We reproduce a stament of AKEL (Progressive Party of the Working People) of Cyprus about the anniversary of the European Union:
On the 25th March 60 years will have passed since the signing of the Treaties of Rome, which laid the foundation of today’s European Union. The leaders of the EU’s 27 member-states are organizing a festive Summit Meeting in Rome to celebrate the achievements of the construction of the EU. However, this time the celebrations cannot hide its existential dead-ends which the EU is facing. Brexit, the growing social dissatisfaction with the EU, unbridgeable contradictions in the internal situation of the Union and the rise of nationalism and xenophobia are a sign of the times which reveal that the cohesion and future of the EU cannot now be taken for granted anymore.
On wednesday, Kostas Papadakis, MEP of the KKE, intervened in the discussion on the »Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement« between the EU and Canada (CETA) in the full session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg and stressed the following: »The ›Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement‹ between the EU and Canada serves the interests of the monopolies and constitutes a plan for a single market to further increase capitalist profits, with significant geopolitical implications.
On 6 December 2016, the Council decided to sign a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Cuba. The Council also decided to provisionally apply parts of the agreement. The agreement will be transmitted to the European Parliament for its consent, in view of its conclusion. It will be signed on 12 December 2016 at 9.30 by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, EU foreign ministers, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.
The KKE delegation to the European Parliament voted against its ratification by the European Parliament.
The KKE delegation to the European Parliament voted against the ratification of the Paris Agreement on the "climate change" in the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, because it perpetuates the causes which cause environmental problems, the ones which the capitalist development path creates and exacerbates.
We publish a statement issued by the International Federation of Resistance Fighters - Antifascist Association (FIR).
71 years after the liberation from Fascism and war, FIR sees with great concern serious problems in several European countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, the Baltics, Hungary, Ukraine, and Croatia et.al.) because of historical revisionist trends.
It is unacceptable that monuments of the liberators are dismantled and destroyed by the today’s political governments (Poland, Croatia, and Ukraine). It is unacceptable that the heroic struggle of the partisans and the resistance fighters are denounced and the values are minimalized in the public. It is unacceptable equalizing fascism with communism or the leaders of the anti-fascist victory with Nazi criminals. It is unacceptable that Nazi collaborators and SS soldiers were honored as highly recommended in the Baltics and Ukraine, and they are called »freedom fighters«. It is unacceptable that today’s generations are confronted with faulty information and revisionist views on the struggle of the Resistance (Hungary and Poland).
We, the trade union organizations who live daily the problems and the hardships the refugees suffer, we take up the initiative to call in massive mobilization and action the trade unions and the workers, for Solidarity and Support to the migrants and refugees.
The refugees and migrants were uprooted by their homelands by the murderous machine of USA-NATO-European Union and the wars it caused in Syria, Ukraine, Middle East and Africa. They organize imperialist intervention, undermine and obstruct the right of the peoples to decide themselves for their present and their future. They push to migration and turn millions of peoples into refugees, aiming to the control of the natural resources and their transport routes.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) pulished this statement regarding the mobilization of refugees to Europe:
During the last month we are witnessing the massive mobilization of refugees mainly from Syria to Europe. The pictures of dead people on the Mediterranean coast is a picture of the results of the imperialist actions, those people experienced the bloodshed in Middle East and North Africa the last years.
Even though, the EU is pointing out that is making efforts for a better immigration policy, in reality it avoids systematically to provide support to the countries receiving those people.
Declaring that Europe is facing »a moment of truth« with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the European Union (EU) to admit up to 200,000 asylum-seekers fleeing conflict zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
»Europe cannot go on responding to this crisis with a piecemeal or incremental approach. No country can do it alone, and no country can refuse to do its part,« the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a statement laying out a set of six guidelines ahead of a key round of emergency EU meetings on the crisis.
Facing the scandalous incidents in several European countries in dealing with refugees, the FIR is very worried.
We remind you that most of people not voluntarily leave their home. However conflicts particularly in North Africa and the Middle East – escalated also by the politics of the States of the European Union – force more and more people from these countries to leave their homes and seek shelter in other parts of the world.
Based on this, we can not accept it in any way that the European Union - despite statements to the contrary - tried de facto by all means, to stop people fleeing from great distress or because of the threat of war and misery of their homeland, at the crossing of the Europe's external borders. It is now several thousand in the Mediterranean drowned refugees are taken approvingly accepted. Instead of taking the distress of refugees in the view, the governments advised only how more refugees and "organized criminal gangs" can be stopped.