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Since the world is changing and we are facing new challenges, the mankind including the European Union cannot afford to insist on the status quo, we cannot afford to be conservative. Climate change is getting a more and more serious issue and we have to step up and find solutions, we have to exceed the status quo and be progressive to find a way for a socially and environmentally responsible future. To solve social issues, we cannot tear ourselves away from the masses of the people. Social problems can be solved efficiently when the impact is as direct as it is possible and solves the everyday problems of the people. Many companies expect their employees to sell their souls to them and to give up their personal life, many employees are exploited at the workplaces. Many employees cannot maintain a balance between job and private life, since employers force them to work overtime and this distructive attitude results a huge drop of the population in a number of EU countries. People cannot maintain a balance between job and private life, they have no time for family, for friends, to do sports, to have a rest, to relax, to regenerate themselves, to have a healthy life. They are expected to concentrate on their jobs only and we have to step up against corporate exploitation. We have to show and prove that democratic socialists fight and defeat exploitation to carve out social justice. This is what democratic socialists/social democrats have been doing in the entire history as well and we have to follow this path for a socially responsible future. The European Labour Authority is a great initiation. We have to find a way to connect it with the everyday life of the employees to practically step up for the interests and rights of the workers. We have to find a direct way to support the employees and to protect them against corporate exploitation. All the big companies already have customer services that people can contact to complain if they have issues. The European Labour Authority could also have local customer services that employees could contact if their employers break the labour laws. With these customer services, we could directly protect the interests and the rights of the employees on a daily basis. Those companies that break the labour laws and do not respect the rights of the workers, do not respect the rights of labour unions, have to be punished seriously and the punishments have to be communicated to show example. Organizing these customer services would be crucial, since the majority of the employees does not have a labour union where they could turn to when their rights are disrespected and workers without labour unions also need a channel where they can raise their voice. The rights of the labour unions should also be extended. We have to support every initiation and practice that steps up for the interests and the rights of the workers. No EU member country should receive any financial support from the common financial pools of the EU that does not join the European Labour Authority. No EU member country should receive any financial support that does not respect the labour rights, that disrespects the rights of the employees and labour unions. Respecting employees and their rights has to be an ultimate criteria to have an excess to the EU financial pools and to join the EU itself as well. The Copenhagen criteria could be extended, only those countries should join the EU that respect the rights of the employees and the labour unions. The European Labour Authority has to set up common labour standards that all the EU member countries would have to meet and apply, just like countries wanting to join the EU. I endorse the Workplace Democracy Act of Bernie Sanders and the thriving and rising American democratic socialists. Employees deserve their seats and representation on company boards and a fair share of the profit they generate. This model should be compulsory in the EU. People spend a large part of their lives in their workaplaces, it means there is no democratic system without having democratic frames at the workplaces. Employees deserve to have a veto right, no corporate decision should be made in the EU that goes against the interests of the workers. Employees deserve to be involved and they deserve a forum where they can present their issues to the companies’ leaderships, where they can raise and represent the voice. Providing bonuses to the employees at the end of each financial year should also be compulsory. This way, employees would get a share of the profit of their own workplaces, they would become shareholders, literally, owners of their own companies. This collective ownership of the workplaces would make democratic socialism come true, the employees would become the owners of their own firms through an absolutely democratic (and absolutely well-deserved) way. Overtimes are also huge problems at the workplaces. This issue ruins the balance between professional life and private life (that generates a number of further social issues). Overtimes have to be limited at the workplaces. They have to be limited by law in the EU and it has to be guaranteed in the everyday life as well. I parsonally have found out a solution for this issue, the red access card project. My proposal is: every employer should provide a red access card to the employees that would register the time they enter and leave their workplace day by day. The customer services or the local offices of the European Labour Authority could monitor the registered data. This way, every single minute of overtime could be charged and got paid by the employers to the employees. We could step up against corporate exploitation this way to support the balance between job and private life of the workers. Maximum 8 hours per day should be the ultimate amount of work EU-wide. Overtimes have to be limited and when overtime happens, it has to be paid. Working overtime not being paid is literally slavery and we have to put an end to corporate greed. Stepping up and solving the every problems of the people is very important. To support more high-level projects, politics has to make efforts to cooperate with civil organizations that represent specific issues and solutions in connection with a wide variety of areas of life. This social partnership has to be an ultimate practice, the social goals, topics, targets, visions, projects, ideas, notions, programmes, issues of the civil organizations have to be embraced and represented by left-wing parties and representatives to elevate these projects to the level of the politics, bring