Online-Veranstaltung, Freitag von 18:00 bis 20:00
The Corona-virus has hit the EU unprepared, but in different ways and with different effects depending on the countries. Most tragic were the effects on those countries whose healthcare and social systems have been emaciated by decades of austerity policies. Thus, the pandemic has increased inequalities not only inside the states but also between the Member States of the EU. This presents the parties of the radical left with a challenge and calls for a re-examination of their strategies.
Transform! europe is hosting a series of web interviews with leading personalities of parties of the European Left. The fifth interviewee will be Manon Aubry (La France insoumise, France), co-president of the GUE/NGL on 29 May, 18:00 (CET).
The interview will be in English.
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The event will be interactive – after an initial interview the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of our guest.
The main focus of all discussions will be the impact of the pandemic on the economic, social, political, and cultural life of particular countries. We have seen that the EU’s failure to address the health crisis and provide support to the most affected states has changed the way the Union is perceived in parts of Europe. To what extent and with what consequences does this apply to the countries whose parties our interviewees represent? How can the left cope with the economic and social crisis and the recession that is very likely to come in its wake? How do the left parties connect their national strategies to global problems, in particular the influx of refugees and the answers urgently required by the global environmental crisis.
Manon Aubry is a French activist and politician. Former spokeswoman of the NGO Oxfam France, during her career she focused on the fight against tax evasion and social inequalities. She is currently Member of the European Parliament for France Insoumise and co-President of the Group of the Unified European Left (GUE/NGL).
Danai Koltsida, Greek lawyer and political scientist, is currently the director of „Nicos Poulantzas Institute“ and member of the board of transform! europe. Her scientific interests include electoral behaviour, political representation and political personnel, electoral systems, local and regional government and constitutional and political history. She is member of SYRIZA.
Walter Baier, an economist in Vienna, was National Chairman of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ) from 1994 to 2006. He was an editor of the Austrian weekly Volksstimme and from 2007 has been Coordinator of the network transform! europe.