Yes, it is important that we strongly commit to the basic European values. And democracy and sovereignty at European level should enrich democracy and sovereignty at national level. But I was wondering how we can do this, if people do not participate? How can we increase the turnout in the European elections? For example the participation in the European elections 1979 was 61,99 % (EU total), but only 42,61 % in 2014. Does this mean we have not succeeded in creating a new narrative for EU?
This also requires Europe to take a stand and stop raise of conservativism accross Europe. Stop lying ppl, stop acting nothing important is happening. Politicians in my country use Europe only as a source of income for their personal wealth and indocrination of anti europe, anti 21.st groups of ppl . They “elect” ppl for european parlament by using busses from other countrys to vote for their candidates.. Most of them are not elected by our country, they are elected from non eu states ! You made a big mistake accepting Croatia in Europe before sorting out what really happened thru and after 90s in Croatia and all former Yu states. Knowing them, their ideas, their lying smile, their double politics (in and out ) and their prikolica state, Europe is next to go down… they are there only for money, nothing less nothing more without intention to return it, either in form of increased tolerancy , incresed education, or just incresead wealth of their citizens… Before everything I am European, and my socalled sovereign state is only place of my birth, nothing more and i hope it will stay like that. I don’t want to be part of some third country tribe. Long live Europe !
European Union governing bodies, core EU leaders and representatives at all levels, should be far ahead promoting, supporting, representing the interests of every european citizen and the interests of state members beyond EU borders, forming by this way a strong alliance that would promote the sense of belonging to the same family and the sense of sharing the same framework of principles and values.
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.
When we face the rise of a strong and organized far-right with Trump, Hoofer, or Le Pen with unapologetic ideologies, combined with the rejection of traditional parties, the best way to prevent the progression of the populists worldwide is to show a strong unapologetic and united left in Europe. While the results of the far-right in the last polls might be frightening, the change in the left might open the way for a more social and ecologist Europe.
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