Watch the full video with our guest, Maurizio Acerbo, National Secretary of the Communist Refoundation Party (Italy), on 24 June, 18:00 (CET).
The Corona-virus has hit the EU unprepared, but in different ways and with different effects depending on the countries. Most tragic were the effects on those countries whose healthcare and social systems have been emaciated by decades of austerity policies. Thus, the pandemic has increased inequalities not only inside the states but also between the Member States of the EU. This presents the parties of the radical left with a challenge and calls for a re-examination of their strategies.
Maurizio Acerbo. National Secretary of the Communist Refoundation Party (Partito della Rifondazione Comunista, PRC). Since the late 1970s he has been active in various social movements, ranging from student collectives to pacifist and ecological movements. In particular, he was involved in mobilisations against nuclear energy and the installation of nuclear missiles at the Comiso airbase in Sicily.
Acerbo was elected to Italy’s Chamber of Deputies in 2006 but left Parliament when it was dissolved in February 2008. In the same year, he was elected to the regional parliament of Abruzzo as the PRC’s most voted candidate.
Walter Baier, Austrian economist and former National Chairman of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ). He was an editor of the Austrian weekly Volksstimme and since 2007 he is the Political Coordinator of transform! europe.
Roberto Morea, is one of the founders and current President of transform! italia and member of the Board of transform! europe. He is a long-time Italian activist in the world of the Commons. From 2007 to 2008 he worked as a Councillor for Social Services in the first municipality of Rome. In 2014, he was among the promoters of the European list L‘Altra Europa con Tsipras.