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(en) Italy, alternativa libertaria fdca: Europe parliament election (it) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 25 May 2019 08:18:27 +0300

On May 26, Italian citizens will vote to elect the new European parliament, and 400 million European voters will be called to the polls. ---- Several hundred candidates are ready to be elected to give continuity to their self-representation, perpetuating a simulacrum of democracy in a scenario crossed by strong systemic contradictions. ---- These elections are played on major issues, which artificially remain in the shadows, starting from the dispute over the single currency and the reactionary political response that is crossing the whole of Europe, the European rights are coalescing and are increasing their influence on large strata of the population, denouncing the advance of the racist and fascist right on the electoral field has now become a prerogative of a neoliberal system that has come to an end, a system of power that has, over the years, built the foundations for the fascist and nationalist right to rise again.
The electoral debate seems to be concentrated between two apparently alternative political hypotheses, on the one hand the fascist reaction, and on the other the neoliberal continuity that characterized the birth and further development of European policies.
It is clear that the right is the wrong answer to wrong questions. Europe built on the Franco-German axis is showing serious limits, the peripheral countries have undergone a profound transformation due to the policies dictated by the financial oligopolies, which are and remain the true European political power. Cutting wages, reducing workers' rights, cutting services, devastating privatizations, these are the social policies that have allowed the success of European rights, and are the result of austerity policies arranged and implemented by neoliberal political power.
These elections take place in a European context crossed by strong economic and political tensions, the countries that have seen the greatest investments of German manufacturing have been among the first to fall into nationalism, making believe and illusion that a resumption of political control over the economy is possible through an alleged monetary sovereignty, and that this happens while remaining in a capitalist and neoliberal system.
German neo-mercantilism has to cope with the crisis and the restructuring of the automotive sector, with the advent of electric cars and electrified transport, its manufacturing industry is undergoing profound changes.
The examples are not lacking.
The reactionary Hungary of the Orban government, admired and flattered by the entire proto-fascist European right is the classic example of how a Europe can be prefigured with the participation of sovereignists and racists who have wage compression and the denial of rights of workers.
Lower taxes on the rich and collect money through consumption taxes, costs thus paid by the weaker classes and by workers, this is the great genius of Orban, so much praised by the Italian League's right wing.
The different social level between the countries of the European center and the peripheral ones is increasingly evident, the economic repercussions left by the long chain of German manufacturing, are no longer safe revenues in the face of a hypothesis of crisis greater than German exports.
The war in Libya, which sees European countries lined up on opposing fronts, is a further sign of the profound political crisis that puts power politics and national interests at the center, further weakening any hypothesis of a common European project.
It will not be with the new European parliament that the problems of a continent will be overcome, the basis of any serious discussion on Europe will have to take into account policies in favor of the poorest workers and classes, and for a new approach to the environmental question.
It is therefore essential to fight and take action to counter the racist and xenophobic policies of the new nationalism, to denounce any sovereign hypothesis, however represented, as false and impracticable for the purpose of defending workers.
Build European alliances among workers, work for a continental trade union, implement effective fiscal progressiveness, claim public and free services and schools, social and economic assistance, abolish social dumping, fight undeclared work, and differentiate rights: without these political presuppositions every electoral discussion only confirms a post-democratic landing of the entire society.
Only the resumption of struggles and the reconstruction of an internationalist class front will be able to define a new European project, of freedom and social justice.

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