary union is in the grip of vicious imbalances, misery is shared between the weaker citizens everywhere – whether they live in surplus or in deficit countries.</p> <h2>3. On a European New Deal</h2> <p>It is because we are all in this together, because there can be no solution for Italy’s or Greece’s problems that does not include an end to German mini-jobs, ‘uberisation’, underinvestment, etc., that Germany needs a European New Deal.</p> <p>Now, a majority of Germans have been convinced that a European New Deal means Germany paying for the rest of Europe. They are right to think that Germany is rich, but not that rich. However, they are wrong to believe that a European New Deal means German taxpayers paying more to fund the social welfare, investment projects and banking systems of the rest of Europe. To demonstrate this, and the way forward, DiEM25 has put together its <a href="http://diem25.org/end">European New Deal Policy Paper</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;<em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to: </em></p> <p>Initiate a large social, political and cultural debate around the idea of a European New Deal, and use our European New Deal Policy Paper as a framework for this transformation.</p> <h2>4. On European democracy</h2> <p>Most Germans want to be embedded in a democratic Europe. But at the same time, most German citizens fear that the price their country is being asked to pay for a democratic EU is one that Germany, however rich it may be, cannot afford.</p> <p>DiEM25’s European New Deal argues that this is not the case! Indeed, the price a majority of Germans are today paying for the lack of a functioning democracy at EU level is large, and wasted. To move beyond the politics of fear and despair in line with our European New Deal, German progressives should also discuss the idea of a constituent assembly process envisaged by DiEM25’s <a href="https://diem25.org/manifesto-long/">Manifesto</a> that can open a broad social, political and cultural process towards a proper democratic European Constitution.</p> <p><em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to: </em></p> <p>Start a debate on the idea of a European constituent assembly process and of a Democratic European Constitution.</p> <h2>5. On the Green Transition</h2> <p>German governments and industry have made great strides in producing and sponsoring renewables, recycling and Green practices. However, the key to the Green Transition that Europe and the planet needs is massive investment. And massive investment in the green technologies and processes of the future is impossible outside the macro-financial framework of a European New Deal agenda as outlined by DiEM25.</p> <p><em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to: </em></p> <p>Deepen and expand their commitment to the politics of a democratic social-ecological transformation by putting forward an agenda that combines austerity cancellation, financial sector regulation and green investment-led recovery, and which therefore could serve as a framework for this transformation.</p> <h2>6. On technological sovereignty</h2> <p>German industry prides itself on its technological progress. Nonetheless, when it comes to digital technologies, despite German industry’s expertise, Germany’s companies, society and government rely on Silicon Valley’s platforms in a manner that is harmful to technological sovereignty.</p> <p><em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to: </em></p> <p>Demonstrate to voters that Europe’s technological future cannot be left to German and American multinationals. Our economies and, indeed, our democracies depend on developing open source platforms that enhance our productivity and capacity to work together, without being exploited by the world’s latest form of monopoly power.</p> <h2>7. On refugees and migration</h2> <p>Merkel’s initial positive reaction to the influx of Syrian refugees in the summer of 2015 has been vilified and classified as a spontaneous error. Her capitulation to ‘realpolitik’, and her despicable subsequent treaty with the Turkish President, has completed a nationalist and racist turn across Germany’s establishment.</p> <p>But civil society is resisting. Its resistance must be celebrated and reinforced!</p> <p><em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to:</em></p> <p>Take Merkel to task for having betrayed her own initial instinct to “let them in”. Put forward tangible policies that are true to the spirit of “let them in” and which spread across Europe a sensible, humanist and realistic approach – not only to refugees but also economic migrants. Aim to <a href="http://diem25.org/stopthedeal">stop the EU-Turkey refugee deal</a>.</p> <h2>8. On maintaining peace</h2> <p>Merkel, after a recent meeting with President Trump, announced that Europe must take its fate in its hands and no longer “rely on the kindness of strangers” for its defence. This is correct. However, progressives should beware: we do not need a European substitute of NATO. We do not want a European pact spreading belligerence and weapons near and far. We do not want another shameful European intervention like in Libya in 2011. We do not want a European threat that gives Putin more excuses to clamp down on Russian democrats.</p> <p><em>We call on progressive candidates in the German elections to:</em></p> <p>Demand blocking the sale of weapons to repressive regimes, as many progressives already do. With worldwide arms sales up 7 per cent to €4.03 billion in the first half of 2016, Germany is responsible for conflicts around the world. With arms sales to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and others, Germany is directly supporting repressive regimes and wars, which subsequently lead to migration and refugee crises.</p> <p>Fight for an <em>Internationalist Europe</em> that treats non-Europeans as ends-in-themselves. A&nbsp;<em>Peaceful Europe&nbsp;committed to all efforts to </em>de-escalate tensions in its East and in the Mediterranean, acting as a bulwark against the sirens of militarism and expansionism and proving its commitment by blocking the sale of weapons. An <em>Open Europe</em> that is alive to ideas, people and inspiration from all over the world, recognising fences and borders as signs of weakness spreading insecurity in the name of security. A Europe that finally acknowledges its responsibility for the historical crimes of colonialism and imperialism. A <em>Liberated Europe</em> where privilege, prejudice, deprivation and the threat of violence wither, allowing Europeans to be born into fewer stereotypical roles, to enjoy even chances to develop their potential, and to be free to choose more of their partners in life, work and society.</p><p>So far the call has been signed by 83 candidates. Until September 23, their fellow candidates still have an opportunity to support our proposals and take part in our progressive list.</p><p><strong>By signing, progressive politicians commit to working towards the following goals in the next legislature:</strong></p> <p>1. We demand the defense and strengthening of the social market economy and associated social achievements, as the economic model of the future. Therefore this should be promoted further at the European level in order to achieve social conditions for the market forces and a strong social policy.<br />2. We demand a European economic policy that takes into account that a common economic area cannot function if we constantly seek to undercut ourselves with taxes and wages and ‘flexibility’, treating solidarity in terms of self-interest.<br />3. We demand a European New Deal that involves large-scale investment in infrastructure and education, raising the German investment rate and having a pan-European upturn as its goal.<br />4.We demand the democratic elaboration of a European Constitution. A constitution that will strengthen our common democratic values, protecting and promoting freedom of assembly, transparency and solidarity.<br />5. We demand social-ecological transition, as we recognise man-made climate change and insist it is considered in political decision-making.<br />6. We demand a digital economy in Europe, therefore expanding the necessary infrastructure, giving citizens more control over their own data and encouraging open source development.<br />7. We demand a reasonable, humane and realistic migration and refugee policy, as well as an end to the EU-Turkey deal on refugees.<br />8. We demand an open, emancipated and peaceful Europe, which is internationally active for peace and which is conscious of our shared responsibilities to the world. A Europe which won’t export weapons to dictators and war-mongers.