ALFIO NICOTRA is heading the European Parliament list for Rifondazione Comunista in the central Italy constituency, which includes Rome.
RIFONDAZIONE IS the party that has thrown itself more than any other into the anti-globalisation and peace movements in Italy. What I want to do is to bring this experience into the elections. For example, the European Social Forum (ESF) in Florence in 2002, the three million strong demonstration in Rome on 15 February 2003, and the two million strong demonstration against the war on 20 March this year.
Our policies are similar to the programme of the ESF. We're anti-racist, anti-war and anti-neoliberalism. We want to build a Europe from below which gives rights to workers, to women, to youth, to gays and lesbians, and which respects the environment. We are against the new EU constitution because it is neoliberal. It doesn't provide for workers' rights or for peace.
A vote for Rifondazione is a vote against Berlusconi, against war, and a vote to change the left. If we do not change the left, we will end up defeating Berlusconi but continuing with neo-liberalism. We say a vote for Rifondazione is worth double. On one hand it is the best vote against the militarism of the right.
On the other a strong vote for Rifondazione ought to force the rest of the left to break with neoliberalism and 'humanitarian wars' of which Tony Blair is the best known proponent.