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5 years after Arabic Spring

Reinventing a common ground for Europe and Mediterranean countries

20 years ago the European Commission founded the Euromed zone, affirming its commitment to develop a "Euro-Mediterranean area of peace, stability and prosperity through the reinforcement of political and security dialogue, as well as economic and financial cooperation, social and cultural development." In a time in which Europe faces great dislocations and major democratic challenges, the issues related to the exchanges between these continents seem far from the European governments' concerns. Still, both sides of the Mediterranean sea need to keep on writing the common history of its 700 million inhabitants more than ever. As an answer to the rise of extremism and intolerance, strengthening the links that unite both sides of the Mediterranean sea seems to be the best strategy to fight the social fabric's fragmentation effectively. Turning our attention towards the Mediterranean countries to think of common inspirations is now a priority.

Despite great divergence between political models that emerged in these countries or the dramatic situation Syria has to face, social movements brought the youth to the streets to protest. Its mobilization has modified political commitment’s habits and practices and nursed the hope for profound social and political changes. But what remains of the Arab Spring(s) today? Artists and musicians, in using new art forms, play an essential role in voicing the young generations' craving for change and fighting for further democratic rights. This event  focuses on these new activists.

This panel is co-curated with our partner European Lab from Lyon.

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