One Year Since the ‘OXI’ Referendum, One Year Since DiEM25 Was Conceived

Yanis Varoufakis

Today DiEM25 marks the anniversary of the brave Greeks’ OXI (No!) referendum vote but also of its own beginnings.

“Our NO is a majestic, big YES to a democratic Europe!”, wrote Varoufakis at the time, heralding the gist of DiEM25 – namely that, a Yes to a sustainable, democratic Europe must pass through the tortuous but worthy path of a No to an authoritarian, austerian, troika-controlled EU.

DiEM25 was born at the time the Athens Spring was being crushed and the referendum mandate discarded.

Naturally, the 5th of July is a special anniversary for DiEM25 – for the Democracy in Europe Movement that was, in effect, conceived in the heat and light of the OXI referendum.

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