Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or DiEM 25, Yanis Varoufakis – Plan C, “alternative to austerity”.
Meeting and Launch for ‘Plan C’ Feb 9th.
On Common Dreams Lauren McCauley Reports,
Hoping to show Europeans they have an alternative to the prevailing system of “authoritarianism” and austerity, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has announced a new cross-continent movement with a “simple, common agenda:” To democratize Europe.
The movement, known as the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (or DiEM 25), will be launched on February 9 at Berlin’s Volksbühne theater.
Varoufakis, who first revealed the plan late last month in an interview withL’Espresso, said that he is hopeful this “activist movement” will connect progressives across the continent and enable them to take back power from the ruling elite and what he described as the “shadowy world of bureaucrats, bankers, and unelected officialdom.”
Tagesspiegel announces the movement’s foundation,
Plan C: Varoufakis startet neue Bewegung in Berlin
Aktivisten-Netzwerk soll am 9. Februar gegründet werden / »DiEM 25« will als »dritte Alternative« zwischen Renationalisierungsirrweg und »anti-demokratischen EU-Institutionen« wirken
Former Greek Minister for Finance Yanis Varoufakis is planning a comeback – in Germany. EurActiv Germany reports.
In February, he wants to launch a “third alternative” to renationalisation and the “anti-democratic European institutions”.
Varoufakis wants to launch his pan-European project as early as February. The initiative, under the name of “Democracy in Europe Movement 2025” (DiEM 25), wants to bring interests together in order to “democratise Europe and stop the creeping fragmentation”, according to Neues Deutschland.
Varoufakis intends to launch his new project on 9 February in Berlin, at the Volksbühne theatre, which over the years has seen the start of many movements, including many that worked for the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The former finance minister has repeatedly said that he wants to start a new movement, not a political party. Instead, his proposed “third alternative” wants to highlight the wrong direction and decisions of nation states and the “anti-democratic European institutions”.
Varoufakis, who constantly fought against the austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors, resigned his office in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has been a regular participant in discussions that seek to find an alternative to the return to the nation state or the collapse of the eurozone. If the euro were to collapse and the crisis to continue ad nauseum, this would lead to “hopelessness, depression and anxiety” and contribute to a resurgence of renationalisation, ultra-nationalisation and xenophobia, he warned in a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper El Diario.
DiEM 25 – Announcing the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025
Mit Yanis Varoufakis und weiteren Referenten. Moderation: Srećko Horvat
Erstmalige Vorstellung der Bewegung: DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE MOVEMENT 2025