The largest European parties have now published their campaign manifestos ahead of the European Parliament elections in May (with the exception of the Eurosceptics and  Conservatives, neither of whom will be putting forward an official policy platform). The European Left have chosen Alexis Tsipras to be their candidate for President of the European Commission, and they recently formally adopted their election manifesto.

As part of our coverage in the run-up to the May elections, today we’ll be looking at the Radical Left manifesto in detail. So, what does the European Left stand for? We’ve taken some of the main points from their manifesto and presented them in the infographic below (click for a bigger image). There’s much more in the manifesto itself, but these are some of the policies that stand out:

Manifesto_EUleft

Do YOU agree these should be the top priorities for Europe? Then show your support for the European Left by voting for the Radical Left in our Debating Europe Vote 2014! Or if you think the  Radical Left are wrong check the other parties’ position in our “Get to know the parties!” section and vote for the one that represents you best!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    Ralf Grahn

    Without a democratic EU and pointedly anti-American, the European Left doesn’t deserve my vote.

  2. avatar
    ironworker

    Utopia. 95% idealistic fairy tales, 5% pragmatism based on general discontentment.

    • avatar
      Johnny

      I kind of agree… most of this is utopia, and I cannot help see that every “family” shares most of the same targets but still fail to implement them.

      politics is bitch which f*%& with us all… only lies and bs

    • avatar
      marcrimba

      Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay or Argentina are utopian countries?

    • avatar
      ironworker

      Not quite, but also not the highest living standard on the planet. Land of opportunity, the mother of wounded, the temple of proletarians.

  3. avatar
    Breogán Costa

    Yes, Ralf, as EU citizens, we must defend NORTH American economic interests, of course, even, if it is required, die for American enterprises (as we have been done since NATO was created).
    Europe grow up as U$ wanted and for that reason we are so f* (we are perfect for U$: a good shield against an hypothetical previously USSR -now Russian- war)

    BTW: I didn’t know that Canada, Mexico, Central & South America are not America…
    In the same way, reading the article, it seems that all who are not from EU, they are not Europeans (maybe, for example, in Norway and Switzerland they are just Chinese people, who knows)

  4. avatar
    Michelle Maria

    No, your too backward, no offence intended it is just a fact that you are offspring of 100 year old communists wrapped up in bag lady clothes to pronounce yourselves ‘progressively backward in a new way.

    • avatar
      Fin kain

      Then why not vote for them and see if they can actually do what their manifesto says?? I for one whould give them a chance.. Just ONCE though.. TO see what they can do… My poin is that without seeing what they are capable of doing, u can’t judge them or say they are communist.. Stop with the bs already..!!!

  5. avatar
    Alex Kypriotakis-Weijers

    YES! ALL OF IT!

    • avatar
      Alex Kypriotakis-Weijers

      with pride! :D

    • avatar
      Andrea

      Thanks

  6. avatar
    Patrice Puchaux

    Not to be anti-american but it would be good if we have not to depend of them anymore. I fear the model of all our countries (and also EU) is the USA model; I agree we have to make our own economical and political system. And of course I disagree to cease our alliance to the USA.

    For the manifesto of course I agree. Who wants more austerity? Who does not want more ecology? Who would fight against peace, fairer right and more democracy?
    In fact, they didn’t say anything in their manifesto…

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      Point

      I agree with the vision, I want to see articulations on how to implement it and how to fight tje banks, the corrput politicians, how to move to tranparnacy and decentralization of power, how to abandon socialized risk and opportunitic profit for elites who reside on the top of the pyramid? We have to share more fairly ; the risk and the profit!

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      American

      Fair enough, I agree with everything BUT withdrawing from NATO and the repugnant Anti-Americanism, but of course I’m a little baised.

  7. avatar
    Michelle Maria

    Europe’s downfall was the opening the gates to the east (Communists) without a plan, it has weakened Europe over the last few decades.. economically, morally and criminally, STOP COMMUNISM. You are definitely Not cool !

    • avatar
      Pietro Moroni

      are you Berlusconi?

    • avatar
      Limbidis Arian

      What is this?
      Paid poster day? You have a lot of posts bashing and screaming you hate communists but apparently you have no idea what they even are.

    • avatar
      Soldato Kowalsky

      That’s kinda ironic because the eastern europe countries are nowadays strongholds of the conservatives and the rightwingers. Among eastern countries that joined EU, you can find e strong Communist Party only in Czech Republic

  8. avatar
    Frederico Lemos

    They want left the UE, the Euro, but are in the Parliament of an institution they are against!
    Hipocrits!

    • avatar
      marcrimba

      Do you really know the Left? They are not against the EU, they’re against this kind of EU. EU needs to be changed.

    • avatar
      Limbidis Arian

      That post was just …nonsense.
      Of course they are in the parliament, they are trying to change things , not let it in ruins !

  9. avatar
    Sergio Del Mar

    I hope more help for the countries of the south like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia or Greek!

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      Alexander StoyanoV

      Of course you do, the left party´s manifesto keeps the greek idea to abolish their debt, this is not the right thing to do! Why should the other european citizens pay for this debt? I agree on lower interest and larger payment period but abolishment ‘ NO!

