The president of Volt Portugal (VP) joined the party for disagreeing with the ideological rumor that this political force is following the European and national level, positioning itself “increasingly to the left” and moving away from its “original matrix”. ” ”.
The main reason has to do with ideological issues. The Volt over time has been deviating from what was its original and its original ideology has been positioning itself more and more to the left”, Tiago Matos Gomes, in matrix to the Lusa agency.
Matos Gomes had already said that he would not re-candidate for the leadership of Volt Portugal at the next congress scheduled for June 25th and 26th, but this Monday night he announced his departure from the party on social media.
The leader mentioned that he was already moving in 2001 before internal opposition that hit a leader who in the background or the Volt Europa and “turn it more to the left”highlighting that of the three founders, only one was elected to the party: the German Damian Boeselager, MEP for the European Parliament in the same year.
“The new direction that came in, taking Reinier [van Lanschot], began to turn the party more and more to the left. How Identity issues were considered paramount when notmainly as issues of federalism, euro-federalism, Europe, how to democratize Europe, how to combine and coordinate the various areas of governance as European issues so that we can move towards a European federation in the medium term”, he defended.
Tiago Matos Gomes considered that these issues “began to be secondary to Vol Europa and that of identity activism being the main causes of the European party and in each of the national chapters”, in Portugal, in a way that their inclusion is already “irreversible”.
For the leader, the entry of the party’s only MEP to the group of European Greens was also “a profound mistake”, arguing that from that moment on, the Volt went on to communicate “people of radical activism”.
This led the party to turn more to the left and, above all, towards identity issues, that is, the major themes that the Volt develops today at a European level — and in Portugal too, and I had internal struggles because of that — have to do with with radical feminism, with LGBT causes, with anti-racism, etc.
In the opinion of Tiago Matos Gomes, these causes “should always be defended, obviously, and whenever questions arise or a position should be taken in favor of these causes”, but does not consider that they should be “the main theme of a party like the Volt”which should prioritize “Europe issues first, the economy and how to improve the quality of life for citizens in general, especially as the middle classes”.
In addition to ideological issues, what anticipated the departure of Tiago Matos Gomes were also internal differences between presidents and members of the National Political Commission, in which the party tried from the beginning to “aggregate several other ideological tendencies”, namely “social democrats, liberal and green”.
“Only divergences of time as ideological began to the agreement and divergences with a general divergence, which are usually divergences along a divergence, divergences and highlights that are not main divergences of divergences, occurrences, divergences and highlights that are not main divergences for divergences. .
The leader — who says he has received several messages from Volteres leading for Europe, including MEP Damian Boeselager -, committing to stay in “active political life”but for now without revealing how it will do so.
On your official social network account twitterOn Monday night, Volt Portugal thanked Tiago Matos Gomes for “all the work he did”, wishing him “the best of luck in future projects”.
Volt Portugal wants to thank the former president @TiagoMatos Gomes, who ended his mandate yesterday, for all the work he has done. We wish you the best of luck in future projects. But, as he himself said, the dream doesn’t end there!
— Volt Portugal (@VoltPortugal) May 23, 2022
Volt Europa is a federalist and “pan-European” party that emerged internationally as a movement in March in response to Brexit, started by a collective of students in the US. Andrea Venzon is the founder of this movement, which is already a political party in several countries, namely in Portugal, Germany, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, United Kingdom or Sweden.
The movement emerged in Portugal on December 28, 2017 and was made official as a political party by the Constitutional Court in June 2020.