Jeremy Corbyn has warned centre-left parties across Europe that they must follow his lead and abandon the neoliberal economics of the imagined “centre ground” if they want to start winning elections again.
The Labour leader was given a hero’s welcome at the Europe Together conference of centre-left parties in Brussels – where he was introduced as ‘the new Prime Minister of Britain’ and received two standing ovations from a packed auditorium.
Continental centre-left leaders are looking to Mr Corbyn’s Labour as a model to reinvigorate their movement.
Across Europe from France to Germany – Austria to Netherlands and Spain to Greece – once-powerful social democratic parties have been reduced to a shadow of their former selves – with Labour a notable exception.
Mr Corbyn said low taxes – deregulation and privatisation had not brought prosperity for Europe’s populations and that if social democratic parties continued to endorse them they would continue to lose elections.