In the European election campaign, we must try as opposed to right-wing populist and right-wing parties to reach as many votes for the left. Nationalism and racism should not dominate Europe.
The country is divided, the government is divided and the population is divided.
The President of the Party of the European Left, Gregor Gysi declares:
Theresa May has to stand for elections or resign. It is time for Britain to take a new path.
Following on from his Sorbonne Speech of 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron once again tries to portray himself as a visionary for Europe and calls for a new beginning and reforms for Europe in a declaration. He speaks clearly and rightly against the nationalists, but his demands lead to more foreclosure, militarization and surveillance. His political demands are everything else than progressive. As a visionary, he sees in the establishment of a particular protected external border a “freedom in security”.
After Bernie Sanders launched his campaign for Presidential candidacy last Saturday, we as Party of the European Left would like to point out, that we had invited leaders from the US left to Brussels for a Public Event on 3rd April 6pm in Brussels: DISPATCHES FROM THE US LEFT
A conversation with leaders from the US left about upcoming elections, Bernie Sanders, and the need for a new progressive internationalism
There are no steps to overcome social inequality or social-ecological reconstruction in the countries. Ultimately, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron deepen with this treaty a Europe of banks and corporations, a Europe of rearmament and social distortions. We do not need a monopoly position of two countries in the European Union, but a solidary and, above all, peaceful Europe. As Party of the European Left, we support German-French cooperation projects, but we reject this contract.
On December 01, 2018, the meeting of the Political Secretariat of the Party of the European Left (EL) took place in Berlin. One point on the agenda was the preparation of the European elections in 2019. The Secretariat has agreed on a draft electoral platform which will be submitted for decision to the Executive Board on 26/27. January 2018 in Brussels. In addition, the members of the political secretariat have exchanged on a possible leading candidate. The result of the ongoing process will also be submitted to the Executive Board in January.
At the General Assembly of the Party of the European Left on 30 September 2018 in Brussels, decisions were made in preparation for the 2019 European elections. The election platform, which was created in a working group, has been declared as a working basis. Amendments and additions may be tabled by the member parties until 16 November 2018. The same applies to proposals on candidates for the European Left on the European elections (President of the European Commission). It was confirmed that there could also be proposals for personalities outside the European Left.
It is time for the EU institutions to tackle the really pressing issues and make a social, environmental and democratic change. Only then can it succeed that the extreme right will not win the European elections in the coming year and perhaps take over the commission. One suggestion would be to combine the European elections with a referendum on a European minimum wage. Independently fit composition of the European Parliament, it would be bound by the vote of the European citizens.
Joint statement of the: President of the European Left Party (EL), Gregor Gysi, Chairman of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ), Mirko Messner, Chairman of the Slovenian Levica (The Left), Luka Mesec