A RADICAL new blueprint for Europe, spearheaded by former Jeremy Corbyn aide Thomas Piketty, has called for €800billion (roughly £717billion) of levies to challenge the rise of populism across the continent.
The left-wing manifesto aims to address division, disillusionment and inequality. The plan has been created in collaboration with several prominent economists. It comes ahead of Parliament’s key, “meaningful vote” on Theresa May’s Bexit deal tomorrow.
Also involved in Mr Pikkety’s socialist document are historians and former politicians from half a dozen countries.
The individuals intend to put pressure on multinationals, millionaires and carbon emissions by introducing enormous levies.
Mr Piketty’s “manifesto for the democratisation of Europe” states EU institutions are stuck in “a technocratic impasse” that benefits the rich.
It reads: “Following Brexit and the election of anti-European governments at the head of several member countries, it is no longer possible to continue as before.
“We cannot simply wait for the next departures or further dismantling without making fundamental changes to present-day Europe.”
The paper’s left-leaning authors criticised populist movements across the continent, blaming them for “hunting down foreigners and refugees”.
They also railed against parties propagating what they call “hardcore liberalism and the spread of competition to all”.
Signatories of the document include Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos party, Italy’s former prime minister Massimo D’Alema and the Belgian political scientist and socialist mayor of Charleroi, Paul Magnette.