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Whither the Left in Europe?

  • International Institute For Peace (IIP) Möllwaldplatz 5 / 2. Stock 1040, Vienna Austria (map)

The International Institute for Peace (IIP), in collaboration with Zeitschrift INTERNATIONAL, cordially invites you to the upcoming panel discussion on the topic:


Whither the Left in Europe?


Date:            Tuesday,  June 25th , 2019

Time:            6:30 pm               

Venue:       International Institute for Peace, Möllwaldplatz 5, 1040 Vienna, Austria.







              Gabriele MATZNER, Austrian Diplomat and Journalist.



Chantal MOUFFE, Belgian-British political scientist, activist and author.


Nikolaus KOWALL, Political economist, activist, publicist, currently teaching at the Vienna University of applied sciences.



1979, when the INTARNATIONAL was funded, the SPÖ under Bruno Kreisky obtained the absolute majority in the parliamentary elections – for the last time. Since then, the party has been in decline, as have other traditional leftist parties across Europe, albeit to varying degrees (the Greek Pasok e.g. having nearly disappeared) and with some exceptions and recent recoveries (such as British labour under Jeremy Corbyn or the red bloc in Denmark). But also relatively new leftist movements, projects and parties such as Die Linke in Germany, La France Insoumise in France or Syriza in Greece seem to have difficulties in maintaining or increasing their support and impact. In some instances, green parties appear to take over, as polls indicate for Germany. In the formerly communist-run countries in the east, leftist parties are almost extinct.

What are the causes for such a decline and difficulties and could and should they be addressed? Can the obvious lack of vigour and orientation of established but also newer leftist movements be overcome? How could one cope with right populism and its voters? How could one profit from the indisputable crisis of neo-liberalism?

This and other questions will be addressed during the discussion.


The Discussion will be held in English.


The IIP invites to snacks and drinks after the event!




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