</p> <p>NAME&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PARTY&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CONSTITUENCY</p> <table> <tr> <td>Corinna Rüffer</td> <td>Bündnis 90/Die Grünen</td> <td>25, Trier</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Peter Meiwald</td> <td>Bündnis 90/Die Grünen</td> <td>27, Oldenburg-Ammerland</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Adrian Gabriel</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>30, Wiesbaden</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Martina Broschei</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>40, Nienburg II-Schaumburg</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Christian Vey</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>41, Hannover I</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Thomas Ganskow</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>42, Hannover II</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gerd Posywio</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>47, Hannover Umland II</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jens Golland</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>49, Salzgitter-Wolfenbüttel</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kirsten Tackmann</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>56, Prignitz</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mathias Täge</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>60, Brandenburg</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Andreas Schramm</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>61, Potsdam</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gerhard Kalinka</td> <td>Bündnis 90/Die Grünen</td> <td>62, Dahme-Spreewald</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Clemens Rostock</td> <td>Bündnis 90/Die Grünen</td> <td>63, Frankfurt (Oder)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Stefan Schön</td> <td>Bündnis 90/Die Grünen</td> <td>65, Elbe-Elster</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Steve Rauhut</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>75, Berlin Mitte</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alexander Spies</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>81, Berlin-Tempelhof-Schöneberg</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Stefan Kottas</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>102, Wuppertal I</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kathrin Vogler</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>128, Steinfurt III</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sabine Martiny</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>137, Paderborn-Gütersloh</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Katja Kipping</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>159, Dresden I</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dr. Martin Schulte-Wissermann</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>160, Dresden II / Bautzen II</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Toni Rotter</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>162, Chemnitz</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tamina Veit</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>172, Lahn-Dill</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Nick Papak Amoozegar</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>174, Fulda</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dirk Methfessel</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>175, Main-Kinzig</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Pawel Borodan</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>182, Frankfurt I</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anke Hofmann-Domke</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>192, Gotha Ilm-Kreis</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Marie Salm</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>199, Koblenz</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Manuela Holz</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>201, Bad Kreuznach</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gerald Unger</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>207, Ludwigshafen-Frankenthal</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Brigitte Freihold</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>210, Pirmasens</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Erich Utz</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>212, Altötting-Mühldorf</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Roland Meier</td> <td>DiE LINKE</td> <td>216, Ingolstadt</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dominik Lehmann</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>221, München West/Mitte</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Erkan Dinar</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>228, Landshut</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Harald Weinberg</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>241, Ansbach und Weißenburg</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jonas Schwemmer</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>246, Roth</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Michael Knödler</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>258, Stuttgart I</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Saskia Jürgens</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>270, Aalen-Heidenheim</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Heiko Eisenbrueckner</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>280, Calw</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sabin Schumacher</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>282, Lörrach-Müllheim</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Eva-Maria Glathe-Braun</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>291, Ulm</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anja Hirschel</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>291, Ulm</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Claudia Haydt</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>293, Bodensee</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Marilyn Heib</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>297, Saarlouis</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3"><br /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sigrid Ott</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dr. Mohammed Sharityar</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sabine Onayli</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anja Hirschel</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Oliver Burkardsmaier</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 7</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Philip Köngeter</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 8</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Stephanie Lund</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 12</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Henrik Eisele</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Baden-Württemberg, Listenplatz 13</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Maximilian Glasneck</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Bayern, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gerhard Kalinka</td> <td>Bündnis’90/Die Grünen</td> <td>Brandenburg, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sara Redolfi</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Benedikt J. Sequeira Gerardo</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Anett Polzin</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Martin Haase</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ute Laack</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dr. Franz Josef Schmitt</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Simon Kowalewski</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Therese Lehnen</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Berlin, Listenplatz 6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Beatrice Behrens</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Hamburg, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sebastian Alscher</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Hessen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Pawel Borodan</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Hessen, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Frank Lerche</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Hessen, Listenplatz 3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joachim Winters</td> <td>Bündnis Grundeinkommen (BGE)</td> <td>Niedersachsen, Listenplatz 5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dr. Michael-Tillmann Berndt</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Niedersachsen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Thomas Ganskow</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Niedersachsen, Listenplatz 3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Nils Ellmers</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Niedersachsen, Listenplatz 6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Martina Broschei</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Niedersachsen, Listenplatz 7</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lea Brunn</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alexander Plitsch</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Michael Hohenadler</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sabine Sedlaczek</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 8</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Darius Walter</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 11</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Patrick Schiffer</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Markus Wetzler</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Manfred Schramm</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Nordrhein-Westfalen, Listenplatz 13 &amp; pol. Geschäftsführer</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Agnes Russo</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Sachsen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joe Roesler</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Sachsen, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Katja Kipping</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>Sachsen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tilman Loos</td> <td>DIE LINKE</td> <td>Sachsen, Listenplatz 8</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Robert Lutz</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Sachsen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Toni Rotter</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Sachsen, Listenplatz 2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jörg Stefan Smuda</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Sachsen, Listenplatz 5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Franka Kretschmer</td> <td>Demokratie in Bewegung</td> <td>Sachsen-Anhalt, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bernd Schreiner</td> <td>Piratenpartei</td> <td>Thüringen, Listenplatz 1</td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Other candidates who wish to be listed are asked to send an email to <a href="mailto:info@diem25.org">info@diem25.org</a> by September 23.