The Left in France will be stronger in the new National Assembly as in the previous one. This is a very good and encouraging result. Unfortunately, the architecture of the French electoral system is preventing the left from an even better result.
There is hope, that our member parties Parti de Gauche (PdG) and the French Communist Party (PCF) will open up a shared path to enable a common and therefore stronger parliamentary fraction formed by France Insoumise (FI) and the PCF.
Now this is not by chance anymore: After the defeat of the conservatives in France, now there is another one in Great Britain. In France, Mélenchon was successful, in Great Britain it was Corbyn. This strengthens the Left in Europe, gives it a boost. More and more people strive for social justice and democracy in their countries. It is worthwhile to fight for something new and alternative in Europe.
The Peace Working Group of the European Left is deeply concerned about the decisions taken during the recent NATO meeting of heads of state and government in Brussels. Their plans for more 'cash, capabilities, and contributions' roughly translates to 'more weapons, more soldiers, more wars'. This also means less money for social welfare and public services.
Terror and Violence don’t come to an end. We express our compassion to the relatives and friends of the innocent dead and injured, and to the latter we wish a quick recovery. Of course the perpetrators have to be brought to justice and held accountable.