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.
The opinion expressed by the EU commissioner for the environment, Karmenu Vella, that the proposal by Fianna Fáil to impose fines on those wasting water would be insufficient to comply with EU law, and that it would not be in line with the EU Water Framework Directive, is a direct challenge to the sovereignty and democracy of this state.
We reproduce an appeal by Peter Mertens, chairman of the PTB-PVDA (Workers' Party of Belgium):
According to the opinion poll of the RTBf/La Libre (public TV channel and daily newspaper) of 24 March, the PTB-PVDA would become the second political party in the South of Belgium (20,5%), almost tied with the Socialist Party PS (20,3%); it would become the third political force in Brussels; and in Flanders, it would surpass the electoral threshold, obtaining 5,5%. “An enormous boost for the field work of the 10.000 members of the genuine Left, but which confronts us also with major challenges”, reacts PTB-PVDA chairman Peter Mertens.
Stop the War condemns the attacks at Westminster today. There can be no justification for the attacks on ordinary people in the street and those working in or providing security in the palace of Westminster. Our thoughts are with all those killed, injured or caught up in the incident.
The police have said that they have designated this as a terrorist attack, and it shares some of the features of other such attacks across Europe recently.
We reproduce an article written by Nikolas Papadimitriou, President of WFDY, and published today on the Facebook page of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY):
The World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) for 70 years now has established itself in the consciousness of millions of people. In 1947 during a period of time where the people were still trying to stand through the debris that fascism and Nazism left in World War II, thousands of progressive youths from around the world, by feeling the necessity for international unity they implemented the WFYS.
The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, extends its firm solidarity with the garment workers in Myanmar who have been struggling for better working conditions and benefits over the last period.
From March 4 to 9, in the context of the homages to Commander Chávez on the fourth anniversary of his passing, the city of Caracas held the International Meeting of Peoples’ Movements, which was attended by more than 30 delegates of people’s organizations from around the world.
The main goal was: for people’s movements and organizations of the world to organize an International Assembly of People’s Movements and Organizations, to be held in November in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.