Today, March 10, 2018, will be a date to be remembered. For the very first time, national, regional and municipal political forces from across the continent assembled with a view to bring about change and reconstruct the European Union – bottom-up, transnationally.
Here is the outcome of the first meeting among the founders of Europe’s pioneer transnational list:
Our programme shall be founded on two pillars: A pan-European Green New Deal to address the crisis of private and public debt, under-investment and inequality and poverty through a socio-economic, ecological, feminist framework, and a Constitutional Assembly process to furnish our Union with a truly democratic constitution.
This commonly-agreed programme’s ultimate aim is to effectively oppose and disobey the Brussels’ status quo and failed policies, which are tearing the EU apart, and to constructively rebuild a democratic Europeanist project, namely: our transnational list, spitzenkandidat, and policy programme.
“The collective conviction that the solutions to our regions’ and countries’ crises must be European is what brought us to Naples today,” said DiEM25’s co-founder Yanis Varoufakis, who also stressed, “we have come together to forge the alliance that will bring about these European solutions, and now we make an open call to progressive Europeanists to join us”.
Present at this landmark initiative were a line-up of progressive political actors, intellectuals and grassroots activists from every corner of Europe, including France’s former presidential candidate Benoît Hamon and his new party Génération-s, Mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris, representatives from young left-wing Polish political party Razem, Denmark’s The Alternative, Portugal’s LIVRE, and many more.
A temporary governing council comprised of the participants in today’s discussions will set in motion the transnational list. The council is open for other political forces and movements to join by June 2018, so that by the end of the summer, and as per the participating political organisations and movements’ internal democratic procedures, our members across Europe will select the list of candidates who will present and debate our policy agenda.
Soon, the full minutes and complete set of agreements reached during today’s discussions will be made available to the public in all the participant organisations’ websites.
We are uniquely positioned to make this happen. We can choose to be the standard-bearer for a true Union, improving the lives of millions and repairing our democracies, or resist the change and fall further under the dystopian dogma of “There Is No Alternative”. Or we can join those who believe that we must return to our past to fulfil our promise as individual nation-states.
Today in Naples we made our choice: we decided that the path to changing Europe shall begin from the bottom: we will fight to take our Europe back and give a direct voice to its peoples in re-shaping the common project that governs their lives.
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