them into the level of legislation and make them come true. Successful projects as the results of the social partnership between civil organizations and left-wing parties (and S&D itself) have to be communicated and highlighted, since many civil organizations keep distance from politics and they have to be convinced to trust progressive, leftist politics that is open for new ideas and ready to represent and elevate them to the highest level of decision making. Civil organizations have to be convinced that they cannot reach their aims by isolating themselves from politics, but by the practice of social partnership, since their social goals can get a representation in the legislation this way. S&D has to involve these civil initiations that represent different areas and issues of the life, through them, these areas can be involved by having a representation. Rising American democratic socialists’ Green New Deal project can be applied by the EU as well. Fossil energy resources will not last forever so we have to support renewables. The Spanish democratic socialist government already has a superb solar energy project, these kind of projects have to be applied and communicated as great examples and practices. The EU has to financially support two areas very heavily: the social and the environmentalist projects. Unfortunately a lots of money is wasted due to the corruption of right-wing governments and the EU has to care of its own financial sources much more. It is surreal that the EU is loading these governments with an enormous amount of money and does not investigate and control where the money flows and where these financial resources end. Corrupted right-wing governments eat up the financial supports of the EU, they waste the money that hard-working employees all around the EU had worked out with all their diligence and efforts, and corrupted right-wing governments simply waste these financial resources. The path of the financial supports should be investigated and governments wasting these resources should be punished as well. Instead of letting these resources wasted, social and environmentalist projects should be funded, for a socially and environmentally responsible future.

2 months, 3 weeks ago in Europe for the next 5 years
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To keep being competitive in world economics, EU has to support IT education at schools, from the very beginning of primary education. IT is the key of research and development, this is the key of the development of technologies, the economics of the future and the long-term survival of mankind. IT knowledge is going to be and is already a criteria in the labour market. Every child should have the right to have equal chances in the labour market, this is why the standardization of the highest level of IT education at schools all across the EU is essential. EU has to support the trainings and the continuative education of IT teachers from schools. Teachers should receive trainings in connection with the latest, updated knowledge, to provide it to their students at schools. Schools have to be equipped with the highest level of IT devices all around the EU to guarantee the highest level of IT education to students. IT education should be an ultimate subject from the very beginning of primary education in all the EU countries, this is how every child can have a real chance in the labour market by having relevant IT knowledge and this is how the development and the competitivness of the EU can be guaranteed for the future. These standardized achievements (trained teachers, high-level equipment, IT subject from the first year of primary education) have to be available in rural schools as well, equal chances have to be implemented all across the EU for every child and this is how fair competition in EU can be reached. The development of (digital) business from small firms to bigger companies, the development of technology in every industry will benefit a lot from a high-level IT education provided to all the students in the EU. A highly educated labour market with digital skills and IT literacy provides bright perspectives for employers in the EU that helps the development of e-services and e-commerce, digital solutions and digital infrastructure. People with strong IT skills will always have high chances to find a job, this is how we can also cope with unemployment and can create a fair chance for all the EU citizens to have a job. The achievements of IT development have to be used in the everyday life to support the rights of the employees. People working in back-office positions should have the opportunity to work from home at least one day a week. Home office opportunity should be available for all the back-office workers in the EU. Governments should also use IT solutions to protect the rights of the employees. Maximum 8 hours work per day should be guaranteed for all the workers in the EU and IT solutions can make monitoring their worktime possible. Employees’ entrance badges register the start and the end of their worktime and it could be monitored centrally. This is how overtimes could be monitored and this is how the limitation and the payment of the overtimes by the employers for the employees can be guaranteed. Employers breaking the overtime limitation have to be punished and all the overtimes have to be paid for the employees. Governments could also use IT solutions to provide customer service for all the employees in the EU. Customer services provided to employees in every EU country could help workers to communicate the violations of employee rights, this is how violations could be reported to the authorities directly and this is how workers’ rights and high-level working conditions could be protected. IT education and STEM subjects at schools are undoubtedly key factors. EU has reponsibility for future generations, the high-level IT education is essential to create equal chances for all the children from all the regions of the EU in the labour market. The entire economy benefits a lot from a digitally skilled society, just like the everyday digital solutions, making our lives more effective and managing our issues easily and quickly. Our long-term survival, environmentalism and space researches are also depended on the development of the digital revolution. But we also have to keep an eye on the dangers of the digital revolution, the dangers of the social media, and these dangers also have to be communicated to the society, especially to children, via presentations and courses with specific examples. A responsible development has to be the goal.

