Dimitrios Papadimoulis is a Greek politician and Member of The European Parliament (MEP) as well as a member of The European United Left-Nordic Green Left. He was born in 21st of March 1955 and he was an MEP from 2004 to 2009. He was a member of the Greek Parliament from 2009 to 2014. Since 2014, he was elected as an MEP and from July 2014, he is a Vice President of The European Parliament. His responsibilities as Vice-President are for gender equality and diversity, he is both a member at WG on information and Communication Policy as well as at Chancellery of The European Citizen’s Prize. Additionally, he is a Chairman at the High-level Group on Gender Equality and Diversity and he is also replacing the President for European trade Unions as well as for Council of Europe and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). In 25 April 2018, he was the main speaker at the London School of Economics (LSE) on “Europe for the few or the many?”
Dimitrios Papadimoulis - “Europe for the few or the many?”
Let me thank the LSE Hellenic Forum for this invitation and for the opportunity to be here today and have this debate with you. My name is Dimitrios Papadimoulis and I am the Vice President of the European Parliament and Head of the SYRIZA Delegation in the European Parliament.
had suffered. It was a way to provide the European population with what the nation-state couldn´t sufficiently do, which is to give a sense of security, cooperation and prosperity to the people. Since then, European Union was the main driving force, that even though it took certain powers from nation-states, it helped them survive the new postwar era and provide its citizens with human rights, peace and stability.
“The evolution of the European community since 1945 has been an integral part of the reconfirmation of the nation-state as an organizational concept. Without the integration process, the nation-state But let me say that European Union wasn´t only could not have offered to its citizens the same a post-war concept that based on a cost-benefit measure of security and prosperity which it has analysis in order to save the nation-state. It was provided in the past”. also an idea of very visionary personalities, such as It´s not me, it´s the academic Alan Milward that Altiero Spinelli. Spinelli, while being jailed by the said those words 25 years ago. And it is certainly an Mussolini regime on the small italian island called interesting approach. Ventotene, wrote together with Ernesto Rossi, the famous Ventotene Manifesto. Milward´s argument was that, the decision to found the European Economic Community 60 years ago, It was a Manifesto that meant to play a crucial role in was not driven exclusively by a moral or ideological conceptualising a united, peaceful and democratic sentiment believing that this is the right thing to do. Europe. Τhe Manifesto called for a new political According to him, this was more a strategic decision, system that would be able to replace nationalistic based on the experience of the two world wars and antagonism with international cooperation, based the risk of the seeing the nation-state to collapse, by on mutual institutional and economic relations. not being able to cover the needs of its own citizens. This is how the European Vision started. As a Instead, the decision to build a European Community necessity but also as an idea. was a way to rebuild the individual countries that 2