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OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, OUR WAY OF GETTING THERE
Going beyond the nation-state is a condition for promoting a more democratic, equal and culturally open society, and Europe as an idea and political space offers a possibility for doing this. This is the vision of European Alternatives.
Yet many of the current political tendencies are working in the opposite direction: closed borders, increasing nationalism, the re-emergence of fascism and violent fanaticism, increasing inequalities, stagnant economies, undermining of democratic processes and more. Since 2008 no year has passed without a new crisis in Europe: from the financial and euro crisis, lack of coherent foreign policy in North Africa, war in Ukraine, the self-made refugee ‘crisis’, to the Brexit vote and authoritarian repression in Turkey.
European Alternatives works with the conviction that a transnational renovation of our political imaginations, institutions and actions needs to take place to adequately understand and address these crises. We need to act as individuals, as organisations and movements, and through political institutions. The inadequacy of our current political institutions to take account of the transnational dimension is a crucial element of the crisis pushing towards authoritarianism.
An alternative Europe would include and emerge from:
- Creative cultures which question and go beyond boundaries
- Critical awareness of Europe’s connections with the rest of the world, its global role and its colonial history
- Informed and critical transnational publics that are engaged with systemic change
- Practices of political, social and cultural activism which take account of the ways key-issues cross geographical borders and combat social injustice
- Alternative economic models which are socially inclusive, decolonial and anti-oppressive, do not create inequalities, and promote solidarity, mutual care and responsibility
- Transnational political institutions, political parties and forms of governance which are citizen-led, focused on the common good, and enable participation and expression of all parts of society
- a political European citizenship, respect of human rights, fundamental rights and civic space, genuine free movement, and a critical engagement with legal principles and norms and their suspension or infringement