Cor­byn: Europe needs to tackle ris­ing ‘fake’ pop­ulists

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Bri­tish op­po­si­tion Labour Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn urged Europe’s So­cial­ists to chal­lenge the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment and team up with like-minded left­ists to check the rise of “fake” right-wing pop­ulists.

“The stakes could not be higher. If we can­not rise to the task, then we will smooth the path to power of the fake pop­ulists,” Cor­byn said in a speech to the an­nual congress of the Party of Euro­pean So­cial­ists in Lis­bon, Reuters re­ported.

“The far right feeds on fears fu­eled by fall­ing liv­ing stan­dards, dam­aged com­mu­ni­ties, in­se­cure work and un­der­funded pub­lic ser­vices. It di­verts the blame away from the pow­er­ful few re­spon­si­ble for eco­nomic and so­cial fail­ure and onto mi­nori­ties.”

Far-right anti-im­mi­gra­tion forces have been on the rise in Europe in re­cent years. “If the Euro­pean po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment car­ries on with busi­ness as usual, the fake pop­ulists of the far right will fill the vac­uum,” Cor­byn said.

He called on left-lean­ing lead­ers to work to­gether as they do in Por­tu­gal where the mi­nor­ity So­cial­ist gov­ern­ment is backed in par­lia­ment by the two far left par­ties.

Speak­ing just ahead of a Dec. 11 Bri­tish Par­lia­ment vote on Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Brexit plan, Cor­byn re­it­er­ated that Labour felt the deal should be re­jected while a bet­ter one, ideally for a long-term cus­toms union with the EU, re­mained pos­si­ble. “We think the deal she brought back is not ac­cept­able,” he told re­porters ear­lier. “It pleases no­body.”

“First thing is to op­pose this deal, get the gov­ern­ment to ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter deal along the lines we set out and if they can’t do that they should re­sign and we have a gen­eral elec­tion.”

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