The Executive Board of the Party of the European Left, meeting in Berlin on 8th and 9th January 2005, launches with deep feelings and all seriousness a pressing appeal to European public opinion, to the governments of the 25 Member States and the leaders of the European Union: the dynamic of solidarity with the peoples of South Asia, so tragically struck by the tsunami of 26 December, must continue to be developed. The requirements of humanitarian aid of an unparalleled extent remain an absolute emergency. The immense task of reconstruction will cost billions of Euros.
Bertinotti during the discussion: "This party is based on common political inspirations. I want to remind you all the way we have behind us. The rejection of Stalinism belongs to our political identity. Without this rejection, many of us would not be in this party. In any case, the rejection of Stalinism has been conceded by any party participating in the founding of the EL and is one of its founding elements. The rejection of Stalinism has nothing to do with our past, but with our future. When referring to our past, when we reject Stalinism, we reject of course all the bad practices, including practices worse than Stalinism. What we radically refuse is the very concept of power which we associate with Stalinism. From there we start to imagine and to have an idea of our future society. Without that refusal, we would not be able to imagine our idea of socialism. That is why this is a very firm point."
(Oral working translation into English) Welcome here in Berlin to everybody! - This is our first discussion. It will be an experimental one. It is the first time that we are discussing after the foundation of our party about its political direction. Within the next hours we will be looking for the most fruitful way to do so. We are coming from different histories, so all of us are different in organising the discussion. Even more experimental than our debate will be my report.
The women's network of EL member- and observer parties has started it's work. As we decided in Rome, we have established a mailing list and we are making preparations for the women's assembly before the first EL party congress takes place. We are grateful that Forum delle donne del Prc has taken the initiative to invite women to Rome Sep. 15th to coordinate the preparation of the women's assembly.
The Party of the European Left supports the efforts for the peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem that will lead to the reunification of Cyprus and its people and will put an end to the occupation and division of the island.
The Party of the European Left has with great satisfaction taken note of the Advisory Opinion "On legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory", published by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 9 July, 2004.
In Europe and in the world, there is growing resistance to wars, destruction of the welfare systems, arms build-up and market radicalism. We of the European left are part of the movements for a different policy. We are convinced that another world, another Europe is possible: democratic, social, ecological, feminist, peaceful - a Europe of solidarity.
(working translation; it depends on the spoken words!) Dear Comrades and Friends,
It is a great pleasure to welcome you at a Berlin meeting of European left parties at the beginning of the New Year. I would like to thank you for following the invitation of the PDS. I believe we are all well prepared for intensive debates during the following two days, and I know we deeply wish to develop common positions.