Germany finally has a government: now what?
After six months of political drama in Germany and Europe waiting patiently to be governed, SPD members decided to join the government under chancellor Merkel. We are left with a bitter taste, exactly one year after Martin Schulz was chosen to lead SPD. Looking back, Schulz’s “progressive” plans have all been sidelined.
Indeed, evaluating the members of the new government makes us feel that the new (or reshuffled?) government will follow the same political trajectory: neoliberal policies, austerity, strict budget control, bureaucracy — all under the guise of more “European integration”. A fragile balance in the Bundestag could translate to more compromise and less progressive change. That’s in addition to their ‘patient,’ incrementalist approach to climate change, rising inequality, and increasing militarization. Clearly, much more is needed!
We, the members of DiEM25, stand against this bureaucracy and the “There Is No Alternative” neoliberal dogma and define European integration as Democracy integration. We are launching a pan-European progressive policy agenda and election lists as a response to the rising far-right and xenophobia and the accelerating disintegration of the European Union. We want to stand united across countries and fight the capitalism’s and bureaucracy’s greed.
Aris is a member and volunteer of the DiEM25 movement.