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A public meeting with Jean-Luc Mélenchon: For an alternative to austerity in Europe.


6 December 2012

See below for videos of Jean-Luc Mélenchon who presented a progressive alternative to the austerity policies which are being implemented across Europe and addressed the shortcomings of European integration. One of the most influential leaders of the ‘Other Left’ in Europe, he discussed the ‘historic failure’ of social democracy; its inability to shape a European Union based on solidarity and social justice. The introduction was followed by a question and answer session.

Chair: Prof Philippe Marlière (UCL)

Jean-Luc Mélenchon was a cabinet minister in Lionel Jospin's government (2000-02) as well as a member of the French Senate (1986-2009). He was a long-time executive member of the Socialist Party (1977-2008). He left the PS in 2008 and created the Left Party which is part of a wider electoral coalition, the Left Front. This umbrella organisation is similar to Syriza in Greece or Die Linke in Germany. In May 2012, Jean-Luc Mélenchon ran for the French presidency. In the first round of the election, he secured 11.1% of the share of the votes nationally (over 4 million votes). Since 2009, Mélenchon has been an MEP.


Jean-Luc Mélenchon: For an alternative to austerity [with English Subtitles] from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Discussion - A public Meeting with Melenchon: For an alternative to Austerity from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.



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