</p><div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Germany </div> <div class="field-item even"> EU </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-topics"> <div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Democracy and government </div> <div class="field-item even"> Economics </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ideas </div> <div class="field-item even"> International politics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? EU Germany Democracy and government Economics Ideas International politics DiEM25 DiEM25 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:43:49 +0000 DiEM25 113405 at https://www.opendemocracy.net A guide to "Constructive Disobedience" https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/guide-to-constructive-disobedience <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/magnette.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/magnette.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Paul Magnette, Minister-President of the Walloon Region, famously held up the passing of CETA at an EU level in 2016. Flickr/European Committee of the Regions. Some rights reserved.</span></span></span></p><p>We founded DiEM25 on the belief that the EU is disintegrating due to the incompetent authoritarianism of its institutions and, more generally, of Europe’s ‘deep’ establishment. A negative reinforcement mechanism between authoritarianism and failed policies feeds the centrifugal forces tearing Europe apart, with Brexit just the prelude.</p><p>To jolt Europe out of its path to ruin (i.e. a disintegration that will only benefit xenophobic, nationalist, regressive forces) we propose that municipalities, city councils, regions and governments practise&nbsp;Constructive Disobedience. But what does this mean? What should be disobeyed and how can disobedience prove constructive, as opposed to deconstructive?</p><h2>Disobedience</h2><p>The EU establishment, at least since the euro crisis erupted following the 2008 global financial crisis, has chosen to implement policies and to issue directives that violate basic principles that a defensible and sustainable EU should espouse. </p><p>Such policies or directives whose implementation will damage the EU’s long-term image and integrity&nbsp;<em>must</em>&nbsp;be disobeyed! Disobeying such policies and directives is a Europeanist’s&nbsp;duty&nbsp;– rather than the un-European reaction that the establishment portrays it as.</p><h2>Constructive</h2><p>Disobeying policies or directives that damage Europe’s integrity is&nbsp;necessary but insufficient. To be progressive and constructive, we must accompany disobedience by counter-proposals fully outlining alternative policies or directives to those we disobey. </p><p>These alternative policies or directives must, in addition, be&nbsp;<em>universalisable</em>&nbsp;(in the Kantian sense of being the policies one should want to see adopted, at once, throughout Europe). In other words, our disobedience does not qualify as constructive if the alternatives we propose are based on the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome, or are of the type that, if adopted in every country, some parts of Europe will suffer.</p><p><strong>Examples of Disobedience that are&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;Constructive</strong></p><ol><li>The Irish governments’ long-term policy of offering multinational big tech and pharma companies&nbsp;<a href="https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/ireland-apple-unfair-tax-deal-by-yanis-varoufakis-2016-09?barrier=accessreg">sweetheart corporate tax deals</a>, and disobeying the European Commission’s directive to end these deals, does not qualify as Constructive Disobedience. Why? Because the Irish governments’ policy fails the&nbsp;<em>universalisability</em>&nbsp;test: If every EU member state offered such deals to Google, Apple, etc., these companies would have no incentive to stay in Ireland. Ireland would then lose its gains but the benefits to Europe as a whole from giving these corporations effective tax immunity would be grossly overshadowed by the loss of aggregate taxes.</li><li>The refusal by various governments (like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dw.com/en/hungary-and-slovakia-take-eu-refugee-quota-scheme-to-court/a-38781422">Hungary</a>&nbsp;in 2017) to accept its allotted share of refugees. Again, while this is an example of disobedience, it most certainly fails the&nbsp;<em>universalisability</em>&nbsp;test: If every member-state refused to take on refugees (something that in the cases of Greece and Italy would involve unspeakable brutality at high seas), Europe would violate its international treaty obligations, not to mention its self-image as a civilised continent.</li><li>The Italian government’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/eu-budget-italy-rules-idUSR1N1AF01B">demand</a>&nbsp;in 2016 to be allowed to violate the EU’s ‘fiscal compact’ budget rules at will, while consenting to the proposition that other countries (e.g. Greece) are subjected to calamitous austerity. By definition, this form of disobedience cannot be&nbsp;<em>universalisable</em>, as it seeks to exempt one country from strictures that the ‘disobeyer’ agrees to see imposed on another country. To render the Italian government’s disobedience constructive, Prime Minister Renzi would have to outline in full counter-proposals regarding: alternative fiscal rules, a proper banking union, aggregate investment policy for the eurozone as a whole and, last but not least, a European policy of public debt management.</li></ol><p><strong>Examples of Constructive Disobedience</strong></p><ol><li>Wallonia’s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/neil-campbell/wallonia-ceta-and-meaning-of-openness">disobedience to CETA</a>&nbsp;in 2016 passes the test of&nbsp;<em>universalisability</em>, thus qualifying as an example of Constructive Disobedience. Its objections focused on the establishment of private tribunals where governments and municipalities could be fined by multinationals outside the purview of Wallonia’s legal framework. Wallonia’s success at blocking CETA would not just benefit Wallonia’s democratic sovereignty but would act as a shield for the democratic sovereignty of every member state or region of the EU. In so doing, it would enhance, rather than imperil, Europe’s integrity.</li><li>The Greek Spring of 2015 was another example of Constructive Disobedience since: (a) the troika-inspired fiscal and reform program that the Greek government was disobeying was the template on which the policy of universalised (pan-European) austerity had been built, inflaming a pan-European deflationary crisis detrimental to every member state in Europe (including Germany); and (b) the counter-proposals of the Greek government (e.g. on debt swaps, low but positive primary surpluses and reforms that targeted the oligarchy) would have been beneficial to Greece without jeopardising the well-being of any other member state (indeed, they would have benefitted the rest of Europe by helping Greece repay a larger portion of its debt).</li><li>The Italian government’s 2016&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-budget-italy-veto-idUSKCN12Q27X">threat to veto the EU budget</a>&nbsp;unless there is a common migration and refugee policy is consistent with the&nbsp;<em>universalisability</em>&nbsp;test: If every member-state threatened to do the same, and toward the same objective, Europe would be jolted out of its present scandalous lack of a common, coordinated policy on migration/refugees!</li></ol><h2>Why Constructive Disobedience is important in the absence of democratic federal institutions</h2><p>During the standoff between Wallonia and Brussels over CETA, commentators were lamenting that a small Belgian region should have the right to hold out against the rest of the EU, making EU-level decision-making impossibly inefficient. But what are they proposing?</p><p>The only way of making pan-European decision making more efficient is by transferring the sovereignty of state or regional parliaments to a federal, pan-European parliament. To withdraw now (before a sovereign federal parliament is instituted) the right of regional or national parliaments to say ‘No’ to the loss of their sovereignty is to end even the pretence that we live in democracies!</p><p>As long as there is no democratic process at the heart of the EU, it is intolerable to force upon parliaments (like Wallonia’s) the loss of their sovereignty just because the ‘majority’ of other parliaments demand it. </p><p>This is equivalent to banning Constructive Disobedience of cities, regions and member states well before a truly federal system is vested with democratic sovereignty. Democrats across Europe must oppose such barbarity… with all their resolve.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/diem25/hamburg-is-transforming-itself-into-orwellian-dystopia-for-g20-summit">Hamburg transformed itself into an Orwellian dystopia for the G20 Summit</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/neil-campbell/wallonia-ceta-and-meaning-of-openness">Wallonia, CETA and the meaning of &#039;openness&#039;</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/paul-magnette/huge-victory-for-belgiums-ceta-opponents-paul-magnettes-speech">A huge victory for Belgium&#039;s CETA opponents: Paul Magnette&#039;s speech</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/giorgia-de-stefano-ben-hall/story-of-diem25uk-list-open-letter-to-future-members">How we are bringing democracy to our politics - and how you can join in </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/plan-c/radical-municipalism-demanding-future">Radical municipalism: demanding the future</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/emmanuel-melissaris/constructive-disobedience-critique">&#039;Constructive disobedience&#039;: a critique</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? DiEM25 DiEM25 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:24:20 +0000 DiEM25 112038 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Hamburg transformed itself into an Orwellian dystopia for the G20 Summit https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/hamburg-is-transforming-itself-into-orwellian-dystopia-for-g20-summit <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none caption-xlarge'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/PA-31971771.