Saturday 29 January 2011

7.00 p.m.

Cracks in the Fortress Europe
Strategies of cross-border resistance: experiences, analyses and perspectives of various spectra and players – panel discussion.
Resistance against the European Union, which is experiencing a considerable increase in powers due to the Lisbon Treaty, appears to be in a very poor shape. The increasing monitoring and sanctioning becomes obvious particularly in police and juridical collaboration and their agencies Frontex, Europol or Eurojust as well as in Internet regimentation. There are few cross-border networks and structures that oppose the progressing militarisation of social conflicts. A radical rejection of this quasi-state neoliberal project, however, needs to position itself towards difficult questions: how can we articulate critique without complying with national patterns? Which stand do we take on the popular demand of ”another”, a more democratic EU as it is presented by liberal currents? How can we network in a transnational way without losing the relation to resistance practice? Why is there no perceivable movement against the excessive surveillance and control of the EU? Where is the radical Left which otherwise readily practice in radical criticism of the state? Where to address protest and resistance? All social movements have to find answers to these questions in the face of the growing power of the EU. Thereby left, Anarchist and radical left structures have definitely an edge in cross-border organisation and mobilisation: in order to criticize the EU migration policy activists from all over Europe come together in No Border-camps for decades, campaigns and action do not remain only symbolic. Around the summit protests against G8, G20, WTO, NATO and EU, too, developed networks and friendships which can be activated seemingly effortless for new protests. What are the conditions for a resistant cross-border organisation against the European security architecture? In the panel discussion we will analyse various perspectives of transnational movements. After an inventory of both unsuccessful and promising policies against the EU we want to gauge how we can put our radical dissent to practice.

We will discuss with:

* Adeline Otto
* Kriss Scholl
* Detlef Hartmann
* René Paulokat