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 (EL) denounces and demands justice for the murder of 15 peasants and several wounded by colombian police in the southwestern municipality of Tumaco. In the EL we know that what happened is not an isolated event, since the violence and extermination of peasants and their leaders already seems to be part of an agenda that includes the commitment to comply with the agreement in point 4 of the Peace Accords of Havana.
The European Union is going through a long-lasting crisis, an existential crisis. All the peoples of Europe, whether or not they are members of the Union, suffer from austerity policies and terrible inequalities. Peace and climate are threatened.
Gregor Gysi, President of the European Left, on the proposals by the French President Emmanuel Macron concerning a new orientation of the European Union:
The French President Macron gave a speech yesterday at the Sorbonne about Europe spanning across a wide variety of topics. He called the EU “too slow, too weak, too inefficient” and talked about a re-foundation of Europe.
The Party of the European Left (EL) condemns the arrests and confiscations driven by the Rajoy Government and carried out by the Guardia Civil in Catalonia. The raised issues can only be solved politically, never by police or justice. We call for a dialogue between the governments of Spain and Catalonia without winners and losers.