Release: Yanis Varoufakis to Launch DiEM25 in Ireland on May 27

A weekend-long event will put Dublin at the heart of progressive European politics

May 15, 2017. Dublin, Ireland.

DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement, will hold its official launch in the Republic of Ireland during the weekend of the 27th and 28th of May.

DiEM25’s first large scale event in Ireland will focus on generating a positive, progressive vision for Europe’s democracy.

Entitled Towards a Democratic, European Constitution, the main event will take place in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre – on Saturday 27th May – 7pm to 10pm.

During the evening of the 27th of May, Yanis Varoufakis, Vincent Browne, Nessa Childers (MEP), Aidan Regan and Senator Alice-Mary Higgins will engage in a debate with democrats from Ireland and beyond.

During the morning and afternoon of the 27th of May, DiEM25 in Dublin will organise a unique “World Cafe”, at the Complex. At this occasion, people from across Ireland’s and Europe’s civil society will engage in truly participatory activities, aimed at sharing ideas about European values, European movement building and – most importantly – visions about Europe’s future.

For more information contact Wessel Reijers +353 87 439 5112

Follow this link for the full programme of events:


DiEM25 is a pan-European, cross-border movement of democrats co-founded by Yanis Varoufakis in 2015.

DiEM25 believes that the European Union is disintegrating. Europeans are losing their faith in the possibility of European solutions to European problems. At the same time as faith in the EU is waning, we see a rise of misanthropy, xenophobia and toxic nationalism.

If this development is not stopped, we fear a return to the 1930s. That is why we have come together despite our diverse political traditions – Green, radical left, liberal – in order to repair the EU. The EU needs to become a realm of shared prosperity, peace and solidarity for all Europeans. We must act quickly, before the EU disintegrates.

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Meeting 10-04-2017

* Meeting with David from Cork setting up the Cork DSC
* Wessel explained how the Dublin DSC Started with a page initially and then a website
* Dublin DSC has monthly general meetings and Task Specific meetings on a weekly basis
* contacting to mention the Cork DSC is starting
* Judith might be able to send an email to local Diem25 mailing list in Cork
* David will audit Monday meetings on Skype now and again
* Recap of Saturday meeting with Yanis
* Talked about Possibly live streaming the Saturday event
* Orla mentioned the possibility in the future to organise a world cafe digitally in Mumble maybe
* Next Thursday Meeting
* Will be in Sine downstairs
* we have the space available on a Monthly meeting
* The event will be advertised on Diem25 Dublin Facebook page
* Pedro suggested to split the meeting in two with the first part
* 1/ talking about the tasks we are doing about organising the Diem25 Ireland Launch
* 2/ talking a more general topic to discuss like what would be the EU Constitution
* We could also have in the future invite local social movements to present what they’re currently doing and how could Diem25 help them
* Pedro mentioned Podemos could possibly be a group to come and present themselves
* Kim has a list of potential groups that could attend
* Logistics
* previous options did not work we need to find another location
* the Digital Hub, and the Complex in Smithfield, A temple bar space (what is the name???), New Market
* We will need black markers, big sheets of papers
* Content
* Action: People need to give feedback on the draft of the workshop that Orla produced
* Once people have given their feedback, Orla will create powerpoint slides to provide a visual presentation of the plan
* The idea of having an expert to present what is a constitution the role of it etc. before people start discussing the different topics at each table
* you can have also lightning talks at the beginning of each session
* Action: Pedro will find potential speakers to present what is a constitution etc.
* You need 2 people to host a world cafe preparation – one main host and one back person running around
* Action: Pedro would like to be a host for the world cafe
* getting tea and coffee is very important to have it while they’re talking to relax the environment
* Sunday Event
* collaborative programmation
* EventBrite
* put an option to say form which DSC they’re form
* Tickets for Saturday evening and one for the week end

This weekend, DiEM25 lands in Rome to present its “European New Deal”: our alternative to “There Is No Alternative”

It’s the EU’s 60th birthday this weekend, and leaders of all EU countries will be in Rome that day to celebrate it. Their goal? To preserve the status quo.

We, the Democracy in Europe Movement, see things differently. We want to give the people of Europe a real alternative to the Establishment and the rising ‘nationalist international’; a progressive path to save Europe from itself.

That’s why this weekend we’ll be landing in Rome to set that alternative in motion, over three days of events and important announcements. And we invite you to be part of it!

Here’s what will be happening* (see below for specifics on timing and locations):
    • On Friday, March 24 our co-founders Yanis Varoufakis and Lorenzo Marsili will hold a press conference, where they will make an important announcement on the international progressive alliance we are now building.
    • On Saturday, March 25 we will take to the streets of Rome alongside other progressive groups, as part of the March For A Different Europe that we have co-organised.
    • When the march concludes, we will hold an Open Assembly with our members and activists, to regroup before our main event.
    • On the evening of Saturday, March 25, we will host “The Time Of Courage”, a gathering of Europe’s brightest progressive minds – like Podemos co-founder Juan Carlos Monedero and award-winning film director (and DiEM25 Advisor) Ken Loach – in a 1,000-seat theatre. Here we will launch our European New Deal – a set of ambitious economic proposals to save Europe from itself by transforming it – putting it to vote for our entire membership.
  • On Sunday, March 26, we will participate in a pioneering cultural event in Rome’s MAXXI contemporary art museum, alongside some of the most interesting voices today in politics and art. Here we will launch DiEM Voice, an on-going art platform that will serve as an integral part of our movement’s future. We will also screen Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or and BAFTA-award winning movie “I, Daniel Blake”, which attacks the brutal austerity pushing millions of Europeans into hopelessness.

