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13 December - 9 January

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Dear Arbury Road reader,

First of all happy new year! All the members of Arbury Road wish a great 2022 to you and to the rest of Europe, full of luck and of progressive reforms! As always we remind you that Arbury Road lives thanks to the effort of our volunteers and that you can help us by sharing our content on social media and by making a small donation HERE. As little as 5 euros can really make a difference for us and help us to keep Arbury Road independent. Now let’s dig into some of our recent publications starting from a new hope for the new year, that of the new German government.

🎙 Hopes from the new German Government

🎙 New episode of the Arbury Road Podcast. We were lucky enough to have as a guest Demir Hakan, Elected Member of the German parliament for the constituency of Berlin Neukölln in the 2021 German federal elections.

🇩🇪 We had a chat about the elections, what brought the SPD (and Greens) to success and to form a coalition with the liberals. Finally, we discussed what are the hopes for the new government. Topics in detail:  

✅ What internal changes helped the SPD win the elections 

✅ Can the SPD be a model for other European progressive forces? 

✅ What are some of the main points of the programme - minimum wage, welfare interventions, legalisation of cannabis. 

✅ What are the hopes to realise this programme within the new traffic light coalition. 🚦

⚓️ link anchor: https://anchor.fm/arbury-road/episodes/Arbury-Road-Podcast---Hopes-for-the-new-German-government-e1chnk5

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Hopes for the new German government
Listen now (46 min) | 🎙 New episode of the Arbury Road Podcast. We were lucky enough to have as a guest Demir Hakan, Elected Member of the German parliament for the constituency of Berlin Neukölln in the 2021 German federal elections…
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🎙 The rich history of Romani people in Europe

🇩🇪 Another recent episode of our podcast, made by some of our most active German members.

🇪🇺 Romani people have been living in Europe for hundreds of years. In this episode, we discuss their rich history and the multitude of problems this community is facing, ranging from common ignorance about this long history to open and widespread Anti-Romani sentiment. Felix Schaumann (Climate science student) and Ana-maria Trăsnea (Secretary of State in Berlin, SPD) talk to Radoslav Ganev, founder of RomAnity e.V. and the Student Association of Sinti and Roma in Germany (SVSRD), about the situation of Romani people in Europe today and about ideas on how to move on from here - in the fight for a united Europe without racism.

🇩🇪 The podcast is in German but you can find the subtitles in other languages on youtube.

⚓️ LINK ANCHOR: https://anchor.fm/arbury-road/episodes/Arbury-Road-Podcast---The-rich-history-of-Romani-people-in-Europe-e1c9sih

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The rich history of Romani people in Europe
Listen now (39 min) | 🎙 New episode of our podcast. 🇪🇺 Romani people have been living in Europe for hundreds of years. In this episode, we discuss their rich history and the multitude of problems this community is facing, ranging from common ignorance about this long history to open and widespread Anti-Romani sentiment. Felix Schaumann (Climate science student) and Ana-ma…
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✍️ The Lights of Europe. Chapter III: The crisis of the democratic conscience

Sylvia Durand is back with another article oh her series The Lights of Europe, in which she uses pieces of art by Georges de la Tour to reflect on today’s politics. This time she starts from the Brawl of the Musicians to analyse the crisis that Democracies are facing today. This is particularly relevant one year from the assault of Capitol Hill (6th of January 2021). She writes:

For some time now, public resentment seems to have reached a point of no return, or at least it has gone well beyond the type of opposition that we were used to. Until recently, different ideas and political positions could be strongly opposed, but still rely on a common thinking and shared language. They relied on common facts. But now, we have left the realm of rational debate, and anger has broken out of the democratic space: it is nowhere and everywhere, it has no ideology and all of them together. Resentment doesn’t aim at opposing specific arguments, it simply denies the whole institution and undermines the function of political representation.

You find the full article here, let us know what you think!

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The Lights of Europe. Chapter III
The Brawl of the Musicians “The moment that Emperor Wilhelm appeared in the picture, a spontaneous wild whistling and stamping of feet began in the dark hall. Everybody yelled and whistled, men, women, and children, as if they had been personally insulted. The good-natured people of Tours, who knew no more about the world and politics than what they had …
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🇦🇫 Afghan mother of two froze to death attempting to cross Turkish border 🇹🇷

🌹Afghan mother of two lost her life due to the freezing cold along the mountainous crossing between Iran and Turkey. The woman was found barefooted in the snow last Saturday, having put her socks on her two children like gloves to keep them warm.

Afghan women have two alternatives: to submit to the Taliban or to try to escape risking their lives, in the complete indifference of Europe that has not kept the promises that it has made. We invite everyone to sensibilise your friends.

🇪🇺 EURO at 20

Finally, let’s close by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the EURO.

📌 Now, nineteen different countries use the euro;

📌 Euro is the 2nd most important global currency;

📌 Euro is used in over a 1/3 of transactions worldwide.

🇪🇺Euro has allowed EU countries to have a greater influence in the global economy and is a tangible sign of our shared European identity.

‼️But there is still a long way to go:

1️⃣ The European banking system must be strengthened and monetary union achieved through policies that do not only favour the richest countries.

2️⃣ Digitisation of money must be a priority.

3️⃣ Monetary policies must be accompanied by expansive fiscal and economic policies and aimed at reducing inequality and youth unemployment, developing the most impoverished areas and promoting the welfare of the population. Next Generation EU is a good first step, but we must continue in this direction.

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