Today, citizens of Turkey are called to vote in a referendum on whether to change the type of regime in Turkey or not. This is an interesting question for any society. Debates on, and if...
Every year in May FYEG organizes a thematic Spring Conference alongside its General Assembly to allow delegates and board members of our 37 full, observer and candidate Member organisations to learn, debate and exchange views on the current challenges Europe is facing. This year we would like to focus on the emergence of new political forces, often resulting from a convergence of struggles, within the progressive camp, strong enough to defeat the conservative neoliberal narratives and the rise of the far right. Based on the examples in Southern Europe, where the fight against austerity has led new coalitions to exist in the political game, we will analyse, exchange and build strategies for Greens to be at the forefront of these progressive fronts in each of our societies.
Over the past few years, the political and economic crisis in Southern European countries, notably in Spain, has opened the door for a re-thinking of politics, with transparency, horizontality, accountability, and participation at the core of the people’s demands. All these values have historically defined Green parties and movements. Such revival of Green values and people’s demands has made it possible for Green politicians and policies to be present at all stages of the political changes that are taking place in Southern European countries, such as Spain, Portugal or Greece. And, at a moment where most contestation of EU-conducted austerity has come in the form of euroscepticism, Green politics in Spain and in other countries continue to be in favor of a further union on the European level. Allying environmental concerns, energetic transition, openness, the renewal of the democratic life, feminism, fight for the rights of the minorities, and a strong conviction for European cooperation, these emerging progressive alliances, eminently based on green values, have reached many of the European local, regional and national debates; and from Spain to Finland, from Turkey to the Netherlands, from Austria to France, they are today a strong and positive political force, often prefered by the youth, capable to defeat the far right populism and the neoliberal conservative narratives for an alternative future.
The Spring Conference will take place in parallel to FYEG’s General Assembly to allow delegates from youth organizations to learn about current discussions and challenges for Europe’s progressive forces at the local, national and European levels. We propose that the schedule of the Spring Conference can be adapted to ensure an optimal participation for FYEG member organizations.
THURSDAY 25 MAY
17:30 - 18:00 INTRODUCTION WORDS BY THE MAYOR OF MADRID
18:00 - 19:30 THE GREENS IN EMERGING PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENTS
20:00 - 21:00 THE LEFT VS THE RIGHT: THE GREENS AND THE ASHES OF THE TRADITIONAL POLITICAL DIVIDES
FRIDAY 26 MAY
18:00 - 19:30 FIRST WE TOOK THE STREETS, THEN THE PARLIAMENTS
20:00 - 21:30 A REVOLUTION WITHOUT MAJORITY : WOMEN AND NON-MALE EMPOWERMENT AS THE OTHER BATTLEFRONT
SATURDAY 27 MAY
10:00 - 11:30 RECLAIMING THE STREETS: CITIZENS IN THE CORE OF NEW DEMOCRATIC MODELS
18:00 - 20:00 A PROGRESSIVE HEADWAY FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION
SUNDAY 28 MAY
11:00 -13:00 TOWARDS 2019 : FYEG IN THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 13:00 CLOSING