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Europeans: Hamon and Varoufakis want lists on a common agenda

Ⓒ AFP – JACQUES DEMARTHON – | Yanis Varoufakis (G) and Benoit Hamon, June 21, 2018 in Paris

Former Socialist presidential candidate Benoît Hamon and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis launched Sunday their campaign for the 2019 European elections, calling for the constitution in Europe of lists on a common program breaking with the austerity.

“To have ONE agenda, ONE political framework, we also need a transnational list,” Varoufakis said in a press conference in Paris with Benoît Hamon.

Mr Varoufakis explained that it was really about working together on different national lists, which would share a common agenda and support a common candidate for the EU Presidency. The deputies elected under this banner will form a new group in the European Parliament.

“The European Union does not exist, in fact, so legally it is not possible to have a transnational list, but we will act as if,” he replied.

Mr. Varoufakis, founder three years ago of the European movement Diem 25, said that it had more than 78,000 members, including about 20,000 in Germany and 5,000 in France. He said he has already established partnerships in France, Poland, Italy, Belgium …

Mr Varoufakis and Mr Hamon agreed on an agenda. A call will be launched in February to all European progressives, and a meeting will gather in March those who have answered this. In June, a campaign will be launched across Europe to promote the movement’s ideas.

On the merits, Varoufakis said he wanted to end the face-to-face debate between the “establishment” that governs Europe and the “disintegrationists” for whom Europe has become a problem. It wants to take action on two fronts: in the short term, the day after the elections, by influencing European policies within the framework of existing treaties. And on the horizon of 2025 by allowing the writing of a new European constitution.

“We wanted to discuss with Diem 25 a common political agenda (..) that is applicable on Monday at nine o’clock the day after the European election (…) Of course we want to finish with liberal Europe (…) in any case austeritarian Europe, a Europe of unemployment, underemployment, poverty and inequality, but for all that, even without changing the treaties – what we want to do – we think there is an agenda to build jointly, “said Hamon.

“We do not give in to the despair of those who think that nothing is possible in the construction of Europe, and that we should therefore end the austerity and Europe at the same time,” he summarized .

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