DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement), the pan-European movement founded by former Greek economy minister Yanis Varoufakis a year ago in Berlin, has returned to Rome this week to deliver its economic program. That’s the first step to creating a progressive agenda ahead of the 2019 European elections. By 2025, DiEM wants to “democratize the European Union,” provided that it will still exist eight years from now.
In the meantime, DiEM is proposing a dialogue with the existing political forces to find a political form capable of giving rise to a “third space” beyond liberalism, sovereignty and populism “that want to recover a past that never existed and live rejecting the establishment,” says Italian co-founder Lorenzo Marsili. DiEM already counts 60,000 subscribers in Europe, 8,000 in Italy.
No one is expecting the Rome Declaration to be a turning point today for a Europe in agony. Will the future be a two-speed Europe backed by Italy, Spain, France and Germany but rejected by the Eastern bloc?
This solution saddens me. It has been on the table for a long time. It is a revival of the Juncker proposal on variable geometries within the E.U. If this is the future, it means that these politicians are already defeated and do not know where to take this continent. What we are celebrating is the destruction of the European Union and its business-as-usual approach that feeds populism, xenophobia and reactionism.