On Wednesday, November 23rd DiEM25 Berlin, Die Linke International and Berlin’s Comitato per il No held a public meeting to discuss the upcoming referendum on the constitutional reform in Italy. Around 25 participants attended the meeting, which included interventions by Andrej Hunko (member of Parliament for Die Linke), Anna Ballarin-Denti (Comitato per il No), and Paola Giaculli (Die Linke).

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his government promise that the reform of the second part of the Italian Constitution will cut the costs of politics and simplify the legislative process. The reform, however, has been widely criticised by the country’s political opposition, by civil society movements as well as by the left fringe of Renzi’s party. Eminent constitutionalists also warn against a reform that, without noticeably cutting bureaucratic costs, would concentrate decision-making power in the hands of the country’s executive, strengthen the power of the central state vis à vis the regions, and hinder the direct democratic processes allowed by the current Constitution.

DiEM25 joins Italy’s progressive forces in supporting the NO vote to a constitutional reform that would weaken democratic decision-making within parliament and society. These constitutional amendments, if passed, would favour the interests of international financial capital and of the political elites that have promoted EU’s disastrous austerity policies.

Vote in Italy: 4th December 2016

Members of AIRE can vote by post. The ballot should reach the embassy by December 1st, 2016.