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Europe’s present status is an historic status buildup during the last decades. The diversity of its population and multiculturalism… that forms its Social and economic grain. If we ignore, deny or go against the grain of the society we should not be surprised if it backfires. The rise of populism in Europe is one of the sings of not facing the reality of our own society and it real problems. Resulting threatening our European values that the world has been proud of it and top human achievement.
The Progressives wish to create a Social Europe and will fight for it… But I am wondering how we will do it, the project is good in theory but its implementation is on the fence, we just need to look at the political orientation of the governments in Europe. The entire Europe is moving to the right wing, from the West to the East, the South slightly resisting. When I look at the French elections’ results, I still feel more sceptical. Admittedly, if Macron wins, it’s not the worst choice for Europe but it’s definitely not the best for a Social Europe. It is more than necessary for the Socialists to go back to their roots, to go on the streets, to go to the social outcast, to the workers… because today, we can definitely see that their votes go to people like Trump, Le Pen, Wilders, … I also think that it is important to reshape the “socialism” and to give its values back. Too many people became affiliated for self-interests or to gain power. Indeed, I don’t see socialism in the French government, I don’t see socialism in some S&D MEPs discourses…or votes, and I don’t see socialism in my hometown when I look at the Publifin scandal (Liège, Wallonia, Belgium).
I have one question. Are Italian frontiers also European frontiers? If the answer is “NO !!!”, well, Europe turns its gaze on the other side and let Italy solve this immense problem by itself. If the answer is “Yes !!!” then stop making hypocrites, stop making egoists, stop doing myopics, and start seriously tackling the problem, because the future of Europe is inextricably linked to the positive solution to this problem, I believe that the solution is not just the division of the number of immigrants in more or less equal parts. I’m also sure that the solution is not searched with walls and barbed wire, but it must necessarily involve the countries of origin , who have to take on their responsibilities. They cannot think about downloading their problems to others. One last question: is it possible that there is a specific strategy behind it?
Our politicians like to consider themselves leaders of “The Free World” and to praise the “free market”. But WHO is really “free”??? What is freedom if not the right to go where you want to be? And what is a migrant if not a one-man corporation that wants to do business abroad??? The “free market” exists only for the rich. They can do business wherever they want, whereas common people are tied to their nation states like medieval serfs to the land of their lords… We have a global market, but not everyone has access to it. In Europe we use resources from all over the world – from oil and coffee to brilliant minds and cheap labour. We actually want engineers from Bangladesh to come to Europe and help our high-tech industries maintain their leading position in the market. But textile workers from Bangladesh are supposed to stay in their country and produce cheap clothes for us. THAT is anyhting but fair. If we want free access to the markets of the world for ourselves, we should also grant free access to our market to the whole world – meaning, YES, also free access to the labour market for “one-man corporations” selling simply the work of the CEO’s own two hands!
The S&D Group is committed to a positive approach on the issues of legal migration and integration. We strongly believe that the EU cannot remain silent and watch as tragedies unfold on the high seas in the Mediterranean but must ensure co-operation and solidarity define our policy people in distress receive the protection they need. We have been reiterating our call for the EU to adopt a holistic approach to migration which covers all of the interlinked elements — from solidarity and sharing responsibility fairly between countries, to tackling criminal traffickers and smugglers, and the role of Frontex and EASO (the European Asylum Support Office). We want to see the EU: • develop safe lawful access routes into the EU for asylum seekers and refugees • ensure the Common European Asylum System is fully and properly implemented • strengthen and enhance the Common Resettlement policy • bring a consistent approach to our migration, visa, international development and foreign affairs policies towards non-EU countries • ensure that money spent on migration is money well spent.
It is so frustrating to see Theresa May insisting that 65 million people are unified behind Brexit! So many of us feel our government has been hijacked and only the EU is listening to us. We need Europe to stand up for us when our own government won’t!! Theresa May is unelected; Brexit was fuelled by dark foreign investment; the Brexit campaign was built on lies. We beg the EU to protect its British citizens and to stand up for our rights. Don’t abandon us! Make a second referendum part of the Brexit negotations.
