The European Union is failing in its grandiose plans to unite the continent. Brexit, and the rise of the racist right in many countries, are disrupting it from within, whilst the American and Russian presidents openly encourage forces dedicated to its breakup.

The politicians and capitalists of the major states are themselves largely responsible for the impasse their neoliberal project finds itself in. By imposing austerity, falling real wages, scapegoating refugees and workers from beyond its borders, they have alienated millions and called up dark and destructive forces that threaten a terrible future for our continent.

Europe’s workers and young people must not follow our ruling classes down the road of nationalist rivalry and conflict. We need a pan-European struggle to replace the rule of the billionaire bankers, media barons and CEOs with a genuinely democratic and liberatory project – a Socialist United States of Europe.

To achieve this we need international organisation with a programme for common action by Europe’s working class and social movements.

Europe: the Revolutionary Alternative is the League for the Fifth International’s contribution to this task.

Europe: The Revolutionary Alternative, 52pp, 2019, £3.50 inc. P&P


The European Union is facing its deepest crisis since its foundation and Brexit is only one part of it. Anti-Europeanism is an integral part of this crisis. In practically every EU member state, right-wing populist parties have grown to become major players in national and international politics. Beyond them, openly fascist groups are waging a terror campaign against migrants, Muslims, synagogues and mosques from Budapest to Berlin.