  10. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    This is a party to die for….. This is my party. With a few side lines, like, forbid any further political correct denials of freedom to speak ones mind, true freedom of association, and so on. Political correctness is the scourge of society in this century. I actually wept with my friends here with me when we read this together. We have wanted this for ten years at least. I wish he had included the Swiss right to Direct Democracy on all matters, that would have meant perfection to me. But it is a very, very wonderful start.

    However, I looked this party up for my local voting candidates, I have my ballot card now, and they do not have anyone close to this. The British Labour party is nowhere near this platform, and is secretly a right wing group who hides behind the pretense of being left.

    I would be on my knees to a party who offered these options for our vote here in the UK. How can I vote for this Greek guy separately as it is not provided for in the UK. Can it be written on our ballot papers for example? All we have is the opposing of all that this offers, UKIP, Tory, Lib Dems, and the Labour who have no policy at all because they are simply a mouthpiece for the corporations that run everything from start to finish. Blair brought this in and exposed New Labour for the schnides they are.

    This party must grow so big it takes over Europe entirely. From today, Alex Tsipras and his European Left, has my support.

    • avatar
      Alex Kypriotakis-Weijers

      Hi Catherine,
      The European left is also member of the GUE/NGL Nordic left alliance in which Sinn Féin is a member. My party SYRIZA (Alexis Tsipras) is also a member of the same coalition as well as many other European parties. So until there is a European Left party in Britain you might as well support the same parliamentary alliance :)

    • avatar
      Alex Kypriotakis-Weijers

      Oh there is also the LEFT UNITY party recently formed but I don’t know if they will take part in the elections and under which coalition.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

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      Pietro Moroni

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    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Catherine Benning
      You really have unsavoury points of view:

      You are an EXTREME LEFT WINGER [evidenced by your frightening pro-left wing comments on this page]

      and

      you are a RACIST – evidenced by your repeated ‘invasion’ comments and your plain just downright offensive comments about people who are not (in your eyes) ‘European’ ie non-whites.

      I CANNOT understand why very few of your comments have NOT been removed by DE. Could it be that you are so OTT pro-EU that DE is a tad biased when faced with removing some of your RACIST comments that still persist on this very web site.

      Perish the thought!

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      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Catherine Benning
      Hmmm, you seem a bit emotional/unstable my faux Brit friend.

      On the one hand you want to die [REALLY?!] for a political party and then you cried [LOL!] with your friends [REAL OR IMAGINARY?] in response to reading a manifesto – very, very strange.

      When you add the fact that you continually make thinly disguised comments of a right-wing RACIST nature and yet you are an EXTREME left-winger the words “BASKET” and “CASE” seem most apposite when describing one such as you.

      The European LEFT’s manifesto has a few decent points in it BUT when it wants to:

      abolish NATO – leaving the door open for the Russians to regain control of its old USSR states

      introduce tariffs that would often hurt developing [non-white] nations exporting their products/produce to the EU

      only act militarily IF AND ONLY IF Russia and/or China allow the EU to do so

      it reveals itself to be a CRACKPOT EXTREMIST party. Ah, now I see why you like them so much.

    • avatar
      Theodossios

      Unfortunately, the European Left is not represented in the UK! So, since there is no real alternative for you to vote, I would suggest I suggest you write European Left (with Tsipras) on a piece of blank paper and put it in the poll box. It is one way to show your support. I hope that many think like you in the UK!

    • avatar
      marcrimba

      And you should be educated.

    • avatar
      catherin benning

      @ Winston Smith.

      Thank you for your links, I shall look them up. I will also read more of the European Left parties manifesto and promises as I don’t want to be taken by surprise.

      But, having listened to Alexis Tsipras video links on youtube, I like what he says and how he says it. He also looks good for the part. He must make more of these videos in English as that is an international language which can reach all of the people throughout the globe. Which I’m sure he already knows.

  11. avatar
    Ivan Bilokapić

    communists don’t have anything in common with democracy.
    their logo just shows where the roots of their policies are.
    marxism, marxist socialism/communism, even ”social democratic” parities and all the multicultral/pro capitalist/pro American (oh the irony) policies have led to the present state of Europe. If Europe wants to survive, leftist political parties should be banned, and ignored.

    • avatar
      Pietro Moroni

      are you Berlusconi too?

    • avatar
      catherin benning

      @Ivan Bilokapic:

      The last thing Europe needs is more Capitalists, which is the leaning when you remove socialism from the policy. In fact what the European people need more than anything presently is, socialism. It is the only way the real working in our states will find the ability to get away from starvation. They have that in Greece and the plan there is to raise the austerity levels not reduce it. We have it in the UK, but they deny it is happening, blaming the disabled the poor and those who cannot find any kind of work. Whilst those at the top raise their standard of living and their incomes to the stars.

      If you ban the political left you ban the entire nation from voicing their discontent, the way they have done in the USA, and are in the process of doing in the UK.

      What is needed to counter this guy in my link, who, don”t laugh, feels we should have more money market rule that brought about the downfall in the Capitalist system we all are living with now. He wants more of the workers money. A Left party is what must counter this nonsense.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LsQY1OxoEY

      This man has his finger on the button. Each of these clips are short, but, it give a taste of alternative thinking so badly needed.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdcpiySCbU0

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I7-VmOgTeY

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nf94wE5bOw

      And for those who believe I may be swayed by the evil spurts of the loser Tarquin, think again, he’s a ridiculous small fry with zero clout. He’s simply is a source of humour, a side line I don’t bother to stop at.

