Europe cannot be held hostage by the electoral interests of the CDU-CSU. We strongly reject any attempts coming from the usual, well-known hawks of the austerity - Mr Schäuble in particular, though not only him - to put pressure on the president of the European Commission to turn the upcoming summit in Rome into merely a dressing-window exercise, rather than the turning point the EU so greatly needs. Europe comes first, and for us, preserving the autonomy and credibility of a political Commission is key for the future of the European project.
We shared this clear stance with the Portuguese prime minister, Antonio Costa, whose government has shown brilliant results through a clear and concrete progressive programme. With Antonio Costa we also shared our call for a new progressive European platform based on five priorities: a growth and public investment oriented economy; a social and youth agenda; fiscal justice and a resolute policy against tax evasion; a common and shared EU migration policy; and a real defence policy.
This is the way to relaunch the European project. This is the way to make the European progressive forces into a real and coordinated alternative to the right-wing parties and to the populist, anti-European and xenophobic forces.
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