Sunday, February 22, 2004

Greens launch Europe-wide party

From ABC News Online: Thirty-two Green parties from throughout Europe have now officially joined forces to found the European Green Party. The first ever Europe-wide political force will run a common campaign at elections for the EU Parliament in June. The creation of the party at a congress in Rome is the result of long mediation and efforts to find common ground, while recognising the national identities of the participating parties.
From Reuters AlertNet: I have no shame in saying that today we're making history -- we're the first party to have a European structure," Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of the Greens in the European Parliament, told the launch conference on Saturday.
Though I support many Green ideas, I am definitely no Green: they tend to be against globalization and widespread adoption of advanced technologies, in particulat biotechnologies. But I support the creation of transnational political parties and hope European Greens will contribute to promoting a transnational vision of Europe today, and the world tomorrow.