Southern European meeting is taking place at Villa Madama in Rome with leaders of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Summit in the EU south: all talk no action?

In a properly functioning democracy, we would endorse discussion and collective action among members. If the European Union was an exemplary democratic organization, then a meeting of some of its countries to discuss solutions to European problems would be more than welcome. But under a malfunctioning bureaucratic establishment that despises democratic processes, such a meeting only reveals its dysfunction, all the more acutely when these same members call for more democracy throughout the European Union.
Based on what the leaders of countries of the European South who gathered told reporters, nothing much happened. They called for more European integration, for more democracy and for better policies in migration. Everything sounded very important but also dully familiar. As always, it would be so much more meaningful if we heard about specific plans for action and initiatives. So is this “South Summit” able (or willing?) to voice an alternative to a German-dominated European Union? Or, Is There No Alternative (TINA)?
At DiEM25, we have dismissed the TINA dogma. Astonishingly, there are many alternatives! Our alternative is the European New Deal. Ambitious? Yes! Achievable? Absolutely. Let’s go!
 
Aris is a member and volunteer of the DiEM25 movement.
 
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
 

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