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by Benyik Mátyás

One of the main results of the very good and productive meeting in Barcelona on January 19th/ 20th („International Assembly of Peoples, Movements and Organisations”) was to start with REGIONAL activities in Europe. So we will have an Assembly of Resistances for Central and Eastern Eropean (CEE) countries in Hungary between 2nd and 4th March 2018. The planned venue of the event would be at the Regatta Leisure Center at Szigetmonostor – Horány near (25 kms North of Budapest in a Danube island), which can give shelter for up to about 150 people, with all technical facilities for the program – a big plenary room and 3-4 additional seminar rooms. At Horány there are 28 rooms (16 rooms in the HOTEL building and 12 rooms in the YOUTH Building), and 5 meeting rooms. http://placesmap.net/HU/Regatta-Szabadid-k-zpont-196045/

Hungary | Social Forum of Eastern Europe: brief results

From 11th to 13th March 2016 about one hundred participants from different civil society organisations and radical left forces gathered in Wroclaw (Poland) in order to exchange experiences on the peripheric situation of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEEC) and the South and to outline common political goals for the future. As a result of the 13 sessions on wide ranging issues, like militarization, racism, antifascism, feminism, neocolonisation, environment, peripherisation, workers rights and devastating consequences of the system change in CEEC, participants arrived at the following conclusions:

Poland | Social Forum of Eastern Europe Discussed How to Fight Together in the Region

On Sunday, March 13 Social Forum of Eastern Europe concentrated its activity on issues common for the East part of European continent and tried to answer how to fight together for common demands. Participants of the forum looked through strikes, demonstrations, workers demands, ecology problems, privatization, trade unions, public health and other related points.
Professor Alexander Buzgalin, Russia, began his speech with acknowledge that the most important issue is to discuss immediate practical steps, the transition from theory to practice. We are in retrograde, reverse course of history, – the speaker said. Just almost feudal order has restored in society. Under these conditions, we, left, are sailing against the current. It is important to understand that the work would be long, hard and difficult. We need talented passionate people. Authoring projects are primarily successful now. We need to develop a certain framework, which will allow us to achieve the support of the majority of society.
Another Russian activist Alexei Sakhnin noted that there are representatives of the elite in Russia, who see the continuation of neoliberal policies as a disaster for the country and for themselves. So not Left only but also non Left came the concept of neoliberalism crisis. That is why, in the opinion of the speaker, pressing question is: should the Left to participate in political projects, initiated by representatives of not leftist? Discussion has not led to clear conclusion.
Piotr Ciszewski, Poland, focused on the problems of Warsaw, in particular, he gave an analysis of the process of liquidation of communal housing in Poland. But this problem exists not only in Poland it is typical for Central European region. It is known that the municipal housing is an outlet for socially disadvantaged groups. However, Warsaw authorities are trying to take away even this accommodation. “The apartment’s management plan” exists, under which you can trace the sad dynamics of extinction communal apartments. The speaker also spoke about the criminal nature of the privatization process in Warsaw, citing specific examples. The problem of criminal privatization particularly interested delegates from the former USSR. It was wide spread there and left bad memory.
The problem of reverse current interested Forum a lot. One of the oldest participants Joseph Abramson focused on the origins of retrograde motion of social development and recalled the theory of “controlled chaos”, sponsored by the father and son Brzezinski. But not only Brzezinski are responsible in his opinion. J. Abramson gave a wide retrospective analysis of the post-war left-wing movement in Eastern Europe in its cooperation with the Soviet communists. Many current problems are directly connected to this development.
Iwona Mandat represented a Polish trade union created in the largest company Tesco. She told about the system of job evaluation, accepted by the company. It was elaborated more for robots than humans. The company decides to dismiss people on the basis of formal indicators. The speaker described in details the rules of the labor practices in large companies that create onerous conditions for employees using the help of employment agencies.
Christian Kalchev, a representative of the Social center from Bulgaria, substantiated the idea of a Balkan Federation in his report. This slogan can be put as an alternative for nationalism in the Balkan region. This idea has its roots in the 18th century. The speaker focused on the transformation of the ideological foundations of the Balkan federation, on the history of ideas. Today, according to C.Kalchev, idea of a Balkan federation is actual in a new form.
Immanuel Ness, professor in City University of New York pointed that problems of social movements in the region can’t be taken isolate from the world capitalism and its major power. We need to look them in global context. In particular he said: “The American ruling class is the beneficiary of the exploitation of workers and seeks to expand it military and political influence in Central and Eastern Europe to expropriate land, labor and resources through war and intervention. Europeans and workers in the global sours mast unite in solidarity against US imperialism”.

Poland | March against the militarization of Central and Eastern Europe

The march against militarization was held on March 12 in Wroclaw. It was one of the bright events in the frames of the Social Forum of Central and Eastern Europe. More than 300 people attended the rally. The participants chanted slogans: “Stop the militarization”, “As long as we are united, we are invincible”, “Fascists, bourgeois, you will soon come to an end”, “Government, go to the front and let us eat”, “Without NATO, without a war, we need peace”, “Free Kurdistan – terrorist Erdogan”, “Odessa tragedy should not be repeated”.

Poland | The Social Forum of Eastern Europe on Peripherisation

As we wrote before, on March 12 the Social Forum of Eastern Europe actively discussed several questions important to understand the current position of the region. The most important topic of the Forum was “Peripherisation of Eastern Europe and Mediterranean Area. Public Debt and TTIP as the Tool of Neocolonialism”. Many prominent left scientists paid attention to this problem.
Section moderator Professor Alexander Buzgalin said that the Social Forum was attended by over 200 people.
Matthias Benyik, Hungary, gave an analysis of the socialist left-wing movement in Hungary. He pointed out a split in the ranks left in the country. In the words of Professor Benik right-wing government of Hungary has created the xenophobic atmosphere in Hungary.
Bernard Founu Chougou, Director of Third World Forum, drew parallels between the events in developing countries in Africa and what is now happening in Eastern Europe. He noted a paradox that these countries do not have enough of capitalism, do not have enough of the local bourgeoisie. Our countries were not ready to the development of capitalist relations, which led, inter alia, to the aggravation of nationalism. He believes that the EU has adapted the system of nationalism for Africa too.
Distinguished Greek scholar and politician Savas Matsas gave a detailed critique of the current state of social relations in the EU, referring to the examples of Greece. He called Greece “weakest link” in the chain of the EU countries. There is no question about any complete triumph of capitalism and liberalism, about which so much has been written in the recent past. The main characteristic of the present day – destabilization. Rising nationalism is an indicator of these changes.
Yan Maylchek from the Czech Republic added to the previous speeches specific statistical and digital material. The iron logic of his report followed to conclusions that European economy is in crisis. The growth of domestic debt, the explosive growth of unemployment, the fall in economic activity in various sectors of the economy – that’s obvious signs of this crisis.
Sungur Savran from Turkey stressed that despite the hostile stated policy of the Turkish authorities there are people in this country who set up links to allegedly hostile Greeks and Russians. “Cloud of a third world war hangs above us, we have very little time”, – he warned.