Moments of dialogue in times of crisis

26th-27th October

Organised by the LSE Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit

Euclid Tsakalotos
Greek finance minister

Gerardo Pisarello
Deputy mayor of Barcelona

Caroline Lucas
Green Party leader

Ash Sarkar
Novara Media

Zoe Williams
Guardian journalist

Asad Rehman
War on Want

Ann Pettifor

Laura Parker

Shaista Aziz
Stop Trump Coalition

Nick Dearden
Global Justice Now

Mary Kaldor
LSE Professor of Global Governance

Marina Prentoulis
UEA, Syriza

and many more – see timetable below.

Europe for the Many will bring together progressives from across the continent for two days of discussion, reflection and action planning.

We will meet at a time of great urgency for the future of progressive forces on the continent. Peace and democracy in Europe are today under huge challenge by the rise of the far right. With some exceptions the left has not been the ‘go-to pole’ of the political system blown apart by the fallout from the global financial crisis.

Today we are paying the price for the failure of previous reform efforts; of not being bold and visionary enough. This can’t go on. Europe needs a new agenda for transformative social change.

To aid in these efforts Europe for the Many will provide an opportunity for civil society movements and politicians to enter into dialogue and discussion on what our next steps will be. How do we go beyond the dichotomy of status quo Europe versus no Europe? What transformative possibilities are opening up? And how can the growing threat from far right nationalist forces be effectively challenged?

We will bring together a range of speakers – and you – to answer these questions.

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Friday 26 October

All session rooms are in the LSE Old Building, Houghton St, London. Map and access info.

From 1.30pm
Arrival and registrations
2.30pm - 4pm
Europe in 2019: What is to be done?
Shaw Library, 6th Floor
As Europe heads into a decisive year marked by new elections, a rising right and Brexit, the left and civil society must develop pan-European alternatives to the continent's travails.
  • Niccolo Milanese, European Alternatives
  • Elly Schlein MEP, Possibile
  • Julie Ward MEP, Labour Party
  • Nick Dearden, Another Europe Is Possible
  • Chris Hazzard MP, Sinn Féin
  • Valentina Cera, Treno Della Memoria
  • Chair: Armine Ishkanian, LSE Social Policy
4.15pm - 5.45pm
Tax and financial justice in Europe today: new logics of economy
Shaw Library, 6th Floor
Financial liberalisation has created a global crisis of democracy, deepened economic instability and led to spiralling social inequality. This can’t go on. But what are the alternatives? How do we develop a progressive vision for global politics? What role can Europe play?
  • Pierre Grimaud, Attac France
  • John Christensen, Tax Justice Network
  • Dottie Grace Guerrero, Global Justice Now
  • Chair: Denisa Kostovicova, LSE European Institute and Government
Resisting the data oligarchs: digital rights and the digital commons
Old Theatre, Ground Floor
Digital transformation has profoundly reshaped 21st century societies. But it has brought with it new challenges for progressives, as well as opportunities. How do we ensure the benefits of technological change are shared? What do we mean by ‘digital rights’ and ‘the commons’? What future changes do we anticipate? And what role can Europe play?
  • Carl Miller, Centre for Analysis of Social Media at Demos
  • Emma Briant, Senior Lecturer, University of Essex
  • Katarzyna Szymielewicz, President Panoptykon Foundation
  • Chair: Sabine Selchow, LSE CCSRU
6pm - 7.30pm
A transformative economic strategy for Europe
Old Theatre, Ground Floor
Through the course of the European monetary and debt crisis failed policies have placed unbearable pressure on the unity of European peoples. Alternatives are urgently needed. What are the signs of hope? How can we collaborate across borders to deliver progressive social and economic change? What are our next steps?
  • Euclid Tsakalatos, Greek Finance Minister, Syriza
  • Ann Pettifor, Economist
  • Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party
  • Christos Katsioulis, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung London
  • Chair: Mary Kaldor, LSE CCSRU
7.30pm - 9pm
Social event
Senior Dining Room, Fifth Floor, Old Building

Saturday 27 October

All session rooms are in the LSE Old Building, Houghton St, London. Map and access info.

10am - 10.30am
10.30am - 12noon
Resistance from the local to the global: social movements and municipalities in a changing Europe
Old Theatre, Ground Floor
A new Europe will not be brought about through institutional changes at the national and regional level alone. The municipalities are already - and will be in the future - key loci of political transformation. Social movements have also long argued for linking together local and global orientations. How can the municipalities network with civil society? What role can local transformations play in the ‘big picture’ politics of change in Europe? What co-ordinations and actions can we foster?
  • Gerardo Pisarello, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Barcelona En Comu
  • Hilary Wainwright, author A New Politics From the Left
  • Alper Tasdelen, Mayor of Cankaya (Ankara)
  • David Graeber, LSE
  • Chair: Mary Kaldor, LSE CCSRU
12noon - 1.15pm
Lunch session: What future for Europe? Can the EU survive? Does it deserve to?
Old Theatre, Ground Floor
This ‘in conversation’ event will bring together a dialogue on the past and future of Europe across generations and political perspectives. Exploring the origins and contemporary predicament of the European project we ask can the EU survive, whether it ‘deserves to’ and what the perspective of radical actors should be.
  • Mary Kaldor, LSE CCSRU
  • Gian Giacomo Migone, former Italian senator (PDS)
  • Luke Cooper, academic and Another Europe Is Possible
  • Ash Sarkar, Senior Editor at Novara Media
  • Zoe Williams, Guardian
  • Chair: Henry Radice, LSE CCSRU
1.15pm - 3pm
Parallel sessions