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/500209/PA-31971771.jpg" alt="lead " title="" width="460" height="323" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload caption-xlarge imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>A demonstrator stands in front of a water canon on Millerntor square in Hamburg, Germany, 7 July 2017. The police cut off a demonstration with several thousand participants.Boris Roessler/Press Asociation. All rights reserved.</span></span></span></p><p>Honourable Senators of the City of Hamburg,</p><p>We are the&nbsp;<em>Democracy in Europe Movement 2025&nbsp;</em>(DiEM25), a pan-European alliance of European citizens for the democratisation of Europe. What we are witnessing in Hamburg worries us deeply.</p><p>In less than three weeks from now, the world’s attention will be drawn to your city, as you host the planet’s most powerful heads of state for the G20 summit. Let us be clear: the G20 has no democratic mandate: it embodies the politics of austerity, social inequality, war and ecological destruction. The protests and draconian security measures that follow G20 summits around the world are testament to this group’s odiously illiberal and autocratic nature.</p><p>Yet on July 7 and 8, your city will take security measures that are extreme even by G20 standards. Andy Grote, your senator of the interior, went back on a previous <a href="https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/hamburg/Buergerschaft-debattiert-ueber-G20-Demos,gipfeltreffen268.html">promise to not ban demonstrations</a> and declared&nbsp;a&nbsp;general&nbsp;decree&nbsp;forbidding any&nbsp;kind of&nbsp;assembly&nbsp;in a&nbsp;territory&nbsp;of&nbsp;38 km2. </p><p>Predator drones, usually deployed in warzones, will circle the skies, tanks will be out on the streets, and over 15,000 police officers are expected to be on patrol, including those on horseback and with dogs. </p><p>Robots deployed by U.S. secret services will crawl through sewers and subway tunnels (doing what exactly? <a href="http://www.zeit.de/hamburg/stadtleben/2017-06/elbvertiefung-09-06-2017">No-one knows</a> since the U.S. won’t give us any information about them!) Hamburg will be transformed into an Orwellian dystopia of complete surveillance, enforced by paramilitary means; a democracy-free area.</p><p>Senators, these moves are a travesty against the democratic identity of the “free and hanseatic city of Hamburg”, to use its official name. They are a blow to the standing of European democracy as a whole and its perception across the world.</p><p>We will not be deterred. From July 5 to July 8 we will be in Hamburg to demonstrate for global solidarity, to protest against the G20’s illiberal policies, and to put forward real political alternatives to austerity, war, social inequalities and ecocide. </p><p>In line with the constitution of your city, which cites Hamburg’s role as ‘mediating between all the world’s parts and people in the spirit of peace’, we will peacefully and constructively #disOBEY the international dogma of austerity.</p><p>Please feel free to <a href="https://diem25.org/event/closing-event-of-the-global-solidarity-summit-g20-alternative-summit/">join us in our festival of democracy</a>.</p><p>Carpe DiEM!</p><p><iframe width="460" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KLq54gTJjEo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/diem25/guide-to-constructive-disobedience">A guide to &quot;Constructive Disobedience&quot;</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/yanis-varoufakis/what-role-is-germany-playing-in-european-union-and-what-is-meant">What role is Germany playing in the European Union and what is meant by “Multi-Speed Europe”?</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/women-and-men-from-all-over-europe-and-world/from-across-world-together-against-g">From across the world together against the G20: an open letter to the people of Hamburg</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Germany </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? Germany DiEM25 DiEM25 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:02:16 +0000 DiEM25 112039 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Inside DiEM25 & the European New Deal https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/inside-diem25-european-new-deal <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On their return to the Volksbühne Berlin, we take a look inside DiEM25 and the socio-economic plan called the European New Deal. <em>(Video, 4m30s)</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe width="460" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s00Xw-nwTnY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Video by <a href="http://www.actvism.org/">AcTVism.</a><div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? DiEM25 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:15:59 +0000 DiEM25 111672 at https://www.opendemocracy.net 21 candidates for French parliament endorse DiEM25’s principles https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/21-candidates-for-french-parliament-endorse-diem25-s-principles <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"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."</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/fr.png" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/fr.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="451" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>As electoral contests take place across the Union, DiEM25 members everywhere have been working hard to push our movement’s Progressive Agenda. In some cases, our membership has agreed to fully support a political party like <a href="https://diem25.org/diem25-members-agree-to-support-zagreb-is-ours-ahead-of-elections/">Zagreb is Ours!</a> in Croatia.</p><p>In the UK, DiEMers voted to endorse <a href="https://diem25.org/diem25-endorses-15-candidates-in-the-uk-elections/">a broad list of candidates</a> for the upcoming parliamentary elections. And our Validating Council is currently voting on a list of progressive forces to recommend in Italy, ahead of next week’s municipal elections there.</p> <p>Now in France, DiEM25’s French Provisional National Committee (PNC) developed a Charter and called for progressive candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections to support it. 15 candidates have said ‘yes!’ so far, and others can still add their names to the list by <a href="mailto:paolapietrandrea@gmail.com">writing to our French PNC</a> by June 10.</p> <p><strong>The Charter made by our French PNC calls for:</strong></p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; transparency at all levels; participative democracy; referenda; independence of agencies; reinforcement of liberty and independence of press; protection of whistleblowers; promotion of diversity and gender equality in all institutions</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; openness; welcome and integration of refugees and migrants through a common migration politics and the respect of the rights of refugees and right to asylum; their free movement throughout the EU and sharing of efforts across countries</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a radical refounding of economic and monetary European policies; fundamental reform of the economic governance of the EU and the Eurozone (European New Deal); regulation of finance; fiscal harmonisation; organisation of economic convergence; fight against tax evasion and against tax havens; restructuring and mutualisation of public debts</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; development of employment; fight against poverty; hamonisation of social protection; reduction of inequalities; everybody's access to goods and essential services (food; accommodation; transport; energy; education; health; livable environment...) and a paid job in their country and region of origin; sharing the returns of capital and creation of a basic dividend</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ecological transition; sustainable development and protection of the material and immaterial common goods; energy sovereignty while re-orienting budget policy and investments to environmental technologies; tech sovereignty and the management of the digital transition</p> <p>-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; putting in place a democratic process to create a new constitution for France and for Europe</p> <p><strong>And here are the candidates who have signed it so far:</strong></p> <p><strong>Supiot</strong><span> </span>Frédéric <span> </span>- 2ème de la Marne (51-02)<span> </span>- Europe Ecologie Les Verts EELV</p><p><strong>Pagano</strong><span> </span>Alain<span> </span>&nbsp;- 2ème du Maine et Loire (49-2)<span> </span>- Parti Communiste Français PCF</p><p><strong>Coppola</strong><span> </span>Jean-Marc<span> </span>- 7ème des Bouches-du-Rhône (13-7)<span> </span>- Parti Communiste Français PCF</p><p><strong>Longeon</strong><span> </span>Olivier &nbsp;- 2ème de la Loire (42-2)<span> </span>- Europe Ecologie Les Verts soutenue par Parti Socialiste</p><p><strong>Bayou</strong><span> </span>Julien &nbsp;- 5ème de Paris (75-5)<span> </span>- Europe Ecologie Les Verts EELV</p><p><strong>Hémain</strong><span> </span>Severine<span> </span>- 5ème circonscription du Rhone -<span> </span>La Relève citoyenne</p><p><strong>Vannier</strong><span> </span>David<span> </span>- 11ème circonscription du Val-de-Marne -<span> </span>La Relève citoyenne / A nous la démocratie</p><p><strong>Vieu</strong><span> </span>Marie-Pierre<span> </span>- 2ème circonscription Hautes Pyrénées -<span> </span>Parti Communiste Français PCF</p><p><strong>Tondelier</strong><span> </span>Marin<span> </span>- 11ème circonscription du Pas de Calais<span> </span>- Europe Ecologie Les Verts</p><p><strong>Dubot</strong><span> </span>Fanny<span> </span>- 3ème du Rhône -<span> </span>Europe Ecologie Les Verts EELV soutenue par PS</p><p><strong>Duverger</strong><span> </span>Jean<span> </span>- 6ème de la Loire -<span> </span>EELV soutenue par PC et PS</p><p><strong>Marchandise</strong><span> </span>Charlotte<span> </span>- 1ère circonscription d’Ille-et-Vilaine -<span> </span>La Relève citoyenne</p><p><strong>Annie</strong><span> </span>Lahmer<span> </span>- 5ème circonscription Val de Marne (94-05) -<span> </span>Europe Ecologie Les Verts EELV</p><p><strong>Lecellier</strong><span> </span>Frederic<span> </span>- 5ième de Vaucluse -<span> </span>Nouvelle Donne</p><p><strong>De Vergnette</strong><span> </span>François<span> </span>- 6ème du Rhône -<span> </span>Nouvelle Donne</p><p><strong>Barigant</strong><span> </span>Victoria<span> </span>- 1ère de la Seine-&nbsp;<span> </span>EELV</p><p><strong>Aubin</strong><span> </span>Elliotte<span> </span>- 1ère du Rhone -<span> </span>La France Insoumise</p><p>Our message to political actors and democrats throughout the Union remains the same: we welcome everyone to join our movement whose objective is to put the ‘demos’ back into our democracy – something that we can only achieve at home if Europe is democratised as a whole!