“Selbstbestimmtes Österreich” (SBÖ, Austria Self-determined) is a new political alliance in Austia. They define four basic lines for their approach on Austrian politics: Democratic, Social, Sovereign, Neutral. The approach is in key points very colse to the Lexit idea, as the founding declaration says: “The EU-integration is the transmission belt for the neo-liberal reconstruction of Austria, which means that any serious protest against the right-wing government has to include protest against the right-wing EU politics. It cannot ignore that the very essence of the EU neither allows any alternatives against its aggressive economic policy nor against its anti-democratic, militaristic and chauvinistic political moves within its structures. Therefore it is necessary to question the whole structure of the EU and think about alternatives to being a member of this union.” We document their founding declaration in our blog.
by Herman Michiel
In a reaction to the Brexit speech of the British prime minister Theresa May (2 March), Gabi Zimmer, group leader of GUE/NGL in the European Parliament and member of Die Linke, made a declaration which supposedly represents the position of the radical Left on the current state of affairs in the Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. I am not happy with this declaration, as it differs hardly from the ones made by the EU establishment.
by Thomas Fazi and William Mitchell
As the EU’s internal crisis increases with many citizens rebelling against what has become a neo-liberal project, European politicians are racing to strip national governments of all power to prevent any further democratic interventions. The centre-left still believes the EU is an institution for the good of Europe. They fail to ask the most important question: Whose Europe are we talking about?
The European and international centers of the establishment, especially the domestic political and economic establishment, are engaged to brainwashing and terrorizing the Greek people, by presenting the abandonment of the Euro and Greece’s transition to the national currency as destruction.
The Popular Unity (LA.E) published a broschure, which in a brief and as far as possible intelligible way, attempts to highlight and open for discussion the steps and measures of the transition of Greece to the national currency on the basis of a radical program. Moreover, it attempts to highlight that the transition from the Euro to the new national currency, via a radical program, is a realistic and viable option and that this is the only option to pull the country out of the crisis, without any more “bailout” programs and austerity, and bring it back in track towards growth and productive transformation with social justice.
Please find the broschure here: 20180126_Popular Unity – Proposal for Breaking with the Euro.
by Ernesto Screpanti [*]
Since the end of World War II, tribal rivalries and xenophobic sentiment in Europe have never been as strong as they are today. And this is but one of the European Union’s “successes”. Not to mention the resurrected warmongering vocation that led the Union to feed conflicts in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and, when the Union was still in the preparatory phase, to favor the explosion of devastating civil wars in Yugoslavia.
Another series of “successes” has involved the social and economic sphere, with increases in unemployment, poverty, and inequality; the deterioration of labor conditions; reductions in workers’ rights; greater labor insecurity and precariousness; worsening welfare in the areas of education, health services, public utilities and social security; the proletarianization of the middle classes; rising uncertainty and, last but not least, the threatening of household savings by a predatory financial sector.
Meanwhile, the process of convergence of the national economies, prophesied by the founding fathers as one of the most important effects of the Union, turned out to be precisely the opposite. The Northern European economies are growing faster than the average, being led by massive trade surpluses, while the Southern ones are growing more slowly, thus undergoing prolonged de-industrialization with high unemployment and public debt. Moreover, the average growth rate of the Eurozone GDP, which had been predicted to rise in comparison to that of the 1990s, has instead diminished.
Then there is the burying of democracy, a tendency which had already begun with the turn of the century globalization, and which was accelerated by the Union. This led to a process of constitutionalization of the treaties, which is gradually nullifying the national constitutions. And it is doing so without the peoples’ consent, given that whenever they have been called upon to ratify (anti)constitutional “reforms”, the European peoples have rejected them. Then the Union has built a monstrous bureaucratic apparatus, which has taken on such political powers that it is able to effectively condition national government policies. What else has to be said to convince you that such a European Union must be demolished?