«The Crisis and Future of Democracy»

Book Launch & Evening Reception

Atelier 29
Rue Jacques de Lalaing 29
1000 Brussels

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The Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, partner organisation of transform! europe, presents its new anthology „The Crisis and Future of Democracy“ and kindly invites you to a panel discussion with the authors of the volume and Marisa Matias, MEP, exhibition and evening reception.


Democracy is in a crisis. Or is it? Societies are acknowledging once again that inequality, precarity and lack of recognition for broad swathes of the population are hurting democracy. Calls for democratic regulation of key sectors are picking up. Demands for participation, inclusion, equality and redistributive justice for those affected by political decisions are gaining currency. The public is taking to the streets to fight the socio-economic fallout of multiple “crises” for which it is bearing the brunt.

Today’s movements for democratic renewal and “real” democracy, for a democratisation of all sectors of society, including the economy, take their cue from the democratic mobilisation that emerged in the wake of the global financial crisis some 10 years back. Put into practice by the Indignados of Spain and the solidarity initiatives in Greece, horizontality, inclusivity, solidarity and, at times, a transnational outlook shape today’s demands for democracy on the left.

What lessons can we learn from these movements? What role for democracy in progressive mobilisation in Europe today? How can we succeed in democratising institutions and processes? How can the left mobilise in times like these? What lessons to draw with a view to the 2024 elections to the European Parliament?

Wednesday, 7 November 2022, 18:00-22:00 (CET)
Venue: Atelier 29, Rue Jacques de Lalaing 29, 1000 Brussels

Registration requiered. Please register here.

All participants will receive a free copy of the book hot off the press!

For more information, visit the Website of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation.


Wednesday, 7 Nov

18:00 (CET): Doors opening, registration and welcome drink

18:30 (CET): Welcome remarks


  • Anna Schröder, Head of Office
  • Ada Regelmann, project manager

18:45 (CET): Panel discussion “The Future of Democracy and the role of the Left”


  • Dr David Bailey, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Bernd Bonfert, Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research and Data in Cardiff
  • Dr Marisa Matias, MEP, Bloco de Esquerda (PT)
  • Dr Laura Roth, Universidat Jaume I, feminist and municipalist activist


  • Dr Ada Regelmann, project manager RLS

20:30 (CET): Standing dinner and drinks reception, exhibition of illustrations from the volume

22:00 (CET): End of reception