</p><p>Learn more about our French members’ initiative <a href="https://blogs.mediapart.fr/les-invites-de-mediapart/blog/010617/appel-du-diem25-pour-les-elections-legislatives-francaises">here</a>.</p><div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> France </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? France DiEM25 DiEM25 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:10:14 +0000 DiEM25 111516 at https://www.opendemocracy.net DiEM25’s European New Deal – a summary https://www.opendemocracy.net/diem25/diem25-s-european-new-deal-summary <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The idea of Europe is in retreat and the European Union is at an advanced state of disintegration.</p> </div> </div> </div> <h2><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/12670125_1557841674537479_552601416636196998_n_0.png" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/12670125_1557841674537479_552601416636196998_n_0.png" alt="" title="" width="400" height="169" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'></span></span></h2><h2>DiEM25’s European New Deal – a summary</h2><p>The idea of Europe is in retreat and the European Union is at an advanced state of disintegration. </p><p>With Brexit, one great pillar of the European Union has already fallen. Others may follow – if not in this year’s election cycle then perhaps in the next. “I don’t care what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message of Brexit supporters. It is also an aspiration that we begin to encounter everywhere in Europe, even amongst left-wingers advocating a return to the nation-state. </p><p>So, is Europe a lost cause? Can it be saved? Should it be saved? DiEM25 believes that we, the peoples of Europe, must take our countries back. Indeed we need to take our regions back. We need to take our cities and towns back. But to take back our countries, our regions and our cities, we need to reclaim common purpose amongst sovereign peoples. And to do this we need an internationalist, common, transnational European project. </p><p>We need a European New Deal. This document outlines just that.</p><p>Full summary <a href="https://diem25.org/end/">available here.&nbsp;</a></p><div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> DiEM25 DiEM25 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:00:05 +0000 DiEM25 108961 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Mr Draghi, what are you afraid of? Release #TheGreekFiles! https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/yanis-varoufakis-diem25/mr-draghi-what-are-you-afraid-of-release-thegreekfiles <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Join the campaign to demand that the ECB publish the legal opinion it commissioned on whether its closure of Greece’s banks in 2015 was… legal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <h2><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/1702_TheGreekFiles_TW_EN.png" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/1702_TheGreekFiles_TW_EN.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="230" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/></a> <span class='image_meta'></span></span></h2><h2>What is this campaign?</h2><p><big>Deep in a vault in the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) lie #TheGreekFiles, a legal opinion about the ECB’s actions towards Greece in 2015 that could send shockwaves across Europe.</big></p><p><big>As a European taxpayer, you paid for these documents. But the ECB’s boss, ex-Goldman Sachs head Mario Draghi,&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/other/150918letter_demasi_3.en.pdf?3b09ce5006efe8c5acdb2b7e7ed5869d" target="_blank">says you can’t see them</a>.</big></p><p><big>So former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and MEP Fabio de Masi, together with a broad alliance of politicians and academics (below), have announced they will file a mass freedom of information request to the ECB to uncover #TheGreekFiles once and for all.</big></p><p><big>If Mario says no, they’ll take the campaign to the next level, and consider all options – including legal action – to make this vital information public.</big></p><p><big>Support their request to release critical documents&nbsp;you&nbsp;paid for by <a href="http://www.change.org/thegreekfiles">signing this petition now</a>!</big></p><h2>Background: What are #TheGreekFiles?</h2><p><big>In June 2015, the newly-elected Greek government was locked in tense negotiations with its creditors (the ‘Troika’ – the ECB, EC and IMF), doing what it had been voted in to do: renegotiate the country’s public debt, fiscal policy and reform agenda, and save its people from the hardship of the most crushing austerity programme in modern history.</big></p><p><big>The Troika knew they needed to make a drastic move to force the Greek government to capitulate. And that’s just what they did: through the ECB, they took action to force Greece’s banks to close, ultimately driving the Greek government – against its democratic mandate – to accept the country’s third ‘bailout’, together with new austerity measures and new reductions in national sovereignty.</big></p><p><big>But in their haste, their zeal to crush the Greek government’s resistance, the ECB feared their actions might be legally dubious. So they commissioned a private law firm to examine whether those decisions were legal. The legal opinion of this law firm is contained in #TheGreekFiles.</big></p><p><big>In July 2015, the German MEP Fabio De Masi&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="https://diem25.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/170217_DiEM25_ECB_Campaign_Background_EN.pdf" target="_blank">asked</a>&nbsp;Mario Draghi to release the legal opinion. Mario&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/other/150918letter_demasi_3.en.pdf?3b09ce5006efe8c5acdb2b7e7ed5869d" target="_blank">refused</a>, hiding behind ‘attorney-client privilege’. Clearly #TheGreekFiles contain something he doesn’t want you to see.</big></p><p><big>For a detailed account of the ECB’s actions in this case, and how it likely acted outside of its mandate, see&nbsp;<a href="https://diem25.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/170217_DiEM25_ECB_Campaign_Background_EN.pdf" target="_blank">our eight-page backgrounder</a>.</big></p><p><big>One of the foremost experts on European Law, Professor&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Fischer-Lescano" target="_blank">Andreas Fischer-Lescano</a>, examined whether the ECB was right to refuse to release #TheGreekFiles. His <a href="https://diem25.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/170217_DiEM25_ECB_Campaign_Background_EN.pdf" target="_blank">detailed conclusion</a>&nbsp;leaves no room for doubt: the ECB has no case for withholding from MEPs and the citizens of Europe the legal opinion the ECB secured (and paid for using&nbsp;your money) regarding its own conduct.</big></p><p><big>But in addition to the legal imperative: in today’s Eurozone, the power of the ECB to close down a member-state’s banks violates every democratic principle. It also violates the ECB’s own aspiration, and charter obligation, to be independent and above political strategising.</big></p><p><big>We must all throw light on the lawfulness and propriety of ECB decision-making – beginning with this case – to give European democracy a chance, as well as to make the ECB less vulnerable to power politics.<p><iframe width="460" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qttt9OHiGG8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p></big></p><h2>What can you do to help?</h2><big><p>This is only first step of a long campaign for transparency and democracy in Europe. We are deploying a series of actions aimed at pushing this campaign forward.</p><p>Please stay tuned to this page, as we will be updating it with new tasks for you to help.</p></big><div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Greece </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? Greece DiEM25 Yanis Varoufakis DiEM25 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:49:42 +0000 Yanis Varoufakis and DiEM25 108920 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Declaration of Brexit Britain event https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25-another-europe-is-possible/declaration-of-brexit-britain-event <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"During the EU referendum, we campaigned across and beyond party lines for a progressive Remain vote. Now, we have a duty to provide continued opposition to Tory Brexit." Another Europe is Possible declaration.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/brexit.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/brexit.