This attempt at fending off “far-right populists” consists of a long, boring article ranting about climate change, inequality and … far-right populists!
The UK appears to be afflicted with a particularly crass and narrow-minded Europhobia, but it’s not just citizens in the UK that have fallen out of love with the EU. It will take a decade or more to renew any sense of loyalty, let alone love, among many Europeans, and that will only happen when everything the EU does speaks to the realities of the 21st century rather than the long-lost fantasies of the 20th century.
What are those realities? A Europe at risk because of accelerating climate change. A Europe at risk because of worsening inequality. A Europe at risk from neofascists and rightwing populists filling the gaps left by gormless politicians on the centre-left. In essence, a response to those realities demands just three things: radical decarbonisation, a genuinely fair economy and a new vision for Europe in a rapidly changing world. Those are the challenges of the 21st century.
It cedes no ground to the very things the “rightwing populists” are worried about. Talk about preaching to the choir!
Former president on France Sarkozy did a much better job, as we posted on this morning.
Read a transcript of this video here.