Debate with Noam Chomsky
How the Liberal Establishment Lost the Plot.
Diem 25 Manifesto-Excerpt wrote:What must be done? Our horizon
Realism demands that we work toward reaching milestones within a realistic timeframe.
This is why DiEM25 will aim for four breakthroughs at regular intervals in order to bring about
a fully democratic, functional Europe by 2025.
Now, today, Europeans are feeling let down by EU institutions everywhere. From Helsinki to Lisbon,
from Dublin to Crete, from Leipzig to Aberdeen. Europeans sense that a stark choice is approaching fast.
The choice between authentic democracy and insidious disintegration. We must resolve to unite to
ensure that Europe makes the obvious choice: Authentic democracy!
When asked what we want, and when we want it, we reply:
IMMEDIATELY: Full transparency in decision-making.
• EU Council, Ecofin, FTT and Eurogroup Meetings to be live-streamed
• Minutes of European Central Bank governing council meetings to be published a few weeks
after the meetings have taken place
• All documents pertinent to crucial negotiations (e.g. trade-TTIP, ‘bailout’ loans, Britain’s status)
affecting every facet of European citizens’ future to be uploaded on the web
• A compulsory register for lobbyists that includes their clients’ names, their remuneration,
and a record of meetings with officials (both elected and unelected)
WITHIN TWELVE MONTHS: Address the on-going economic crisis utilising existing institutions
and within existing EU Treaties
Europe’s immediate crisis is unfolding simultaneously in five realms:
• Public debt
• Inadequate Investment, and
• Rising Poverty
All five realms are currently left in the hands of national governments powerless to act upon them.
DiEM25 will present detailed policy proposals to Europeanise all five while limiting Brussels’
discretionary powers and returning power to national Parliaments, to regional councils, to city halls
and to communities. The proposed policies will be aimed at re-deploying existing institutions (through
a creative re-interpretation of existing treaties and charters) in order to stabilise the crises of public
debt, banking, inadequate investment, and rising poverty.