The European Spring 2013 – A New Beginning?
27 March 2013
Sol Trumbo Vila
The European Spring’s Days of Action, that targeted the EU Summit and its austerity agenda, provides important lessons on how to develop alliances between trade unions, grassroots movements and civil society organisations.
This article analyses these initial experiences as a contribution towards building more successful actions that aim to construct a pan-European social movement.
For a European Spring was launched as a call for action on March 13-14, 2013 supported by 73 organizations from 13 European countries. This has been the first significant effort since the crisis erupted in 2008 to build a pan-European movement focused on the European Union (EU) institutions and their role in intensifying the economic, political and social crisis throughout Europe.
The European Spring, although very initially, has demonstrated that the EU neoliberal narratives and policies can be effectively questioned and that a common pan European resistance is possible. However advancing this resistance will require new forms of cross border political action which will be strengthened in the process towards the Blockupy (European Central Bank) in Frankfurt (May 31-June 1) and the Alter Summit in Athens (June 7-9).