The Left in Europe in the Populist’ Times

International Conference

Circolo Arci ,la poderosa’ via Salerno 15A

2019 will be a decisive year for the fate of Europe and therefore for the world balance. In the upcoming European Elections, nationalist and populist rights could take in their hands the EU to make it a purely liberal and even a nationalist subject. transform! europe supports this international conference to understand the causes of this risk.


At 30 years since 1989, which was celebrated as the victory of freedom, the birth of a new world (and a new Europe), even as the end of history, reality appears unfortunately very different. After years of ordoliberals policies that have seriously worsened the working and living conditions of the working classes and devastated the European social texture, Europe risks seeing the prevailing in the next European elections of xenophobic, nationalist and populist rights that can take in their hands the EU to make it a liberal and even a nationalist subject.

It is fundamental, to understand the causes of this dramatic risk and to put ourselves in a position as leftist alternatives, to represent the heart and the engine of an answer even facing the crisis of European social democracy which has great responsibility in what is happening.

Italy is the first great founding country of the process of European integration which saw the emergence of a right-wing populist government. Also for this reason we want to take this appointment here, choosing for a symbolic mean a city like Turin that was a fundamental place for the workers’ movement.



Saturday 9th March


1st panel: 9:30 – 11:00

Populist Thinking. Populism Between Theory and Politics

Introduction: Haris Golemis, transform! europe

·        From Gramsci to Laclau

Pasquale Voza, University of Bari

·        Populism: the Left, the Right and Demoliberalims

Cecilia Honório, Former deputy Bloqo de Esquerda

·        The Age fo Sovereignism

Alvaro Aguiler, PCE Madrid


2nd panel: 11:30 – 13:00

Courses And Historical Recourses: Old And New Populisms

Coordination: Alfonso Gianni, transform! italia

·        The Weimar crisis and today’s

Walter Baier, transform! europe

·        From Neoliberism to Populisms

Gabriele Michalitsch, University of Vienna


3rd panel: 14:30 – 16:30

The Italian Case

Coordination: Roberto Musacchio, transform! italia

·        The crisis of the Left

Luciana Castellina, Italian intellectual

·        The “Pentaleghista” govern

Monica De Sisto, Italian activist

·        Italy and Europe

Eleonora Forenza, MEP Altra Europa con Tsipras


4th panel: 17:00 – 20:00

Europe Now

Coordination: Paola Boffo

·        South Europe Countries


Danai Koltsida, NPI Greece

Yiannos Katsourides, Prometeus Research Institute Cyprus

João Mineiro, Bloco de Esquerda Portogallo


·        East Countries

Attila Vajnai, Worker’s Party Hungry

·        The French case

Yann Le Lann, Espaces Marx, France

·        The German case

Daniel Keil, Rosa Luxemburg Fundation, Germany



Sunday, 10th March


5th Panel: 9:30 – 11:00

Coordination: Rosa Rinaldi

For an alternative European Left

·        The class struggle in Europe

Gianni Rinaldini, President of Sabattini Foundation, Italy

·        Feminist Conflict

Nicoletta Pirotta, IFE Italy

·        Fight against the Rigth wing and neoliberal

Heinz Bierbaum, Die Linke, Germany


Final Consideration: 11:30 – 13:00

Coordination: Roberto Morea, transform! italia


Paolo Ferrero, Vice President European Left Party

Tatiana Moutinho, transform! europe