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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
For me it is clear that our political family has to engage in a recruiting narrative for the 21st century, innovating our traditional values of redistribution and social justice, making them fit for the challenges we face. Socialists and democrats have always been in the business of minimising risks for everyone. We have entered a new area with totally new risks. Therefor we need a new socialism, a new social democracy on a new level: A European Union that transcends the economic logic to become a Union of shared values, shared welfare and shared risks. The place where we do our work, in parliament or government, should be transparant and citizens should be able to hold us to account. And last but not least, if we choose to organise democratic participation we should definitely avoid fake consultations.
The next European election may possibly be the most important and crucial one in the history of our common European project. It’s going to be a defining moment, a real test for us all, and our best opportunity -one that we can’t miss- if we want to stem the tide of rising populism, extremism, nationalism and euroscepticism; if we want to be sure that we Europeans do not repeat the worst chapters of our history. In that challenge, we need all hands aboard. As socialists and social democrats, we are always committed to open more and better channels of communication and to foster a frank and open discussion with citizens. We want to listen from you! Don’t hesitate to tell us your concerns, your proposals, your criticisms!
One of the core issues in the upcoming election is going to be migration and asylum policies, a matter that is very close to my heart and my activity in the European Parliament. I firmly believe that, far from being a problem or a crisis, migration is a human phenomenon from which all -both countries of origin and destination- can benefit if properly managed. Enough of scapegoating migrants! We need to break the current narrative dominated by a right-wing -if not a far-right- approach, and stand firm against those who build their political project upon fear, division and prejudice. Let us know your views on this or any other matter of your interest!