    • avatar
      Limbidis Arian

      Can you please define for us socialism, marxism and then communism?
      I get the feeling you are conflating those 3 together – which means you have no damn idea what they mean.

    • avatar
      Limbidis Arian

      “communists don’t have anything in common with democracy.”
      Uhm..no.
      Actually it’s quite the opposite.
      It’s why it is called COMMUN-ism…it is the COMMUNity that runs things.
      Not some rich bastards hundreds of miles away.

  12. avatar
    Spyros Kouvoussis

    Ivan, we, the communists, want a democracy for and by workers. If you are a corporate thug, you have many reasons to hate us. If not, contact us, we may have better options for you than capitalist parties.

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    Jaroslav Kuna

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  14. avatar
    Nikolay Pavlov

    A Russia-influenced Left is no good for anyone but Russia.I had some sympathies for Tsipras but their stance on Ukraine is ridiculous.

  15. avatar
    Mihai Badralexe

    :))) You are communists undercover :)). Lol “debating europe”, I’m disliking you.
    Communists are bad – in North Korea and eastern Europe we used to make 100 USD/month, this bad are communists. Go to work, get a life.

    • avatar
      Pietro Moroni

      wow, man, how many mouths do you have? Jeez…

    • avatar
      Limbidis Arian

      You are one “prost” person.

    • avatar
      mihnea0800

      now we make 300-400USD/month considerind infaltion we make a bit more then we did before 89 and we have to pay for our houses and jobs are not give to everyone so everyone would make a living, i dont quite see the diference

    • avatar
      Nikol

      “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity, explores the controversial subject of stupidity. Stupid people are seen as a group, more powerful by far than major organizations such as the Mafia and the industrial complex, which without regulations, leaders or manifesto nonetheless manages to operate to great effect and with incredible coordination.”

      These are Cipolla’s five fundamental laws of stupidity:

      Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
      The probability that a certain person (will) be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
      A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.
      Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.
      A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.

  16. avatar
    Mihai Badralexe

    LOL, I wrote that before I even read the link. But it’s worse, it’s a lot worse. It’s crazy, in 10 days life as we know it we’ll implode, Europe we’ll become a tamer version of Syria, if you implement even the first “measure”.

  17. avatar
    Together-We-Stand

    No, i will never support communists!!!
    And that is exactly what the redical left is all about.

  18. avatar
    Cla Ra

    YES!!! For a social security in Europe!
    They are not Communists, they are democratic socialists!

  19. avatar
    Nikolay Pavlov

    The Left party in Germany is connected with former Stasi and KGB. Those people are not democrats

  20. avatar
    zix

    Most of it, ofcourse thinks like spendings are debatable, but NUMBER 9 FOR SURE !

  21. avatar
    Pavlos Papathanasiou

    While the EPP and the Socialists support the Right sector/Nazis controled government in Ukraine! So stop your pathetic propaganda because the European Left Party has nothing to do with Stalin and the former Communist regimes. Unless you prefer the neoliberalist fascists of IMF so come and join us in Spain,Portugal and Greece ;-)

    • avatar
      Paper Aeroplane

      The EPP and the Socialists do not support Right Sector. In fact, the only people who support Right Sector in either the EU or Ukraine are Right Sector themselves. The EPP support their counterpart party Batkivshchyna, a moderate, liberal-conservative party. Your statement is baseless and untruthful.

  22. avatar
    Ben Symak

    Some of these points sound very nice and everything, but it raises questions as to how Tsipras expects to accomplish all these things if elected.

    • avatar
      Theodossios

      with your continued support and participation even after the elections!

  23. avatar
    Nikolay Pavlov

    The influence of the Right sector in Ukriane is no bigger than the influence of Golden Dawn in Greece.In fact i dont believe they can obtain a parlamentary representation. In the other hand, the Kremlin regime is closest to neo-fascist by any other in the world

  24. avatar
    Pavlos Papathanasiou

    Let me inform you that the Golden Dawn party is actually collaborating with New Democracy Party, member of the EPP. The governement secretary was pushed to resign due to his close ties with Golden Dawn just 3 weeks ago. So if there is any party in EU that has closer ties with Nazis, this definetely the EPP. Even Merkel; what she is following is the dogma of Hitler’s “Lebensraum”. Her vision is to make all Europe Lebensraum not for the German people, but for German banks and corrupted enterprises like Siemens!

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Catherine Benning
      Hmmm, you seem a bit emotional/unstable my faux Brit friend.

      On the one hand you want to die [REALLY?!] for a political party and then you cried [LOL!] with your friends [REAL OR IMAGINARY?] in response to reading a manifesto – very, very strange.

      When you add the fact that you continually make thinly disguised comments of a right-wing RACIST nature and yet you are an EXTREME left-winger the words “BASKET” and “CASE” seem most apposite when describing one such as you.

