175 million Europeans will go to the polls in 2017 to elect a new parliament and a new government in i.a. The Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Germany. In all those countries progressive parties are currently ruling paries. The issues at stake are high: populism is on the rise across Europe. Fake news and fake solutions with xenophobic and nationalistic slogans are undermining democratic values. Europe integration project is facing a huge challenge. The new governments will define the i.a. EU’s stance on Brexit, visions for society and economy, alternative to an isolationist and exclusive society proposed by the right-wing populist movements.

Join us to discuss with:
Jan Cornillie, Head of Study Department, sp.a. Belgium
Jiří Dienstbier, Senator and former minister of Human rights, ČSSD, Czech Republic
Alexander Schweitzer, Head of the parliamentary group in Rheinland-Pfalz, SPD, Germany
Laura Slimani, Chair of Young European Socialists, Parti Socialiste, France

and TBC:

Michiel Servaes, Member of Parliament, Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA), the Netherlands

Topics to be discussed:

- Which concrete perspectives are we progressives offering our voters – credible alternatives to the nationalist-conservative scaremongering?
- Austerity: how do we put an end to it? What roles for national or a eurozone budgets?
- Migration crisis: finding solidary solutions in the EU.
- What's will be left from the left if 2017 will mean a radical shift to the right in the EU?

When: February 10, at 18h30

Where: Headquarters of the Parti Socialiste (PS), 13 Boulevard de l’Empereur, 1000 Bruxelles

Registration? https://goo.gl/forms/PHjRybkqHlPqoWQr2

A drink will be served, of course!

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