The delegation includes the President of European Socialist Party, former Bulgarian Prime Minister, as well as representatives of the French, Spanish and Belgian Democratic Socialist Parties
in addition to European MPs.
The only way out of this austerity madness is to vote for left wing socialist parties
like our very own workers party TUSC, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, who like all the left parties across Europe would end austerity once and for all.
In framing discrete political positions in competition with other Jewish parties and organizations, leaders of the Jewish socialist parties articulated a politics of class, based upon a highly politicized ascription of class identities.
Instead, they should organize a May Day parade (on 18 April OS), with red flags and banners extolling "class and political demands and their solidarity with the workers of the world."(72) Bundist Leivik Hodis introduced this resolution in the Smolensk Soviet, which agreed and planned a massive celebration, including representatives of all the Jewish socialist parties and a Bund Choir.(73) The Bund framed its politics almost exclusively in terms of class struggle, and by doing so pointed the way for all of the city's socialist parties.
Once the February Revolution had made open political party competition possible, Smolensk's Jewish socialist parties faced the problem of competing for the loyalty of only 3,000 artisanal workers and employees.
If the socialist parties did not commit to these issues, then "the Jewish masses, for whom these issues are extraordinarily important and sacred .
Religious and socialist parties are failing, says Barone, because socialism does not work and the citizens of the democracies are steadily becoming less religious.
"When they stand even for maintaining current levels of government, much less expanding" the state, says Barone, socialist parties lose, as the failures of the British Labour Party and the German Social Democratic Party show.
But all nationalisms are grounded in patriotism and traditions, impulses that are "capable of holding a whole people together in a way that the impulses animating religious, liberal, and socialist parties usually cannot."
In addition to being leaders of the respective socialist parties, the BSP and PASOK, the two politicians met in their capacity as members of the international Socialist movement - Stanishev as the head of the Foreign Policy Network of the Party of European Socialists, and Papandreou - as the President of the Socialist International.
Both Stanishev and Papandreou vowed to boost the cooperation between between their fellow socialist parties.