      The European LEFT’s manifesto has a few decent points in it BUT when it wants to:

      abolish NATO – leaving the door open for the Russians to regain control of its old USSR states

      introduce tariffs that would often hurt developing [non-white] nations exporting their products/produce to the EU

      only act militarily IF AND ONLY IF Russia and/or China allow the EU to do so

      it reveals itself to be a CRACKPOT EXTREMIST party. Ah, now I see why you like them so much.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Pavlos Papathanasiou
      Very, very interesting…

      As regards your anti-German “Lebensraum” comment, previously I would have thought it to be the musings of a blatherskite many, many years ago BUT now I’m not so sure, you may well be 100% right. Especially, given that…

      I see the Greek people being traumatized by the German-lead AUSTERITY BLITZKRIEG – Greek people are dying, Greek people are starving, Greek crime is rising, Greek people are emigrating.

      I see the French being FORCED by Germany to adopt AUSTERITY BLITZKRIEG measures – this will ultimately lead to terrible, terrible upheaval in France.

      I see Germany and its ECB trying to skew EU finance [cheerlead by naive France] to favour Germany at the expense of the UK – despite the UK finance industry being bigger than France and Germany combined.

      I see the EU Patents Office is based in Germany – thus alerting Germany to any NEW non-German EU tech developments [no need to spy for the purposes of commercial espionage outside their own borders BTW] before any other EU countries.

      I see Germany exploiting the Snowden incident time and time again in order to mount a countering espionage challenge to the USA.

      I see the EU letting Germany off when it breaks fiscal rules and yet the EU pummels the lesser EU nations in the South if they do likewise.

      It appears to me that you may well be [UNFORTUNATELY] correct – the IG FARBEN “European reich” project is materialising before our very eyes.

  25. avatar
    Tomás Nunes

    I agree in all of the aspects, it is the only way to ensure a new life for the EU. It is not utopia, now that everybody knows the word utopia, it is used in a snap of fingers. None of those promises are utopian, they just require some amount of votes and a simple legislation procedure. Some of this believes are know being followed and the results are amazing.
    I beg you please to use utopia when it is right, it is not utopia to fight poverty, it is utopia to try to fight it with capitalist/austerity measures, it is not utopia to fight for healthier food, it is utopia to trust on Monsanto. That’s the difference.
    Communism is not utopia, people in charge are just afraid of it because sometimes it becomes the clearest reality, and they do not want to lose power over people’s voice.

  26. avatar
    Tomás Nunes

    Being anti-USA doesn’t mean that we are against the US population, we are against its government and actions. I support the Socialist Alternative Party, which as won the Seattle elections and what they propose to do is very simple and straightforward, but it can make a huge difference.

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      American

      And the government is the only hope to make our lives better, being against the US government means you oppose its programs that help us such as Welfare, food stamps, and providing for the poor (Which isn’t very leftist of you) You are against the US population and want us to be poor and powerless out your own personal hatred of Americans.

  27. avatar
    António Oliveira

    I will not vote in luddites and food soberanists. I would vote in this Party if they didn’t have that reactionary part in their manifesto.

  28. avatar
    gabriel

    Agree with all except 4 (particularly with global warming rubbish) and 10 that I’m still not so sure about.

  29. avatar
    Stelios Fot

    I support a democratic Europe, I support the end of Austerity. I support Party of the European Left.

  30. avatar
    Kostas Camus

    Too conservative. Europe needs radical changes and the EL is trying to make fixes here and there. If history has tught one one thing is that this system can’e be fixed, it will always generate crises, it will always produce inequalites. No need to repair its flooding construction, no need to once again “save capitalism from the capitalists” as FDR put it. It’s time to abolish it. EU can’t become better for its people. It was created by monopolies, for monopolies and it can’t work any other way, because its reactionary character is institutional.
    Whatsmore, EU is an anti-European force. It is pitching Northern Europeans against Southern Europeans (the first accusing the seconds as being lazy and stealing money, while the Southerns accuse the Northerns as beaurocratic and imperialistic), creating a virtual reality. It passed racist laws in 2004 allowing countries to forbid the newly entered E.European residents from entering UK, France etc, against their own Maastricht treaty. It blackmailed the Danes and the Irish with back-to-back referendums when the first were rejected. It’s responsible for the thousand dead immigrants that are FRONTEX’s fault. It is responsible for the utter annihilation of agriculture in Europe, and recently recognised a nazi govenrment in Kiev.
    Of course the comments deeming EL as communist are laughable. You have no idea what communism is. This is democratic socialism at best (not to be confused with social democracy).
    However it is the lesser of two evils. In the parliamentary group EUL/NGL (NOT the same with the Party of the European Left) you can find some real left communist parties, too.

  31. avatar
    Tony Nikolov

    The leader of PES Sergey Stanishev is 100% communist, his father as well, shame for the european left

  32. avatar
    Paco Peña

    In the European left side there exist different currents, all with the same feeling. To create a social Europe, where the worker is a free member without the ties of the banking and the multinationals that relocate his production to third countries to continue enslaving. Here much is spoken about communism but hushes up the fascism, the xenophobia, the Nazism and to the next elections there go many parties of this type, but they all are quiet and when they do it is that they are accomplices. For a social Europe, for an Europe without chains the option passes for the left.

