By Aristel Skrbic
On the 3rd of December, at 20:30 in Pangaea, a new student group, called the Progressive International in Leuven is hosting its launch.
The Progressive International student movement in Leuven thinks it’s time to bring together left, green, socialist, liberal, feminist, and other voices to be expressed and heard. Those who think Europe is in crisis, that the rise of the far-right is dangerous, and that the establishment is failing to respond are called on to attend.
The idea of forming a Progressive International was recently brought up by Bernie Sanders and Yanis Varoufakis who both voiced the necessity to build an international movement of progressive politics which could stand up against the rise of right wing nationalism.
In Europe, for example, elections for European Parliament will take place in May 2019 and far-right parties are poised to turn their domestic successes into a strong election result at the European level, as more and more people want to cast a protest vote against the bureaucratic establishment in Brussels. What is worse, Salvini, Orban, Wilders, and Le Pen now have a new ally: Steve Bannon has set up a foundation in Brussels which aims to connect the far-right parties of Europe and create a far-right populist wave which can reshape the continent. For all of those who are terrified by that prospect, The Progressive International in Leuven says the time of action has come! The movement is inviting everyone to come together and respond to this threat.
All are invited to join the movement’s event at Pangaea on Monday to talk about the problems facing Europe and the world and start formulating a collective response. The Progressive International hope to shape the conversation among international students and organizations, empower attendees to connect, organize, and act.
Details for the event can be found on the Facebook page created by the organizers.