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Saturday, July 4 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Europe in crisis: Resistance and the rise of the Right

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The world economic crisis has been met with a punishing drive for austerity around the world, and nowhere more obviously than in Europe, where there have been defeats for organized labor, a profound onslaught on social welfare and citizens’ rights and the consolidation of many of the worst features of the neoliberal agenda. While austerity has sparked sporadic resistance from the working class and social movements—and promising political developments in Greece and Spain—it has also spurred the growth of the populist and even outright fascist far right, including the People’s Party in Denmark, The Party of Freedom in Holland, Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France, Pegida in Germany, Hungary’s Jobbick Party, and Golden Dawn in Greece. The parties hammer out a message combining anti-immigrant xenophobia with anti-Muslim hysteria. These panelists will discuss this right wing threat and the struggle to defeat it and provide a clear left alternative.

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Olivier Besancenot

Olivier Besancenot is a postal worker in France who stood twice as the candidate for the presidency for the LCR (in 2002 and 2007). He is a member of the leadership of the New Anticapitalist Party.
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Pepijn Brandon

Pepijn Brandon is a historian from Amsterdam who currently works at the University of Pittsburgh. His book War, Capital, and the Dutch State (1588-1795) will come out in the HM book-series this September.
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Catarina Príncipe

Catarina Príncipe is a portuguese activist living in Germany. She has been a key activist in the anti­precarity movement in Portugal as well as part of the Blockupy platform in Germany. She is both a member of Bloco de Esquerda and Die Linke and has inside knowledge about the different left organizations in southern Europe. She gave a talk on the 40th anniversary of the portuguese revolution at Socialism 2014 and is currently a... Read More →

Saturday July 4, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Grant Park A