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What should the Europe look like in the next 5 years? I think it is obvious, it should be the community which works for everybody not a few. The one which focuses on people – the needs of Europeans and what comes with it the environment. It is they key moment in our history when we need to take major steps to finally stop the climate change. To act for the both peoples’ and animals’ conditions. It should be the more united, stronger Europe which finally is a player on international ground not just the follower. Why? To bring our European values to different countries in Africa, Asia, America. We need to ensure that ALL products which come to the EU come from responsible sources, from companies which respect human rights, working conditions and dignity. We finally have to take responsibility for our past decisions and help developing countries in their way to sustainable societies for everyone. In summary I would suggest: – creation of the European labour agency which would verify the working conditions of imported items. The ones which come from producers which don’t respect the workers rights or have a negative impact on the environment should be prohibited. – further European integration in aim to eventually create one European federal country. – the head of the European Commision should be chosen in direct elections by all European citizens. – the role of the European council should be smaller. It should have the ability to block the Parliament decisions. – the European Parliament should have a bigger role. – the member states which don’t respect the European values should be influenced to do so. – we have to bring the Eastern Europe closer to the western by destroying the economic borders between our societies. – harmonise all laws and taxes across the whole EU – ensure that all Europeans have access to the same standards of education across Europe – Create one educational programme for the whole EU (to ensure the same standards of education) – Let the people vote for transnational elections list – Common European Army – Euro currency in every European country – Creation of the European Constitution – Common European energy market – The same prizes of medicine across Europe – Ensure that all European companies no matter if from east or west are treated the same and have the same chances to start a business – Ensure that giant companies pay their taxes – Ensure abortion until the 12tg week as the human right, the abortion should be available for everybody in every member state – LGBT+ rights should be protected across the EU ( transfusion, same sex Marriages, change of gender identity in documents should be implemented in every member state) – The church should pay it taxes equally as the rest of the society, it shouldn’t be excluded from it. The division of church and the state should be ensured in every member state. – invest in renewable energy and resign totally from coal until 2030
Definition of democracy says that it is “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.” However I would say that this phrase is poor. Why? Because democracy is not just a system. It is the idea that the people can cooperate with each other for the better future. It is present in all patterns of our lives. From the early childhood when we vote what we want do do, play, through the primary school and high school where we choose our representatives to the school council. But even when we want to go out somewhere in a bigger group we discuss several ideas, compare them, debate to make a final decisions. The problem about populists is that they’re using the problems of the people – not to solve them, not to help their citizens. They do this to get in charge of the country and after that they do everything to stay in power – now matter what cost it brings. Our duty is to show people that there’s always an alternative, that if they have problems – they can come with them to their representatives. If they’re not satisfied with them then they shoul candidate. What I mean is that we need to make it possible for them. Because who knows better what need correction, improvement in our society, union than our own citizens?
I am both European and Pole. It hurts me every time I see what the far-right governing party is doing in my country. The politicians are not only breaking the fundamental values of the EU or the Polish constitution – they are destroying our European community in cooperation with Hungarian Viktor Orbán. Probably many of you are wondering why did it happen, why the one of the most promising European democracies is heading into direction of authoritarianism and oligarchy. That’s because people don’t believe into politicians any more. The previous center-right coalition did not accomplish any major success. Of course our economy was progressing, the new roads were build etc. But during all those years the people in power forget about the most important thing – the people. The Government did not do anything in such areas as social protection. They forgot that the nation does not consist of numbers and empty buildings. After that everything rolled out into the situation which we can see today. The only question is how to change it? How to make our citizens believe in their representatives, believe in democracy? First of all, the EU should make firm steps to influence politicians. We need to remember them that their duty is to serve the community not destroy it. However we all see that they do not care about our values. That’s why it it good that the European Commission decided to start the procedure of article 7. But it is not the end. The article might stop the populists from destroying their regions but after that we need to show people that the safe, bright future is called the EU. How? Well, it won’t be easy but personally I have several ideas. First of all, we need to show the citizens the presence of the biggest European parties in their everyday life. When it comes to me – I have never seen any European parties to be present in my city, district or even country. All I see is only the meetings in Brussels. That’s mistake – because we need to restore confidence in politicians. People should come to the offices of parties or local authorities with belief that those people actually represent them, that they care about their fate. I think that S&D should also create more initiatives like Europe Together. I mean that now it looks like the European parties are financing the local ones. Meanwhile I think that the S&D should look for young, energetic people itself. By the local initiatives which would govern them. I believe that there are many young people like me – on this platform – for whom the fate of the Europe is an important topic. Unfortunately they do not have money to promote themselves, so they lose to the more popular candidates (like populists), or give up at the beginning and choose the job which will provide them money to live. I also think that harmonisation of the EU structures plays a major role in this topic. We need to create the same standards of social protection, healthcare system, education system, law, taxes etc. across all of the EU. This would align standards of living between the rich regions ant those which are still developing. At the end we all need to remember about one thing – we cannot ever leave the Eastern Europe. We need to defend it with all our strength, we need to protect our citizens because this is what the EU is all about – unity, equality, freedom.
