Welcome to our digital General Assembly 2020!

Departure towards a new tomorrow!

Struggles with health care, rising poverty and there seems to be no improvement in sight: Currently, we are seeing the harsh societal consequences of market logic and profit maximisation as we have not seen them for decades. They create cracks within the status quo. Now we have the chance now to fight for political change. Together, we can overcome market logic and create a world which orients itself around the needs of the majority instead of at the profits of a few. However, this will not happen by itself: We need a new societal movement and we as green youth organisations are an important part of it. It depends on you to start this political change. 
This is why we meet for our first digital General Assembly from the 24th of October to the 1st of November. During the General Assembly we will discuss these cracks within the system, have fascinating discussions, meet in interesting workshops and simply have a good time. Be part of the change: We depart towards a new tomorrow!

You can register for the international program items at https://buko.gruene-jugend.de/registration.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM CEST

INTERNATIONAL WELCOME

We will meet with all international guests for an International Welcome! We want to get to know each other, exchange ideas and introduce everyone to the GRÜNE JUGEND General Assembly. We will first get to know each other as internationals and at 3 pm, other GRÜNE JUGEND activists will also join the meeting for an international coffee break.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7 PM CEST

GREEN FEMINIST FOREIGN POLICY? SET THE AGENDA OF TOMORROW! (WANJA KAUFMANN, CLARA WINKLER, TONI HAASTRUP)

Foreign politics always include questions of power. These power hierarchies, may it be in military buildup, armed conflicts or decisions taken at negotiations are all too often based on dynamics of patriarchal structures. Using feminist approaches to foreign policy, this workshop will look at how we can actively overcome global patriarchal power hierarchies and thus contribute to a more intersectional, modern and more peaceful foreign policy that focuses on the security of all people.This workshop is led by Wanja Kaufmann and Clara Winkler, two international activists from FYEG’s Executive Committee. The workshop also includes a keynote by Dr Toni Haastrup who is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Stirling. Together they will talk about the feminist foreign policy and touch on issues of intersectionality, international actions towards feminist foreign policy, but also discuss our role as Young Green feminists in foreign policy.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7 PM CEST

THE RISE OF THE FAR-RIGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE (MAYA KLIMENTIĆ)

The far-right is on the rise – fascist parties and movements gain support or already govern in various regions of Europe. This Workshop will be focused on modern strategies the far right uses. What are the hidden symbols that are used today and how can we recognise them? How does modern far-right and fascist propaganda work? We will work on this issue from an anti-fascist and internationalist perspective, focusing on the situation in Eastern Europe.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7 PM CEST

TOWARDS A GREEN FORTRESS CAPITALISM? WHY EU POLITICS ARE NOT A PROGRESSIVE ANTIPOLE TO NATIONALISM & AUTHORITARIANISM (LUKAS OBERNDORFER)

The European Union is in a permanent crisis. This depends not least on the fact that right-wing populist forces are successfully able to position themselves as opponents of the EU. In doing so, they allege that the EU is promoting policies for refugees. Many leftists therefore reflexively defend the EU as a bulwark against the authoritarian turnaround. This masks the fact that since 2012 an authoritarian-neoliberal austerity policy has been implemented on the EU level. Since 2015, the EU has also been building more and more „fortress capitalism“: in order to overcome its own crisis, the EU wants to present itself to the population as a guarantor of security and as the only effective level of defence against the imperial devastation. While the EU tries to turn right-wing populist issues into European ones, it also attempts to integrate the climate movement. However, the aim is to detract the climate movement from its root cause: The EU’s Green Deal, for example, is not about pushing back capitalism and its associated pressure for growth, but it is about greening capitalism. In which EU projects do these developments manifest themselves? And what might a cross-border, ecological and social alternative to them look like?

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 7 PM CEST

ANTI-SEMITISM AND CONSPIRACY MYTHS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CORONA PANDEMIC (SAMUEL SALZBORN)

The corona pandemic is used by conspiracy ideologues to spread their world view. The pandemic serves as a pretext to spread conspiracy myths and anti-Semitism. A historical and systematic comparison shows, on the one hand, the close connection between conspiracy myths and anti-Semitism, and on the other hand, that historical and political events whose complexity one cannot understand are repeatedly used to make anti-Semitic projections.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7 PM CEST

ALTERNATIVE WAYS OUT OF THE CRISIS: THE PORTUGUESE EXAMPLE AND THE PATH FORWARD (TOMÁS CARDOSO PEREIRA)

The workshop will address the eurozone crisis and it’s aftermath and what we can learn from it to make sure Europe doesn’t make the same mistakes. We will look into the Portuguese example, along with other alternative policies to better address the economic crisis, from a Green-Left perspective, and try to adapt this to German context by drafting concrete policy proposals based on the topics mentioned.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 FROM 10 AM UNTIL 9 PM AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 FROM 10 AM UNTIL 2.30 PM CEST

STATUTORY MEETING

You can also take part in the statutory part of our general assembly. We will discuss various motions, our federal election campaign and much more. The translation of the statutory meeting will take place on Discord in a form of summary translation for the different topics that will be discussed. You can find the link to the Discord Server in your registration e-mail. Since this translation is offered on demand, please write a message in the channel „International“ on our discord server if you need a translation for the general meeting at that moment.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 9.30 PM CEST

PARTY

Usually, a great party is part of every general assembly. To have a party despite the pandemic, we also invite you to join our virtual party! Enjoy a night of virtual dancing and lots of great music.