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The Ideology of the Romanian Green Ecologist Party?!

July 22, 2009

The Green Ecologist Party of Romania has two platforms: one asking for complete deregulation and withdrawal of the state from all aspects of economic life. And another one which asks for more regulation of financial markets and governmental intervention to tackle inequality and the activity of corporations. Which is it then? Obviously none, it’s just fun to have a party and why not have it as a green party? Seems pretty neutral and cool and fashionable, even though the guys who run it are neither neutral nor cool nor fashionable.

 

At the end of last year, getting ready for parliamentary elections, the two small ecologist parties in Romania, forever bickering before over who is greener, better, fitter, decided to make an alliance and create the Green Ecologist Party (even the name is absurd, why does it have to be both called Green and Ecologist, just choose one of them, but I bet none of the parties wanted to relinquish its own name from the final title of the new party, supposed to stand for reconciliation in the interests of the nature of Romania). They also thought it is a good idea to get the support of the European Greens. They must have thought, as long as we have the support of any group with a “European” title and whose members walk around in Brussels, we might get more votes. But, as it happened, they didn’t really think that what they have been saying to Romanians and what the Europeans Greens are saying is somewhat different to say the least. So, as I noticed a few days ago, in an attempt to figure out the “ideology” of Romanian Greens, the new party ended up with two contradictory programmes, which they have posted on their website, with no shame, no worry for the contradictions, and swearing allegiance to both.

One is the Green New Deal for Europe, which they have adopted as their status. Which says:

“The global financial crisis has emphasized the weakness of current economic and social policies and revealed a generalized malfunctioning of the system. The crisis should be considered as an opportunity to transform our economic and social system into one which will be able to offer guarantees for future generations and a future based on stability, autonomy and durability. The neoliberal ideology dominating Europe has created a system in which the interests of the few have priority over the well-being of citizens. For them, the profits derived from polluting industries take precedence over the environment and public health.” (A New Green Deal for Europe, adopted by the Romanian Green Ecologist Party, member of the European Greens, and posted as a charter on the website of the party

http://www.partidulverde.ro/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=185&Itemid=27)

The other is the party’s own platform:

 

“It is necessary to privatize all productive, commercial and financial units and to exclude the state from all these activities because only in this way can a true market economy be developed. The entire industry, including strategic sectors, will be privatized, as they represent remnants of the secretive practices of the Communist Party.” (Political Platform of the Romanian Green Party as published on the website of the party

http://www.partidulverde.ro/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=26)

So guys, do we privatize and deregulate everything? Or do we regulate the financial sector, involve governments in green investments and ask from it to take measures to address inequalities? Which one is it, because, even if it doesn’t feel that way to you, you can’t have both?

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