10 Years of Change: The Green European Journal is 10 years old

In 2012, the Green European Journal released its first issue, taking its first steps towards an ambitious objective: to make debates and ideas travel across borders and to work to create a genuine European public sphere.  

In the decade since, Europe has witnessed profound transformations and seismic events. Social and political uprisings. The devasting effects of accelerating climate change. A wave of populism. The hijacking of democracy by authoritarian forces. A surge in awareness of how inextricable our society is from our environment and a growing public consensus around the need to protect our future. 

How can we make sense of these movements and the connections between them? We have never been surrounded by so much information, yet an understanding of the deeper shifts taking place is often elusive, as we scroll through unending streams of headlines and breaking news. It’s time to pause, look around, and take stock of where we find ourselves today, and where we are headed.

This autumn, to mark 10 years of publishing, the Journal will organise a series of discussions. These will bring together voices from all corners of Europe to reflect on the significance of the developments which have unfolded, and discuss where they might lead. We will focus on what was said at the time, what we have learnt, and what remains unknown. 

5 October 2022 | Beyond the barricades. What does European politics today owe to protests?  

A discussion on how the protest movements of the past decade have changed the political landscape in Europe.  

Speakers:   

Jelena Vasiljević, Senior Research Associate at Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade and Belgrade city councillor
Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Professor in Global Studies at Aarhus University & Author of ‘Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos
Klementyna Suchanow, Co-founder of the Polish and international Women’s Strike movements & Author of ‘This is War’

Moderator: Teo Comet, Coordinator at Tilt 

Date & Time:  5 October 2022 | 19:00 CEST

Venue: Mundo B, Brussels (Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Ixelles)

20 October 2022 | A sea change? The Green wave and the new face of Europe’s politics

A discussion about how Green parties are reshaping, and being reshaped by, the institutions of power. 

Speakers:  

Meyrem Almaci, former leader of Belgian Flemish Green party Groen! (2014-2022) 
Prof. Emilie Van Haute, professor and researcher at Universite Libre de Bruxelles and CEVIPOL 
Sean Currie, Federation of Young European Greens co-spokesperson 

Moderator: Benedetta de Marte, Secretary-General of the European Green Party 

Date & Time:  20 October 2022 | 19:00 CEST

Venue: Atelier 29, Brussels (Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Ixelles)

November 2022 | Winning the argument, losing the planet?

A debate on how the way we talk, communicate, and think about climate change relates to political change. 

Date & Time: November 2022 | TBC

Venue: TBC

December 2022 | In search of our Europe

A discussion about which stories and narratives can help us build an open, just, and sustainable EuropeDate & Time: November 2022 | TBC

Venue: TBC

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