There has been an obvious and terrifying shift in European politics and societies towards increasingly nationalistic and authoritarian policies. These direct attacks on democracy undermines all progressive efforts across the continent and there is a consensus that if one is the to be successful in their various struggles, they must unite to fight the overarching threat: fascism.
Senior Fellow Erik Edman’s Action Project addressed the issue of identity politics, despite its noble theoretical background, it has also had certain negative side-effects in the coherence and unity of progressive struggles within society and across borders.
In order to help all progressives, it is imperative to help them unite under a common banner.
The DiEM25 Academy had a dual purpose: to build a common foundation among 100 activists from across Europe who would cooperate regardless of their field of activity, while at the same time offering them new tools and knowledge with which to arm their struggles.
Erik and fellow members of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 board found a local group of volunteers who were willing to host them. They created an application form for prospective participants where they had to outline their field of activity, why they wished to participate and how they were planning to use what they would learn rom The Academy. The Academy created a document for their members about how to organize future Academy events. They have encouraged more local groups of their movement and beyond to organize similar events and are prepare to support those who take the initiative.