I was there and voting when we joined I have no desire to be here when we leave. I hear a lot about getting the best deal from people who should be aware that this is what we already have. We are members of the only democratic trading group. The EU isn’t perfect, neither am I, however it can be improved and it has been being improved over the years. I’m unable to find any logical reason for leaving this association it’s the very best on the planet. I have five grandchildren all studying sciences from A level to PhD they and their friends are of one opinion out of the EU there will be no future for them so most are for leaving, mainly for Europe. Of my two children one is a senior junior school teacher she feels under appreciated and over worked. No longer able to teach properly only to get children through government exams. Although she is looking for a deputy head position she would get out of teaching if she could, not because she doesn’t like teaching she loves it but because of nonsense she is forced to deal with put there by governments. Things that are not going to help educate her children. My son is a database expert working for an American based company. His wife is Italian/British national and he is studying for Italian nationality then he will take his skills to the EU as like his children he can’t see a future in the UK out of the EU. Now for me I’m in my 80s and following both a bankruptcy, following serious surgery, I’m a widower and when my wife died I went to pieces and spent every available Lenny I could lay my hands on. So I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the last twenty years of my working life until I was 78, to pay off the debts. So I would only be a financial burden to another country so I would feel that it would be unethical for me to move away from England. Both before and after this very flawed lie supported advisory referendum I did some research on the EU and found it was far better than any other such group. In any case I know and feel I’m a European this group of islands are part of Europe’s Atlantic shelf so we are physically part of Europe. The vast majority of our ancestors came from Europe admittedly we now have people from a wider social group from our late colonies. People who’s ancestors fought and died in two world wars for this they country, they also stood by us in other conflicts so as far as I’m concerned their descendants are welcome here. What I really want to say is that the very best interests of this nation lie in the EU not outside it. I hear lots of political nonsense about how we will get this and that trade deal with the rest of the world. The problem is that currently we already have extremely good deals through the EU. These have been negotiated from the strength of the EU. Out of the EU we will have to start from the bottom and we will be negotiating deals with more powerful markets than ours so we negotiate from a very weak position. We will be forced to accept trade governance from secret courts that ensure that our government cannot make trade rules or laws that don’t suit the multinational companies that are at the centre of all these deals. The only intelligent place for the UK is in the EU, leaving will make us very much weaker as Scotland will definitely leave the UK and it is more than likely that Northern Ireland will make a joint government arrangement with Ireland to become one country outside of the U.K. Me I would love to move to Scotland and spend my last few years there but it would mean that they would have to give me both health and financial aid and that wouldn’t be ethical. George Farmer A European.
European Union is a union of states which should cooperate to establish new taxation standards and full transparency. Secrets of big companies revealed by whistleblowers shining light on the current situation. Millionaires aren’t contributing to societies, big corporations uses loopholes to avoid taxation. This fact is unacceptable. It is important to liquidate tax heavens in Europe, implement new platform for financial transfers, create new laws to protect whistleblowers who are revealing truth about the illegal practises of companies. Fair Europe is possible.
Abandoning the UE is not an occasion to isolate from the world, rather the necessary decision to refuse the intrinsically liberist policy Europe is based on (despite all the “social democracy” proclamations), seeing it ( the liberist ideology) as NOT modifiable being it the very foundation on which this Europe was built on in the first place. GB refused the current EU model, based on the subordination of democratic institutions and subordinate classes to the whims of Bruxelles’ technocrats and on the expoitation of lower classes by who has the means to do that (i.e. international capital). The only adequate environment on which to restore socialdemocracy nowadays, things staying as they are now, is the National State, where the demos should be redefined not in contraposition to other nationalities but in contraposition to neoliberist predatory élites. NOTE: I know, London is a beneficiary of international capital but it can be considered almost as a separate city-state with its own rules and economy that’s why is not considered beneficial to the overall well being of GB.
Actually he is completely right in his statement! (see link below) the European Parliament and European Commission should already introduce a bill to ensure all member states, start taxing such #software, routines and protocols intended to reduce human presence at the work place! All members at once to avoid #taxhavens, as with the #Amazon #Apple case within EU. SAP Oracle ABB Sage Odoo Microsoft Salesforce. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/18/china-development-forum-bill-gates-wants-to-tax-robots-but-abb-group-ceo-ulrich-spiesshofer-says-otherwise.html Best regards Ryan Khouja Accredited and registered Economist, at Barcelona CEC.
Recent financial scandals and whistleblowers have revealed the extent of the fraud led by multinational companies and wealthy individuals in order to avoid contributing to our societies. We argue in favour of much more wealth redistribution, legal sanctions to be put in place internationally against companies using these practices, and we encourage the European commission to keep chasing the big corporations which use loopholes in European legislation to avoid taxation. We call for the immediate implementation of the Financial Transaction Tax and for the establishment of common standards regarding taxes on corporate benefits.
Today it is virtually impossible to lead contra-cyclical economic policies even if we clearly need them. On the short term, we ask for investments in the future to be deducted from the deficit and debt calculations. Investing in higher education can have a positive impact on young people’s future. We need to develop new public services : to face the challenge of an ageing population as well as to respond to the need of refugees in terms of psychological support, housing, education, health. Likewise, investments in renewable energies and the reduction of energy consumption are not only good for jobs, they are a question of human survival. These ambitious projects have a cost, but it is much lower than the cost of austerity. If it was possible for Europe to afford the creation of social security systems and tremendous investments in infrastructures in the aftermath of WW2, it has to be possible to do the same now on the richest continent of the planet. On the longer run, treaties should be changed so that social rights and environmental standards take precedence over economic freedoms of capital.