The second day of our festival starts with a panel discussion about politics in Italy, in Europe, and the dark force that seems to increasingly connect them: nationalism. After managing to become Italy’s main political player, the Lega seems to be a new driving force of Europe’s nativist parties. All eyes are now set on the next European Elections, when, while the EU will still be rebounding from the Brexit divorce, nationalist and eurosceptic movements will try and seize the European Parliament. Is there a way to fight the resurgence of nationalism?
Donald Sassoon is Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has spoken in conferences in over forty countries, and is the highly acclaimed author of One Hundred Years of Socialism and of Contemporary Italy: Economy, Society, Politics since 1945.
Lorenzo Marsili is a writer and philosopher, co-author of Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe Can Be Saved from Itself (Zed Books 2018) and Il terzo spazio: Oltre establishment e populismo (with Yanis Varoufakis). He is the founder of European Alternatives and a coordinator of Democracy in Europe Movement 2025.
Annalisa Piras is a London-based journalist, film director and producer. She produced, co-wrote and directed Girlfriend in a Coma, a feature documentary on Italy seen from abroad. With The Great European Disaster Movie she won the German CIVIS media prize in the information category in 2014.
Chair: Leonardo Clausi is a London-based translator and journalist, and the author of Uscita di insicurezza. Brexit e l’ideologia inglese (2018).