Yanis Varoufakis made his way to Britain recently as part of his tours of the continent, aiming to mobilise support for DiEM25 and its Progressive Agenda for Europe. During his visit over the weekend, Yanis and some other leading DiEMers hosted dicsussions in London. A lesser known event also took place earlier that Friday, as Yanis Varoufakis came to King’s College London and spoke to a room of over 200 students and staff to discuss Europe’s Crisis.
DiEM25 aims to act as the catalyst of the construction of a broad left coalition able to challenge the rising nationalism in Europe and confront their domination of the media and political landscape – something sorely needed here in Britain.
A gap between Britain and Europe is rapidly growing to become a chasm. And it is not just between the Island and the mainland, but within Britain as well. British identity is weakening. It has just rejected its European links, but in favour of Trump’s America? I hope not.
The PiS government in Warsaw’s assault on liberal democracy has been raging for over a year now, and, while much of Europe has turned its attention away to other news, the fight goes on to stop Poland from taking the road to authoritarianism.
Europe has faced significant challenges last year, and looks to be facing greater ones this year. But what will it take to halt this slide? Surely a return to the status quo cannot be the answer.