  33. avatar
    Ivan Bilokapić

    it’s just ridiculous..it’s typical when the left receive criticism it’s always changing the subject and focus on the ”bad nazis, fascists etc.”
    – well, let me break the news..it’s not the fascists, nor the nazis nor the conservatives who destroyed Europe and turned it into the poor state in which it is now.
    the so called ”European socialists” and the ”left” have destroyed Europe since the end of WW2.
    the west was destroyed by weak, and incapable ”social democracy” and the former eastern block was destroyed by communism.
    later, when the Berlin Wall fell, the former communists of the eastern block quickly became the ”reformed democratic socialists” and started preaching all of those things which they were against during the cold war..it’s just ridiculous!
    the left have absolutely no political program nor straight to lead Europe..you had your chance for half a century and you blew it.
    you have done more harm to Europe and man kind in general then the world wars before.
    you have destroyed Europe ethnically, economically, culturally and in every other form.
    you are all blinded Marxists who have absolutely no relevant political solutions nor ideas for the present and future European problems. you are outdated and irrelevant.

    • avatar
      Pietro Moroni

      actually Europe declined and became poor from the 80s. When Thatcher gained power in UK. Then other neolibs like Blair (who destroyed english economy), Zapatero, Schroeder and Berlusconi gave the final blow to their countries. None of them was a socialist nor a social democrat. In Northern Europe, instead, Social Democracy has always been on the rise and they still live better than the rest of the conservative continental Europe.

      But of course a person like you, who speak about “ethical destruction” of Europe is totally unable to know history and/or perform a coherent line of reasoning or a decent criticism.

    • avatar
      Theodossios

      This shows how much you missread/missinterprete European History and you confuse Communism (in Soviet era) with the European Left. I would suggest you study a little more!!!

  34. avatar
    Ivan Bilokapić

    oh, and one more thing – ironically it’s the left and the social democrats who prove themselves as the biggest materialist and capitalists.

    • avatar
      catherin benning

      @ Ivan Bilokapic:

      Don’t you mean the right wing Capitalists who pretend they are on the left to win votes? And once in office do a complete turn around and show their true face, akin to the Blair creature and his erstwhile minions, when they took over the UK under false pretenses as Labour enthusiasts. Cathy Ashton is one of his people, as she’s married to his friend and companion, both of them being in Blair’s pocket, who shoved her into her current European position when he was side lined unexpectedly on election. How the US must have died inside when their chosen man was rejected by Europe when they thought they had shoved him in. Mind you, Ashton was a US second best and of course not a soul had heard of her so she managed to get through by the hoodwink with ban the bomb credentials at Greenham Common.

      Read up on your recent history. The phoney left are, in fact, the hard right, They followed the line of, if you can’t beat them, join them.

  35. avatar
    Nikolaos Sotirelis

    So Ivan, you prefer the conservatives and their tail the nazis instead. The real materialists, capitalists and elitists. Interesting approach!
    However in your script above you wrote some truths. The regimes in Eastern Europe weren’t socialist at all! They were some kind of bureaucratic capitalism, based on a centralized model, similar with dictatorships.
    In fact the same people who ruled before, they are ruling again and they shared the wealth for themselves.
    This ain’t socialism and these were never socialists!
    Don’t confuse ideologies and dreams with corrupted people!

  36. avatar
    Amogh

    I would agree with their general bent, but not with their specific solutions.
    Their Anti-Austerity push is correct as an isolated statement, but does not offer a constructive path forward for the Euro. The ECB lending conditionality is also useful.

    • avatar
      Theodossios

      ALL TOGETHER, WE CAN!!!!!!

  37. avatar
    Tarquin Farquhar

    @Winston Smith
    Emmanuel Goldstein has asked me to tell YOU that you need to read the book “1984” [you know the one, the one by George Orwell] as the European left is not too far removed from such a reality!

  38. avatar
    Paul X

    I don’t quite see how (No.7) EU independence from the US and NATO is giving power to the people?….giving more power to the EU elite is what it sounds like to me…. Power to the people is making the EU more accountable to the populations of Europe, nothing to do with the US and NATO

    and if the EU does No.8 then there is no need for No.7? Why would you need more powerful Trade Unions if the EU is responsible for ensuring wages and working conditions? Trade Unions are all about people making demands on their own little patch of turf with no consideration for anyone else on the planet, hardly the type of organisations the “globally concerned” EU should be promoting?

    Anyone who lived in the UK in the 1970’s knows how much cr@p Unions can cause by their selfish attitudes

    • avatar
      catherine benning

      @ Paul X:

      You have me confused here…. You say you cannot understand the requirement for independence from the US and NATO. Have you done any research at all with regard to how the US force their political agenda on European leaders? Including having to support their wars with our citizens lives and money. All without one vote for them or any disclosure to the people of what they are planning and the action they are taking in our midst. We are held to ransom by this bunch of freaks. If their demands and influence were removed the voice of the European people will have more sway over what our politicians are doing and deciding on, without interference from a group only interested in their best financial and money making interests. Not to mention we don’t vote for US politicians on any level. And to be one of them you have to be in the financial multi millionaire bracket, how can that be, even in the imagination, considered the voice of the people.

