I am very happy to be the blogger of the week. It is not every day that one has the opportunity to be an active part of a project as the one the PES is promoting. I am talking about the Activists Project and the Manifesto 2009. Most of the people that read and consult this blog already know all about these projects, but I would like to take a moment and think about them.
Initial questions: what is the PES? It is the Party of the European Socialists. But is it really a party? Is it not the PES a confederation of national parties rather than a Political Party in classical terms? If we think about it and compare the party structures at a national and European level, we rapidly come to the conclusion that at a European level we are light-years away from the national organizations as they exists. Of course that one could say that we don’t need such an organized and complex party structure, because we don’t have to be prepared to exercise power. We, as PES, are not running to govern nothing. We don’t run to manage local administrative government; as we don’t run to put forward any kind of European cabinet. We leave that responsibility to the national parties, both regarding the local and European affairs. So, what can we do as PES?
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