• Statement of the President of the European Left
  • ‘To all left and progressive forces in Europe: Create Unity to defeat neoliberal politics!’

  • By Gregor Gysi | 23 May 18
  • The left and other progressive forces of Europe know the complicated, partly to be welcomed, but partly also to be condemned own history. As they come from different countries, have different nationalities, also their history is different. Already this is not easy. That’s equally true for different approaches, policies proposals, and ideas of how to build structure. We can’t change our reality, and should also not try to do so.

    But there are so many common ideas and aims that we can and probably must establish unity in spite of all of our differences.

    Some common points:

    • For peace and disarmament – against wars and armament
    • For full social justice, without hunger, suffering and misery – against completely exaggerated, and iniquitous wealth by capitalism
    • For ecological sustainability – against the destruction of the natural basis of human life
    • For an expansion of the people´s democracy – against oppression, exploitation, the omnipotence of the big banks and corporations, against corruption
    • For the expansion of basic social security and comprehensive labour rights of workers – against the sole rule of the companies, against austerity, neoliberalism and privatization of public services
    • For equal opportunities and emancipation of all people, independent of sex, nationality, skin colour, sexual orientation in all domains of society, especially also concerning the equal access to education, art and culture – against all forms of social deprivation and discrimination. Against the growing gap between North and South, West and East, big cities and small villages, the rich and the poor.
    • For equality of treatment between men and women at all levels

    We firmly believe that if we concentrate on these common issues on our continent, we can reach more and more people in Europe and fulfill our duty to become the much-needed counterpart to neoliberal politics, nationalist egoism and right-wing extremism.

    I will shortly invite different personalities for a meeting in order to talk about this topic.