Today’s Spanish parliament decision to put an end to the Popular Party’s administration is the beginning of a new era for the Eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Spain must seize this opportunity not only to halt the lethal austerity policies that Rajoy’s government had been implementing under the control of the Brussels Establishment, but also to play a key role in repairing and rebuilding our common European project.
While we respect the constitutional process that has allowed for a corrupt and insensitive government to be replaced, we urge Pedro Sánchez’s new administration to promptly convene general elections and allow Spaniards to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Democracy is and must always be the way forward, particularly at such historic moments.
We also congratulate Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who uncovered the institutionalised corruption in the Popular Party which led to the government’s downfall. Garzón has always paid a high price for his work – from prosecuting the likes of Pinochet to leading the defence team of our Advisory Panel member Julian Assange. We salute his principled stance and are happy to be working with him and Actúa, the political organisation he now leads, on building our “European Spring” transnational alliance for next year’s European elections.
With over six thousand members in Spain and growing, last month we activated our Spanish Provisional National Collective — the body that will oversee our activities in the country for the coming months. Its goal: to build up our activist base in Spain and strengthen and further our Progressive Agenda for Europe proposals there. (Here is the proposal voted in that sets the groundwork for our activities in Spain, and here is the list of our members appointed to the Spanish provisional coordinating body.)
As DiEM25 we call on all Spanish political actors, movements and activists, that want to determine which policies Spain should implement to reverse the EU’s current negative slide, to start discussions with us. As ever, our members will decide what role we should play in any forthcoming elections in Spain, but now is the time for all progressive actors to prepare for it.
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