The Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or DiEM25, is a Pan-European political movement launched in 2015 by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.
- see European New Deal
The movement's declared aim is to reinvigorate the idea of Europe as a union of people governed with democratic (democracy) consent rather than what the movement fears the European Union is heading to: a superstate ruled by technocrats (technocracy) issuing edicts.
YOUTUBE 34Pz_OIclmc Brian Eno on the launch of DiEM25 initiative as presented on February 9th 2016 at Volksbühne Berlin - [http://diem25.org/]
In support of this argument they mention eight distinct aspects where governance is by compulsion rather than consent. First among these is "hit-squad inspectorates and the Troika (European troika) they formed together with unelected ‘technocrats’ from other international and European institutions".
YOUTUBE PNWQUQFGXh0 With Yanis Varoufakis, Srećko Horvat, Katja Kipping, Saskia Sassen, Guillaume Long ...
The EU will be democratised. Or it will disintegrate!] The organization cites the emerging extremist nationalism of some new political parties as well as the so-called Brexit and Grexit state departure initiatives as evidence of this impending European fracture.
* Yanis Varoufakis (Greece) * Srećko Horvat (Croatia) * Lorenzo Marsili (Italy) * Julian Assange (Australia) * Noam Chomsky (USA) * Brian Eno (UK) * :fr:Julien Bayou|Julien Bayou (France) * Jean-Michel Jarre (France)[ ] * James K. Galbraith (USA) * Susan George (political scientist)|Susan George (USA/France) * Boris Groys (Germany) * Ken Loach (UK) * Toni Negri (Italy) * Saskia Sassen (USA) * Slavoj Žižek (Slovenia) * Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk (Poland)
In a video statement Varoufakis gave to ''El País'' during his visit to Madrid this claim was repeated, citing the Brexit special concessions granted by the EU to the UK in February 2016 as evidence of this disintegration.
In May 2017, Yanis Varoufakis and Srećko Horvat announced that DiEM25 would form the first transnational political party, with the intent of running in the 2019 European Parliament election (European Parliament election, 2019). Varoufakis stated that in some countries it would cooperate with national parties that agree with the DiEM25 agenda, such as Razem in Poland or The Alternative (The Alternative (Denmark)) in Denmark, while in others it might decide to run separately from any existing parties.