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The citizen take-over of the EU institutions on 26th of May has started

The election campaign of DiEM25’s electoral wing Demokratie in Europa in Germany kicked off with a great weekend in Berlin. Join us for the exciting time ahead, not stopping on the 26th of May. This European election is only a start fighting for the change we desperately need!

First the leading candidates of Demokratie in Europa – DiEM25, Yanis Varoufakis and Daniela Platsch, joined our local candidate Thomas Kellermann in Lichterfelde Süd for a tour around the district.

As a member of the action alliance Lichterfelde Süd, Thomas Kellermann is committed to the construction of socially responsible and sustainable housing. As a physician, he has also dealt with the health consequences and impressively describes the consequences of wrong housing policies. The action alliance demands the building of affordable housing instead of such in the high-price segment. The dream: 1,500 social dwellings in Lichterfelde Süd.

The Groth Group is the owner of the former Parks Range in Lichterfelde Süd and would like to build on 39 hectares there. In recent years, the Groth Group has made donations to the Berlin parties, primarily to the CDU but also to the SPD. The current urban development contract from July 2018 is still not open to the public.

Together Yanis Varoufakis, Daniela Platsch and Thomas Kellermann demand the financing and guarantee of affordable housing for all Europeans in their home countries in the election program of Demokratie in Europa – DiEM25. The social housing model, which has been dismantled across the continent, must be restored. In addition, the Green New Deal only promotes social and sustainable housing.

After signing for the referendum to exapropriate the big housing company “Deutsche Wohnen” the candidates left to the evening of DiEM25 in the district Wedding.

The event did not treat participants as passive listeners. Instead it was about getting into a dialogue. The venue was a room for inclusion, and the event was the same. After a short introduction from the panellists, Joanna Bronwicka, Jasper Finkeldey, Thomas Kellermann, Bianca Praetorius, Daniela Platsch and Yanis Varoufakis, the audience jumped right into the discussion with the candidates in a fishbowl format.

After this exciting start, join us organising a campus tour bringing the #EuropeanSpring to the universities across Germany and help us with the #register2vote campaign ahead of the European Parliament elections.

We are campaigning against austerity politics all across Europe. Let’s make our pledge for a new and people-powered democracy in Europe become reality!

A citizen take-over of the EU institutions

13.04.2019 – 7 pm
TUECHTIG Room for inclusion
Oudenarder Str. 16 (Building D06, floor 1)
13347 Berlin-Wedding

Discuss with Yanis Varoufakis and other DiEM25-endorsed candidates about a new form of politics

Election campaign kick-off with:

  • Yanis Varoufakis
  • Daniela Platsch
  • Bianca Praetorius
  • Jasper Finkeldey
  • Joanna Bronowicka
  • Thomas Kellermann

Buy your ticket here and help us to cover the expenses of the night.

Transnational politics has arrived! The movement DiEM25 facilitates a discussion between citizens and citizen-candidates on the first-ever transnational list for the European elections. These candidates are fighting for a Green New Deal with progressive solutions to bring democracy back to Europe! The women and men, nominated in an experiment in grassroots democracy, who will take the programme to the ballot box in May, will answer all your questions and listen to your input.

Our event will not treat participants as passive listeners. Instead it will be about getting into a dialogue. As our venue is a room for inclusion, our event will be the same. After a short introduction from each panellist, we will jump right into the discussion with you in a fishbowl format. Meaning we will have panels consisting of our candidates and you!


Panel I: The connection between local activism and a European election campaign

  • Jasper Finkeldey, organising a campus tour bringing the European Spring to the Universities across Germany
  • Joanna Bronowicka, organising the #register2vote campaign ahead of the European Parliament elections
  • Thomas Kellermann, activist for the “Aktionsbündnis Lichterfelde Süd” campaigning for social housing since 2011


Panel II: Putting a new form of politics into practice in Europe and beyond

  • Yanis Varoufakis, campaigning against austerity politics all across Europe for year
  • Daniela Platsch, pledging for a new and people-powered approach to democratize Europe
  • Bianca Praetorius, connecting technology with democracy, transparency and sustainability

Moderators: Laura Müller and Johannes Fehr

Join us for the exciting time ahead, not stopping on the 26th of May. This European election is only a start fighting for the change we desperately need!

The EU in crisis: What’s next? (panel discussion)

24.01.2018
19:30 – 21:00 (door open 19:00)
Alte Börse Marzahn

More information and early-bird tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.de/e/the-eu-in-crisis-whats-next-podiumsdiskussion-tickets-54916373351


With xenophobic and authoritarian forces rising across the EU, economies not yet back to pre-2008 levels, Eurozone ‘exits’ becoming more likely and climate catastrophe on the horizon, it’s time to stop what we’re doing and rethink.

The EUROPEAN SPRING, that will be contesting the May 2019 European elections in 11 countries, brings together politicians and activists to give a new, European perspective on these critical issues.