      We need more powerful trade unions than ever now as the workers have no other way to make an impact to be sure their voice is heard equally against those Corporations and vastly powerful lobbyists who saturate the minds and pockets of our leaders. Just take how, once Thatcher slaughtered the unions in the UK, the pay and living standards of the true workers of our country not only didn’t rise again to this day, except for bankers and politicians, but fell to a level that is intolerable now. We are in the situation we have presently as a direct result of legislation ‘against’ the union movement by heavy right wing governments, since the 1980’s. And please don’t come back with Labour ruled UK since 1997 until 2010. That was a ‘fake so called left wing group’ of individuals who lied to take office. Blair and Brown were and are traitors of the first order. They are right wing pretenders and oppose the true left.

      And the people making demands, as you put it, those same people that you obviously despise, come nowhere close to the demands and enforcement of slavery and starvation we see taking place in the UK and Europe today. So, get used to it, the man in the street ‘will’ have his voice heard as there are far more of them than those who sit nicely in the top drawer. This is called democracy.

      And the last line you write about the 70’s and the crap brought on by the unions. That crap, as you call it, didn’t result in the collapse of the banks and the slaughter of our society the way your Capitalists friends have produced. Unions did not bring on starvation of the rich and homelessness to their associates. They were weaklings in comparison to our Corporate rulers of today.

      http://www.darkpolitricks.com/2014/04/keiser-report-chained-american-dream-e590/

      And here is the truth about what is going on in the Ukraine via the US investment market. It is an interview by Max Kairser with JP Sottile. it is interesting and has proof.

      http://www.maxkeiser.com/

      Please look at reality and stop playing with mind games with the poor and uneducated among us.

  39. avatar
    Limbidis Arian

    Yes. fully agree with all this.
    Maybe less so with no 10 because of Putin’s actions. But otherwise YES.
    Fully supported.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Pavlos Papathanasiou
      Very, very interesting…

      As regards your anti-German “Lebensraum” comment, previously I would have thought it to be the musings of a blatherskite many, many years ago BUT now I’m not so sure, you may well be 100% right. Especially, given that…

      I see the Greek people being traumatized by the German-lead AUSTERITY BLITZKRIEG – Greek people are dying, Greek people are starving, Greek crime is rising, Greek people are emigrating.

      I see the French being FORCED by Germany to adopt AUSTERITY BLITZKRIEG measures – this will ultimately lead to terrible, terrible upheaval in France.

      I see Germany and its ECB trying to skew EU finance [cheerlead by naive France] to favour Germany at the expense of the UK – despite the UK finance industry being bigger than France and Germany combined.

      I see the EU Patents Office is based in Germany – thus alerting Germany to any NEW non-German EU tech developments [no need to spy for the purposes of commercial espionage outside their own borders BTW] before any other EU countries.

      I see Germany exploiting the Snowden incident time and time again in order to mount a countering espionage challenge to the USA.

      I see the EU letting Germany off when it breaks fiscal rules and yet the EU pummels the lesser EU nations in the South if they do likewise.

      It appears to me that you may well be [UNFORTUNATELY] correct – the IG FARBEN “European reich” project is materialising before our very eyes.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Limbidis Arian
      I sincerely hope you don’t agree with No. 7?

      Despite my dislike of Romanian culture [its very corrupt according to TI and very racist towards Roma] forcing the EU to be independent of NATO <> allow the Russians to regain control of Romania.

      Despite Romania’s terrible track record, despite my hard-earned taxes being wasted to civilize/industrialize Romania, despite your wild extremist postings EVEN I would NOT want Romania to go back to being a communist thrall.

  40. avatar
    Rafael Foschini

    No way!
    The left is causing major crises in Europe and will end up destroying European people and their culture.
    Long live the reactionary movement!

    • avatar
      Andrea

      Are you serious? European crisis is a consequente of neo – liberistic politics

  41. avatar
    Koutronas Vasileios

    Of course not. I am liberalist and i want the United States of Europe(U.S.E.) to be created and not the European Union to be destroyed.

    • avatar
      Andrea

      I don’t think that Tsipras wants to destroy EU, he isn’t an eurosceptic.

  42. avatar
    Christos

    YES! We all know that center-right and social democrats last ten years (at least) have EXACTLY the same political priorities and actions (ex Holland). Its true that in the majority of European countries they participate in coalision governments totaly neoliberal. Let the European Left be the big surprise of elections and let the working class people regain their power over bankers..We say NO to far right parties whom they provide national isolationism and competion! 2nd WWAR wasnt to far

  43. avatar
    dedas

    Since in the new era arising and if EU manage to survive (I don’t think it is the most likely scenario, but anyway) laws protecting the benefits of the workers, common taxation, restrict the bank sector which already absorbs the tremendous liquidity etc is the only way to keep a decent state of living. US is already a descenting superpower that has almost nothing to offer to the EU real economy. Moreover the “f the europeans” is indicative of how they see us and how our interests are in conflict

