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‘Time for a new vision to challenge the far-right’ — Gavan

3 March, 2019 - by Paul Gavan

Speaking at the ‘No Pasaran’ conference in London, Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has called for urgent co-operation to challenge the rise of the far-right across Europe.

The conference, organised by Transform, and supported by the European Congress of Trade Unions was to promote viable political alternatives to counter the rise of the far-right.

Speaking to a packed audience of activists from Britain and across Europe, Senator Gavan called on the left to articulate a new vision for society that speaks to the needs of people across Europe.

Paul Gavan said:

“The rise of the far-right across Europe is concerning and must be challenged and a vision for a new society articulated among the left.  

“Instead of alienating migrant workers, we need to mobilise them. So called ‘Fortress Europe’ and the disgraceful treatment of migrants and refugees must end. 

“Neo-imperial ambitions must be renounced and the chase for a liberal superstate with a common army abandoned. 

“Bureaucracy and neoliberalism is damaging the European Union. Sinn Féin wants a European Union that works for the people of Europe, not for EU insiders and corporate interests. 

“It’s time to end the austerity era and embrace labour market reforms that strengthen and extend workers rights in a real Europe of equals.”

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