In the last six years the working class and the people, the great majority of the workers, the farmers and the youth, experience the adverse impacts of the Memoranda: poverty, unemployment, emigration, the wholesale destruction of public health and education. We also experience the humiliation of democracy and the continuous violence and repression. Further, we experience the enforcement of the decisions of Troika, of the EU and the IMF.
The government coalition of SYRIZA-ANEL, which has promised that “would ban the memoranda”, today promotes the memoranda with the worst consequences for the workers, against the willingness of the huge majority of the society that, in July 2015, expressed the willingness to release from these policies.
A lesson from the struggles during the last six years is that the Memoranda are equal to the EU. We learned that the only policies within the EU involve measures to resolve the capitalist crisis against the people. These policies in Greece are called Memorandum. We realised that the ban of the Memoranda within the EU and the Eurozone is not possible. We understood that within the EU, the working and democratic rights are doomed to complete destruction.
-The EU is not the “home of people”. By contrast, it directs the exploitation, the destruction of working rights, the massive privatisations, the “deregulation of the markets and the submission of education, health, care, environment and every public good to the “market”. The EU policies act against the working class and the poor social groups, the poor farmers, the self-employed, the scientists, while it favours the multinational companies and the capital.
-The EU does not guarantee the peace. It is an imperialist mechanism. It participates and backs all the invasions that have destroyed whole countries and have led to millions of refugees, in Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Africa.
-The EU does not include “equal partners”. It deepens the inequalities among countries, fosters the hegemony of the wealth and strong countries and converts the peripheral economies to zones of cheap labour and hyper-exploitation, while it shrinks and deregulates the productive structures.
– The EU is not “humanitarian”. Its deeply racist policies were exposed on the recent agreement with Turkey for the refugees. This deal legitimises the closed borders while it facilitates massive illegal deportations of refugees and migrants, thus leading to deaths of thousand innocent people.
-The EU does not attempt to “solve the issue of the public debt”. By contrast, the “public” debt, whose repayment burdens the workers, has greatly risen since Greece joined the European Economic Community in 1985 and then the European Monetary Union in 2001. Nowadays, it is employed as an argument to foster the imperialist enforcement and Troika’s control.
-The EU is not a “space of democracy”. It constitutes an authoritarian, reactionary mechanism, which is employed to restrict democracy, working rights and popular sovereignty. The developments in Greece, after the referendum of July 2015, and the TTIP procedures are indicative.
–The EU does not protect the rights of the people. Its policies are directed against the right for life, labour, public goods, equality while it facilitates racism and fascism.
-The EU is not the paradise of the subsidies. The National Strategic Framework of Reference promotes privatisation as well as flexible labour and favours the big contractors. The common agricultural policy and the subsidies led to the destruction of small and medium farmers, supporting the big ones.
The EU operates as a weapon of political and ideological blackmail against the labour and social movement and its struggles. The threat of Grexit and the fear of rupture with the EU facilitate a climate that constitutes the basis of the TINA (There Is No Alternative) doctrine, which is promoted with consensus by the political system and the media.
The EU “is not reformed”. It constitutes the political and economic union of the capital; it is the means for the unification of European ruling classes against the people. By contrast, the unity and common struggle of people to defend their rights are connected with the rupture with this imperialist mechanism of the European economic oligarchy, its weakening and its dissolution. Joining the EU constitutes a strategic commitment and choice for the economic oligarchy of Greece. The rupture with the forces of capital in Greece means break with the EU.
THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE, OUT OF THE EUROZONE AND THE EU
The only possible way for the ban of the Memoranda is the rupture with the EU. Contrary to the dominant propaganda, the exit from the Eurozone and the EU will favour the great majority of the society.
The release from the EU needσ to be considered in the perspective of the working class and the satisfaction of the people’s interests, against the economic oligarchy and its policy. In an internationalist viewpoint, for the independence of the country from the imperialist mechanisms, popular sovereignty and not in the view of the “national” development. For a complete rupture with the EU and not for consensual agreements of negotiations concerning the position of the country in the Eurozone. Contrary to the emerging conservative and reactionary Euroscepticism.
Today the “Initiative for the release from the EU” is established. This initiative will contribute to the strengthening of the perspective that “there is an alternative, out of the Eurozone and the EU” in the labour movement.
This initiative will attempt to connect the demand for release from the Eurozone and the EU with the battle against the old and new Memoranda, against the SYRIZA-ANEL government coalition and any government which tries to implement these policies, with the struggle for the unilateral cancellation of the usurious debt, for the nationalisation of the banks and the strategic economic sectors under workers’ and social control, for the improvement of the workers’ lives. The initiative for the release from the EU will connect the struggle against the EU with the battle against the Europe-Fortress, with the fight against the war and imperialism, with defending the democratic rights of the people, with the fight against fascism.
The initiative will attempt to be connected with the struggles across Europe, supporting the workers and youth in France, on the same side with the campaign that favours a Left Leave from the EU (LEXIT) in the UK, lending support to the solidarity movement to the refugees.
The initiative welcomes political groups, workers, scientists, artists, solidarity movements. It will establish local groups across Greece under democratic procedures.
This initiative aims at contributing:
- To reveal the role of the EU in the attack on the majority of the workers, to highlight the target of the release from the EU
- To foreground and indicate that there is a life out of the EU
- To the collaboration and joint actions on specific issues, such as the battle against the TTIP, with every movement that stands against the Eurozone and the EU, in a perspective that defends the working rights
- To the development of the struggles of labour and social movement, emphasising their connection with the fight against the EU and its mechanisms.