The recent referendum in Turkey, the upcoming presidential elections in France and the future of socialism, feminism and environmentalism. In a rapidly changing world, three events will separately analyse the future of the left that is forming on the continent.
Physicists and astronomers guarantee that the world continues to rotate and spin at the same speed that it has done for millions of years. Experts in international politics –and particularly in Europe– may, however, disagree.
2017 will be marked on an international level by Donald Trump’s ascension to power in the United States, one of the more unique presidents in recent decades. His decisions, turns and controversies have been the subject of daily analysis throughout the year.
In Europe, however, things do not seem to be any less turbulent. The start of the Brexit process in the UK, the recent March elections in the Netherlands and the elections that will be held before the end of the year in Germany will mark the year.
But there are other case studies, and each will be addressed in different meetings, debates and conferences.
The Turkish referendum
On 16 April, the Eurasian country will hold a long-awaited referendum, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential system. If successful, the position that he has occupied since 2014 would benefit from new powers, to the detriment of parliament’s legislative role.
These are some of the aspects that will be analysed in Turkey after the referendum: what next for the left and democracy?, a seminar to be held in London.
The event has confirmed the attendance of Dario Navaro (a Turkish socialist) and other Kurdish panellists are expected to join. Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017, 7.30pm. Location: Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB
The new French scenario
Sunday 23 April will mark a milestone in French history. If there are no changes to the trends of recent weeks, then for the first time, there will be no candidates from the two main political parties among the most voted presidential candidates.
Marine Le Pen (of the far-right National Front) and Emmanuel Macron (an ex-socialist that created his own movement En Marche) lead the polls, with right-wing candidate –François Fillon– and the socialist candidate –Benoît Hamon– trailing behind. The latter could even fall into an unprecedented fifth place if he is surpassed by the leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of Unsubmissive France.
This is what is expected for the second round of elections on Sunday 7 May, when a successor to François Holland will definitely be elected.
Worldwide attention will be placed on Le Pen, a candidate who has already received the support of Donald Trump and threatens a xenophobic, racist and Eurosceptic presidency.
Two days after the second round of votes, the seminar France after the presidential elections will be held in London, will analyse the results of the UK’s southern neighbours. Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017, 7.30pm. Location: Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB
Socialism, feminism and environmentalism
Three movements in constant renewal will be the focus of analysis of a youth meeting to be held in southern Italy in July, which will have an English delegation from the Socialist Resistance.
The meeting is organised by Fourth International, a socialist network supported by Socialist Resistance, and aims to bring together representatives from 80 countries around the world, who will sleep in sleeping bags and tents throughout the week of the summit.
(Photos: Pixabay and creative Commons – (Translated by Sydney Sims)