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Democracy to our peril is at risk. Like the criterion, “ justice must not only be done, justice must be seen to be done” where we very often just witness justice in the courts in action, the cart is before the horse, and very often, justice fails to be done. What we should have is “Not only must Justice be seen to be done, justice must in actual fact be done” Likewise with Democracy: We claimed to be democratic, yet in actual fact, we are anything but. Democracy in name only while an aristocratic tyranny is the reality is in dire straits, and needs to be resolved so that true democracy can developers along the rule of the people by the people for the people. Corporations aren’t people; and should not be capable of holding countries within Europe to ransome. And government figures should be accountable to the justice we claim to propound in full transparency. We need a fully inclusive democratic system where all the people are equal not just at birth, but throughout their whole life, to the dignity and comfort that life has to offer: and trickle down economics, as we have seen is anything but equal. We are caretakers of a beautiful planet. Europe without a doubt is the most beautifully established: but it isn’t for us that we should be thinking about in relation to how we use and abuse it: the only footprints we should leave here is the footprints of our children. Yet we have horrendous homelessness; really! Capitalism we need, but a capitalism that caters for all in a fair and just manner. One child homeless is one child too many. And there is much hungry homelessness hopeless asjlsa and children upon our streets. So can we claim to care about our fellow human beings if even one is suffering? We need to be inclusive of young people on our plans for a better brighter more benevolent Europe. A Europe that does what it says on the box, a Europe for all. The Petty posturing of politicians pontificating like peacocks is anathema to transparency and accountability when it’s just politics being seen to be done, and poltroonary at best. So let’s havw a major change! Make ethics the growth industry of the political spectrum. No more college debating scenarios where winning the argument is all that matter as politicians guffaw and browbeat opposition just for the sake of point scoring. Let’s not just see democracy being done, let Democracy “be” done.

17 hours, 57 minutes ago in What does your Europe look like?
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Equality and justice are to facilitated via equal opportunities in education, support facilities and orientation so that children may enjoy pursuing the many open doors available to them, who are informed, that otherwise one might not be aware of. Also, more support to vocational training schools. Equality and justice via radically diminishing the pay gap between the CEO of a company and its least paid worker. Historically, in the US, it used to be 70 to 1, now I believe it’s 400 to 1. In Europe, it may be less, but still significant. Along with reducing the gap, funds, tax breaks, fiscal support or stimuli, should be re-diverted towards greener industries, job-creating or job-intensive industries and sectors, plus start-ups favouring innovation, creative industries, research. Justice and equality among genders, equal pay for women and men – , glass ceiling, etc, and same for race, religion. Justice and equality among citizens of Europe where in some areas rhere are much less infrastructure and services, where citizens and entrepreneurs have to deal with over-complicated, often inefficient or understructured, bureaucracy, leading many to spend and waste countless hours and effort in dealing with largely useless impositions from “above” instead of dealing with their business and their own lives. (With blame often vented against “Europe” or “Bruxelles”…. fanned by local politicians.) Equality and justice via the projection of Soft Power, culture and example, active promotion of our common values via media and creative industries, film, intercultural exchanges, and example by sharing good practices, going into schools, communities, young and old, being present not heavy handedly, but with a light and illuminating touch. Justice and equality because in the end people do look across the fence and find peace when they find themselves to be, thanks to their efforts and society, a society that is just and fair, where they deserve to be. And that, my friends, would be a rare and precious gift to all, one we should strive for and, who knows, obtain!

20 hours, 5 minutes ago in What does your Europe look like?
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What Europe means to me? It means the end of the historic division of the European continent into separate national states and the beginning to create solid foundation to construct even more united Europe in the years ahead. Europe is a role model and inspiration that transformed the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, into the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the humans, like freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. A union that deepens the solidarity between their peoples while respecting their history, their culture and their traditions. An organization, which is acting like a single body determined to promote economic and social progress for their people, taking into account the principle of sustainable development and within the context of the accomplishment of the internal market and of reinforced cohesion and environmental protection. Also Europe that is resolved to facilitate the free movement of people, while ensuring of their safety and security, by establishing an area of freedom, security and justice. Europe that implemented a common foreign and security policy including the progressive framing of a common defense policy, which might lead to strengthening the European identity and its independence in order to promote peace, security and progress in Europe and in the world. What would your ideal Europe look like? Europe that is committed to continue the process of creating an ever closer union among the people of Europe, in which decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. Where further steps are taken in order to advance further European integration in the fields of foreign policy, and even of security and defense. A more complete single market, and also a common EU approach to migration. There is a huge need for more closely integrated markets in Europe. The high level of economic integration is what has given Europe its strength, and this integration will play a huge part in Europe’s survival in the age of political one.

