Europe – A Path Of Concrete And Immediate Battles

The National Council adopted this weekend the orientation text on Europe; he appointed Léon Deffontaines as leader and he set a work schedule for the campaign.

The orientation text is entitled “A France for a Europe of free, sovereign and associated peoples responding to social, democratic, climatic and peace emergencies”.

The preamble summarizes the approach: “We want a Europe at the service of democracy, peace, social progress and the climate, freed from the weight of finance and capitalist logic.

It is clear that the liberal European Union has brought neither the peace nor the prosperity promised. It is not in a position to take up the climate challenge, nor to social and human emancipation, sharing and cooperation, while poverty is growing within it, for lack of sufficient financial resources and emancipation from logic of profitability. This illustrates the failure of the liberal construction of the EU, the fundamental principles of which are set out in the European treaties, which the PCF has always opposed, from the Treaty of Rome to the Single Act, from the Treaty of Maastricht to the Constitutional Treaty of 2005, as well as the Treaty of Lisbon.

For this, we want a France, alongside the other free, sovereign and associated European peoples, in a Europe that respects the choices of each people, the purpose of which is to meet the social needs, the ecological needs and the needs for peace, which are challenges common to all the peoples and nations of Europe. Through the interdependencies in Europe, popular demands are strong, both on wages, purchasing power and employment, on housing and food prices, on the ecological crisis, on the consequences of the war. The need for new securities and social advances and policies that protect is widely expressed.

The European Union, in its present nature and construction, cannot meet these demands, to the extent of the damage done by neoliberal policies to employment, to public services, to industry, to purchasing power , to social protection, to culture, and because it supports anti-social competition, relocations, precariousness. The current EU has an important responsibility in the loss of industrial, energy, food sovereignty and in deindustrialization. These policies arouse among the peoples, who are not heard, despair, anger, a temptation to withdraw into oneself, as well as a feeling of relegation. This anger must not be sterilized, nor diverted. It can be transformed into a force for a new European construction.

It is therefore urgent to start a new European construction based on democratic sovereignty and the free choice of peoples and nations. It is the means to implement the necessary and new cooperation and to respond to the common challenges of the European peoples. This involves waging concrete and immediate political and social battles, in France and in Europe. France and the French people have the means to take the initiative by offering common ground to other European states.

The PCF has a political orientation: a France acting for a “union of free and united peoples and nations, based on the pooling of the strengths and potential of the various countries that make it up, in the service of a model of social and ecological, shared, solidary, democratic emancipation, cooperation, peace and co-development. He puts it up for debate for a large gathering, responding to popular demands and carrying the ambition to change the balance of power, in order to obtain immediate victories opening the way to another European construction at the service of the interests of the peoples, social and ecological transformation and peace; a European project which favors cooperation instead of competition, which supports social and ecology instead of finance and capital, which develops democracy within itself instead of a race towards federalism and authoritarianism .

This requires the construction of a social and political majority in France as in Europe, and to conquer new powers over the use of money, the euro, particularly over the ECB, in the service of employment, training, public services, climate and cooperation. We want to establish new rules of cooperation in Europe and with other countries in the world.

Communist originality is the opposite of right-wing and extreme-right sovereigntism, because the democratic sovereignty of peoples and nations is the lever for building the necessary cooperation and methods of association within the framework of a union of free, sovereign and associated peoples and nations. It also poses the central question of the necessary means and powers, of the conquest of new powers, and does not content itself with recalling the social-ecological requirements. The communist originality is to carry a project at the antipodes of federalism and a way to achieve it, instead of claiming to “turn the table upside down” to end up not doing much.

The French people and the other European peoples need MEPs who carry their voices and their demands. It is in this sense that the PCF has set itself the objective of involving citizens in this campaign and regaining representation in the European Parliament. In this sense, the campaign for the European elections must be a great moment of clarification of the issues, mobilization, political explanations and revelations to increase popular intervention on these major issues even during the campaign.

The text then analyzes “the crisis and the new contradictions of the European Union”. It shows that “the European stakes are concrete”; he points to an objective, “democratic recovery: the democratic sovereignty of the peoples, key for a new European construction”, i.e. sovereignty at the political, monetary, industrial, agricultural and food, trade, energy, diplomatic and defense levels. He proposes to “build common social and political battles: for peace and common security in Europe, and break with the spiral of blocks by questioning the alignment with NATO; for public services; for a new industrialization; ecological requirements: a new pact for the climate and social emergency; one more person below the poverty line in Europe in 2030; the most favored European clause; the digital revolution and the sharing of knowledge; a new ambition on health; the Mediterranean area; action for a new multilateral world order. These requirements, continues the text, imply putting “the democratic means: political and financial, as well as the fight against tax evasion. »

The document concludes with the political objectives of the PCF:

“The PCF wishes to unite widely on these political bases: neither leaving the EU, nor “disobedience” without the prospect of changing the balance of power in Europe, nor federal Europe, which lead to all failures; but the construction of a path of concrete and immediate battles for a Europe of sovereign and freely associated peoples. It is aimed at political, social, associative and cultural forces, as well as personalities who want to contribute.

The PCF has the ambition to defend with the French people a sovereign France at the service of a Europe of the peoples, in order to act tomorrow in the service of the interest of the French people and the peoples of Europe. It sets itself the objective of winning back MEPs to carry this singular voice and work to develop struggles in Europe, in conjunction with political organizations that share its objectives of social and democratic transformation, trade unions, movements feminists and civil society organizations. Our MEPs will not act alone. They will be in constant contact with the unions and the demands they make. They will sit in the parliamentary group “The Left” with all the MEPs who have a common ambition and will be ready more broadly to work on the necessary alliances on the left for the implementation of policies for the benefit of the greatest number, and fight against the prospect of a right-extreme right majority in the European Parliament.

These proportional European elections are an opportunity for a democratic debate on European and international issues which is necessary since they are the subject of different approaches on the left. They can bring in more left-wing French MEPs. The MEPs on the rallying list presented by the PCF will be additional MEPs who will benefit the entire left. The more influence the PCF and the rallying list it presents will have, the more strength it will give us to act in favor of the interests of the world of work.

The PCF has the ambition to regain its representation in the European Parliament on these bases, alongside the other political forces of the group “The Left” and the Party of the European Left. Anxious to contribute in a decisive way to the necessary convergen those on the left at the European level, he remains attached to the founding principles of the GUE-NGL group, today “The Left”, to the creation and operation of which he strongly contributed. Maintaining the group’s operating rules, its confederal nature and the sovereignty of the delegations are the conditions for developing the necessary convergences with the other forces that make up the group.

This article is originally published on pcf.fr

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