Wednesday, July 11, 2018

European Communist Initiative: Statement against NATO's Summit in Brussels

On the 11th and 12th of July a Summit of NATO Heads of State and Governments will be held in Brussels, Belgium, with a dangerous agenda at the expense of the peoples.

Previous summits of this type have been used to introduce new reactionary policies and invite new members in NATO. In the recent years, NATO has put forward decisions for the creation of multi-tentacled military formations around Russia, new rapid imperialist intervention corps, a deeper cooperation with the EU apart from the intensifying rivalries between the USA and the EU, for the allocation of 2% of the GDP of the state-members for military expenditures. 

Last year’s meeting coincided with the controversial integration of Montenegro into the alliance against the popular will of the Montenegrins, while in the margins of its intention to expand euroatlantic control of the Western Balkans and of the Black Sea is now paving the integration of FYROM, as well as of Ukraine and of Georgia. The Agreement of the Greek and FYROM’s governments is used as a passport for the purpose of the integration of FYROM, which promotes the EU-NATO dangerous plans in the Balkans. 

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, NATO has steadily expanded in Europe and beyond, which contrary to its claims of enforcing stability has aggravated inter-imperialist contradictions further and emboldened its associated frontier states, whether full members or not, to facilitate and escalate anti-popular measures. NATO-aligned governments have been able to pursue policies fueling ethnic collides such as in Balkans, Baltic States, Georgia or Ukraine, to serve the monopolies’ interests in their aim for the control of the energy resources, of their routes of transportation, of the markets.

NATO countries recently pledged to dispense 20% of their defense expenditures on major equipment spending, providing a substantial source of income for its monopolies. With the recent announcement of Colombia as NATO΄s «global partner», it implies not only a strengthening of a US spearhead on the South American continent, but also ample new economic opportunities for monopolies in the South and Central American markets.

Currently, seriouscompetitions within the imperialist alliance are noted, which are seen in practice through the dawning of a trade war primarily between the United States and other members of the organization. In this context, the intensifying of the militarization of the EU with its Common Security and Defense Policy and the “International Strategy” of the EU that foresee dangerous plans such as the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the European Intervention Initiative and the so-called Military Mobility,in the framework of cooperating with NATO but will separately assist EU imperialists in enforcing their interests abroad independently, with the African continent and the Middle East as particular targets of the military involvement of the EU and its member states.

In view of these developments it is clear that the imperialist alliances are becoming increasingly volatile, that they cannot be permanent, and that the capitalist system at their base is becoming more reactionary and dangerous. The much repeated bourgeois myth of the EU as a peace project has in reality turned out to be exact opposite.

Let΄s strengthen the struggle against imperialist war, the EU, the NATO and all imperialist alliances!

End the system of exploitation that breeds wars, crises, refugees, exploitation!

Long live socialism!