Why this story matters:
Their aim is to build an alternative to the current establishment on the one hand, and to the populist and nationalist tendencies that spread across the continent on the other.
They wish to tackle many issues: from climate change to migration, from corporate tax evasion to public debt blackmail, from the labor market to increasing poverty, not to mention the urgent need for deep democratization of the European Union.
But what alliances will they be able to form with the forces of the European left?
There are now major left-wing movements that are outright hostile to the Union, like Mélenchon's La France Insoumise. Some others, like Podemos, are likely to pussyfoot around the EU issue so as not to alienate their anti-EU factions.
Right now, we can only speculate and guess. What is certain, however, is that Varoufakis and de Magistris's attempt will be an excellent barometer of the changes that are taking place within the European left.
Details from the story:
- The mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris, the leader of Democrazia e Autonomia, and the Greek politician Yanis Varoufakis, the co-founder of the pan-European political movement DiEM25, have launched a new transnational political project
- They will present a single list of candidates with a single program across the continent.
- The project was presented by De Magistris and Varoufakis in Naples on March 10, in the presence of Benoit Hamon, former candidate for the French presidential elections and founder of the Génération-s movement, progressive parties from Germany (Bündnis-DiEM25), Poland (Razem), Denmark (Alternativet), and Portugal (Livre), as well as observers from Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, and members of the European Green Party and the European Left.