  44. avatar
    George

    there s 2 kinds of europeans.Those who grew up in rich countries ,and have education and prospects for a carrier in the open market of capitalism and human eating,and those poor who were unlucky to born in a poor country.the separating line between peoiple in europe is in my understanding this.those who want to maintain a principal in life,values and ideas,those who do not want to slave to anyone rich bastard and no politician or even policeman.And the other kind ,the Greedy…no need to expain i think…..So which are you ???
    be honest ,would you sell out your fellow countrymen if they promised you a high place in a bank?or in a multinational that makes weapons?…if your answer is anything but a firm fast and easy NO,then …..we ve got a problem houston!!I Ve been around,met a lot of people,all kinds.I am very sure about what i m sauing.The ones who look the other way when they (not usually but it can happen)cross paths with an immigrant workeing in the fields in Almeria for example,or in Manolada….i ve seen democratic europeans speak and act in the most racist and fascist way ther is…this is who you are…..you are what you choose to be.German ,Dutch,Austrian pricks who think they are better than the rest of us…and smart ass italian and greeks who think all others are stupid………this is not the divide,this is a playfield for idiots…
    Fuck the rich.stop helping them get richer on your back.stop assisting your death .stop assisting the bankers,the rich pricks to conquer all…the promise for breadcrumbs they gave you was empty…you will get nothingonce their work is done they will also have you dealt with…..the usual way the fascists take care of things…So i say we fuck them first.where it hurts the most.their wallet.dont buy the stuff their industry produces,dont buy their foodsm,their cars ,nothing.stop financing your fucken death and ours…..Stay at home,go walking,do gardening instead….but do not help the few .in any way.or else you are like them but without the protection layers of mercenaries they have,and thus in a disadvantaged point…..you will be the bait so they can escape…wake up idiots!!vote left!nothing else!as left as they come!radical left!****bar oso-oso and his gang

  45. avatar
    Mohammed

    The current European Identity paraded by the EU is one of death. It is nihilistic, self hating, and perpetuates cultural Marxism. It’s a cheap imitation of US federalism that will set Europe back.

    As a secular Arab-Muslim living in the US, my only hope is that the left will cease its tendency to self-flagellate and permeate white-guilt, anti-Western rhetoric in hopes of wooing immigrants who are unwilling to integrate — and are furthermore hostile to Western institutions. I don’t see much hope for a “European identity” surviving for more than another generation or two should the center-left remain in the drivers seat of EU bureaucracy. With no democratic accountability in the structure of the EU, I surely hope for its dissolution or at the very least a revamp. I don’t see that happening anytime soon with EU bureaucrats stuck in their ivory tower in Brussels, so from across the pond I will put my hope in nationalistic eurosceptics who have the gall to stand up for the survival of Western civilization.

    As Muslim in the US, I hope things don’t keep going the way they are in Europe. Who will carry the torch of western liberalism when politically correct censorship is regarded with more importance than the realization of humanity’s potential? Anti-intellectuals born and raised on dogmatic religious doctrines.

    Sons and daughters of Europe, take back your countries.

  46. avatar
    Janusz

    Jsem pro koruně a bez eura a nikoliv vstup do eurozóna ale zůstat v EU.

  47. avatar
    Simone

    I agree and i will vote for Alexis Tsipras!

    • avatar
      Limbidis Arian

      Ditto.

  48. avatar
    Paul X

    @ Catherine

    Again we appear to differ on the same fundamental point…. i.e. I do not believe divorcing ourselves from the US is going to solve all of Europe’s woes

    The American administration may well be influencing the European political leadership into actions many of the people of Europe disagree with, but then the fault lies with the EU leaders in not putting these proposals to the people of Europe

    It’s not just confined to America, many of the more powerful countries throughout the world try and get other countries to do certain things they may not feel comfortable with, it’s what diplomatic trips are all about, so don’t blame the US for trying to pressurise Europe into particular actions, blame the EU for being so spineless in blindly carrying them out without the consent of its people

    • avatar
      catherine benning

      @Paul X:

      Yes, I do agree with your comment. Which is why we need to vote for an alternative party ‘opposed’ to this kind of acceptance of lobbying and infiltration from outside our sphere. It is the duty of Europe to look after its people. It is not the duty of Europe to look after the welfare of the USA. They are a very bright and privileged set of people who must do this for themselves through their ballot box.

      We here on this continent must move toward self preservation and stop being overly concerned with the management of nations out of our control. And, at the same time, take dramatic steps not to allow other nations to influence us against what is in our best interests by secret funding of politicians, the way they do today.

      The European Left party have policies that must be adopted in order to enable us to indeed vote for what is right for us. And what is right for us, is not the same as what is right for US citizens. They object, for example, to national health care for all as well as go along with genetically modified food, which causes them to become obese and ill. Yet they are unable to correlate the two. That cannot be the mentality of European people. Not on any level. This is just two simple measures for example. Again, I emphasise, we do not vote for the US government to rule over us, either in the UK or the EU. We must therefore ensure we get rid of European politicians who want us to submit to such rule, as they clearly do not have the best interests of us, their citizens, at heart. It appears, their interest lies in pay outs they think they will receive for loyalty to others.

  49. avatar
    Κώστας Χρυσόγονος

    American independence from the British Empire was emphatically declared at July 4 1776. We need now a Declaration of European Independence from the American Empire, stressing that the European peoples will not become part in any future “Coalition of the Willing” and will not follow any warmongers.

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Limbidis Arian

      TOO EMOTIONAL BY FAR!

