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Good declarations are not enough to change people’s lives. We also need brave political decision-makers who will stand up for their ideas in all circumstances, including under the pressure of markets and conservative forces. The change we want can only be achieved through a rough political battle with the right which might shake European institutions. But the cost of the status quo is much higher than that of short-term institutional disruption. Furthermore, grand coalitions at the European and national levels have recently weakened our political family’s message and credibility towards voters. We call on our parties to enhance their cooperation with other left and progressive forces which share our willingness to change the path of European integration, especially in the run up to the 2019 elections.