20 IMCWP, Written Contribution of SWP of Croatia

11/20/18 4:22 PM
  • Croatia, Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia 20th IMCWP En Europe Communist and workers' parties



Dear comrades and friends,


On behalf of the Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia on behalf of those members of the communist co-ordination and workers' parties from ex-Yugoslavia not present here and in my own name

I would like to greet all the people present. To our hosts, the Greek Communist Party

I would like to express my gratitude for the organization of this gathering which allows us to present our thoughts regarding the current situation and to jointly contribute to the solutions of the ongoing problems. I especially wish to congratulate the hosts, the KKE on the jubilee 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Greece.


Knowing that at the beginning of the 21st century despite the enormous development of production resources, techniques and technology which should make decent and comfortable life to the people around the world, we are still deeply buried in the trenches of class divisions is a frustrating fact.

Differences between those who have too much and those who do not have enough for a decent life, and basic living needs, are today greater than those at the beginning of the 20th century.

The consequence of imposing the hegemony of the world's financial centers of power, led by the United States, the EU and NATO over all who do not accept their imperial domination, it does not deny the argument about the evolutionary deadlock of human consciousness in relation to other traits and man as a predator.


By extinction of socialism in Eastern Europe, a lot of energy has disappeared. The energy from which strength and ideas were drawn by the labor and trade union movements of the European West, hence the rights and the standards of the workers are lower than they were.


Besides that, the restructuring of the economy with the increasing share of services  in relation to the production adversely affects the level of revolutionary awareness of employees.

Growth of unemployment, a drop in the number of employed persons, an increasing share of limited time employment in relation to the unlimited, renewal of labor contracts often at very short intervals,

causes permanent insecurity of workers and leads to steady reduction of the number of the organized

workers societies. Social networks and spontaneous, often very massive action of workers and dissatisfied citizens are not good enough substitute for lack of awareness and worker solidarity, which are much lower today that they were a century ago. There is less and less of class identification by the workers, and more of national and civil.

As a consequence, we have an appearance and rise of power of the extremist to explicitly fascist groups.

The socialist idea is being stigmatized at all levels, where countries of the former east bloc are the most vocal ones, ingratiating themselves to their new lords.

Europe, Asia and Africa are permanent zones of wars and imperialist aggression: Yugoslavia,

Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, a coup d’etat in Ukraine by Nazi organizations directly

supported by America and the West. In all these cases, it is a classic struggle for the conquest of other territories where the existing governments are overthrown, and new vassal government is brought in to power just to enable exploitation of natural resources and infrastructure and to use the newly conquered space in a strategic competition.    



All these aggressions have left behind enormous civilian casualties and infrastructure destructions that made millions of people fled from their homes and try to find the future migrating to other countries.

Huge number of them have died traveling, while the most of survivors were used to create one of the largest refugee crises in Europe, that is being manipulated with for political trade and



Europe has no right to be declared a victim of terrorist attacks or floods of refugees. It Is just like a boomerang that returns to her that the creation she participated.

Executed the will of America with no questions asked, supported and participated in most dirty wars against the sovereign states, for centuries exploited territories throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and America as a colonial empire.


I have already mentioned the strengthening of the radical right in Europe. This phenomenon has become a part of everyday life in Croatia. While the phenomenon has emerged in some European countries in response to a refugee crisis and migration flows, or as an expression of dissatisfaction with the vassal relationship of states in relation to America, it has a completely different origin in Croatia.

In Croatia, the affirmation of the radical clergy-fascist right is not a consequence of the refugee's flow, as the flow passed through the country pretty smoothly, but more as the result of the victory of counterrevolution and secession forces in the 1990s, which lead to complete revision of the history and restoration of the defeated politicians and  WWII collaborationist. In other words, a slightly milder form of events that what is happening in Ukraine right now.


So capitalism, the system that has fulfilled its historical mission, does not offer more answers to needs of humanity and creates an ever deeper social, political, but also ecological crisis, showing itself as a very destructive system. The analysis of this destruction imposes the need for the shift of the focus of the action from essential Spheres into the existential one. Capitalism is the only system in human history that is capable of destroying humanity and not only by military means, it destroys the life-force of nature and man. Failure by humanity to abolish capitalism will put an end to mankind by the capitalist system itself. A century ago, Rose Luxemburg argued that the future of humanity is either socialism or barbarism.


In front of us we have a very organized machine, with very well-developed technology of mankind manipulation, and fighting it cannot be uncontrolled, but it must be very well organized.

Since criticism and self-criticism are built into the very foundation of the revolutionary left, we must be honest to ourselves and admin our share of responsibility for the present state.

Disagreements between parties, rivalry, personal ambition, fragmentation to left-wing atomization, multiplication of a number of organizations with limited membership, opportunism, turning from a revolutionary path, and adhering to reformism and social-democracy, with the explicit support of particular communist parties to the military interventions, makes us unreliable and not serious support for broad mass. We work directly for our own damage and by doing that we only help our class enemy. Condicio siune qua non for any move in this fight is overcoming existing divisions on a class basis.


We are confident that the other conference participants will point out the problems our parties are facing and that we will outline the direction of our future actions and focus on strengthening our cooperation. It is my pleasure to let you know that in the area of ​​former Yugoslavia since 2011 there is the coordination of the communist and workers' parties, which are currently constituted by one party from each republic.


Thank you very much for your attention.