The European Commission’s proposal to suspend the structural and investment funds for Portugal and Spain was debated this week in the European Parliament, in a joint meeting of parliamentary committees of Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Regional Development (REGI) and the with the presence of European commissioners Jyrki Katainenand Corina Crețuin representation of the European Commission.
The Party of the European Left is deeply concerned about the plans for a EU-Japan free trade agreement which is currently negotiated between the European Commission and the Government of Japan. It looks like the Commission is repeating the same political mistakes they made with the TTIP and CETA negotiations. Because of the size of the Japanese economy the results would effect about one third of the global economy.
In April 2016 the Party of the European Left noted with deep concern the process of rapid backsliding on democracy in the Republic of Moldova. One year ago we stated that the control over the absolute majority of state institutions in this country has been concentrated in the hands of a narrow group of individuals, a fact that could be qualified as usurpation of power. Since then the situation in Moldova has not been improved.
The Left in France will be stronger in the new National Assembly as in the previous one. This is a very good and encouraging result. Unfortunately, the architecture of the French electoral system is preventing the left from an even better result.
There is hope, that our member parties Parti de Gauche (PdG) and the French Communist Party (PCF) will open up a shared path to enable a common and therefore stronger parliamentary fraction formed by France Insoumise (FI) and the PCF.
Now this is not by chance anymore: After the defeat of the conservatives in France, now there is another one in Great Britain. In France, Mélenchon was successful, in Great Britain it was Corbyn. This strengthens the Left in Europe, gives it a boost. More and more people strive for social justice and democracy in their countries. It is worthwhile to fight for something new and alternative in Europe.