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'></span></span></p><p>During the EU referendum, we brought together thousands of people all over Britain across and beyond party lines in order to campaign for a progressive Remain vote. Now, we have a duty to provide continued opposition to Tory Brexit.</p><p>In the immediate term, that means demanding a democratic process, including recognising that Scotland and Northern Ireland voted remain, and demanding transparency in the Brexit negotiations. The British people have the right to know what their government is saying and negotiating. And it means demanding that any triggering of Article 50 is subject to proper democratic scrutiny.</p><h2><strong>Our aims and principles</strong></h2><p>Our broader aims are now what they were during the campaign. We stand for a society run in the interests of people and the planet. We stand for an open society and a pluralist politics.</p><p>The legal protections for the environment, workers, migrants and human rights provided by EU membership were limited, but on many levels they were vital, and they were the beginning of something better. We will campaign to retain and extend all of these hard won protections.</p><p>We will also campaign to protect science, research and higher education, campaigning for Britain to ‘buy in’ to EU research budgets, to protect the right of the next generation to study at European institutions, and keep our own universities open to students from Europe.</p><p>We stand unequivocally for continued and improved freedom of movement, and we will campaign for the rights of migrants and refugees at a time of growing domestic prejudice and international crisis.</p><p>We are for solidarity between people and across borders. The struggle to win gains for ordinary people, and to democratise the European project, is our struggle – regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.</p><h2><strong>What outcome are we campaigning for?</strong></h2><p>Throughout the Brexit negotiations, we will argue for outcomes in line with these aims and principles – and we will do so in the spirit of democracy, accepting the result of the referendum but not giving up on our pro-European and internationalist values and aims.</p><p>In this spirit, we will demand that in determining what Brexit really means, the people – not Theresa May’s administration – must have the defining say. We stand firm in our demand of a democratic debate and decision making which allows the the peoples of England, Northern Ireland and Wales (whether they be Leavers or Remainers) to participate fully, directly, or through their representatives, in the shaping of our destiny.</p><h2><strong>How we organise</strong></h2><p>We will organise our campaign on a broad basis, welcoming all stripes of progressive forces across political parties, ideologies and conceptions of a good society.</p><p>Now that the referendum is over, we must commit our organisation to greater internal democracy – to include more people from the grassroots in the core organising, and to consult all of our supporters about what we do.</p><p>Another Europe Is Possible will seek to join forces with the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) on terms that enhance our capacity to demonstrate to the people of Britain that another Britain is indeed possible as long as European democrats reach out across national and organisational borders in search of shared democracy and shared prosperity.</p><h2><strong>2. Other proposals passed by Brexit Britain event&nbsp;</strong></h2><p>a. Another Europe is Possible calls for solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers, and with the frontline countries like Greece which lack resources to cope. All European states, including the UK, must co-operate to end the scandal of squalid camps and offer proper resettlement for refugees, with contributions proportionate to national GDP.</p><p>b.&nbsp;Another Europe is Possible will seek to democratise itself and to give structure to its grassroots support. In the coming months, we will launch a review, consulting supporters and stakeholders, on our processes, structures, name, infrastructure and organisational form. This will conclude at a democratic event in early 2017.</p><h2><strong>3. Other proposals&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;passed by Brexit Britain event</strong></h2><p>These other proposals were referred (due to lack of time) for further discussion in the run up to the next decision making meeting in January.</p><p>a. If the government chooses to privilege the England and Wales Leave votes over the Scotland and Northern Ireland Remain votes, they risk a breakup of the UK and destabilisation in Ireland. A Greenland-style treaty could prevent this by respecting each country’s decision in the referendum.</p><p>b.&nbsp;First campaign priority must be to ensure that HM Government does not make a formal declaration of the UK’s intent to withdraw from the EU without the prior-given express authority of Parliament, and that HMG makes clear its proposed ‘terms of exit’ before seeking such authority.</p><p>c. Second campaign priority must be to itemise all the Regulations made under Statutory Instruments to implement EU Directives, where the power to act derives from the European Communities Act 1972, and which will have no legal effect once the UK ceases to be a member of the EU.</p><div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? Another Europe is Possible DiEM25 DiEM25 Another Europe is Possible Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:45:14 +0000 DiEM25 and Another Europe is Possible 105897 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Leading activists, artists, scholars and political figures take central role in DiEM25 https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/leading-activists-artists-scholars-and-political-figures-take-central-role <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Noam-Chomsky-294468630182/">Noam Chomsky</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elif_%C5%9Eafak">Elif Shafak</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno">Brian Eno</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/zoejardiniere">Zoe Gardner</a> are among the people who will be coordinating DiEM25’s activities from today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/Chomsky Shafak Gardner Eno.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/Chomsky Shafak Gardner Eno.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="184" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'></span></span></p><p>We are unveiling the teams that will coordinate and guide our movement to democratise the EU – our <a href="http://diem25.org/cc">Coordinating Collective</a> and <a href="http://diem25.org/ap">Advisory Panel</a> – after a vote by thousands of DiEM25 members across Europe.</p> <p>The 26-strong Advisory Panel includes <a href="https://wikileaks.org/">Wikileaks</a> founder <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange">Julian Assange</a>, two-time Palme d’Or film director <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Loach">Ken Loach</a>, UK Shadow Chancellor <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McDonnell">John McDonnell</a>, renowned philosopher <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavoj_%C5%BDi%C5%BEek">Slavoj Žižek</a> and pioneering composer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Michel_Jarre">Jean-Michel Jarre</a>. They join a growing group of influential thinkers and doers that have taken an active role in DiEM25, alongside people like democracy activist <a href="https://stop-ttip.org/team/">Dániel Fehér</a> and Naples mayor <a href="https://diem25.org/naples-mayor-joins-diem25/">Luigi de Magistris</a>.</p> <p>Chomsky, Shafak, Eno and Gardner join DiEM25 initiators like Yanis Varoufakis, Srećko Horvat and Lorenzo Marsili on our 12-person Coordinating Collective.</p> <p>“The post-World War II European project, while inevitably flawed, had many merits and considerable promise,” said Noam Chomsky. “These have been severely damaged, in both economic and sociopolitical domains, by the neoliberal austerity programs instituted from above by the Troika. DiEM25 is a bold and promising initiative to reverse the damage before it is too late.”</p> <p>Slavoj Žižek added: “The usual radical left temptation is to do nothing concrete and wait for the big revolution. DiEM25 is different: with one specific demand, to democratise Europe, it is the right step in the right direction at the right moment.”</p> <p><strong>Notes</strong></p> <p>The Coordinating Collective (CC) coordinates all DiEM25’s activities. Every year, half of the seats on the CC are renewed through an election; the next election will take place in September 2017. The Advisory Panel (AP) advises DiEM25 and facilitates the implementation of its aims.</p> <p>Both bodies are new – they officially come into being today, as a result of the voting in of our Organising Principles by our membership.</p> <p><strong>Full list of AP and CC members</strong></p> <p>The full lists are below, or check out our dedicated pages for our <a href="http://diem25.org/cc">Coordinating Collective</a> and <a href="http://diem25.org/ap">Advisory Panel</a> which include photos and biographies.