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From a Green reboot of democracy to a democratic reboot of the Greens

From a Green reboot of democracy to a democratic reboot of the Greens

In recent years, the volume of articles and books dedicated to the democratic crisis has been constantly expanding. The same is true of the literature addressing the ecological crisis. Yet a simultaneous reflection both on the ecological and on the democratic crisis has not accompanied this proliferation. This is the intention of this print edition of the Green European Journal.

What's wrong with Green populism?

What's wrong with Green populism?

With hard-right parties on the rise across Europe, Greens can learn from this recent surge in ‘populism’ by developing a positive and inclusive conception of the term. A Grand Narrative about a ‘Europe of hearts’ can speak to people directly and produce a different kind of patriotism to that of the nationalists: Europatriotism.

Britain’s Tarpaulin Revolution: the Green Party and the return of Occupy

Britain’s Tarpaulin Revolution: the Green Party and the return of Occupy

The UK’s new ‘Tarpaulin Revolution,’ led by a revived Occupy movement and featuring many Greens, hopes to capture the imaginations of people across Europe – in cities and countries also suffering the impacts of inequality, austerity and ‘democracy’ weighted to benefit the 1%.

“Europe Is Us”

Pierre Jonckheer / In the debate / 30/10/14

Translations: FR |

“L’Europe, C’est Nous” (Europe is Us), by Edouard Gaudot and Benjamin Joyeux, invites us to consider the “real Europe” - a daily reality made up of exchanges, networks, mobility and cultural dialogue - in the face of huge challenges. The worrying results of the May elections mean we must look beyond the present and, above all, not despair. A review by Pierre Jonckheer.

The green line in welfare politics

Frida Johnsson / In the debate / 29/10/14

Green parties face major challenges ahead. How can we finance welfare in the future? How do we strengthen the third sector and the public sector in many countries? How do we find ways to regulate the private welfare market? How much of the wealth can be managed by non-profit organisations or volunteer work (the church or the family?) These are among the questions that are discussed in a new report by GEF and its partners.

CETA and TTIP: Bringing People's Interests Back into Focus

Barbara Unmüßig and Bärbel Höhn / In the debate / 22/10/14

Negotiations over the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are being conducted as if they were private business deals. Trade policies, however, affect all of us and have implications for the global economy.

The ‘Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)’ following the 2014 eastern German regional elections

Alexander Häusler / In the debate / 22/10/14

Translations: DE |

The AfD is elbowing its way into the right-wing populist gap in the party political landscape with a call for a nationalistic approach to economic policy based on free market fundamentalism. As a counter-reaction to the pluralist and multicultural immigration society, it stands in opposition to everything that is Green.

An attack on democracy? UK Greens excluded from election debates

Josiah Mortimer / In the debate / 17/10/14

Despite the lack of a proportional electoral system, Britain is now a multi-party country, with the Greens becoming a powerful force. Yet the major media organisations are planning to exclude the Green Party of England and Wales from next year's televised election debates for the General Election. It's a dangerous situation for democracy in the UK, with over a million Green voters marginalised...

Green Party presence in Swedish government welcomed all the same

Per Gahrton / In the debate / 14/10/14

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Greens are now in government in Sweden for the first time in the party's 33-year-long history, yet the electoral result was regarded as disappointing. In light of the rise of xenophobic populists and a difficult political climate, it remains to be seen how Greens will fare in the new coalition.

“The climate debate is over”: An impression of the People’s Climate March

Alidost Numan / In the debate / 06/10/14

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Images of the People's Climate March that took place in New York on September 21st have circulated around the world, along with pictures from many other cities. Yet being a part of such a massive and important mobilisation, characterised more than ever by pluralism and diversity, was a truly unique sensation.

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