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.
A discussion on how the protest movements of the past decade have changed the political landscape in Europe.
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)
A discussion about how Green parties are reshaping, and being reshaped by, the institutions of power.
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 Jacques de Lalaing 29, 1000 Bruxelles)
A discussion on how the way we talk, communicate, and think about climate change relates to political change.
Saci Lloyd, Novelist, and teacher
Lydia Hiraide, Environmental politics PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London
Marie Toussaint, Member of the European Parliament and climate change campaigner
Lise Deshautel, Co-founder of the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA)
Moderator: Clare Taylor, Environmental journalist
Date & Time: 16 November 2022 | 20:00 CET
Venue: Passa Porta (Rue Antoine Dansaert 46, 1000 Bruxelles)
Recommended Reading: Reading list on how public debate around climate change has shifted over the past decade.
A discussion about which stories and narratives can help us build an open, just, and sustainable Europe.
Réka Kinga Papp, Journalist and editor-in-chief of Eurozine
Natalie Bennett, Green member of the UK House of Lords and former editor of the Guardian Weekly
Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach, Media analyst, team leader for Europe & Central Asia at Free Press Unlimited
Rui Tavares, Writer, historian, and member of the parliament for the left-green-libertarian party LIVRE in Portugal
Moderator: Edouard Gaudot, Writer, political scientist, and historian
Date & Time: 8 December 2022 | 19:00 CET
Venue: Press Club Brussels Europe (Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Bruxelles)