The “Bundestag” is not enough – Milo Rau/IIPM is founding the first World Parliament
The German parliament has just been elected. But not even one-hundredth of those affected by German policy are represented in the Bundestag. Even in the age of mass migration and climate change, global politics is controlled by national lobbies – and thwarted wherever it runs counter to the interests of these lobbies. With the AfD now the third-strongest political force in Germany, the nationalist powers in the Bundestag clearly been further bolstered. A national parliament that enforces its interests globally is not a place of democracy, but rather a place of exploitation.
From 3 to 5 November 2017, “General Assembly” will bring 60 delegates from around the world to Berlin to challenge the newly elected Bundestag – as representatives of all actors, of whatever kind, who are affected by German policy but have no political voice in the federal parliament. The first world parliament in human history, accompanied by a group of international political observers, will culminate in the passage of the “Charter for the 21st Century” and in the “Storming of the Reichstag” on 7 November, exactly 100 years after the “Storming of the Winter Palace”.
Democracy for everyone and everything!
War victims, labour migrants, economic and climate refugees, the victims of the dawning ecocide, children, the unborn and the victims of colonial history – they all have no say under the Reichstag dome. But what would happen if all those whose lives are influenced by the German Bundestag were to congregate and claim their rights? “General Assembly” and the “Storming of the Reichstag” will provide a public forum for their concerns and offer their non-simultaneity a moment of simultaneity. A local parliament will be replaced by a global parliament. For the first time, the global Third Estate will claim its rights: one world, one parliament!
Detailed programme information and a conversation with Milo Rau on “General Assembly” and “Storming of the Reichstag” can be found here: Press kit – Manifesto and programme.
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
What is Global Realism?
8:00 pm, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
What are the duties and limits of a world parliament in the age of global capitalism, climate change and mass migration? Director Milo Rau and sociologist Harald Welzer discuss social and political justice in the 21st century. Moderation: Doris Akrap
Friday to Sunday, 3 to 5 November 2017
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
There are no democratic structures on a global level that can regulate the world market, prosecute violations of international law or direct ecological developments into the right channels. The General Assembly, which will convene 60 representatives from all over the world in Berlin, is filling this gap with its concept of an actual world parliament. With: Milo Rau, Tariq Ali, Jean Ziegler, Ulrike Guérot, Can Dündar, Wolfgang Kaleck, Chantal Mouffe, Lúcio Bellentani, Christos Giovanopoulos, Robert Misik, Hamze Bytyci, Abou Bakar Sidibé, Feri Irawan, Nasir Mansoor, Saeeda Khatoon, Juan Carlos Monedero and others.
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Storming of the Reichstag
3:00 pm on the lawn in front of the Reichstag, Heinrich-von-Gagern-Straße
Exactly one hundred years after the legendary “Storming of the Winter Palace”, the newly elected German parliament will be confronted symbolically: What are the demands of the global Third Estate? Who is missing in the Reichstag, where the German parliament has been shaping international politics since 1999? A re-enactment of the historic 1917 storming of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, which opened the Russian Revolution, will be held before the Reichstag building.
“General Assembly” is a production of IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder in coproduction with the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, with funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation and multi-sector funding from Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. With support from the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights – ECCHR, medico international, Rainforest Rescue and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. “Storming of the Reichstag” receives support from the Slavisches Seminar at the University of Zurich, HMKV Dortmund, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Zurich.
In cooperation with: Agit Polska, Bahrain Watch, Berlin Postkolonial, Bundesweiter Koordinationskreis gegen Menschenhandel, Club der polnischen Versager, Diem25, European Alternatives, FUTURZWEI, Germanwatch, Society for Threatened Peoples, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Initiative Schwarze Frauen in Deutschland – ADEFRA, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland – ISD, int.ie, the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly / Democracy Without Borders, Kinder- und Jugendparlament Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Kurdische Gemeinde Deutschland, Oficina Precaria Berlin / 15 M, PowerShift, Reporters Without Borders, RomaTrial, Tierfabriken Widerstand, Urgewald, Voix des Migrants, Welthungerhilfe and many others. Media partner: taz – die tageszeitung