Resisting far right populism in Europe; promoting alternatives
Old Theatre, Ground Floor
From West to East, North to South, a new politics of far right extremism in Europe threatens our democratic institutions, human rights and endangers women and minority groups. This panel provides a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences from all over the continent. What have we learnt in our resistance? How can we coordinate our movements? What positive alternatives should we advance?
  • Dmitri Makarov, Russian human rights activist
  • Shaista Aziz, Stop Trump Coalition
  • Slavek Sierakowski, Krytyka Politcznya
  • Sule Bucak, Turkish activist
The UK debate on Brexit vs, the mainland European debate: how do they compare?
Shaw Library, 6th Floor
The Brexit debate in the UK has been deeply provincial and quite different to the discussions of it taking place on the European mainland. This session will explore the different media frames on the Brexit question across these two perspectives. How does it link to wider debates about the future of Europe? Can we create genuinely international frames that offer different perspectives on current events?
  • Zoe Williams, Guardian
  • Marina Prentoulis, University of East Anglia
  • Imke Henkel, academic and journalist at Zeit Online
Peace and justice in Europe: global crises and progressive politics
Room 4.10, 4th Floor
The refugee crisis has provided a sharp illustration of how closely the fate of the EU is bound up with its regional neighbours to the South and East. As the hopes for radical democratic change in the Middle East and North Africa revolutions has largely, with some exceptions, dissipated and authoritarian rule resurfaced, what kind of internationalism do we need to build solidarity across borders? What role should Europe play in responding to these new crises? And are there signs of hope in these difficult crises situations?
  • Mary Kaldor, LSE
  • Asad Rehman, War on Want
  • Rim Turkmani, LSE
  • Chair: Florian Weigand, LSE CCSRU
3pm - 3.15pm
3.15pm - 5pm
Parallel sessions

A Europe of the people: confronting oligarchy and corruption
Old Theatre, Ground Floor
Opposition to systemic corruption has been a key priority of civil society in the post-communist states of Europe. But Western states also bear responsibility for these practices. The ease with which money can cross borders, and diversify into a myriad of different forms, in the era of financial liberalisation has been a central enabling force for global corruption. London has been critical to these changes. How can we confront oligarchy and corruption ‘from both sides’ of this dynamic? How do we work together across borders? And what reforms do we need to win in Europe?
  • Daria Kaleniuk, Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigner
  • Adrian Dohotaru, Romanian MP
  • Susan Steed, economist and ‘Money London Tours’
  • Chair: Vesn Bojicic, LSE CCSRU
Against fortress Europe and fortress Britain; rethinking immigration policy
Room 4.10, 4th Floor
Across Europe the issue of migration - from the refugee crisis to the movement of people across borders within the EU - has become a central dividing line in society. Despite this polarisation there may, however, also be a softening of attitudes with potential for progressive political advance. What policy proposals should we be advancing? How can we build links between civil society and the labour movement? Are there any signs of hope for better policy on the European refugee crisis?
  • Mohameed Ateek, Syrian academic activist
  • Zoe Gardner, author The Case for Global Free Movement
  • Katia Widlak, Unison and 3 Million
  • Chair: Henry Radice, LSE CCSRU
Resisting ecological apocalypse, protecting the environmental commons
Shaw Library, 6th Floor
The biggest crisis of all - the approaching ecological catastrophe for planet earth - still receives shockingly little attention in the public and political spheres of European society. Although the climate goals advanced by the EU are the boldest, most far reaching of their kind, compared to other equivalent blocs, there is a disconnect between these ‘big aims’ and action by member state governments. The need for social movements on a larger scale, networked locally, regionally and globally, is urgent. How do we link ecological resistance to wider struggles in an intersectional way? What is our analysis of the current situation we face? What are our next steps?
  • Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy Leader
  • Sylvia Borren, former Director of Greenpeace Netherlands
  • Suzanne Dhaliwal, co-founder UK Tar Sands Network
  • Sakina Sheikh, Campaigner at Platform & Labour Councillor
  • Chair: Rim Turkmani, LSE CCSRU
5.15pm - 6.15pm
Europe for the Many
Old Theatre, Ground Floor
What have we learnt? Where do we go from here? Reflections on two days of discussion, debate and action planning.
  • Laura Parker, Momentum
  • Antje Scharenberg, European May
  • Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
  • Michael Chessum, Another Europe Is Possible
  • Chair: Mary Kaldor, LSE CCSRU
7pm onwards
Social event
Lounge Room, Cittie of Yorke pub, High Holborn

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