DiEM25's invitation to Pablo Iglesias (Podemos), Catarina Martins (Bloco), Jean-Luc Mélenchon (FI) and Gregor Gysi (European Left) to an open discussion with EUROPEAN SPRING

by Yanis Varoufakis

To: Pablo Iglesias (Podemos), Catarina Martins (Bloco) and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (FI)
7 May 2018
Dear Pablo, Catarina and Jean Luc,
Thank you for your reply of 25th April. It is a pity that you could not make it to Lisbon on 26th April, but we understand that the notice was perhaps too short.
In our Lisbon meeting, that was open to the public, we discussed a large number of issues, including the policy agenda we shall be taking to European voters as well as the name of our transnational movement – which we decided will be: European Spring
More precisely, we committed ourselves to two main objectives:

  • Achieving Left Unity
  • Adopting a Common and Coherent Policy Agenda (or Manifesto) that makes sense to European progressives across the Continent

In that context, we resolved that European Spring, our movement, will do its utmost to work together with you and with other progressive movements on the run up to the European Parliament elections of May 2019.
As our common goal is, indeed, a paneuropean political revolution (led by citizens for citizens and against the Deep Establishment that condemns the many to permanent austerity), but also in view of your declaration in your recent reply that you are, indeed, interested in a dialogue between our organisations, now is the time to organise a meeting.
So, we propose that the five of us meet to discuss what we can each contribute to a coherent, credible united left-wing alternative to Establishment’s authoritarian incompetence – with an invitation also extended to Gregor Gysi as the representative of the European Left Party. Moreover, we believe that the discussions between us, including the current exchange, should be part of the public discourse – acknowledging that secret diplomacy is inherently reactionary.
If you agree, we are open to meet you on a mutually agreed date anywhere in Europe. On behalf of EUROPEAN SPRING,
Yanis Varoufakis
 

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