Wednesday, 29. March 2017

Europe

20th Congress of KKEWe reproduce the Theses of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) for the 20th Congress from March 30th to April 2nd. Download this document as PDF: Click here.

PROLOGUE

The Central Committee of the KKE publishes its Theses for the 20th Congress of the KKE, which will be held from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April 2017, four years after the 19th Congress, in line with our Statutes.

From the 19th Congress we have a new programme that expresses the elaborated strategy of the party for workers' power, socialism, and provides directions for the leading activity of the party under all conditions.

AKELWe 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.

Communist Party of IrelandThe 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.

PVDAWe 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 CoalitionStop 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.

Sochi 2017We 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.

Communist Party of TurkeyThe Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) issued the following statement:

Everyone is aware of the tensions between the AKP and several European countries. This international scandal is nothing but vileness done by a fundamentalist gang which considers its own interests, future, and destiny over the country’s destiny.

Communist Party of TurkeyNew Communist Party of the NetherlandsWe reproduce a joint statement issued by the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the New Communist Party of Netherlands (NCPN) about the recent diplomatic crisis between the governments of both countries:

A crisis is being practiced between the two countries reflecting the rude nature of the bourgeoisie politicians, so severe that we have not observed for many years. Now, they provoke and play with nationalistic emotions among the people and they try to benefit politically out of this tension being escalated.

Photo: KKEPhoto: KKEThe CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) honoured the 8th of March, International Women's Day, on the evening of Saturday (4/3) with a moving event in the conference hall of the CC. Hundreds of women and men of all ages filled the hall as well as the foyer in order to follow the event, which had the following slogan:"Together with the KKE in the struggle for women's equality and their contemporary needs".

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