      Your blithering, blathering, bumfuzzling, banal, blabbering, brainless, bananas postings do nought but reinforce a negative cultural stereotype associated with Romania.

      Let me correct you oh scion nay scourge of communism…

      I dislike Romanian culture I do NOT hate it – there is a difference.

      FYI – France and the UK are different countries – your reference to France in your previous post was not relevant to the UK/England and thus your post was truly SINGULAR!

      You are a communist THRALL – communism was tried and it DIED.

      As regards Prince Charles – soon to be MAD King Charles III – only an idiot would buy properties in Romania, so I have to agree with you on that one.

      Your statement that ZERO Romanians have moved to the UK post 01/01/2014 is INCORRECT – please stop lying!

    • avatar
      Tarquin Farquhar

      @Κώστας Χρυσόγονος
      The sooner the better!

      Lets hope that you declare such independence ASAP as I’d prefer that Greece and the other EU basket case nations were part of the USSR than be associated with the Northern [North-Western in actuality] EU elite nations – it would save me and my country tons of money and tons of hassle.

  50. avatar
    Limbidis Arian

    @Tarquin
    “Despite my dislike of Romanian culture [its very corrupt according to TI and very racist towards Roma] forcing the EU to be independent of NATO allow the Russians to regain control of Romania.”

    So let me get this right, my CULTURE is the one you hate….because the country is corrupt?
    Are you stupid?
    Also…”Romania is very racist to Roma” – please remind us which country DEPORTED ILLEGALY the LEGAL Roma ? oh right FRANCE
    Which country slandered “romanian invaders” in the media for MONTHS?
    Oh right ENGLAND.
    You got a LOT of nerve calling other people racist.
    And yes i said apart from NATO which because of that idiot Putin is still needed i agree with everything.
    I am sorry your brainwashed capitalist mind cannot understand what REAL socialism is and that you have been so polluted by consumerism and propaganda by the Daily Mail or whatever you read over there.
    I suggest you pick up Das kapital and learn what real socialism and communism are.

    “Despite Romania’s terrible track record, despite my hard-earned taxes being wasted to civilize/industrialize Romania, despite your wild extremist postings EVEN I would NOT want Romania to go back to being a communist thrall.”

    First of all for the 100th time, what was between 1945 and 1989 was *NOT* communism or even socialism.
    The STATE came in and REPLACED the PRIVATE capitalist owners.
    The STATE became the capitalist.
    The PEOPLE/workers had zero input as they had before “communism”.
    This is NOT socialism and it is NOT communism.

    Do you understand this or not?
    Second “your hard earned taxes” don’t go fund only MY country but the whole of the EU. That’s what “solidarity” means.
    If you don’t want that, i suggest you get your Prince Charles the HELL out of my country where he has been happily buying up properties. Oh and take your bussinesses too if you don’t like it.+
    Until them i suggest you KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, you people in the West are the LAST to even open your mouths about xenophobia and racism after the vitriol in your media about “romanian and bulgarian invaders”.
    How many people have…”invaded” you since 01.01.2014 ?
    What? none?
    What happened to the INVASION OMG RUN !?

    • avatar
      costas fotopoulos

      It is waste of time to discuss with such people if the east block was socialistic or not…
      They are really narrow-minded …
      In any case it is obviously that he has no idea about Romania

  51. avatar
    Chatzivasileiadou-Panagi Eleni

    ΙI support the European Left’s manifesto, I am member of SYRIZA, I think that the manifesto faces and embraces al the povetry, the austerity and the destruction my country Greece and all the south Europe suffers,I think that the left European party iw the last hope for all Europeans citizens, and iw the the only one that can give realistic solutions for the European people , for equality, Justice, solidarity humanity and menshly conditions of work and living

  52. avatar
    mario balotti

    I was in favor of Tsipras and had high hopes for the european left but then Tsipras went to Russia three days ago and he said nothing about human rights, about Putins campaign against gays, nothing about the wrongful imprisonement of the Pussy Riots members etc. He speaks about the luck of democracy in his country and the EU but went in Russia and said nothing about the luck of democracy from Putin.

  53. avatar
    A Beautiful Slice of Pie

    I dislike the fascist lean. Severing ties with any countries of which ties have been established only increases the certainty of an eventual competition over resources, which leads to inevitable conflict. Not just with the US. All nations should become interdependent upon one another and all forms of nationalism in my opinion should be gradually abolished. We shouldn’t identify by country but rather as one people. (Or as some would contest, we should identify as individuals of the same or similar [as even more would contest, lol] species.) I’ve always liked to propose some sort of anarcho-collectivist sort of governmental structure. It seems sound in theory, and in localized practice. But, I wonder how it would perform globally? Anyways, it’s very much a median between the radical left and right (at least in my opinion).

    Moreover, more specifically, while points 7 and 9 seem dodgy… 10 by far is the most misleading. A refusal by the entire EU to participate in the activities of NATO? What’s the fallout? How does it affect the global power structure? EU will refuse to participate in military interventions on behalf of NATO, but aren’t they now free to engage upon and enact their own independent military decisions..?

  54. avatar
    American

    I support everything but 7 9 and 10, why are they so persistent on destroying us? We want good wages and better lives too but they loathe America so much they just want us to be poor and powerless and see us as evil savages.

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