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