Group meeting in Brussels all week – we are taking some time out after Easter for in-depth discussions. The terrorist attacks, the refugee policy, #PanamaLeaks, TTIP and CETA, the permanent veto in the Council… we have plenty of reasons to take a retreat.
We Greens have a special position in the spectrum of European political parties in that we are pro-European but anti-free trade. So we are for the EU-28 internal market but against a free trade zone with the 50 US states. Why?
The difference is democracy. A single market shares the same legislation. In a free trade zone, the trade is precisely that: free – free from legislation and from democracy.
We are not against globalisation per se but we are against one-sided economic globalisation and in favour of democratic globalisation. This democratic globalisation must develop at the same speed at the very least. And if the economic lobby pushes forward then the democratic globalisation campaign must at least try to keep pace. This is the battle we are currently fighting in Europe.
I have always understood that the EU is also an experiment – a premiere with no rehearsal. There will be similar developments in other regions and I hope that they will learn from us and from our mistakes. And where will it all end? In a democratic UNO with elections and a global parliament? Ultimately yes. Whether it will be called UNO or not…
I see no other alternative. The world will grow closer together and the human race will grow closer together. It will have to, if only to survive in ecological terms. And I really do mean the world, not just Europe. That’s why we are currently planning the Global Greens Congress in Senegal next year.