The neoliberal austerity politics imposed on Europe have made the poor become poorer and the rich become richer. The EU’s South, as well as the East, were forced into a humanitarian disaster, whereas the rest of the EU still hasn’t recovered from the crisis. Since 2010 Greece served as a neoliberal laboratory. However at the same time the country became an important scene of struggle, with solidarity initiatives and movements proliferating across the country. On January 25th the electoral victory of SYRIZA brought a new hope to the country and Europe. Their battle is our battle.
This victory has a double significance:
- Respond to the humanitarian emergencies, restore social rights and reconstruct a destroyed and/or privatized production apparatus in Greece.
- Break with the pro-austerity unanimity and the hegemony of Germany’s ordoliberalism, in Europe.
We support the Greek social and labour movements, both in their struggle against austerity and their actions of solidarity. We support the Greek government fighting back austerity and resisting the antidemocratic blackmailing of the ECB, the EC and the IMF, as well as the EcoFin Council.
We will continue throughout Europe to endorse and organize struggles against austerity and for democracy, while maintaining the awareness, that the change in Greece is not a threat, but an opportunity for us all.
Change4all aims to become a nod of information and content on Greece and the European struggles against austerity, by providing news and narratives on the situation in Greece, but also elsewhere in Europe, in order to break the neoliberal monopoly of information.
We will provide an interactive and participative platform that will host the voices of the movement, endorse participation, support mobilization and enhance interaction.
“I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” Eduardo Galeano
“CHANGE GREECE – CHANGE EUROPE – CHANGE4ALL!”
Syriza’s potential victory in the forthcoming elections in Greece is of the utmost importance
for all those who want Europe to change course. Such a victory would be an expression of the demand for dignity and justice: for hope. The threats and pressure applied by EU leaders, the Troika and financial circles to influence the electoral choice of the Greek people are unacceptable.
Throughout Europe, we will defend the right of the Greek people to make their decisions freely; to break with austerity; to say ‘no’ to the humanitarian crisis which has plagued the country; to pave the way for a real alternative for Greece – for a social and democratic reorientation.
Most political forces in Greece bow down to the Troika, but Alexis Tsipras and Syriza decided to do the opposite. They have created, working closely with the social movements, a broad coalition whose dynamism may well win a majority. Syriza and its allies propose to fight back against the humanitarian crisis, to restore collective agreements and labour rights, to create a fair tax system and to democratise the political system. A Syriza government will make Greece a credible player and will make the survival of the country and the people a precondition at the outset of any negotiations. The government will commit the country to a new path, rejecting corruption and patronage, opting instead for a new type of development in the interests of all. It will propose a European Conference on Debt to partially cancel the debt. The reimbursement modalities for the remaining part can facilitate an economic recovery through a large public investment programme – which should not be included in the Stability and Growth Pact – and a response to urgent social needs. At European level, it will propose a “European New Deal” for human development and environmental transition. Throughout Europe, we need to break with the rationale which is destroying Europe’s collective social gains and fuelling the rise of nationalism and right-wing populism. We need a new project, based on inclusive development, cooperation and democracy.
Throughout Europe, we believe that such a change in Greece will not affect the future of the Greek people alone. A victory for Syriza will allow Greece to escape from the current catastrophic situation but it will also represent green shoots of change for Europe. Breaking with austerity policies would be a signal, a source of hope for those who want to stand tall. At the same time, if Syriza is voted into power, its government will need massive support from the people of Europe in the face of the pressures from the financial markets and political forces which fear any departure from the obsolete framework of capitalist globalisation.
Across society, from wide political and social forces, from many organizations and walks of life: we do not accept the pressure brought to bear to prevent the Greek people from exercising their free choice. Those exerting this pressure today share responsibility for the perpetuation of harmful ‘shock therapy’ at all costs.
Throughout Europe, we are assuming our responsibilities, supporting those engaged in struggle, changing the balance of power, waging the battle of ideas and uniting all those who want to build – alongside the Greek people – a social, environmental and democratic Europe. We stand with the Greek people because their battle is also ours.