Barbara Spinelli, MEP for the GUE/NGL group, organises next 15th November a conference at the European Parliament to discuss about the future of democracy in the Union.
Lorenzo Marsili, Founding Director of European Alternatives, will speak about the coming constitutional referendum in Italy and about the need to continue opening and developing transnational spaces to bring power back to the citizens.
In these crisis-ridden years we have been assisting to the progressive erosion of constitutional democracy and to the attempt of reinforcing the executives at the detriment of Parliaments and Constitutional Courts (particularly in the countries monitored by the Troika, but also in the Eastern “frontline” of the Union), and to the repeated debasing of people’s will, as expressed through elections and referenda. In Italy, a constitutional reform has been proposed with the main purpose of expediting the executive’s decision-making. In Portugal, the negative opinion expressed by the Constitutional Court on parts of the memorandum of the troika has been ignored by the EU institutions; in Greece, the OKI referendum – as well as the program of the first Tsipras government – were equally disregarded; in the United Kingdom, the will to repeal the European Convention of human right is the official line of the government.
In this context, Barbara Spinelli, MEP for the GUE/NGL group, organises next 15th November from 8:30 until 12:30 a conference at the European Parliament to discuss and analyse the future of the Union to be more democratic. The conference will focus in the political situation in Portugal, Greece, England, and Eastern European countries, places where the will of the citizens expressed in elections or referendums have been largely ignored. Lorenzo Marsili, Founding Director of European Alternatives, will speak about the coming constitutional referendum in Italy and about the need of continue opening and developing transnational spaces to bring politics back to the citizens.
Marco Travaglio, editor of the newspaper “il Fatto Quotidiano”; Salvatore Settis, Professor at the University of Pisa; Lorenzo Marsili, Founding Director of European Alternatives and Member of DiEM25; Aleksandrs Kuzmins, Board Member of the Latvian Human Rights Committee (LHRC); Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the Department of Law, Professor of European Criminal Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London and Curzio Maltese, Member of the European Parliament – GUE/NGL Group, will be some of the speakers at the event.