Release from the PCP Press Office

European Union confirms the neoliberal, militarist and federalist course

The process that led to the outcome of the European Council meeting on the appointment of leadership positions of the European Union institutions expressed contradictions inseparable from the crisis of this process of capitalist integration.

However, the compromise reached does not break the so-called "Brussels consensus" between the PES and the EPP - which suffered significant setbacks in the European Parliament elections. On the contrary, it translates a reconfiguration of this "consensus", now including with other protagonism the so-called "liberals".

The compromise reached confirms the deceit of the so-called "candidates for President of the European Commission", a media and political manipulation manoeuvre that seeks to provide cover to the campaign of deepening the federalist character of the European institutions, under the fallacy of their "democratisation", and of the positions now in dispute.

The compromise and protagonists now found, all of them with responsibilities in the current course and situation on the European continent, confirm the insistence on the deepening of the federalist policies of affront to the sovereignty of the States; of neoliberal policies to attack labour and social rights, public services and the social functions of the State; of military and securitary policies, with authoritarian and antidemocratic expressions - policies that feed the extreme right.

If the consensus on the main players was not free from difficulties, this was not the case with the compromise on the continuity and deepening of the policies that are at the root of the current situation in the European Union. This is portrayed by the quick adoption by the European Council, on June 20, of the so-called “European Union Strategic Agenda 2019-2024”, which, among other serious priorities, points to: the deepening of Economic and Monetary Union, further subordinating the right to sovereign development; the conclusion of the Banking Union and the Capital Markets Union, promoting an even greater centralisation of capital; the so-called “European Pillar of Social Rights”, imposing convergence on regression; or the Single Market, deepening the processes of liberalisation, privatisation and concentration of several strategic sectors.

The decisions of the European Council, both on the EU strategy and on the main figures of its institutions, demonstrate the falseness and manipulative character of the electioneering tirades on "social dimension", "social contracts", "progressive alliances" or "democratic legitimacy" of the European Union. Once again it was the European Union's directory of powers which, in coordination with the structures of big capital, dictated the political outcome of a process that only has to offer the continuation of a course that has already proven to be disastrous for the workers, peoples and countries, like Portugal.

The PCP will continue to intervene, notably in the European Parliament, defending uncompromisingly the interests of the workers, the people and the country, denouncing the policies of the European Union and the resulting damage to national development. Notwithstanding the correlation of forces in the European Parliament, the PCP will continue to table proposals to avail of all the opportunities for the country's development and the improvement of the living conditions of the Portuguese people, and will be at the forefront in rejecting any measures or impositions that harm Portugal.

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