State of the European Union

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In nine months, EU citizens will be called to the ballots to elect their new European Parliament. There is much at stake and so little time left for European leaders to get us out of the current political stalemate and finally deliver for the many.

On 12 September, Jean-Claude Juncker will be in Strasbourg to deliver his very last “State of the European Union” speech and outline his visions and priorities ahead of the 2019 elections.
We have high expectations! We want the Commission and the Council to fight for workers’ rights, to protect our environment, to lead the transition to a low-carbon economy, to promote gender equality, to fight inequalities and bring about social justice.

Have your say! What do you think should be Europe’s priorities?

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I’m quite sure that none of the regular citizens of EU would ever say that the European elections are far more important than the local ones. Let’s face the truth – for too long they were treated marginally. That’s because in the history of our continent, there was no leader who would set the EU beyond his own country. That’s the big mistake. Our priority should be to convince the Europeans that we are stronger together – only when we cooperate with each other. It’s a hard thing because politics generally is associated by people with the worst marks. From one side it’s good that the big, European parties support the local ones in election campaign because who knows better what their people want, right? Well, that’s not so easy. When I read what the big authorities in my country say in media about the common topics like social care, the rise of far-right populists, I’m shocked and disappointed. I always thought about them in categories of intelligent, educated people. The truth is that because of their position, they’re completely isolated from the regular people. The Polish opposition’s elections program is actually just to push away the populists from the charge. Politicians do not offer anything except some big words and ideas which in simplified way are not going to pay their rents, feed their children or help them in their everyday lives. Personally one day I’d like to become the politician – the one who’s actually listening to people, the one who actually wants to change something. But the truth is that I don’t come from the rich family and I do not feel like I would be able to do anything about my dream- at least not now (I’m in high school) The social policy in Poland is horrible. The government is spreading the money all around but people who actually need help do not get it. I need a frequent rehabilitation which costs around 1 000 PLN per month (around 150 euro) all I get is only 150 PLN and the rehabilitation methods financed by the government are old and ineffective. I’m off the topic but what I mean is – wouldn’t it be better if for example S&D instead of just financing the local parties would try to look for young devoted people across Europe? Of course there’s this platform but the thing is that it isn’t enough. Personally I do not see any of the European parties present in my city/region or even country. If this change then people would finally start to notice that they actually have power in their hands, that there’s always a better option just waiting in some undiscovered place. What about creating the local groups financed by S&D, which would unite the youth. Then they could change into parties with a little help from the socialists. Wouldn’t it be great? I think that we also need to stop thinking about politician as a job, I mean that the regular people – teachers, farmers, students – they all should bee engaged into democratic process of forming their neighbourhood. We finally need to make people believe into their representatives – that the politician’s office is the place where they can go and talk about their problems.

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