More than 3 thousand attendees, 4 days of work, the same location as 10 years ago, the Fortezza da Basso, even though the political context is completely different.
When, in 2002, the movements and European networks met in Florence to give birth to the first European Social Forum, the crisis was only the announced result of the analysis of the movements on the impact of the economic and financial globalization.
Today, the crisis is the reality we all live in.
This is why the European meeting “Florence 10+10/Joining forces for another Europe” do not want to be a celebration, but a gathering with two main goals: first, give a common answer - joining social forces at a European level- to the crisis and the policies imposed by the EU institutions and the ECB; second, creating alliances for a long term strategy that will allow to build a social Europe, the European citizen’s Europe.
The presence of attendees coming from different backgrounds such as networks, movements, trade unions, associations and NGOs from various places and of diverse composition should be intended as a search for convergence and a joint effort towards a strong and widespread anti-liberal mobilisation, that will stand as an alternative to the banker’s Europe, the supremacy of the market, the financial speculations and the fiscal compact.