MeRA25

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European Realistic Disobedience Front

Μέτωπο Ευρωπαϊκής Ρεαλιστικής Ανυπακοής
Μétopo Evropaikís Realistikís Anypakoís
General SecretaryYanis Varoufakis
FounderYanis Varoufakis
Founded2018
HeadquartersGamveta 6, Omonoia, Athens
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Liberal socialism
Progressivism
Pro-Europeanism[1]
Political positionLeft-wing
European affiliation
International affiliationProgressive International
Colours     Orange
Parliament
9 / 300
European Parliament (Greece)
0 / 21
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 secretary is former Syriza MP and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. MeRa25 is part of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25)[3], the European Spring and the Progressive International.[4]

Background[edit]

MeRA25 was founded on 27 March 2018 by former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis. The party was presented during a special event in Athens.[5]

In December 2018 former Syriza member and MEP, Sofia Sakorafa, joined the party.[6]

The party contested the 2019 European Parliament election (as part of DiEM25)[7] It narrowly lost a European Parliament seat.[8]

It gained 9 seats and 3.44% of the vote in the 2019 Greek legislative election.[9]

Name[edit]

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

Positions[edit]

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.[10] In Greece, its core 7 legislative policy proposals are:

Election results[edit]

Hellenic Parliament[edit]

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[edit]

European Parliament[12]
Election Votes % ±pp Seats won +/− Rank Leader
2019 162,328 2.99% New
0 / 21
- #7 Yanis Varoufakis

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "Greece". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  2. ^ European Spring Webpage (retrieved on 10 June 2019)
  3. ^ "Το όνομα του νέου κόμματος αποκάλυψε ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης | Kathimerini". Kathimerini. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Βαρουφάκης-Σάντερς ιδρύουν την Προοδευτική Διεθνή". efsyn.gr. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Έδωσε το στίγμα του "ΜεΡΑ25"". efsyn.gr. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Στο ΜέΡΑ25 η Σοφία Σακοράφα UPD". efsyn.gr. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Το ΜέΡΑ25 μπροστά σε ευρωεκλογές και εθνικές εκλογές". Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών (in Greek). 24 November 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Χάνει την έδρα το ΜΕΡΑ25 του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη". thepressroom.gr (in Greek). 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.diem25.org%2Fthe-results-are-in-and-we-made-it-into-the-greek-parliament%2F&usg=AOvVaw08Lpoiqfb9lIPwe3WAAZ_D
  10. ^ "MeRA25: a new Greek political party". openDemocracy. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Βαρουφάκης: Αυτά είναι τα επτά σημεία του πολιτικού προγράμματος του "ΜέΡΑ 25"". news247.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  12. ^ "MERA25 | European parliament election – May 2019". ekloges.ypes.gr. Retrieved 27 May 2019.

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