Brexit Britain is leaving the EU – or maybe it isn’t, no-one seems to know. Emmanuel Macron – once the darling of the liberal centre – is now setting armed troops on demonstrators. Even Germany – which has largely benefited from the EU’s exploitation of Southern Europe – is facing rising inflation and racism.
Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean, gunboats are enforcing fortress Europe. Helpless refugees fleeing war and dictatorship are being killed for daring to try to enter “free Europe”. The EU is making deals with the Greek and Turkish government to deport many of those refugees who did manage to get here.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The EU is seen by many to be the guarantor of democracy and peace – the reason why there has been no war in Europe in 1945 (if we are prepared to overlook Yugoslavia, Ukraine, etc.) And yet now it is widely unpopular and on the verge of falling apart.
One month before the EU elections, and the day after Spanish elections, where the far right VOX are anticipating big successes, Mario Candeias from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will be talking to us about Europe. Is the EU breaking apart? Would this be something to mourn or celebrate? Will Brexit happen, and how will this affect the rest of Europe? As both left wingers and right wingers take to the streets, what should socialists and internationalists be arguing?
Mario Candeias is the director of the Institute for Critical Social Analysis at Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. He is the author of many texts, including the recent article “Populist Momentum: Lessons from Corbyn, Sanders, Melenchon, Iglesias”. This meeting will be in English, but translation will be provided if required.