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The Corbyn moment and Europe

Leading figures of the European left challenge the Labour Party to take up the struggle to transform the EU.

A new report, ‘The Corbyn moment and Europe’ argues that the likely election of a Corbyn-led Labour government presents an opportunity to renew and reform the EU, and use its institutions to lead the fight against climate change, global conflict, tax avoidance and inequality.

The authors of the report, Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at the LSE, John Palmer, former Political Director of the European Policy Centre, Luke Cooper, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Anglia Ruskin University, and Niccolò Milanese, Director of European Alternatives, argue that only if the UK remains in the EU can Corbyn have the necessary influence to achieve these changes, and that there is widespread public support – especially among Labour voters – for Labour to keep Britain in.

The report identifies a number of key areas where a Labour government could transform EU policy. These include:

– Taxing multinationals, including harmonising corporation tax rules and clamping down on tax avoidance

– Regulating banks, including with a new financial transaction tax

– Protecting migrant workers’ rights and strengthening trade unions

– Digital Rights, where Labour has already played a leading role in the global debate

– Climate change, using its weight to shift EU institutions and overcome big business lobbies

– Addressing global conflicts, prioritising the security of people, rather than the interests of states, on a humanitarian basis

– Ending fortress Europe, by radically altering public discourse, opening up legal routes for entry, and treating the refugee crisis as a humanitarian issue, not a security one

– Reforming the Eurozone, by playing a supportive role and example for progressive anti-austerity parties inside it

“The EU is at a crossroads” says Niccolò Milanese “and the Labour party as Europe’s largest socialist party could have a decisive role in moving the whole continent towards progress, greater democracy and equality. Labour’s sister parties are in crisis and in need of renewal, and many of their members along with civic movements across Europe look to Corbyn to provide leadership. It is a once in a generation opportunity to affect change internationally, and a fearless engagement with Europe from the Labour party could achieve it.”



European Alternatives
European Alternatives is a non-profit, non-state organisation working with the conviction that a transnational renovation of our political imaginations, institutions and actions needs to take place to adequately understand and address the crises Europe is facing.