</p> <p><strong>DiEM25 Advisory Panel</strong></p> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange">Julian Assange</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/avilarenata">Renata Ávila</a>, <a href="http://www.transform-network.net/network/authors/news/detail/AuthorStandalone/137.html">Walter Baier</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Barnett_(writer)">Anthony Barnett</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco_Berardi">Franco Berardi</a>, <a href="http://eipcp.net/bio/buden">Boris Buden</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berardo_Carboni">Berardo Carboni</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nessa_Childers">Nessa Childers</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9cile_Duflot">Cécile Duflot</a>, <a href="http://www.marceloexposito.net/">Marcelo Expósito</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_George_(political_scientist)">Susan George</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Galbraith">James K. Galbraith</a><span>,</span> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Loach">Ken Loach</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Michel_Jarre">Jean-Michel Jarre</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katja_Kipping">Katja Kipping</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Lucas">Caroline Lucas</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McDonnell">John McDonnell</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_McWilliams_(economist)">David McWilliams</a>, <a href="https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/sandro.mezzadra/en">Sandro Mezzadra</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerardo_Pisarello_Prados">Gerardo Pisarello</a>, <a href="http://alternativet.dk/portraet-af-rasmus-nordqvist/">Rasmus Nordqvist</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saskia_Sassen">Saskia Sassen</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Spinelli">Barbara Spinelli</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danae_Stratou">Danae Stratou</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Christine_Vergiat">Marie Christine Vergiat</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavoj_%C5%BDi%C5%BEek">Slavoj Žižek</a><span>.</span></p> <p><strong>DiEM25 Coordinating Collective</strong></p> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky">Noam Chomsky</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno">Brian Eno</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/ZoeJardiniere">Zoe Gardner</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srecko_Horvat">Srećko Horvat</a>, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/l_marsili">Lorenzo Marsili</a>, <a href="https://blogs.mediapart.fr/cristina-soler-savini">Cristina Soler-Savini</a>, <a href="https://www.solidarische-moderne.de/de/article/22.dr-thomas-seibert.html">Thomas Seibert</a> , <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elif_Shafak">Elif Shafak</a>, <a href="http://politicalcritique.org/search/stokfiszewski">Igor Stokfiszewski</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanis_Varoufakis">Yanis Varoufakis</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivienne_Westwood">Vivienne Westwood</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/WashaAgnes">Agnieszka Wiśniewska</a><span>.</span></p> <p><strong>Ex Officio members of the DiEM25 Coordinating Collective</strong></p> <p>Fotini Bakadima (Secretarial Coordinator), <a href="http://luismartin.press/seccion/english/">Luis Martín</a> (Communications Coordinator), <a href="https://www.quora.com/profile/Judith-Meyer">Judith Meyer</a> (Volunteers Coordinator), Xavier Soler (IT Coordinator).</p><div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? DiEM25 DiEM25 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:11:21 +0000 DiEM25 105766 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Democracy in Europe: DiEM25 in Rome with Yanis Varoufakis https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/democracy-in-europe-diem25-in-rome-with-yanis-varoufakis <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Video from the Acquario Romano in Rome, 23 March 2016, for "Democracy in Europe - Launch of Transparency in Europe, now!" by DiEM25 and official launch of DiEM25 in Italy.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe width="460" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/99ImAyYGLgs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>With Yanis Varoufakis, Lorenzo Marsili, Marisa Matias, Julian Assange, Igiaba Scego, Valentina Orazzini, Marica Di Pierri, Srecko Horvat, Luciana Castellina, Jorge Moruno.</em></p><p>As Europeans we are too often told that we must choose between reverting to the nation state or maintaining the crisis status quo. We reject this dichotomy because we know that alternative paths exist. We believe that democracy in Europe will be created from the bottom-up, by throwing open the doors to the population of the continent to reason, dialogue and acting together on their common good.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/diem25/our-fragmenting-europe-and-diems-response">Our fragmenting Europe and DiEM&#039;s response</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? DiEM25 DiEM25 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:27:15 +0000 DiEM25 100976 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Transparency in Europe now! https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/transparency-in-europe-now <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://you.wemove.eu/campaigns/transparency">Sign the petition</a> to demand full transparency at the European Union now.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/12670125_1557841674537479_552601416636196998_n.png" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/12670125_1557841674537479_552601416636196998_n.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="79" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'></span></span></p><p>To&nbsp;<span>Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup, the Board of Governors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), and Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), and Cecilia Malmström, EU Trade Commissioner</span></p><p>As Citizens of the European Union we demand, effective immediately:<span>&nbsp;</span></p><ol><li><span>the live-streaming of the entire European Council, Eurogroup, ESM Board of Governors and Ecofin meetings, and the subsequent publication of official transcripts for all such meetings</span></li><li><span>a full set of minutes for each ECB Governing Council meeting to be published three weeks after the conclusion of each regular meeting, and complete transcripts of these meetings to be published within two years</span></li><li><span>an exhaustive list of all Brussels lobbyists and a register of every one of their meetings with elected or unelected EU officials</span></li><li><span>electronic publication of all TTIP negotiating documents and full transparency at every stage of the TTIP negotiations.</span></li></ol><h2><span>Why this is important</span></h2><p>Transparency is the oxygen of democracy. Opacity (or ‘confidentiality’, as the insiders prefer to call it) is the harbinger of bad decisions undermining Europe’s common good.<span>&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><span>- Have you ever wondered why Europe’s unemployment rate is stuck at levels last seen in the United States in 2009?</span></li><li><span><br /></span></li><li><span>- Have you noticed how, for six years now, the Eurogroup produces monthly communiqués announcing that the end of the crisis is… just around the corner?</span></li><li><span><br /></span></li><li><span>- Did you know that, at this very moment, your own members of European Parliament can only see the negotiating documents that will shape the impending EU-US trade treaty (and thus determine the future of paid work, social welfare, innovation and environmental protection) as long as they swear that they will not tell you what these documents say?</span></li><li><span><br /></span></li><li><span>- Are you aware of the fact that there are ten thousand (!) lobbyists in Brussels whose job is to have regular secret meetings with your representatives in the EU for the purpose of persuading them to accept rules and regulations that often go against your interests?</span><span>&nbsp;</span></li></ul><p>Without knowing how your representatives behave on your behalf in Brussels and in Frankfurt, you have no control over them. Democracy then becomes a sham and EU decision-making adds error upon error.</p><p>Today, if you want to see any of the documents that shape Europe, or to read what your ministers said on your behalf in some pivotal meeting, you simply couldn’t. Nor will your grandchildren be able to see them in the decades to come as no minutes, transcripts or records are kept formally.</p><p>Is it any wonder then that the European Union institutions no longer enjoy the trust of Europe’s citizens?</p><p>Is it surprising that the European Union is at an advanced stage of disintegration?</p><p>No, it is not. It is, rather, the natural result of the cloak of secrecy enveloping decision-making at the level of the EU.</p><h2>Open Letter</h2><p>We are writing to you as citizens of the European Union outraged at the lack of transparency in the decision-making process within the institutions over which you preside, as well as in the negotiations between the EU and the United States over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.</p><p>To deny EU citizens their right to understand know how their government representatives conduct themselves on their behalf in key decisions, how they vote, the conflict of interests that arise, the proposals under discussion, the commitments made to corporations and non-European governments, is to deny Europe the very chance of democracy.</p><p>As Citizens of the European Union we demand, effective immediately:<span>&nbsp;</span></p><ol><li><span>the live-streaming of the entire European Council, Eurogroup, ESM Board of Governors and Ecofin meetings, and the subsequent publication of official transcripts for all such meetings</span></li><li><span>a full set of minutes for each ECB Governing Council meeting to be published three weeks after the conclusion of each regular meeting, and complete transcripts of these meetings to be published within two years</span></li><li><span>an exhaustive list of all Brussels lobbyists and a register of every one of their meetings with elected or unelected EU officials</span></li><li><span>electronic publication of all TTIP negotiating documents and full transparency at every stage of the TTIP negotiations.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></li></ol><p>Mr Juncker, you have said, “We have nothing to hide!” If so, then stop hiding from European citizens everything that matters in the EU’s decision-making process.