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Syriza calls for a ‘grand alliance’ of the left – neoliberals excluded

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Analysis. The Italian Democratic Party is trying to win back the left with a new slogan: ‘A united front from Macron to Tsipras.’ But the European socialists have a crucial caveat for the center-left: ‘It must abandon the neoliberal policies.’

written by Daniela Preziosi

Topic European Union

May 15, 2019

“We need a grand alliance of all progressive forces, those on the left, ecologist forces, and the forces of social democracy liberated from neoliberalism, because we cannot leave the fate of Europe to barbarism. The center-right forces are committing a crime against democracy in Europe when they ally with, or tolerate, the extreme right,” said Syriza Secretary and former minister Panos Skourletis, summing up the position of the Greek party led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

“A united front from Macron to Tsipras” has become the go-to electoral slogan by the Italian Democratic Party, aiming to win back left-wing voters. The PD has been saying that Tsipras was ready for an alliance with the Party of European Socialists (PES) in the European Parliament, as well as with the PD itself. Skourletis, however, felt the need to make some important clarifications in that regard.

“Europe is before a crucial crossroads. It must abandon the neoliberal policies that the center-right, center-left and technocratic governments have been applying, which fuel the war among the poor, fascism, nationalism........

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