Willy Meyer makes a solemn appeal to all political and social European left to merge onto an alternative to the neoliberal EU project
The head of International Policy and MEP of IU stressed that "it is a very important congress for all workers in the EU" in a moment that the labour income is transferred to the capital income.
The IU MEP underlines, shortly prior to the start of the 4th Congress of the European Left Party (EL) "the importance" of it at a time that occurs "the biggest known aggression the 40s in Europe against it workers".
The executive secretary of International Policy and MEP of Izquierda Unida, Willy Meyer, today made a "solemn appeal" to the whole European "political and social" left, also the left which is not in the EL, to come together for an alternative from the base against the neoliberal project of the EU. Meyer underlined the" importance "of this "congress" when in Europe is occurring the "biggest aggression known since the 40s in Europe against workers”.
The federal leader of IU realised this assessment during a press conference prior to the start of the 4th Congress of the European Left Party (EL), held at the Hotel Auditorium Madrid from today until Sunday, 15th, together with the EL-president and vice president, Pierre Laurent and Maite Mola, respectively, and the representative of the Women's Network of the EL, Eva Palomo.
The responsible for International Policy of IU underlined that "it is a very important congress for all workers in the European Union" at a time in which "a structured attack, an attack by land, sea and air is performed that has the goal to transfer the labour income to capital income to concentrate wealth in a very short time in very few hands."
According to Meyer, they are creating "great inequalities" and "threatening the European social model, lowering wages and forcing to work more years in life and more hours a week. This is threatening the idea of a social model, which ensures effective, free and universal public services "and was" a hallmark of the European Union. "
He indicated that this EL congress is the "only one" to be held by a political force that is "confronted with the ECB, the IMF and the European Commission" and that is not only "confronted with the troika that has decided to organize our life, "but also with the right political forces in Europe. He said that some of these "have designed, from the 80s, this regional project that has ended in an anti-democratic intervention of the national sovereignty of all member states" in explicit reference to the social democracy and the European right.
For Meyer, the two major political forces in all European agreements have been "responsible for confusing a regional project for citizens to divert them to regional projects designed exclusively for the finance power and the transnational corporations.”
"Therefore”, he detailed, “we pose a political document with a new alternative regional project, designed by and for the citizens and for the workers."
Regarding to the possibility of submitting a bid for the presidency of the European Commission, Willy Meyer explained the "opportunity" which means to "explain well what we want." In this sense, he criticized that the major political forces in Europe "fundamentally right and social democracy", have chosen a candidate, with reference to Martin Schulz, "to show the citizens that they can elect the president of the European Commission" something "that is not true" because " neither the European Parliament elects him", but the European Council, a body composed of the heads of government of the member states.
Willy Meyer firmly denounced the "anti-democratic" method of electing the President of the Commission. He underlined that the European right and social democracy "have presented the figure of a candidate to show that it is democratic." He clarified on this regard that "we do want to use the figure of a candidate to question the method and all the political and economic architecture of the EU."
Looking internally to the EL he assessed that the figure of the Greek leader Alexis Tsipras "is the most appropriate because he exemplifies the struggle that takes place in Greece against the troika." This figure "can question in all debates, together with the other candidates, the undemocratic procedure and the complete neoliberal structure of the EU."