Dec 08th ’16: European Identity vs. National Identity


The come-back of populism

Members of DiEM25 believe that the European Union (EU) is disintegrating. Europeans are losing their faith in the possibility of European solutions to European problems. At the same time as faith in the EU is waning, we see a rise of misanthropy, xenophobia and toxic nationalism. If this development is not stopped, we fear a return to the 1930s. That is why, despite diverse political traditions (Green, radical left, liberal), people are coming together in order to repair the EU. The EU needs to become a realm of shared prosperity, peace and solidarity for all Europeans.

In our next seminar, we would like to invite you to discuss with Dick Pels (who will be presenting his book. Download it here!) and Catalin Popa. How to love a continent full of nationalist populists? And how and why did populist leaders become such a main-stream force at all? What is it exactly that the individual finds so attractive about nationalist rhetoric? How to fight it back? How to deal with a freshly elected Trump-president? In the midst of the crisis (or crises, we should say), we have the chance the re-construct a Europe we all fit in. Come and share this moment of reflection with your fellow Europeans!

We are not about consensus, we are about informing; we are not about political ideologies, we are about educating ourselves. And remember: everyone is welcome!

Looking forward to meeting you soon!



Speaker’s Corner – Thu Dec 8th 19:00-22:00 hrs. (Speaker’s Corner, The Hague University for Applied Sciences. Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, The Hague (behind Den Haag HS)


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