Democracy in Europe Movement 2025


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DiEM25 docu night with “Europe’s Forbidden Colony”

Dear everybody,

we invite you once more to our docu night. We show the documentary “Europe’s Forbidden Colony” in english.

Croatian philosopher Srecko Horvat travels from Idomeni in Greece, where in 2015 refugees fleeing war and poverty entered Europe, to the dockyards of the Greek port of Pireaus, where workers’ unions say they are fighting a new kind of privatisation, and from Romania, where people are fighting to protect their forests from international investment firms, to the City of London.

On his way Horvat talks to Syrian refugee Mustafa al Hamoud, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, French protesters at the Nuit Debout, Mayor of Barcelina Ada Colau, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and many more.

Following the movie screening we want to discuss, if Europe indeed has colonies and ask you about your ideas for Europe. We will also ask for a small donation to finance the costs we have.

Carpe DiEM!

DiEM25 documentary night is showing „Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984-1992” and celebrating one year of DiEM25 in Berlin!

I think that the women’s movement in Berlin is ‘stark’ and it has a lot of life and vitality. It makes my heart sing to see what is possible“, that is what the poet and activist Audre Lorde once said. Her influence on the Afro-American, Feminist and Queer Movements is still lively. The movie shows her life and actions here in Berlin. Her comments about the social and political change in Berlin, her support for the Afro-German community, and her call to the white population of Germany to reflect upon and be aware of their own privilege. By means of video and audio recordings from Dagmar Schultz as well as the commentaries of numerous allies, students and friends, a memorable picture of the personal Audre Lorde is created, that enlarges the view on the political scene of Berlin impressively and necessarily.

Following the movie screening we want to discuss, what has changed and what has not changed after Audre Lorde’s activities in Berlin. We will also ask for a small donation (~3 €) to finance the costs we have.

We also invite you, to celebrate the one year anniversary of DiEM25 Berlin with us on the same evening. At around 10 pm we want to dance, talk and have fun with some Funk and beer.

DiEM25 Berlin gathering

DiEM25 Berlin invites you to an assembly and discussion. This will be our talking points:

  • Welcome
  • DiEM25 Berlin strategies
  • Best practice from UCLA
  • General Assembly of Milo Rau
  • French elections
  • European New Deal
  • DiEM25 Event in may in Berlin
  • New DSC in Berlin

We will meet at the room next to the “Blauer Salon” (Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2a, 10961 Berlin). To get there, you enter the yard, then turn left, pass by the bar, enter another yard where you take the stairs on the right side, leading up to Blauer Salon.

Afterwards we will go for a little drink in one of the surrounding bars:)

DiEM25 Documentary Night with “Work hard, play hard”

DiEM25 Berlin invites you to our monthy documentary event. This time we’ll show „Work hard, play hard“. The movie is in german with english subtitles.

It’s about the change in the conditions of labour, about the optimization of „human resources“. We observe business consultants working on a fusion between work and private life. Work is supposed to be fun – that’s how these new concepts are advertised. Upon closer examination, they reveal questionable motivational techniques, aiming at performance optimization. The documentary raises issues like „how do we want to work?“ and „in which way does the implementation of ‚ideal work conditions‘ lead to new forms of (self-)exploitation?“

After watching the documentary, we’d like to discuss with you. We have also invited the FAU (free workers’ union) to join us.

Lively start into 2017

Our DiEM25 group started lively into the New Year. Good, as the general elections in Germany are just around the corner and we plan great things for 2017.

We had an intensive Newcomer meeting on the 9th of January. After a short introduction to DiEM25 and our work in Berlin, we spread into small groups with the 60 participants to work on different topics. We had discussions about DiEM25 policy papers and our internal organisation. Also the new taskforce “diversity” was founded, which will deal with the important task to include different human beings into DiEM25 to make our movement as colourful and diverse as our society.

On the 15th of January our second DiEM25 documentation night followed at B-Lage in Neukölln. We presented the crowdfunded documentary “This is not a coup”. It describes the European Central Bank’s (ECB) financial interventions in states like Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece. Featuring well-known academics, politicians and journalists, “This is not a coup” analyses the interdependences of EU institutions with big corporations and banks and the undemocratic and hidden influence they exert on national politics. After the film we had an interesting exchange with the audience and are looking forward to the documentation night on the 19th of February.

Do you want to join? Contact berlin1dsc@de.diem25.org

DiEM25 Documentary Night with “This is not a coup”

As part of the Sunday cinema programme at B-Lage in Neukölln we invite you to the second Berlin DiEM25 Documentary Night. DiEM25 stands for Democracy in Europe Movement.

The documentary “This is not a coup” describes ECB’s financial interventions in states like Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece. Featuring well known academics, politicians and journalists, it analyses the relation of EU institutions with big corporations and banks. In order to guarantee full independence from private companies and interests, the project is financed through crowdfunding – namely donations from citizens, trade unions and independent organizations and foundations across the globe.

After the documentation we would like to discuss the topic with you. We will also ask for a small donation (~1€) to finance the costs we have.

The movie will be shown in different languages and with english subtitles.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Movie night in Berlin: Debt is the money of the rich

In the heart of Neukölln-Berlin, in B-Lage, DiEM25 Berlin presented the film “Who is Saving Whom? – Crisis as a business model at the expense of democracy and social security”.

Although the screening room was crowded and crammed with 80 visitors, the mostly young audience attentively watched the documentary until the end. The documentary from 2015 clearly shows who was responsible for the financial crisis in 2008 and how multi-billion euro and dollar rescue packages almost magically turned bank debts into public debts. The consequences for civil society are enormous and presented in the film through impressive pictures and testimonies.

The film also shows alternatives. Iceland chose a completely different way out of the crisis: the citizens took their fate into their own hands, demanded new elections and a thorough revision of the banking crisis – with success. There was no rescue of international capital, but a democratic redistribution from the top to the bottom. Even the bank executives did not get away unscathed.

Following the film, Ragnar Hjalmarsson provided more nuanced information on the Icelandic case, drawing on his experience as an employee of the IMF Resident Representative Office in Reykjavik from 2008 to 2013. Spanish/Icelandic artist couple Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson also contributed to the intriguing discussion.

During the discussion, it became clear that very special circumstances contributed to Iceland’s unique path. Nevertheless, Iceland remains an encouraging example of how a broad social movement can free a country from the dictatorship of the financial sector and move towards a real democracy.

In the film, the German politician Oskar Lafontaine was quoted as follows: “If one knows that debt is the money of the rich, then one would have to get the idea that if I want to lower the debt, I will reduce rich people’s money. I’ve never heard that this may have been discussed in that way in parliaments. Instead of taking money from the rich, they dive into the wallet of the pensioners and the workers who earn very little. This is an incredible fact.

DiEM25 is currently working on a policy paper for Europe’s new economy, which will be presented end of February in Paris.

Carpe DiEM25

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