Juncker-plans not sufficient for saving EU

Juncker-plans not sufficient for saving EU

Statement of Gregor Gysi, President of the Party of the European Left:

President of the European Commission Juncker is right by calling freedom, equality and rule of law the principles of a better Union - yet this is by far not sufficient for a stable foundation and a successful new  start of the EU. Around 120 million people in the EU live in poverty, 21 million are unemployed. In some member states unemployment rates exceed 20% since years. Jean-Claude Juncker correctly demands the implementation of social standards but a respective protection can only be effective if  it can be claimed in court. The EU can only be saved if it apprehends the creation of social security and ecological sustainability as one of its main aims.

Peace must be an integral foundation of the EU as well. It must be appreciated that President of the Commission Juncker feels obliged to peace "inside and outside", yet, this is contradicted by the announced European Defence Fund and the favouring of NATO in terms of security policy: only a policy of conflict avoidance and solution instead of military armament can actively contribute to peace in the EU and the world.

Finally, solidarity must be part of the idea of a newly started EU. The EU not only lacked it towards Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland but also displayed it more than insufficiently towards the refugees of this world, although the reasons for flight are created by the EU itself as well.