Krytyka Polityczna & friends: the Central Eastern Europe Meeting, 2015

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About the meeting:

In August, 130 activists from 18 different countries met in Krytyka Polityczna’s Na Granicy cultural centre in Cieszyn. Here they discussed a number of themes central to their work and the possibilities for deepening current co-operations going forward. On the agenda were the changing political scene in central eastern Europe, ways to oppose new authoritarian regimes, community building in practice, issues surrounding immigration and the protection and promotion of reproductive rights.

To get a better idea of the topics discussed, you can view the weekend’s programme here.

To find out more about Cieszyn itself and the work of Krytyka Polityczna’s cultural centre there, read an interview with members of said centre, in which they discuss the work that they carry out in the town and the specifics of the locality.

Michał Sutowski’s lecture on current levels of solidarity in Europe:

In the following recording, Sławomir Sierakowski introduces Michał Sutowski, with the actual lecture starting at 02:25. This lecture was the precursor to a group discussion of the same topic.

Video interviews with a selection of the meeting’s participants (in English with Polish subtitles):

David Marcus, an editor of the US magazine Dissent, discusses what the US presidential candidates are focusing on in their campaigns.

Claudia Bernardi, from the Italian activist organisation EscAtelier, talks about the political significance of the European migrant crisis.

Hector Huerga, from the Spanish activist group 15M Barcelona International, talks about the state of Spanish democracy.

Polish speakers can also directly access two further videos on Krytyka Polityczna’s YouTube portal. For an interview with Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska entitled Czas na prokobiece prawo aborcyjne w Polsce!, click here. For an interview with Jakub Dymek entitled Czy Grecja przetrwa kryzys?, click here.