Do the right thing! Mapping and Confronting Neo-Nazis and the (New) Far-Right in Europe

Even before the European elections in 2014 we already knew that far right political parties and movements are increasingly gaining ground in Europe. Despite the many similarities between political parties and organisations, the European far right is no uniform political occurrence. UKIP in Great Britain, Front National in France, Alternative für Deutschland in Germany or Golden Dawn in Greece are showing significant differences.

Our conference will mainly deal with the following questions: what are the ideologies of the far right in the different countries? What role does the economic and financial crisis play within the rise of right wing parties? Which methods are the far right parties using to increase public acceptance and to offer themselves as new allies to the conservative parties in their countries? Where do far right parties stand today within their progress in governmental institutions and where do they find support? What are the possibilities to resist the far right on European and national levels?

In view of the upcoming trials of the Golden Dawn leadership in Greece lawsuits against the far right in the different European countries will play a prominent role during the conference.

Programme

Thursday, 20.11.2014, “Gazarte”, Voutadon 32, Gazi

09:30 – 12:30: Panel 1
Crisis and the rise of the Extreme Right – a necessary precondition?
Andrea Mammone, Italy – Historian, Royal Holloway, University of London
Daniel Trilling, UK – Journalist, author
Moderation: Hugo Braun, Germany - attac

13:30 – 16:30: Panel 2
Ultra-right criminal organizations before the Court of Justice: The cases of Breivik in Norway and NSU in Germany
Tor Bach, Norway – Editor, vepsen.no
Fritz Burschel, Germany – Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Berlin
Ulli Jentsch, Germany – Journalist, member of apabiz and NSU-Watch

17:00 – 19:30: Panel 3
Film screening (The Cleaners, Greece 2013, 40 mins) and short discussion with director Konstantinos Georgoussis
Ultra-right criminal organizations before the Court of Justice: The case of Golden Dawn in Greece
Dimitris Psarras, Greece – Journalist
Takis Zotos, Greece – Lawyer, plaintiff in the trial of Golden Dawn

Friday, 21.11.2014, “Gazarte”, Voutadon 32, Gazi

09:30 – 12:30: Panel 4
Penetration of the Extreme Right in the political and state establishments
Jelle Bruinsma, The Netherlands – Researcher, European University Institute

Fritz Burschel, Germany – Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Berlin

Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos, Greece – Editorial group of rednotebook.gr
Mateusz Pietryka, Poland – Representative of the "All Together - In Corpore" Association
Moderation: Nikos Filis, Greece – Journalist, editor in chief of Avgi newspaper

13:30 – 16:30: Panel 5
Channels between the Extreme Right and the Conservatives: “new” right ideologies, revival of pro-religion, pro-life, anti-feminism “movements”. Overlapping discourses and fertile grounds
Andreas Kemper, Germany – Author
Heiko Koch, Germany – Researcher and author
Juliane Lang, Germany – Gender and education scientist
Angelika Psarra, Greece – Historian-journalist

18:30 – 21:00: Public discussion
Auditorium “9.84”, Pireos 100, Gazi
Political crisis, loss of legitimacy and the Far-Right in Europe
Graeme Atkinson, UK – Hope not Hate
Andrea Mammone, Italy – Historian, Royal Holloway, University of London
Despoina Paraskeva-Veloudoyianni, Greece – Political scientist
Christoforos Vernardakis, Greece – Assistant professor for Political Science, Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki

Saturday, 22.11.2014, “Gazarte”, Voutadon 32, Gazi

11:30 – 14:00: Panel 6
Confronting neo-Nazis I: the institutional level
Thanassis Kambayiannis, Greece – Lawyer, plaintiff in the trial of Golden Dawn
Eleni Takou, Greece – Rascist Violence Recording Network, assistant coordinator
Natascha Strobl, Austria - attac

15:30 – 18:00: Panel 7
Confronting neo-Nazis II: the communicative level, building necessary social ramparts
Graeme Atkinson, UK – Hope not Hate
Ulli Jentsch, Germany – Journalist, member of apabiz and NSU-Watch
Thanassis Kourkoulas, Greece – Movement Deport Racism
Jens Töricht, Germany – Die Linke Saxony

19:00 – 20:00: Evaluation & time for networking

Contact:

Ioanna Meitani, meitani@rosalux.de

Federico Tomasone, tomasone@rosalux-europa.info

Organised by:

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Offices in Athens and Brussels in co-operation with attac.