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: http://www.diem25dublin.eu/

Background

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.

For more information see www.diem25.org

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 info@diem25.org. If you’re a journalist and would like to explore the possibility of an interview with one of our spokespeople, mail press@diem25.org.