Re-appropriating Europe as a Common

Despite the return to modest economic growth in the EU and the Euro group the scars of the economic crisis persist. The European Union still operates in a crisis mode. Inside the Left a debate on how to cope with the crisis of European integration has begun. What are the possible strategies for changing Europe? What is the latitude granted by the European treaties for progressive reforms and can the European Union altogether be transformed on the basis of the existing treaties? Which are the strategic implications either way? Does the Left have to choose between support of the neoliberal integration and retreat to national sovereignty? Is there a third option for an alternative plan for Europe? What might be its criteria?


  • Maria Karamessini, Professor for Social Policy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens
  • Marianne Dufour, member of DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective
  • Steffen Lehndorff, Research fellow at the Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation
  • John Weeks, Professor emeritus for economics at SOAS, London
  • Walter Baier, Political Coordinator of Transform!

Moderator: Angelina Giannopoulou (transform europe!)

Practical information

When: Saturday 11th November, 10:00-12:00
Where: "Salon Rouge", Dock Des Suds, 12 Rue Urbain V, 13002 Marseille

This workshop is co-organized by transform europe! and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels Office

There will be English – French translation.

About the Marseille Forum

The Marseille Forum will take place on 10 - 11 November 2017. This pluralistic and open forum shall offer spaces for green, progressive and left-wing forces to discuss burning short-term and long term strategic challenges and opportunities for Europeans and Europe – in short our common future.