A few years ago, in a televised chat with other French progressives, Benoît Hamon succinctly exposed the essence of our troubles in Europe: “[E.U.] governments may change,” he said, “but not the policies”.
Since then, the Socialist former Education minister has been developing policy proposals to help steer both the E.U.’s second-largest economy and the European project away from its current destructive socioeconomic spiral.
From his calls for universal income and proposals for humanitarian visas for refugees to his ideas on how to make France’s parliament more representative, Benoît’s candidacy embodies the progressive, democratic values we hold at DiEM25. Like an increasing number of European progressives, Benoît embraced DiEM25’s concept of “Constructive Disobedience” as the vehicle to trigger positive change in Paris and Brussels. We should all be excited about Benoît’s victory in the French Socialist Party’s primaries. Moreover, his determination to enter into talks with other progressive candidates for the French Presidency augurs well in a Europe where progressives are divided.