State of the left wing in Europe and relations between political and social movements

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Thursday 24th – 9-11 / 11.15-13.15
German, Spanish, French
 Amphi C  Introductory

Series in two sessions (sor far)
The idea of this seminar is to discuss the articulation between political parties and social movements in the struggle for social justice in Europe/the EU. Both movements and parties (but trade unions could be added) play a part in the reconfiguration of the Left whose role is not only to oppose neoliberal offensives but also to devise and bring forward alternatives for the betterment of each and everyone’s life.

First session: Political re-configurations of the Left in Europe. What is at stake and what are the perspectives?
With around 4 introducing talks of 5/10 minutes each by elected officials (members of parliament but why not councillors as well?) and a member of the Attac European Network.
Presentation and facilitation by representatives of Attac.

What lessons can we draw from the (not always electoral) success of movements such as Siriza, Podemos, France Insoumise or Momentum? What have they already learnt from each other?
What can these movements can do at the national and european levels?

Second session: What should be the relationships between political movements and social movements in order to take the Left a step forward?
What in the role of political groups and parties regarding popular education and political awareness?

With around 4 introducing talks of 5 minutes each by elected officials and a member of the Attac European Network.
Presentation and facilitation by representatives of Attac.

The relationship between political parties and social movements cannot be framed through a lobbying and advocacy perspective. Should social movements participate to the elaboration of political platforms ? Moreover, perhaps social movements, with their more horizontal and informal structures are more appealing to citizens who might be wary to get involved in a political party whose main (even though there exist exceptions) is to compete for elected positions.

Are political parties still the appropriate organisations where citizens should be politically educated?

Suggestion (to be discussed): A third session could consist in the workshop about the role of Attac itself within social movements.

Speakers

From France
France Insoumise/PG/PC : Clémentine Autain (Conseil régional Ile-de-France), Marie-Christine Vergiat (MEP GUE), Jean-Luc Mélenchon (?), Eric Coquerel (?)
Verts : Eric Piolle (mayor of Grenoble), Yannick Jadot (MEP)
PS aile gauche : Barbara Romagnan (French MP)

From Spain
Sol Sanchez, previous coordinator of ATTAC Spain and elected as MP in December 2015, and Carlos Sanchez Mato Madrid city councilor of Finances, and ex-coordinator of ATTAC Madrid.

Organisation

  • Attac France
  • Attac Spain
  • Attac Germany
  • FEC, Foundation of Izquierda Unida