*If you’re interested in attending any or all the above events, mail If you’re a journalist and would like to explore the possibility of an interview with one of our spokespeople, mail

Meeting 09-02-2017

Diem25 Dublin-1 DSC Meeting

We had another great meeting tonight with the Dublin-1 DSC. We discussed the European crisis, Brexit, the election of Trump in the US and we managed to progress our idea for a Dublin meeting, which will be a “World Cafe” event.

The minutes of our meeting can be found below:

Present: Ezekiel, Killian, Wessel, Chris, Dolores, Kim, Kevin, M-A.

Chair: Wessel

  • Opening
  • Discuss letter Pedrojuan

>> We proposed to use the World Cafe format for the meeting

>> Belfast is out of the picture

>> We are in contact with DiD about the date(s)

>> Letter without the apology, why apologise?

>> Action Pedro: Send letter to Judith Meyer

  • Date for the Dublin-1 event

>> 1st week of May bank holiday

>> 9th-20th of May Kim is on holiday

>> June might be better than May

>> There’s a bank holiday in the 1st week of June

>> Second weekend of June might be ideal

>> DiD poll also influences the date

  • Discussion World Cafe format

>> March for democracy? Before our coinciding with the event.  

>> Two day event. Worldcafe + democracy day.

>> Project team: Ezekiel, Kim, Pedro, Wessel, Orla

>> Location: The Unite Hall, Teacher’s Club, Jigsaw, Chris

>> Get a flag for the meetings

>> Action: Kim has access to a badge maker

>> Action: Wessel checks for flyers

  • Any other business

>> Thematic meetings

  • Next meeting

>> 23rd of February 2017.

  • Closing

Minutes 19/01/2017

Minutes Diem25 Dublin-1 Meeting 20/01/2017

Minute taker: Wessel

  1. Why are not enough people showing up to the meetings?
  • We have to reach out to people, asking them why they came in the first place, but what they’re not finding currently
  • Under what circumstances is it worth to make an effort to get the ball going
  • We should tell every Thursday that Yanis is coming
  • Would the location be an issue?
  • Perhaps it’s a feature of the Irish culture
  • What kind of people do we want to bring into Diem25? Working class?
  • The core problem might be that we don’t know what Diem25 really is
  • There seems to be a lack of a strategy
  • There’s a lack of work in Diem25
  • Building a network of Irish movements was a good idea
  • We could make a one-year plan
  • We could have a talk about a topic every meeting – make the meetings thematic
  • We should use FB in a better way – communication strategy Action point (Kim)
  1. Diem25 Launch in Ireland event
  • Maybe we should organise the event independent of the CC
  • As long as we stay within the Diem25 guidelines
  • March is not feasible – we should target a later point in the year
  • We will communicate to Belfast and the CC that we are not ready for March (first on Slack) – Action point (Pedrojuan)
  • The event will still happen – but rather in May/June
    • One of the themes of the event: the internal workings of the EU (the deal with Turkey/ the new president of the EP)
  • We have to plan everything without CC support in principle
  • We will do it according to the World Cafe format and we will invite other DSCs
  1. Elements for a year plan for DSC Dublin
  • Action point (Wessel): Start a year plan for DSC Dublin
  • A communication strategy (social media etc.)
  • Starting new DSCs
  • Getting in touch with other Irish movements

Next meeting:

2nd of February, 6pm, Jigsaw

  • Point for agenda: Website – mimic the DiD website

About Diem25 in Dublin

DiEM25 is a pan-European, cross-border movement of democrats. We believe that the European Union is disintegrating. Europeans are losing their faith in the possibility of European solutions to European problems. At the same time as faith in the EU is waning, we see a rise of misanthropy, xenophobia and toxic nationalism.

If this development is not stopped, we fear a return to the 1930s. That is why we have come together despite our diverse political traditions – Green, radical left, liberal – in order to repair the EU. The EU needs to become a realm of shared prosperity, peace and solidarity for all Europeans. We must act quickly, before the EU disintegrates.

Diem25 in Dublin is dedicated to spreading the message of Diem25 across Ireland and to build bridges between the Irish people and our fellow Europeans. We contribute to the Diem25 project by organising regular meetings, setting up inclusive discussions about the main issues the organisations aims to solve and by bringing people from different cultural and political backgrounds together to democratise the European Union.

You can read the Diem25 manifesto, which is outlines the core ideas of the organisation, here.



There are several ways in which you can contact Diem25 in Dublin.

  • To join any of our meetings, please go to our meetup site at All the information about the time, location and program of the meetings will be posted there. To indicate that you’re joining one of the meetups, sign up with and click “join us” on the Meetup page.
  • To join the ongoing online conversation of Diem25 in Dublin, please go to!aboutgroup/diem25ireland and click “subscribe to this group” to be part of our mailing list.
  • If you’d like to be part of the ongoing organisational issues in Diem25, for now you can join our “Slack” account.
    • Once you have joined, we will send you an invitation to Slack by e-mail
    • In the Slack invitation email click on the “Join Team” button
    • Enter your name, choose a username for yourself and click on the “Next” button
    • Now choose a slack password and click on the “Join Team” button