Who're we (European Spring)?


#1

Sorry for asking seemingly stupid question, but I’m interested what’s legal status of this organization and us inside it. Is European spring legally registered political party (Where?–Belgium like Diem25 or somewhere else?) and are we its’ members or supporters? Thanks!


#2

Diem25 is registered under Belgian civil law.
To my knowledge there is no legal status for ‘European Spring’. The name or party should be registered nationally. Only when you would gain seats in the European Parliament from different EU-memberstates it is possible to be registered as a European Political Party. At this moment there are ten registered European Political Parties (and foundations). Because of censorship I can not give you a link, but only this screenpage. You can look on that site for more information.


#3

Hi all, that’s pretty much my question and I’m still confused :-). Is DiEM25 the political party or this “new” party European Spring I’ve just come across ?


#4

As I understand it, each country has to register a Party separately for the European Parliament. This is why there’s a page covered in differing logos/links to local Parties.

You can, on a local level, join and contribute to these parties.

I do not, however, know whether all these Participating Parties and Organizations all subscribe to the entire manifesto as laid out by European Spring.

It is all rather confusing.

And frankly, a Branding nightmare.

Solidification is needed.


#5

Hello,

My name is James Newell and I am a political scientist currently based at the University of Turin.

I am writing an article about DiEM25 and the European Spring for the Italian political science journal Comunicazione Politica (ComPol) and I was wondering if there was someone who could help me with some queries please. Specifically, I am a little confused (and I can see from the European Spring members’ forum: Who're we (European Spring)? that I am not the only one!) about the nature of European Spring, about how it is organised, and about how it is related to DiEM25. I was therefore wondering about the answers to the following questions:

  1. I understand that European Spring was created on the initiative of DiEM25, that it is a coalition of parties all of which have signed up to a common programme. What is the programme called? Some websites seem to imply that it is called “New Deal for Europe”, others that it is called “Green New Deal”

  2. How is European Spring organised? I understand that it has a Council but that is all I have been able to find out. Is there a statute, in English, I could see?

  3. Related to the above: I understand that European Spring is a coalition of parties but also that it has individual members. So I am a little confused about what it is that makes European Spring a genuine transnational party as compared to an umbrella organisation like the Party of European Socialists (PES) which also has affiliated parties and individual members.

  4. How was European Spring’s programme decided? I understand that there was some sort of vote among the members (https://our.europeanspring.net/en/vote/1/results) but how were the affiliated parties (Razem, Partei Mut and so forth) involved in making the decisions?

  5. Finally, where is European Spring fielding candidates for the European Parliament elections and under what labels are they campaigning? (For instance, a recent article in the “New Federalist” (https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/two-months-ahead-of-the-european-elections-the-european-spring-launches) implies that they are all running under the “European Spring” label, but in Germany, at least, this appears not to be the case as it appears as though they are running under the Demokratie in Europa label: https://www.deineuropa.jetzt/en/candidates/)

Any help anyone is able to give will be very gratefully received!

Thanks a lot!

James


#6

Hello James,

I’ll try my best to answer your questions. I could be wrong so take it as a grain of salt.

Yes, it’s officially called New Deal for Europe or European New Deal (END). But Green New Deal is a much more popular and colloquial term. GND has been around since 2008. There’s the GND by AOC in America, and many other GNDs by the left and greens in Europe. So we use GND too because it’s green and new (actually newer than the Roosevelt New Deal) deal.

It seems to me to be a loose coalition than a transnational party so i don’t know if there’s an actual statute. Would love to read it.

Until we get into the EP, form a group if we’re all successful in 7 countries we run in or other MEPs join us, only are we a genuine transnational party after registering for a European Political Party. Right now it isn’t really and it’s premature to talk about the future of ES.

The reason we have ES as an umbrella for parties and individuals is to separate the movement (DiEM25) and the party politics (ES and our parties). You don’t have to be a Diemer to be a member of ES and vice versa.

The most important question: what makes European Spring different from other so called transnational parties/organisations like PES? And what does transnationalism mean to ES?
First, you have to look at the exchange of candidates. A non-native EU citizen running in another EU member state. This article shows there are only 4 such MEPs currently and at least 20 cross-border candidates are running in the EP elections. It seems like only a few candidates are exchanged to cement cross-party ties in the article. Now take a look at DiE’s list. Yanis Varoufakis, the Spitzenkandidat of ES is running in Germany to signal there are no clash of Greeks and Germans because the elites are in cahoots. Daniela Platsch, an Austro-German dual national and leader of Wandel in Austria. Bianca Praetorius, co-founder of Demokratie in Bewegung (DiB) which together with DiEM25 formed DiE. Joanna Bronowicka, a Pole and member of Razem party. There are more interesting people in the list too. The other lists is also same. MeRA25 has a German in it. In France DiEM25 together with Generation.s have a joint list. Our French list, DeME/ Démocratie en Europe has a German too if I’m not wrong. While in Belgium we formed a tripartite list of candidates from DiEM25, Generation.s and Livre (Portugese party). It’s a diverse list. Unfortunately we couldn’t run because we were unable to collect 10k signatures. What we’re doing is simulating a federal Europe having a transnational list and running with a common program. That’s our transnationalism. It’s looks like PES or EPP is a transnational party but it isn’t. They have a common program together but it’s ambiguous just to keep individual parties together. For example, Orban wants no refugees at all while at the same time Weber says refugees should be distributed equally. What they are is collections of ragtag parties coming together in the EP. They have a common program but it’s useless. Weber’s CSU says A in Germany and Fidesz says B in Hungary. Same can be said for all parties. They all lack coherence and agreement.

I think the ES council have met at least 3 times to discuss policies. Razem was involved early since last June. Mut Bayern was already cooperating with DiB before. Everyone can propose changes to the END/GND even the late comers. It’s a work in progress. The more parties adopt it the better. There are thematic groups known as DSCs writing the GND. Anyone can join it. It’s probably not that different in other parties.

Well, I don’t have much to say to that. Like what @Jonathan_Richard_R said it’s a branding nightmare. It’d be great if they all are more consistent and have swallows.

Carpe Diem,
Jacob