Hungary and Poland – the governments of these countries are purposely and consciously breaking the fundamental rights of the EU. For me as a Pole it is something unbelievable – not only because it is a hit in our unity but because the politicians should never be able to do so. We had special structures like the Constitutional Court or Supreme Court. However a few months after the present governing party PiS won the elections it has appeared that they can do anything. First of all they changed the law about the Constitutional Court to put their party colleagues inside its structures. The court was against it, it was clearly going far beyond the borders established by the constitution. But the prime minister – Beata Szydło did not publish the court’s judgement. Now the party is trying to take over the courts, beginning with the supreme one. Why? Because they want more power. They’re changing law so dramatically to avoid the consequences. Still, no matter all of this, PiS has a big support in the polls. It is not like the citizens of our country want to live in authoritarian country. The truth is that many Poles do not participate in elections because there’s no alternative. Everywhere we have the same candidates who have nothing to propose to the society. Meanwhile PiS is spreading the money to everyone (except those who are actually in need, like disabled people). There’s only one problem. The budget doesn’t have money for it. The public debt is growing dramatically. The only question is “What’s the antidote?” The rest of the EU should act fast and firmly. The politicians should know that nobody is inviolable. But we cannot finish at article 7. We need to show the people, especially young, that the future lies in their hands. We should finance the local young politicians and non-governmental organizations, not the big parties which have money to promote themselves. The key to success is in the young, motivated, energetic people – like those in Europe Together. They’re the ones we need to focus on because they’re the future of the nation, the future of our continent.
Brexit is a terrifying thing not only for Brits but the whole european community. I believe that now everything is in hands of the citizens of UK. On the other hand brexit is the sour lesson. It teaches us that the leaders of the EU, that we need to fianally wake up and make some sirious steps to develop the union and enter a new level. There’s so much to do but I think that in this point we need to make a decision. Shall the EU become a European Federation or maybe just another trade union. For me the answer is obvious. The history showed us many times where the isolation policy leads. We need to ensure the safety future by creating the strong european structures – the true goverment with real power, the common army, single market, same currency, harmonised tax system, healthcare, education, solcial policy. Why? Because the local goverments will never do so. The local politicians will never renounce their power for the good of the whole european community. In politics we have a deficit of true social- people who actually care about their citizens, who know what they want, who know their problems and find a sollution to them. Is it actually so hard to make things better? It depends for whom. If somebody is just another bureaucrat who only thinks about how to stay longer in charge of the nation then the answer is yes. But I will never stop believing that there are good people in this world. Those who want to change it for better. Those who I can finally call my representatives.
I think we all agree on one – that everybody who comes to Europe should find a safe harbour in here. However we should not end on that. The migration crisis stopped but it might happen again. We need to help the developin countries to finally “spread the wings”, create their own strong economies – it is not a dream, this all might happen with just a little help from us – the EU. The European Comission came with an idea called the “Juncker plan” – that’s great but it is not enough. In my opinion the european community should finally look deeper into the matter of corporate exploatation of developing countries (as the tittle says). The thing is that big brands/comanies like Apple, H&M are getting benefits from people in Africa, Asia, South Africa. In 2012 the 150 workers of Foxconn – the huge electronics company whcich products electronics for Apple, Intel etc. – thretaned to commit the massive suicide if the wroking conditions do not improve. In 2012 one worker commited suicide and in 2013 the three workes jumped out of the window. After that every window in a factory was secured by the net wchich would prevent the further suicides. That’s why the EU should make it clear that all products which are going to be sell on our teritorry come from reliable source where the working conditions are fulfilling at least minimal standards. There should be a special labour agency wchich would monitor the factories outside the EU by unexpected visitations a few times per year. The agency should also check if the employees get the fair salary for their work. I know that it sounds complicated but it would be a huge, amazing step in our fight for social justice in Europe. This would also make the competition between companies fair because small, righteous, entrepreneurs would have the same chances as big companies who are using those who are desperate.
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.