When I was ten I remember going to a garden party for the election of the first Social democratic-Green (“red-green”) government. At the time I celebrated with everyone. Later in my studies we were told that concrete coalitions and governments don’t really play a role any more. The new centre administers neo-liberalism without any significant opponents. Even today, virtually indistinguishable forces engage in the visionless management of ministries. This has lead to a cynical turn towards nationalistic promises of salvation. The garden party is over.
Politically, I searched for a political home outside of local associations for a long time and never found one. As an activist – for fairer trade and a more humane migration policy – I lacked a political base. That is why I became a founding member of Democracy in Europe and – as part of a major movement – help to forge alliances to make hopeful proposals for Europe. As a PhD social scientist, I know that while people do not choose their circumstances, they do have the opportunity to change them.