Italy is stuck between terrible options. On one side, the League government has abandoned 600 migrants at sea and has promoted a flat tax to redistribute wealth from the poor to the rich. On the other side, PD and Forza Italia offer only a discredited opposition. We need a new alternative.
DiEM25, the first pan-European political movement launched by Yanis Varoufakis and Lorenzo Marsili, aims to provide that alternative. In Milan, they presented their a New Deal for Europe policy programme that they will take to the European Parliament in May 2019.
With the active involvement of political parties from France, Germany, Portugal, Poland, and Denmark, DiEM25 will be at the forefront of the transnational “European Spring” list that will campaign for the European Parliament with a unified election programme and a single candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission.
This list also presents another element of great novelty: European citizens, through online primaries, will be the ones to choose the candidate for President. The call for candidates was started in Milan.
“For the first time we will return to European citizens a right that has been denied for too long: choosing who makes decisions in Brussels”, said Yanis Varoufakis.
The movement’s programme was presented during the press conference that followed DiEM25’s large public event. As a result of collaboration of world-renowned scholars – such as Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein – and over 3,000 contributions from the party’s members, the programme presents a series of concrete policies that – within the parameters of European Treaties in force – we could implement tomorrow in order to save the European Union. Among these:
- A 500 billion euros yearly Green investment and industrial conversion
- A European anti-poverty plan
- A universal basic dividend, covered by the dividend of multinationals
- An innovative common migration policy
“From now on we will not have to choose between Macron or Orban, Merkel or Salvini, between the establishment and populism. There is a third option able to offer a disruptive European political proposal. In May 2019 any citizen, in every part of the continent, will be able to vote for this third option”, wraps up Lorenzo Marsili.
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