At a time when some global players are undermining the multilateral principles of the international system and nationalistic tendencies are gaining strength, Europe is a natural champion of international cooperation. We need to continue standing up for peace, human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against climate change. Our external policies and trade policy must be based on these values and goals, and focus even more on labour standards, social fairness, tax justice and environmental protection.
The EU can thrive in the decades ahead, as long as we Europeans stay together and work together for better European solutions to cope with all our common challenges. We the people are stronger than the forces of division or fear. Member States can only be strong if Europe is strong. Rome must be the moment to reaffirm why we stand united and to show common resolve in shaping a stronger future together. We need to return to the path of social justice and shared prosperity. This is Europe’s progressive choice!