Daniel Cohn-Bendit is a notorious Franco-German leftist.
In 1968, he would be a fighter at the barricades of Paris; his nickname has been Danny the Red (Dany le Rouge) ever since. In the 1970s, he would "love" children in an "anti-authoritarian kindergarten" which is why he also fought for the sex with the children to be legalized in the 1980s. Germany's Green Party recently made a huge U-turn and it now seems to claim that it was "unacceptable" to demand the legalization of peadophilia.
In a normal society, such a man would probably oscillate in between a mental asylum and a prison but we live in countries that have incorporated themselves into the European Union so this chap is much more than a rank-and-file member of the European Parliament. He co-leads the Greens-Marxists in the EU legislative body and is just planning to create a new, modern incarnation of the Communist International that should overtake Europe.
That's the main "planned action" according to his and Felix Marquard's 5-days-old article (also published by The New York Times),
Get rid of the nation state. Wow.
Normally, I would consider Danny the Red to be a marginal figure who is not worth an answer from many of us. His job in the EU Parliament is good for him (he announced that he won't run again in May 2014 elections) but I would doubt that his power goes beyond his preposterous individual existence. That doesn't mean that his opinions and plans aren't shared by a scary percentage of the people. But I would just feel that this particular politician doesn't have the power to change things today.
But I may be wrong. Czech ex-president Václav Klaus, his aides, and a few pro-freedom European politicians and pundits such as Nigel Farage have initiated the following manifesto:
Klaus explains that some modernization of the language notwithstanding, Cohn-Bendit's and Marquard's rant structurally mimics Marx's and Lenin's projects and/or a roadmap to rebuild the EU into a federal melting pot of nations analogous to the USSR.
See also Bruce Bawer's analysis, "Europe's Would-Be Masters", of the Cohn-Bendit's and Marquard's rant written for the Front Page Magazine.
I agree with Klaus that those people do think in a more or less isomorphic way to the Marxists, Leninists, and Stalinists. I do agree that they're not a negligible fringe group that may be ignored. I do agree that democrats must show their teeth before the left-wing radicals insert their teeth into the flesh of necks of our European nation states and their democratic regimes.
It's just not clear to me whether the planned creation of yet another radical party is something that crosses the red lines, something that should suddenly energize and unite the opposition to these dangerous plans across the old continent. But maybe I will change my opinion later today. ;-) So far, it just seems to me that he will at most regroup some extremist parties enjoying something like 5% percent in the EU.
Am I wrong?