The Croatians of Zivi Zid, the Poles of Kukiz 15, the Finns of Liike Nyt and, for the first time, the Greek party Akkel. Vice Premier Luigi Di Maio presents the M5S manifesto for Europe and the first allies: "Here are 5 political forces that have taken up the ambitious and complex challenge of creating a new group. It takes 7 parties to form a group in the EU Parliament but I am confident because we have contacts with new European political forces. Di Maio had also had contacts with the yellow vests: "They are not with us this time - he stressed - There has been an encounter with a complex reality, but we have no intention of dialoguing with the person who speaks of armed struggle or civil war". The very same leader of the movement met ten days ago by Di Maio and Alessandro Di Battista, Cristophe Chalencon, at Piazza Pulita on La7 spoke of "paramilitaries" ready for a coup. Now the vice-premier takes the distance from him: " Those who present that list must be a people who believe in democracy to change things".
Giving life to a new group is "important for the M5s but also for the countries we represent and for the European people all, for those who do not recognize themselves in the right and left, for those who speak of participatory democracy, one of the first points on which" with the allies present today at the table "we have come together". Di Maio speaks alongside Ivan Vilibor Sincic (Croatia), Pawel Kukiz (Poland), Karolina Kahonen (Finland) and Evangelos Tsiobanidis (Greece). The first three allies were already known. But among the political forces with which the M5s is preparing itself in Europe to form a new group which does not recognize itself either in the right-wing sovereignty or in the traditional parties which have been sitting in the European Parliament for more than 20 years, there also appears Akkel, the Greek Party of Agriculture and Livestock. "We do not agree on all the issues, but the inspiring principles of this group are based on a different idea of Europe," explained Di Maio. "Both the M5s programme and the joint manifesto will be put to the vote of our members," he added, pointing out that the new group, also in view of the first surveys that have emerged in recent days, "will be the needle of the balance" in Strasbourg.
On the yellow vests - The vicepremier also spoke about the yellow vests after the words of Cristophe Chalencon, one of the leaders of the 'yellow vests' who met Di Maio and Alessandro Di Battista, in an off-air show in Piazza Pulita on La7: "We have people, paramilitaries, ready to intervene because they also want to bring down the government. Today everything is calm but we are on the brink of civil war". "In this event there are no representatives of the yellow vests. We don't intend to talk to that person who talks about armed struggle or civil war. Whoever presents that list must be a person who believes in democracy to change things", commented Di Maio. His meeting with the yellow vests had led to the escalation of tension between Rome and Paris and the withdrawal of the French ambassador to Italy by Emmanuel Macron. Today's news is that after the mediation of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the diplomat will return to Rome. During the presentation Di Maio said: "I'm glad he's coming back, I'll ask him for a meeting. In the meantime I welcome him".
Meanwhile, in a post published on Facebook, Chalencon denounced the "instrumentalization" of which he calls himself a "victim" and "reserves the right to prosecute the media that misrepresent my thinking and my republican political position". In the message written after the off-air broadcast last night from Piazza Pulita, the blacksmith of Vaucluse says he never "invoked a coup d'état and when I talk about paramilitary groups it is because I understand and observe the growing risks of violence. But it is not in any way a group to which I belong - explains Chalencon - I have always condemned all forms of violence even if the current situation worries me".
Allies - Direct democracy, fight against bureaucracy, support for "made in", fight against corruption, national sovereignty. These are some of the main themes that M5d shares with the 4 political forces that are part of the common manifesto for Europe. The party Zivi Zid, says the leader Ivan Vilibor Sincic taking the floor "was born against the policy of evictions in Croatia and is currently the third party in the country. "It is a movement against corruption, if we go to government we will adopt the Italian anti-mafia laws. We are for a Europe of peoples, let's take it out of the hands of banks and bureaucracy," emphasizes Sincic. Pawel Kukiz, former rock singer and leader of the Polish party Kukiz'15, spoke immediately afterwards. "We have no public funding, we reject the right-left division, we must divide politics between honest and dishonest people. In Poland we are fighting against the current electoral law and for a stronger referendum instrument and we want a Europe of equal opportunities where the diktats of two countries do not prevail (France and Germany, ed.). Enough of the Brussels aristocracy," says the Polish leader. Direct democracy through digital platforms, defence of the market economy and protection of SMEs are some of the objectives of Liike Nyt, presented in Rome by one of its founding members, Karolina Kahonen. "Citizens' desires and political choices are no longer in tune", explains Kahonen. Akkel's leader Evangelos Tsiobanidis, the last to speak, attacks the Tsipras government, pointing out that Greece has "lost its national sovereignty. The country is no longer an independent nation but is occupied as in the Second World War by the Nazis. We are occupied by the interests of other EU countries and NATO.
The ten points of the manifesto
1) A Europe closer to the citizens (e-democracy at the service of direct and participatory democracy)
2) Towards a post-ideological Europe (yes to concrete actions at the service of citizens)
3) An honest Europe (fight against corruption and organised crime)
4) A new future for the European project (cooperation and respect for national identities)
5) Towards reform of the European institutions (a stronger Parliament for a stronger Europe)
6) Improving the quality of life of European citizens (protection of health and the environment)
7) Solidarity between European countries and protection on flows
8) A fair Europe (development of the economy and reduction of the power of the financial markets)
9) European excellence (protection of the Made in and support for local agriculture)
10) Believing in our future (new programmes and tools for young Europeans)