20 hours, 7 minutes ago in What does your Europe look like?
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Naturally, human beings embark and accept the idea of “social contract”, whereby citizens would seek and try the common good within a given society. Thereby, the people itself are the nation’s voice which is evidenced through the “general will” and national sovereignty, with this being said, people within a nation must be willing to jeopardize their own personal interests for the common good or “general will”. Logically, the people who possess the national sovereignty are the ones who will elect their representatives that will eventually establish written laws in order to allow a nation to fully function. Bearing this in mind, is paramount to fully grasp that the representatives should be considered as a “collective person”, in other words, the representatives are a metaphysical person and in theory will not jeopardize in anyway, shape or form since any “bad” or “immoral” actions will also affect him as member of that nation and society as a whole, which made the Democracy concept flourished. However, in today’s society, even though there are a lot Democracies within Europe, oftentimes there are lack of democratic values. More concretely, fortunately people have the right to vote, as well as many parties to choose, but that is not enough by itself. People have been losing faith in their governments and in Democracy, since they belief politicians and lawmakers do not care about the people and the nation itself but about their personal and special interests which violate completely many Democratic values and the “agreement” made by the people in the “Social Contract”. Oftentimes, politicians have been promising unreachable ideas in order to gain votes, but when they are elected they usually do not fulfill their promises, which I would argue is mainly because their campaign financiers do not allow them and eventually some laws are proposed due to the influence of those financiers and/or multinational corporations. More deeply, I would argue the financial and economic world, like Wall Street and Banks are the main responsible, since they only care about their financial profit and they do not care about the people neither society itself. Unfortunately, there is an increase in Oligarchs power and thereby some might say that politicians are merely puppets from the “power behind the scenes”, which disrespect the people’s power, since they had alienated their power of self-government to a abstract entity that we call: Government and State, besides the fact, many may argue that our politicians and representatives are not elected but either selected, thereby we as a people do not have a real choice to vote and represent the national and people’s interest. I would go further by stating that we somehow have become gradually slaves of this tyrannic system and we do not even notice it, as Johann von Goethe once said: “The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.” This might be the foremost problem in today’s World which had allowed some radical parties and parties who do not support today’s European Union since is their belief there is too much bureaucracy, subversion and so forth. As a result, countries like Poland, Italy, France, Hungary and some more have seen in their political atmosphere an increase in those parties, in fact, I would distinguish Hungary’s Prime Minister: Viktor Orbán since he has repeatedly defended that Hungarian’s billionaire George Soros is a threat to Democracy and European Union, as well as Nigel Farage and some others. Anyway, Democracy has become a odd reality since we have allowed our governments to be corrupted and today’s policies are not helping people and society in general terms. In my opinion, there should be a more transparent political system and the Media should help in this process, as well, the Educational System and Universities, otherwise we can be jeopardizing all the effort that has been made across decades and even centuries to establish a fairer society, where values as: Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are a must and every human being has intrinsic rights as John Locke had written. With this being said, I think European young generation should make the difference and are the change for our future as national citizens, but more importantly as European and World Citizens, and thereby we should unite all together and discuss ideas and help one another.

1 day, 17 hours ago in What does your Europe look like?
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A platform where: People/Refugees can: • Apply for free language courses (Certificates should be offered by government) • Apply for vocational trainings (Provide opportunities and ways to get qualifications/connect with companies) • Offer/Seek free legal & economical advice • Offer/Seek free psychological advice (The legal, economical, psychological advices will be provided voluntarily by young professionals, which later on will get support and certifications from the Government and have their CV equipped for international level) • Seek job opportunities (Connect with companies & Governmental Office of Employment) • Connect with private/public educational institutions (Offer free and full scholarships for young refugees that have good academic results) Other activities & missions of the platform: • Organize & train the youth to volunteer for UNCHR refugee camps in Europe (Online Application) The Media & The Online Platform 1. Living Libraries 2. Interviews Offered by refugees that will get help from us. 3. Articles 4. Perspective/Shared Experience • Companies that offer their services & advertisement in our online platform (Money that will come from this advertisements will be used for facilitating the refugees’ needs and improving our services) • Promote young activists (It should be used to promote young journalists, young politicians & on the other hand to give opinion and influence positively the way refugees are seen) • Scientific articles/economical & social analysis • Competition for documentaries/ reports • Interviews: Perception of distinguished figures • T-Shirt online campaign with powerful messages, in cooperation with VIP-s ( money will be used for refugees)

Last August, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (US Senate) introduced the “Accountable Capitalism Act”. The legislation is intended to restore the idea that giant (American) corporations should consider the interests of all major corporate stakeholders ( employees, customers and the community and shareholders), not only shareholders, in company decisions. The Act provides: – Very large American corporations must obtain a federal charter as a “United States corporation,” which obligates company directors to consider the interests of all corporate stakeholders; – The boards of United States corporations must include substantial employee participation (no fewer than 40% of its directors must be selected by the corporation’s employees); – Sales of company shares by the directors and officers of United States corporations are restricted; – United States corporations must obtain shareholder and Board approval for all political expenditures; – A United States corporation that engages in repeated and egregious illegal conduct may have its charter revoked. The principle of “maximisation of shareholder value” adopted in the 1980s is damaging not only society at large, but corporations the adopt it as well; this due to a too low percentage of profits reinvested in the company to foster its growth. This is true not only in the USA but also in Europe; should we think to introduce a legislation similar to the Accountable Capitalism Act also in Europe? References: https://www.warren.senate.gov/download/accountable-capitalism-act-one-pager https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3348/text

2 months, 2 weeks ago in Sustainable Future
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