We share a lot of your frustrations about the direction the EU has taken and agree things need to change to strengthen the social aspect of Europe. However, we have to disagree with what you see as the causes for this. Europe is not subordinating democratic institutions – MEPs in the European Parliament are directly elected by European citizens, the European Council is made up of national governments and the European Commission is accountable to both these bodies. The fact is that the EU has contributed to the longest period of peace and prosperity in modern European history. We live in an ever more globalised world and if we want to tackle the major issues we face – from tax evasion to climate change -then we need to work effectively together. If we split into 28 separate national countries, we would see a race to the bottom on workers’ rights, tax, and environmental standards. For all the faults of the EU, it remains the best model we have to face common challenges and create the more progressives societies that we want to see.
Whether or not we have the EU, globalisation will continue to exist – through technology and through trade, we are more connected to each other and we are more interdependent than ever. That’s not going to go away just because the EU institutions are no longer there… In this context, how we can go back to “rebuilding social democracy only in the national state” when the challenges we face are international? I agree that global capitalism has negatively impacted the working class the most, but it’s only by having social democratic parties at the international level that we can effectively stand up for workers rights. It’s only internationally that we can push back against social dumping, hold multinational companies to account for tax evasion… Also re. Brexit – the UK as a whole in the EU has traditionally been the one pushing a more neo-liberal agenda so I’m not sure I agree with your interpretation of the Brexit vote as a rejection of the EU’s “liberal” ideology. Take a look at some Daily Mail or Sun headlines (the main newspapers pushing for Brexit) headlines to see how social democratic they are..
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Brexit will adversively affect young people, who – despite having votes against Brexit in the majority – will have to bear most of the costs in the long-term. We need to make sure that young people are not cut off from the EU. Exchange programmes such as Erasmus+ must remain open to UK students. Moreover, they should be incentivised to travel and work in the EU. Our position is that the door must stay open to the UK and that they will join the EU again, unless they decide not to leave it after all in the first place.
With Brexit looming, many thousands of EU Citizens are living in limbo, those EU citizens in the UK, and UK Citizens living in the EU. We have to find a way to protect them. To stop the UK citizens being stripped of their EU Citizenship, and us all being stripped of the protection of the ECJ. What can we all do to keep them in our wonderful European family? We are and always will be European.
With Brexit looming, many thousands of EU Citizens are living in limbo, those EU citizens in the UK, and UK Citizens living in the EU. We have to find a way to protect them. To stop the UK citizens being stripped of their EU Citizenship, and us all being stripped of the protection of the ECJ. What can we all do to keep them in our wonderful European family? We are and always will be European. Together we are stronger.