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Sunday, July 5 • 9:30am - 11:00am
The challenge of Europe's alternative left parties

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The period since antiglobalization protests after Seattle has produced over the years a number of efforts in Europe—In Italy, Britain, Scotland, France, Germany, Greece, and elsewhere—to build new, broad-based parties of the left independent of the social democratic parties, which had increasingly devolved into social-liberal parties that barely paid lip service to the social and economic needs of the working class. These new parties—from the NPA in France to SYRIZA in Greece—have sought to capture not only the traditional base of the old social-democratic parties, but to respond to the growing radicalization that first presented itself during the antiglobalization struggles—a radicalization that reemerged after the great recession with the occupation of the squares and the anti-austerity protest and strikes in Greece and elsewhere. These panelists will discuss the lessons of the failures and successes of these efforts, and what strategic orientation revolutionaries should take toward them.

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Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson lectures in Sociology at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the International Socialists Scotland/RS21 and a supporter of the Radical Independence Campaign. Neil is the author several books, including Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize, How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? (2012) and, most recently, Holding Fast... Read More →
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Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis is a teacher in public secondary education in Greece. He is a member of the Central Committtee the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA by its Greek acronym), a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and member of the executive committee of META (Class Front Overthrow—META is the organization of the trade unionists who support the policy of SYRIZA inside the trade unions). He is also a trade unionist member of... Read More →
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François Sabado

François Sabado is a member of the New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Party Anticapitaliste—NPA). He joined the JCR (Young Revolutionary Communists/Jeunne Communiste Revolutionaire) in 1968, was a member of the Political Bureau of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionaire (LCR) from 1977 to 2008 and is a leading member of the 4th International.

Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park B