One is puzzled as to how some parts of the so-called European Left have reacted to the outcome of the recently -held European elections in May.  Some advocate an ” aggiornamento ” or bringing up to date of the ideological framework of moderate Socialists and progressive groups.  Others want a re-alignment to the most radical elements of the Left such as Communists and Ecologists.

The example of the updating of the moderate Left comes from France and Ireland where there has been a call for renewal of Socialist ideas to a more open-minded, less biased and more pro-liberal mentality.  In fact socialists need a framework where low taxation, social justice, free enterprise, regulation ( such as in some banking laws ) or de-regulation flourish  An unbiased support for Israel is also needed – as has been coming from Mr Renzi the newly elected Italian PM.

The redicalisation of Socialists as some pretend in Spain or Greece is a profound mistake in my view as it will engulf these Socialists in the hands of its radical competitors.  In the end, the market of political ideas- however pragmatic- is the same as in the real business world: either you differentiate or you become irrelevant in the market place.

The re-invention of the moderate European Left is needed to compete and offer a healthy alternative to Conservative or Christian Democratic parties which also need a revamping of their paradigms.