Europe’s cities are leading the fight against xenophobia and the climate crisis | Ada Colau

Europe’s cities are leading the fight against xenophobia and the climate crisis | Ada Colau The EU is mired in a crisis of legitimacy – but municipal movements are rebuilding democracy from belowConservative politicians have long declared there is no alternative to capitalism. Many of capitalism’s cruelties, from housing crises and crumbling public amenities to increasingly precarious forms of employment, are most visible in towns and cities. But it’s also in these places that new movements are emerging and rebuilding politics from the bottom up. In cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin and Naples, local activists are defending human rights and public services against a rising tide of anti-immigrant xenophobia and fiscal austerity. We call… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/mar/06/europe-cities-democracy-municipal-movement-grassroots-climate-crisis-xenophobia