«The communist and workers parties of Europe stand against  anti-communism, the falsification of history by the EU and its governments, for the regroupment of the labour movement as a necessary precondition in the struggle for the overthrow of capitalist barbarity, for socialism” — Dimitris Koutsoumpas, KKE General Secretary


Dear comrades,

171 years have passed since the assessment that “the spectre of communism is haunting Europe” was formulated.

This is the same “spectre” that is haunting today the majority of the European Parliament, the EU itself, which has elevated anti-communism into its official policy.

Then, 171 years ago, “all the powers of old Europe have entered into a Holy Alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.”

In today’s era, and specifically last September, the political groups of the People’s Party, Social-Democrats and Liberals, the Greens and Conservative Reformers united in the European Parliament to approve an anti-communist resolution, 535 votes in favour, 66 against and 52 blank votes.

As two centuries ago, it is the same today, all the basic political “powers of old Europe” were united against the “spectre” of social revolution, social justice, the abolition of the exploitation of man by man, the new socialist-communist society, which continues to haunt them.

Then, the authors of the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friederich Engels, formulated that “Communism is already acknowledged by all European powers to be itself a power”

Today the anti-communist offensive, with the shameful resolution by the European Parliament, reveals that the revolutionary ideals of communism, continues to inspire the popular-working class forces of Europe, despite the very grave consequences which the counterrevolutions in the USSR, Central and Eastern Europe had for the communist movement, despite all that was written about the “end of history” and the major difficulties, which the activity of the Communist and Workers Parties in Europe face.

We are here, present!

We should say to all these forces of “old” and “aged” Europe, which defend the old rotten capitalist society and they have their reasons to tremble, that their efforts will prove to be in vain.

The “river does not turn back!” “The ice has broken, the course has been charted!”

We do not ignore the size of the anti-communist offensive that has been unleashed all these years at a European level, in every European country.

We know very well the difficult conditions, in which the communists operate in a number of European countries, in the Baltic countries, Ukraine, Poland, the repeated arrests of militants, the trials and imprisonments of communists and other militants.

And from this podium, we want to express the solidarity of the KKE with all the parties and communists, who face this type of persecution.

However, we see that on the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second  World War, the recent anti-communist resolution, demands the further taking and generalization all over Europe of harsher anti-communist measures, with the banning of symbols, monuments and the reinforcement of repression at the expense of communist parties.

EU anti-communism reaches the level of absurdity, when it presents the Soviet Union as an “ally of Hitler” and co-responsible for the outbreak of the war.

They are trying to alter the reality that says that the Second World War like the First World War was a result of the major sharpening of inter-imperialist contradictions and the struggle to redivide the world.

These contradictions sharpened even more due to the existence of the Soviet Union in combination with the global capitalist economic crisis (1929-1933). At a crossroads, they could not solve the problems of the major crisis of capitalism, except via a war between the capitalist states.

Both before and after the outbreak of the Second World War, the goal of both imperialist blocs, fascist and non-fascist capitalist states, was the destruction of the first workers’ socialist state, the USSR, which was a beacon for the peoples.

Both global imperialist wars, as well as hundreds of local ones, took place in the interests of the most powerful capitalist states, were enormous imperialist crimes against humanity, including thousands of crimes of mass murder and atrocities of unprecedented savagery.

This is the truth!

The communist and workers parties of Europe reject the slanderous campaign of the so-called “two extremes”!

We highlight the organic link between the monstrosity of Nazism-fascism and monopoly capitalism!

We note that it is not accidental that the anti-communist offensive is combined with the efforts of the bourgeois political forces to exonerate fascism, to heroise those who collaborated with the Nazis in the Baltic, Ukraine and elsewhere.

In this effort, the EU countries as a whole participate, which for years have been voting against the resolution “condemning the heroisation of Nazism”, which is offered every year by Russia in the General Assembly of the UN.

…While a few years ago we saw that the EU had no problem in supporting reactionary, even openly fascist forces, in order to achieve, together with the USA, their geopolitical goals in the Ukraine.

We remind the peoples of Europe and the whole world that it was the Red Flag, the banner of the first socialist state, the Soviet Union, that was raised in triumph over the Reichstag by the Red Army, which had just crushed the main bulk of the supposedly invincible armies of Nazi Germany.

The aim of the EU was apparent in the anti-communist resolution where it called for a new “Nuremberg” to be set up, this time for communism.

… Talking about the urgent need ” for full understanding and the moral and legal assessment of the crimes of stalinism and the communist dictatorships”.

This is not only aimed at the communists, but seeks to revise the outcome of the Second World War.

It was an outcome achieved through the rivers of blood given by the Red Army, the Soviet Union, the anti-fascist-national liberation struggles of the communists, other militants, of all the peoples of Europe.

At every opportunity we highlight the impending 75th anniversary of the Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples, a tribute to all those who gave their lives or were disabled on the battlefields and in the underground struggle to crush fascist imperialism. To the communist parties all over the world, which led the national liberation struggles.

Truly, why is this offensive taking on such dimensions against the communist ideals and the communists, when our opponents stress that they have finished  communism, that it is a lost cause?

We know that they say these things because they know very well that however much ink they spill, proclaiming the “end of the class struggle”, that they will never achieve this while the so-called “market economy” exists.

Capitalism, the system that is based on profits through exploitation, creates, maintains and sharpens the people’s problems, cannot satisfy the contemporary needs of the people.

It is governed by its basic contradiction, capital against labour, which creates unemployment, poverty and injustice for the many, new capitalist crises, while in its bowels rage fierce inter-imperialist conflicts that sow war, bloodshed, create millions of refugees and immigrants.

In contrast, socialism in the 20th century solved important issues for the working people: free health, education, housing, the eradication of unemployment, the right to social security, pensions, rest, culture and sports.

The unprecedented achievements of the Soviet Union, of other socialist countries, were and continue to be a beacon for the peoples all over the world, which proves that this vision could become a reality.

Another society could become a reality, which is not based on capitalist profit, a humane society, which will safeguard the “certainty for the next day”, in a life of dignity and substance.

Their goal is to use slander in order to blacken these efforts to build the new socialist-communist society, which took place in Europe in the last century.

Not just because they want to exploit its overthrow, but because by defaming the socialist experience of the 20th century, they seek to persuade mainly the younger generations that there is no point in questioning the exploitative system, in struggling to overthrow capitalist barbarity.

In this plan, they use not only ideological and political means, but also judicial, police, repressive measures in many more EU countries.

These measures that are combined with the strengthening of nationalist, racist, far right and fascist forces, which “raise their heads” and are used as forward positions to serve the interests of the bourgeois class.