Program:

  • Introductory speech by Yanis Varoufakis
  • Panel 1: Migration and xenophobia
  • Panel 2: Poverty and austerity
  • Panel 3: The Euro and ‘exit’
  • Panel 4: The environment
  • Conclusion

 

Panelists:

  • Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, leader of the Polish party Razem
  • Baltasar Garzón, star judge, founder of the Spanish party Actúa
  • David Adler, member of DiEM25´s Coordinating Collective and coordinator of the Progressive International movement
  • Daniela Platsch, director of the Austrian party Der Wandel, lead MEP candidate for Demokratie in Europa
  • Franka Kretschmer, member of the board of the German party Demokratie in Bewegung
  • Isabelle Thomas, member of the European parliament for the French party Génération.s
  • Lorenzo Marsili, Italian writer, founder of European Alternatives, member of DiEM25´s Coordinating Collective
  • Rasmus Nordqvist, member of the Danish parliament for Alternativet
  • Rui Tavares, former MEP, founder of the Portuguese party LIVRE
  • Yanis Varoufakis, co-founder of DiEM25, Secretary of Greek party MeRA25, lead MEP candidate for Demokratie in Europa in Germany for the EUROPEAN SPRING

That astonishingly there is an alternative for Europe!

On 25th and 26th of May DiEM25 members from all over Europe came together in Berlin to exchange their work and ideas on democratising the EU. People from countries like Finland, Serbia, Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland, Norway, France, Italy, Austria and Germany discussed how to build a solidly united system in Europe that offers equal rights and opportunities for everybody living on the continent.

The Democracy in DiEM25 (DiD) group shared their ideas on Distributed Network Collectives and Grassroots Democracy. We think internal democracy is crucial and communication and transparency are the key elements. DiEM25’s European Gender group pointed out that gender equality and diversity are everyday practices and should be embraced to foster our democratic discourse in including and representing as much perspectives as possible.

The DiEM25 Spontaneous Collective (DSC) Berlin provided an input on the topic of Multiparty Politics. The debate will go on: Should we found the first exclusively pan European Party? This question is crucial when thinking about strategies to put our agenda to the ballot boxes at the European elections of 2019! Of course endorsing candidates or parties in the elections are the other possibilities, as we recently did in the French and English elections. It’s clear for us that we will put an end to the politics of “There Is No Alternative” (TINA) and challenge the national phlegmatism of Lexiteers. We therefore say “TATIANA” (That Astonishingly There Is AN Alternative!) to Angela Merkel, Wolfgang Schäuble, Jean-Claude Juncker and everybody else: The European New Deal!

The DSC Belgrade later asked: How to deal with the European New Deal? And presented answers like “With the European New Deal paper we are able to embrace the robot army appearing on the horizon and let them work for us.” We are going to put forth green investments and finally regulate the banking sector. We are going to provide a job guarantee, basic goods and social housing for everybody.

In other workshops we pointed out that art should question the morality of the public and shift the thinking of people. Art as a fundamental form of societal and political expression will be at the heart of DiEM25 (DiEM25 Voice). Furthermore we learned about the peculiarities of the French elections from DSC Lyon and the history of the disintegration of Yugoslavia through an economic crisis from DSCs Ljubljana and Belgrade.

We also exchanged our ideas for a European Constitution after an input from DSC Asturias and elaborated on: “Let’s democratise Innovation and Production!” With a political framework for the encouragement of free and open source products that will empower us to become smart citizens instead of being controlled by overbearing smart cities. During the last panel we concluded that it’s about time to form a truly democratic European demos and put our ideas into practice.

We closed these incredible two days and twelve hours of workshops with a dinner at a Croatian Restaurant in Berlin. We thank all participants for the sparkling atmosphere, splendid talks and valuable inputs. We will very eagerly work on our policies and ideas, together with our new friends from all over Europe.

Some more impressions about the whole event are provided in this Video:

DSC Berlin at the congress of the European Left

380 delegates from 27 member parties and from nine observation parties arrived in Berlin for the 5th Congress of the European Left. The concerns about Europe were connected: austerity politics, growing precariousness, rise of the populous right, higher military budget for geopolitical power games, just to name a few of these concerns. Europe is standing knee deep in crises and that’s not just from the Left‘s viewpoint. The question, however, “what to do?”, brings an end to the unification.

Gregor Gysi, still chairman in the German Bundestag, was elected as the new chairman of the European Left. Without opponents, Gysi can only have a short majority of the delegates behind him, with only 68% of the votes, and the EL made a rather split impression.

Naturally, DiEM25 wasn‘t officially invited to the Congress. Through “Die Linke”, however, the possibility was offered to set up a stand and present the proposal of our Pan-European democratic movement to the interested delegates and representatives.

Despite the not very original red color in this environment, the DiEM stand stood out clearly. During the three-day congress, 8 DSC members alternated regularly at the stand and radiated a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere.

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