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Earlier this week, the Polish parliamentary progressive left party, Razem, issued a statement in which they announce that they are cutting ties with two European organisations: Progressive International and DiEM25.

How many seats in parliament?

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2019 Polish parliamentary election

Russia's aggression towards Ukraine in the last few days requires us to work and - unfortunately - to explain many issues of the Western European left. Responsible for this, among others Magdalena Milenkovska, member of Razem Berlin and expert of the Secretariat of International Affairs Together.

Yesterday our National Council decided to leave Progressive International and DiEM25. Why? For reasons incomprehensible to us, both movements did not unequivocally condemn the imperialist and aggressive actions of the Russian Federation and did not unequivocally support the sovereignty of Ukraine, dangerously relativizing this war.

Magda, together with Zofia Malisz and Dorota Kolarska, is the author of an article that appeared in the Berliner Zeitung and Krytyka Polityczna, and co-authors of the position of the National Council.

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Beyond the imperialistic cliché

Unfortunately, these facts seem to be overlooked by some of our German partners on the left. Gregor Gysi and Sevim Dagdelen of Die Linke repeatedly use phrases like NATO's ,,expansion" or ,,aggression". During this tense week, Rolf Mützenich of SPD, in turn, expressed understanding of Russia's ,,justified security concerns". Such statements embed these politicians, often incidentally, in a Cold War rhetoric, which the left is, after all, trying to move away from. 

Michael von der Schulenburg also describes the situation in Ukraine as a ,,conflict between the two strongest nuclear powers in the world, the USA and Russia, on European soil". Conducting a public debate on this crisis over the heads of the people in Central and Eastern Europe ultimately leads to the exclusion and objectification of the countries directly affected by the conflict.

A good example of sidelining Eastern Europe in action not only words is Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline project that has been repeatedly protested against by Central and Eastern European politicians, and which today reveals its destructive potential. From our point of view, such words and actions are reminiscent of similar haughty politics that the West has pursued and continues to pursue towards Africa or the Middle East.

Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or DiEM25

Countries of "New Europe" founded by Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George Bush and consolidated by Donald Trump. The expansionist and policy of aggression by NATO US Military Command should be criticized.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said so in an opinion piece December 2017 ... NATO crossed the red lines of Russia.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 09:37:24 PM EST
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