GUE/NGL stands for the European parliamentary group “European United Left/Nordic Green Left” of which Sinn Fein is a member. We are a group of 34 Members from 12 European Member States and 17 political parties.
GUE/NGL is the only confederal political group in the Parliament and confederalism for us means respecting and preserving the diversity of identities and opinions of our members. What unites us is the vision of a socially equitable, peaceful and sustainable European integration process based on international solidarity. Europe can make a big contribution to improve the living conditions of many people – this requires a certain political will, of course.
The major policies of the European Union and its Countries have not reflected this vision thus far. This policy is too frequently based on a radically market-oriented logic of competition both within the EU and towards third countries. The European Union is not the victim of the current economic, financial, environmental and global food crisis but one of its motors.
We are fighting for more and better jobs and educational opportunities, for social security and social solidarity, for a respectful way to deal with our earth and its resources, for cultural exchange and diversity, for sustainable economic development and for a consistent and strong peace policy. These must constitute, from our point of view, the ultimate goals of the European integration process.
We see it as our mission to make the European Union more human, more transparent and more tangible. We want more direct democracy and active participation by citizens. The European Union must become a project of its people and cannot remain a project of the elites. We want equal rights for women and men, civil rights and liberties and the enforcement of human rights. Anti-Fascism and anti-racism are also a strong part of the tradition of left movements in Europe.