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Giuseppe Zaccaria
Giuseppe Zaccaria

Location: Italy

Specialization: Balkans, Yugoslavia

A Manifesto for Southern Europe

The West is in fear that the new economic crisis is emerging and no one is going to adhere to the blackmail of the turbo globalized capitalism.

For several days among the bureaucrats and politicians of Brussels, a document conceived the April 11 in Athens is circulating, signed by Antonio Costa, the Portuguese Socialist Prime Minister, and according to the optimists the document might be called the "Manifesto for a New Europe“, but for the pessimists, however, it only consolidates the dreaded prospect of a "two-speed Union", with different currency and policies - strong economies of the central Europe and weak states of the Mediterranean.

The title of the statement could not be more indicative: “Europe has to change the course”. Analysis of Greece and Portugal have the merit of putting together all the criticisms and errors made by Brussels in recent years, and especially in a perspective shared by Italy, Spain, Malta, Ireland (also if overlooking another sea) – and increasingly France.

The starting point is expressed in a (declining) diplomatic language, but translated into current terms, it says: "Gentlemen bankers, you're idiots." The West is in fear new economic crisis is emerging, and no one is going to adhere to the blackmail of the turbo globalized capitalism.

“Europe is currently in the midst of major crises which have cast a shadow of doubt whether it is capable of upholding its values of unity and cohesion while dealing with challenges collectively and effectively. Namely, the economic crisis, the security crisis in the broader region, the refugee and migration crisis - as said by two PMs’ – we underline that the EU and its Member States must confront the challenge of refugee and migration flows collectively, in solidarity and on the basis of its values, in accordance with the European and International law.

We believe that the building of walls and fences, the unilateral and uncoordinated implementation of measures or the unwillingness to participate in commonly agreed actions, such as resettlement and relocation schemes, undermine European solidarity as well as the humane and effective management of migration flows. Europe must remain open to hosting people in need of international protection, by replacing dangerous and irregular migration routes with legal processes of resettlement of refugees from countries neighboring Syria, and by accelerating the relocation processes of refugees already in Greece and Italy. In this context, Greece and Portugal commit to enhance joint efforts for the reform of the Dublin process so that refugee flows are distributed in a fair way throughout the EU”.

But the main course arrives now: “analyzing the EU economy and monetary policy we assert our commitment to a democratic, cohesive and social Europe. We underline that the ongoing Eurozone crisis has its origins in the hitherto asymmetric process of European integration, as well as in the design flaws of the Eurozone – notably the lack of the adequate instruments to face the shocks experienced. In addition, macroeconomic policies in the Eurozone have been unbalanced. We, as Prime Ministers of two countries with a similar policy experience in the context of their respective adjustment programs, share the conviction that austerity-only policies are wrong and insufficient to overcome the existing challenges. Six years after the first bailout program in Europe, we can safely confirm that austerity alone is failing in its own terms and has had a social and economic impact that has gone far from what was anticipated. These policies should be reviewed”.

It is not coincidental that a similar statement has originated in the place in which, a few months ago, the Europe of the banks won with the iron fist policy, and certainly also counts the fact that Mr. Costa and Mr. Tsipras are the leaders of two familiar State and parties with common political programs in which Anti - Austerity policy is in the focus. But the same parties and the same feelings also guide the neighboring countries (with the exception of Spain, still looking for a government) - therefore, the document has a real basis that goes beyond the two signatories and expresses the urgency to deal with such requests.

Mr. Costa and Mr. Tsipras underlined the common, but reading from mainstreamers forbidden truth, that Austerity policy killed a social state that triggered “high levels of unemployment, long-term unemployment among the young and women, producing high levels of poverty and social exclusion while failing to reduce levels of debt ratios” that will definitely lead to a long period of stagnation.

Then, it’s the time to stop the “European dream” and to manage the “European reality”. The document said that “Europe has to change course. Instead of merely adjusting to self-defeating competitiveness and austerity measures, our two countries take the decision to closely cooperate at all levels, bilateral and European, to put forward a progressive program of democratic Eurozone Governance, economic revival, employment creation, centered on quality jobs, and socially just and environmentally responsible growth in Europe and in our countries. This program should be launched without further delays”.

The Portuguese Socialist Prime Minister, elected with a program against austerity, arrives in Athens at a critical juncture, when the completion of the first assessment is a top priority of the Greek government and is expected to express his support to the Government and Prime Minister Tsipras. Since November 2015, Mr. Costa has been leading the progressive socialist coalition government, with support from the Left Bloc and the Portuguese Communist Party and was elected to implement a program against the austerity policy. Therefore, he is considered one of the allies of the Greek in the EU, both in terms of economic policy and his opposition to austerity and the promotion of a European solution for managing the refugee crisis and ensuring peace and stability in the Mediterranean. The intention of the Costa Government to put an end to the extreme austerity policy, with the budget approval and decisions that withdraw austerity measures of the previous years, caused controversy with the European Commission, since the latter initially voiced strong objections. Finally, the termination austerity budget was approved with the objection of Brussels (and this to the European bureaucrats has set a dangerous precedent).

It has been known fact for years that EU must change, but it’s too late now?  May be, the fact that Britain could decide to exit can speed some decision, but the main question it’s still if the Europeans will still accept to be affected by Brussels ‘decisions’ and if their political élites will continue acting like ‘investment bankers’ rather than statesmen. In theory, there is no alternative, Italian activist and philosopher Franco Berardi, alias “Bifo” wrote in his recent book that the financial industry determines the thinking of the entire political class today and that politicians now think like investment bankers. He argues that this has permanently destroyed the European values of humanism and democracy.

In his “Exhaustion and Senile Utopia of the Coming European Insurrection” Bifo wrote with quite right that:” In the aftermath of the Greek debt crisis, it seems that the Europhile intellectuals have gotten what they asked for. The EU entity has been subjected to a sort of political directorate which has unfortunately only served to reveal that financial interests lie at the heart of the Union’s priorities. The early stage of the European tragedy has manifested itself as a political enforcement of the financial domination of European society”.

“The institutions of the welfare state have been under attack for thirty years: full employment, labor rights, social security, retirement, public schools, public transportation—all of these areas have been weakened, neglected, or destroyed. After thirty years of neoliberal obsession, we arrive at a collapse. What comes next? The ruling class answers coarsely: more of the same. Further reduction of public sector salaries, further rising of the age of retirement. No respect for society’s needs and the rights of workers… In Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome, and Athens, massive demonstrations have erupted to protest the restrictive measures, but this movement is not going to stop the catastrophic aggression against social life, because the European Union is not a democracy, but a financial dictatorship whose politics are the result of unquestioned decision-making processes“.

The situation in Europe today is seeing assert – starging from Greece – a new social lifestyle will compel a growing part of society to withdraw from the economic field, from the game of work and consumption. These people will abandon individual consumption to create new, enhanced forms of co-habitation, a village economy within the metropolis.

And again Bifo, as a philosopher of future change is definitely right. Lately, he spoke together with the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in panel in Berlin. They together, fight to wake up intellectuals to stand up for the future of Europe, though present shows a little hope for it. What is important is that history, from the dark pages from previous century,is too close to repeat itself and it is connected to all visible signs of wrongdoing in the past. Poverty and unemployment could only arise fear, which would evolve into frustrations and extremism respectively.

In this sense, the “Manifesto for New Europe” is important because it expresses at the right time all fair criticism, and in the coming weeks it will be discussed in Brussels. What remains to be seen is whether it will mark the beginning of a profound reform  or it  will only serve to open the era of '' two-speed Europe."

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