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Bringing citizens back into European democracy!

In my opinion, the growing Euroscepticism requires a faster and more assertive response. Adding an electoral link between the population and the European Commission may be the most effective method of reversing the mentioned disbelief. The European executive chief, the President of the Commission, is seen as one of the main faces of the project and therefore should be more accountable for it. An elected President of the European Commission would share the responsiveness burden with the European Parliament, would become directly scrutinized by the people for its political actions and would have superior arguments when forced to negotiate. By promoting this bond, citizens would be re-engaged in European politics: more interest, participation, commitment and belief, less populism and nationalist rhetoric. The European Union cannot avoid to address these problems; and the best way to tackle them is by bring the citizens back into European politics and give them voice
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We are all aware that turnout at European elections is lackluster - even though this is a reality, by no means should we accept it. As socialists, our job is to motivate citizens to participate and engage in politics, while simultaneously ensuring that their inputs are considered and addressed. We must strive for a more democratic and responsive Union - we should fight for our citizens' right to elect the Commission's President!

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Excellent point! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Just so you know, we’ll be hosting a new Together event soon and we will be putting online a statement on which everyone can comment. Based on the comments we receive, we will be selecting two new Together ambassadors. Don’t miss out on the chance to become one of them!

Thank you very much for letting me know! I am very interested and will be expecting for that opportunity. Cheers

I like the idea of an elected European Commission president, and while we’re at it, we could add the idea of elected European commissioners. I think this is one of the fundamental reasons why populists can get away with accusing the European Union of being undemocratic. It certainly doesn’t help when Guenther Oettinger and others tell Italians how they should vote. Thinking ahead to the 2019 European elections, I think the Socialists and Democrats have a great opportunity to spread a message of hope for the future. This could be done in a variety of ways, from suggesting the ideas above for a more ‘social Europe’ to addressing the concerns of young people. It is precisely in those countries where young people have little hope for the future, such as Italy, that euroscepticism is on the rise. The socialists and democrats must show that they are taking their concerns seriously and are willing to address them.

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Thank you, Dominic! Excellent comment and great point! Indeed, we also believe that Socialists & Democrats have now a chance to spread a message of hope throughout Europe. And we believe initiatives such as Europe Together are a great tool to do that – we intermediate the meeting with the young generations and we convey their essages to policy makers. Did you know that at each of our events we adopt a Statement? That statement is continuously amended with comments we receive from people as yourself. And these statements, on various points of interest in Europe, will actually stand at the basis of the campaign next year. It’s an exciting experiment and we are glad you’re a part of it! So, stick around, because soon we’ll be posting a new Statement, for our Together event in Paris, on June 29.

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