European Green Party in Istanbul
21st council meeting, 7 - 9 November
Erstellt am 17.10.2014
Last year saw massive protests by citizens calling for the protection of one of the few green spaces in Istanbul - the Gezi Park protests. These protests carried a far deeper message than just protecting trees. It reflected the desire for more democracy in Turkey, the right of citizens to define their living space, the right to protest. It was a call for the protection of civil rights. Our Turkish partner Yesiller ve Sol Gelecek Partisi played its part in these protests and is eager to discuss these and other relevant issues that play a role in the Turkish political context in Turkey.
As we look towards Europe's future, this Council will focus on key issues for the Greens: democracy, the future of Europe, and energy and energy security in view of the COP21 in Paris in 2015. The political landscape in Europe has changed, and populist challenges against immigration and enlargement have increased. Our council meeting is an opportunity to meet these arguments head on, and put forward our vision for what Europe could be.