European Realistic Disobedience Front
Μέτωπο Ευρωπαϊκής Ρεαλιστικής Ανυπακοής
Μétopo Evropaikís Realistikís Anypakoís
General SecretaryYanis Varoufakis
FounderYanis Varoufakis
Founded2018
HeadquartersGamveta 6, Omonoia, Athens
IdeologyAnti-austerity[1]
Syndicalism[2]
Market socialism[3]
Democratic socialism[4]
Progressivism
Pro-Europeanism[5]
Political positionLeft-wing[6]
European affiliationDiEM25
International affiliationProgressive International
Colours  Orange
Parliament
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European Parliament (Greece)
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Website
mera25.gr

The European Realistic Disobedience Front (Greek: Μέτωπο Ευρωπαϊκής Ρεαλιστικής Ανυπακοής), or MeRA25 (Greek: ΜέΡΑ25), is a left-wing Greek political party founded in 2018. Its founder and General Secretary is former Syriza MP and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. MeRa25 is part of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25),[7] the European Spring and the Progressive International.[8]

Background

MeRA25 was founded on 27 March 2018 by former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis. The party's formation was announced during a special event in Athens.[9] In December 2018 former Syriza member and MEP Sofia Sakorafa joined the party.[10]

The party contested the 2019 European Parliament election as part of DiEM25.[11] It narrowly failed to win a European Parliament seat.[12] In the 2019 Greek legislative elections, MeRA25 gained 9 seats and 3.44% of the vote.[13]

Name

Without capitalisation, the letters of ΜέΡΑ25, μέρα (mera), spell the Greek word for "day", mirroring the Latin diem and thus showing the party's connection with DiEM25.

Positions

The party presents itself as an alliance of 'Left, Green and Liberal Greeks', standing on the grounds European internationalism, economic rationality and social emancipation. It plans to introduce a 'European Green New Deal', as a solution to the postmodern version of the Great Depression.[14] In Greece, its core 7 legislative policy proposals are:

Election results

Hellenic Parliament

Election Hellenic Parliament Rank Government Leader
Votes % ±pp Seats won +/−
2019 194,232 3.44% New
9 / 300
Increase9 #6 Opposition Yanis Varoufakis

European Parliament

European Parliament[16]
Election Votes % ±pp Seats won +/− Rank Leader
2019 162,328 2.99% New
0 / 21
- #7 Yanis Varoufakis

See also

References

  1. ^ "Greek conservatives win first post bailout general elections: first official results". Xinhua. 8 July 2019. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. MeRA 25 (Day 25), an anti-austerity party founded by former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is estimated to receive 3.4 percent of votes and the newly founded Right-wing nationalistic Greek Solution (Elliniki Lysi) 3.7 percent of votes.
  2. ^ "Ασφάλιση εργαζομένων, Συνδικαλισμός" [Worker Insurance, Syndicalism]. Οι Θέσεις του ΜέΡΑ25 [The Policies of MeRA25] (PDF). 2021. pp. 63–64.
  3. ^ Yanis Varoufakis: From an Economics without Capitalism to Markets without Capitalism | DiEM25, retrieved 16 October 2021
  4. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "Greece". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  5. ^ "Will MeRA25 bring the bright day that Greece has been waiting for?". Open Democracy. 29 March 2018. MeRA25 is, as of this Monday, the only pro-European party in Greece that is proposing the end of austerity.
  6. ^ "Greece". Europe Elects.
  7. ^ "Το όνομα του νέου κόμματος αποκάλυψε ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης | Kathimerini". Kathimerini. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Βαρουφάκης-Σάντερς ιδρύουν την Προοδευτική Διεθνή". efsyn.gr. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Έδωσε το στίγμα του "ΜεΡΑ25"". efsyn.gr. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Στο ΜέΡΑ25 η Σοφία Σακοράφα UPD". efsyn.gr. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Το ΜέΡΑ25 μπροστά σε ευρωεκλογές και εθνικές εκλογές". Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών (in Greek). 24 November 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Χάνει την έδρα το ΜΕΡΑ25 του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη". thepressroom.gr (in Greek). 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "MeRA25: a new Greek political party". openDemocracy. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Βαρουφάκης: Αυτά είναι τα επτά σημεία του πολιτικού προγράμματος του "ΜέΡΑ 25"". news247.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  16. ^ "MERA25 | European parliament election – May 2019". ekloges.ypes.gr. Retrieved 27 May 2019.