After eighteen months of trying to patch together an agreement between the member states, the talks on the EU constitution collapsed last weekend in Brussels. Different excuses have been given for the collapse, but the real causes are to be found in the fundamental economic contradictions that are emerging between the EU member states. The European Union is now revealing its true face. It is a tool in the hands of the multinationals and of each national bourgeoisie with which to impose their attacks on the living standards of the masses.
We are publishing this article which appears in the recent edition of the French Marxist magazine La Riposte
looking at the prospects of a European Constitution. How have the
Communist and Socialist Parties of France responded to it, and what
does it mean for the working class?
The recent European elections reveal one common feature: the defeat of whoever
is in power (apart from Greece and Spain where this had already happened in
elections earlier this year). The workers of Europe voted against the same
policies. They are fed up of cuts in pensions, healthcare, education and a general
worsening of their living standards. The elections are a clear indication of the
mood developing in society.
Bush's war in Iraq split the European Union and NATO into two. Now after Aznar
lost his job as Spanish Prime Minister, and Berlusconi has been dramatically
weakened does this mean that the European powers can find a common ground? In
reality they all hang together because divided they could not survive in the
world market, but there are still deep divisions. By Claudio Bellotti,
Originally published in FalceMartello number 176, May 27, 2004.
The reaction of the media and the politicians to the massive “no” votes
against the European Constitution in France and the Netherlands reveals
the nature of our “elites”. However, all the propaganda was to no
avail. A few days after the “non” vote in France, the same thing
happened in the Netherlands.
Last week’s European summit ended in tears as negotiations on the
European Union budget collapsed. The usual diplomatic talk was nowhere
to be seen at what will become known as the summit where the whole
integration process in the EU was halted in its tracks. Maarten
Vanheuverswyn looks at the conflicting national interests that are at
the heart of this crisis.