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Voting directly European Parties and not the symbols of national parties may help Europeans feel closer to EU and its politics. A campaign made by the European parties on concrete themes may also change the way people consider the EU.
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!