DiEM25 Belfast hosted economist and political activist Yanis Varoufakis in Belfast on Friday 24 February 2017.
From the DSC Belfast event at the Crescent Arts Centre: “DiEM25 Belfast are pleased to announce that the economist and political activist Yanis Varoufakis will be speaking at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast on Friday 24 February 2017. Varoufakis came to wide public attention as the Greek Minister of Finance in 2015 and played a prominent role in Syriza’s negotiations with the European Union and Greece’s creditors. He is a leading figure in the new, political movement DiEM25 with “One very simple, but radical, idea: to democratise Europe.”
As Northern Ireland struggles with a future outside of the EU – a future that its people did not choose – it is time for democrats of all stripes to play a role in shaping the political structures that govern us. Like nowhere else in Europe, Northern Ireland has experienced the acute ramifications of a contested border and continues to suffer at the hands of those who promote xenophobia and division over equality and cohesion. To add to this, the Northern Ireland Assembly has recently had to call elections due to a damaging political scandal, which exemplifies both the problems with and the opposition to western liberal democracies in the twenty-first century.“