Meet the Co-Presidents of the Left in the European Parliament: Manon Aubry & Martin Schirdewan

Meet the Co-Presidents of the Left in the European Parliament: Manon Aubry & Martin Schirdewan


Good question. Martin is very strategic, I would say, diplomatic, and one thing you have to know about him is that he loves non-alcoholic beers…which I think for a German is questionable… Determined, very bright and smart, surprisingly well-organised for a new MEP. We have a lot in common in the way we see the strategy but not necessarily in the way we call ourselves….whether we’re socialists or not, it’s a big debate between us. Despite some differences between political forces of the European Left, we’re fighting the very same struggles. This is not surprising but this is something that I learned and very much appreciate about us working together as co-chairs of this political group. Manon: Yes, many times
Martin: Yes, often – very often Manon: ….Yea….a little bit on the process
Martin: …I actually failed even going vegetarian. So, no…. Yes, actually once. When I was in the US because I wasn’t 21 yet… and they only realised that afterwards. Sorry, mum! I don’t recall that maybe because of the non-alcoholic beers…! Manon: No!
Martin: Clearly a ‘No’! Manon: Yes but it’s not enough
Martin: Yep, definitely Manon: No, no and no!
Martin: No Manon: Yes
Martin: Yes Manon: No
Martin: Nooooooo…definitely not! Manon: Er, no!
Martin: No Manon: Dangerous!
Martin: Bad politics and bad hair day. Manon: Activist.
Martin: Revolutionary. Manon: Liberal.
Martin: Conservative. Manon: Tax-dodging!
Martin: Dangerous! Manon: History.
Martin: Historical materialism. Manon: Dreams!
Martin: La lucha sigue! Manon: Leader! Martin: Best co-leader I ever had? People will think we’d prepared this! You can cut this part! A country getting lost in internal political troubles and trying to leave the European Union without actually finding a way out of the European Union whilst at the same time trying to stay WITHIN the European Union without finding a way to stay within the European Union. Well, you take from the poor and you give it to the rich. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting rich. The ones defending your rights. Martin, we’ve managed!