European Summer University of Social Movements 2022

August 17 - 21 in Mönchengladbach, Germany

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It should be an exciting summer 2022 in Moenchengladbach: After the last European Summer Universities of the social movements in 2014 in Paris and 2017 in Toulouse, we will meet again in Germany in 2022! In August, activists and friends of Attac and from the social movements in Europe and other parts of the world will come together – more than a thousand are expected again. In the rooms of the Hochschule Niederrhein, we will share experiences and knowledge and discuss explosive and forward-looking ideas for a different world! The campus with its modern premises and spacious open-air grounds is an ideal place for our diverse events with people from all parts of Europe.

After many months of massive restrictions in the Corona Lockdown, this European Summer University 2022 will make lively encounters and also embraces possible again and offer participants a forum to understand crises, develop alternatives, unfold solidarity and plan actions. To this end, we would like to gather the whole colorful diversity of the social movements of our continent. We experience this ESU as a place of discussion and action amid a focal point of climate destruction and active resistance in the Rhenish lignite mining area. The activists of this movement will be with us.

It will be about the future of Europe, which for us is more than the EU. We will draw lessons from the deficits in important areas of life that the pandemic has so brutally shown us. The social and environmental dimensions of this crisis demand our responses. And we want to build bridges instead of fortifying borders - migrants are welcome. The vision of another Europe follows from the critique of the existing one. Environment and climate demand a change of system. What role does this Europe play in the face of global power shifts in the world?

This summer university will be participatory, it lives from the diverse, participatory contributions of the participants! We are looking forward to exciting encounters, space for experiments and actions, and days of intensive learning and exchange at eye level.
This summer university is unthinkable without an exciting cultural program. Together we will also enrich the cultural life of the city with our own creative contributions.

The preparations are progressing and this website will be filled with more and more content. Check back again!


In Germany and at European level, small preparatory groups have already begun to get this exciting project off the ground. People who enjoy international encounters are welcome to join us in writing and translating texts, maintaining websites and much more.