</p><p>The European Union is disintegrating due to terrible decisions reached under your cloak of secrecy. Lifting that cloak is now of critical importance for the EU’s future.</p><p>Lest we are misunderstood, we shall not settle for public relations tricks, cosmetic changes, or excuses. We demand full transparency at every stage of decision-making that shapes our Europe’s future.</p><p>Let light in!</p><p><strong>Sign the Transparency in Europe petition here:&nbsp;<a href="https://you.wemove.eu/campaigns/transparency">https://you.wemove.eu/campaigns/transparency</a></strong></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/diem25/noam-chomsky-joins-diem25">Noam Chomsky joins DiEM25</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/sjaak-scheele/diem25-in-footsteps-of-altiero-spinelli">DiEM25 in the footsteps of Altiero Spinelli?</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? DiEM25 DiEM25 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:21:49 +0000 DiEM25 100971 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Our fragmenting Europe and DiEM's response https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/our-fragmenting-europe-and-diems-response <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A video edit from the 1st Session of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) launch in Berlin, kick starting the conversation that DiEM25 is&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">facilitating to put the demos back into Europe’s democracy. ( 27 mins.)</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pQZKm5mMkic" frameborder="0" height="315" width="460"></iframe></p> <p>A video edit from the 1st Session of DiEM25's launch in Berlin to kick start the conversation on putting the demos back into Europe’s democracy, how to address the various crises currently tearing Europe apart, and how to organise our political interventions in our localities, regions, countries and, of course, at the European level.</p><p>Session / OUR FRAGMENTING EUROPE &amp; DiEM’s RESPONSE Re-conceptualising the centrifugal forces and multiplying divisions tearing the EU apart: refugees, borders &amp; fences (Schengen), Fortress Europe (Frontex), inequality-poverty, chauvinism, nationalism, insecurity.</p><p><br /><br />Introduction &amp; Moderation: Srećko Horvat (DiEM, Croatia)<br />1. Baier, Walter (Transform! Network – Austria)<br />2. Buden, Boris (public intellectual / activist, Germany/Croatia)<br />3. Büllesbach, Daphne (European Alternatives / Germany)<br />4. Demh, Dieter (MP, Germany)<br />5. Fassin, Eric (Academic, France)<br />6. Guerot, Ulrike (European Democracy Lab, Germany)<br />7. Krempaska, Alena (Human Rights Institute, Slovakia)<br />8. Martin, Luis (Journalist, Spain)<br />9. Meddeb, Hind (Filmmaker/Journalist, France)<br />10.Morel Darleux, Corrine (Activist, Deputy for Rhône-Alpes, France)<br />11.Mezzadra, Sandro (Public Intellectual-Activist, Italy)<br />12.Negri, Toni (Public Intellectual-Activist, Italy)<br />13.Papastergiadis, Nikos (Academic, Australia-Greece)<br />14.Pisarello, Gerardo (First Deputy Mayor, City of Barcelona, Cataluña)<br />15.Richter, Angela (Theatre Director, Germany)<br />16.Sierakowski, Slavek (Krytyka Polityczna, Poland)<br />17.Tsomou, Margarita (Author-Journalist, Germany/Greece)<br />and Jacob Appelbaum, independent journalist, computer security researcher and core member of the Tor project.<br />(Video: Hind Meddeb)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/barbara-spinelli/from-london-to-athens-europe-is-empty-shell"> From London to Athens, Europe is an empty shell </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/sjaak-scheele/diem25-in-footsteps-of-altiero-spinelli">DiEM25 in the footsteps of Altiero Spinelli?</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/alexander-karschnia/we-are-building-strange-left-towards-democratic-modernity">&#039;We are building a strange left&#039;: towards a democratic modernity? </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/open-letter-to-initiators-of-diem-2025-by-some-of-us-greens-across-europe">Open letter to the initiators of DiEM 2025 by some of us Greens across Europe</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/lorenzo-marsili/only-plan-b-for-europe-is-rebuilding-power-for-change">The only plan B for Europe is rebuilding power for change</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/anthony-barnett/introduction-to-diem25-manifesto">The DiEM25 manifesto: Democracy in Europe Movement 2025</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? DiEM25 DiEM25 Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:09:57 +0000 DiEM25 100749 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Noam Chomsky joins DiEM25 https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25/noam-chomsky-joins-diem25 <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"DiEM25's Manifesto is a bold effort to reverse the damage and restore the promise,” says Chomsky.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/chomsky.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/548777/chomsky.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Noam Chomsky. Flickr/Andrew Rusk. Some rights reserved.</span></span></span><strong>CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, March 14, 2016–</strong><span> Distinguished American linguist, philosopher and political activist, Noam Chomsky, has officially endorsed DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement launched last month by Greece’s former Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis.</span></p> <p>“The formation of the European Union,” explained Chomsky, “was a highly encouraging step forward in world affairs, with great promise.” However, in the view of the American scholar, the EU “now faces severe threats, from within, tracing in no small measure to the attack on democracy.”</p> <p>Upon becoming the latest signatory of <a href="http://diem25.org/manifesto-long/" target="_blank">the movement’s Manifesto</a>, Chomsky affirmed, “[DiEM25’s] Manifesto is a bold effort to reverse the damage and restore the promise, an initiative of great significance.”</p> <p>“Europe and the United States are responsible for some of the greatest gifts to, but also some of the worst crimes against, humanity,” said Varoufakis. “Together,” he elaborated, “Europeans and Americans (both North and South), we have given the world humanist rationalism, Bills of Rights, the idea of shared prosperity, internationalism, the anti-slavery movement, the United Nations, the list goes on. </p><p>But we have also inflicted upon the world various colonialisms, environmental destruction, the permanent violation of the Middle East, Vietnam, dictatorships, the surveillance state, multinational companies that plunder peoples and continents, self-defeating austerity, extraordinary rendition, the list goes on.”</p> <p>The former Finance Minister believes that “it is time that Americans and Europeans joined forces, across the Atlantic, to produce the surge of democracy that can uniquely revive hope, silence the sirens of toxic populism, dissolve governmental authoritarianism, and create the foundations of a planetary future worth fighting for.”</p> <p>“DiEM25, the movement for democratizing the European Union,” Varoufakis noted, “welcomes Noam Chomsky to its ranks.”</p> <p>Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky will appear together at <a href="http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2016/04/26/yanis-varoufakis" target="_blank">New York’s Public Library LIVE stage on Tuesday, April 26</a>.</p> <p>Born in Philadelphia on December 7, 1928, Chomsky is regarded as the father of modern linguistics. He has authored over 100 books on topics in his field and on issues of dissent and US foreign policy. Chomsky is&nbsp;currently Institute Professor&nbsp;Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbsp;(MIT).</p> <p>Noam Chomsky joins a growing list of intellectuals and global personalities’ endorsing DiEM25. Julian Assange, Ken Loach, James K. Galbraith, Saskia Sassen, Walter Baier and Brian Eno are among the more than 17,000 members who have joined DiEM25 since the movement’s foundation last February 9 in Berlin.</p><p><em>See more from openDemocracy's coverage of DiEM25 <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/diem25">here</a>.</em></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/open-letter-to-initiators-of-diem-2025-by-some-of-us-greens-across-europe">Open letter to the initiators of DiEM 2025 by some of us Greens across Europe</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/can-europe-make-it/alexander-karschnia/we-are-building-strange-left-towards-democratic-modernity">&#039;We are building a strange left&#039;: towards a democratic modernity? </a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EU </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-topics"> <div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Democracy and government </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> Can Europe make it? Can Europe make it? EU Democracy and government DiEM25 Noam Chomsky DiEM25 DiEM25 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:53:15 +0000 DiEM25 100577 at https://www.opendemocracy.net DiEM25 https://www.opendemocracy.net/content/diem25 <div class="field field-au-term"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DiEM25 </div> </div> </div> <p>The Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or <strong>DiEM25</strong>, is a pan-European political movement launched by former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Their movement aims to reform the European Union's existing institutions to create a "fully-fledged democracy with a sovereign parliament respecting national self-determination and sharing power with national Parliaments, regional assemblies and municipal councils."</p> DiEM25 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:50:28 +0000 DiEM25 100578 at https://www.opendemocracy.net