6 months, 2 weeks ago in Digital Europe
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To keep being competitive in world economics, EU has to support IT education at schools, from the very beginning of primary education. IT is the key of research and development, this is the key of the development of technologies, the economics of the future and the long-term survival of mankind. IT knowledge is going to be and is already a criteria of the labour market. Every child should have the right for having equal chances in the labour market, this is why the standardization of the highest level of IT education at schools all across the EU is essential. EU has to support the trainings and the continuative education of IT teachers from schools. Teachers should receive trainings in connection with the latest, updated knowledge, to provide it to their students at schools. Schools have to be equipped with the highest level of IT devices all around the EU to guarantee the highest level of IT education to students. IT education should be an ultimate subject from the very beginning of primary education in all the EU countries, this is how every child can have a real chance in the labour market by having relevant IT knowledge and this is how the development and the competitivness of the EU can be guaranteed for the future. These standardized achievements (trained teachers, high-level equipment, IT subject from the first year of primary education) have to be available in rural schools as well, equal chances have to be implemented all across the EU for every child and this is how fair competition in EU can be reached. The development of (digital) business from small firms to bigger companies, the development of technology in every industry will benefit a lot from a high-level IT education provided to all the students in EU. A highly educated labour market with digital skills and IT literacy provides bright perspectives for employers in the EU that helps the development of e-services and e-commerce, digital solutions and digital infrastructure. People with strong IT skills will always have high chances to find a job, this is how we can also cope with unemployment and can create a fair chance for all the EU citizens to have a job. The achievements of IT development have to be used in the everyday life to support the rights of the employees. People working in back-office positions should have the opportunity to work from home at least one day a week. Home office opportunity should be available for all the back-office workers in the EU. Governments should also use IT solutions to protect the rights of the employees. Maximum 8 hours work per day should be guaranteed for all the workers in the EU and IT solutions can make monitoring their worktime possible. The entrance badge of the employees indicate the start and the end of their working time and it could be monitored centrally. This is how overtimes can be monitored and this is how the limitation and the payment of the overtimes by the employers for the employees can be guaranteed. Employers breaking the overtime limitation have to be punished and all the overtimes have to be paid for the employees. Governments could also use IT solutions to provide customer service for all the employees in the EU. Customer services provided to employees in every EU country could help workers to report the violations of employee rights, this is how violations could be reported to the authorities directly and this is how workers’ rights and high-level working conditions could be protected. IT education and STEM subjects at schools are undoubtedly key factors. EU has reponsibility for future generations, the high-level IT education is essential to create equal chances for all the children from all the regions of the EU in the labour market. The entire economy benefits a lot from a digitally skilled society, just like the everyday digital solutions making our lives more effective and managing our issues easily and quickly. Our long-term survival, environmentalism and space researches are also depended on the development of the digital revolution. But we also have to keep on eye of the dangers of the digital revolution, the dangers of the social media, and these dangers also have to be communicated to the society, especially to children, via presentations and courses with specific examples. A responsible development has to be the goal.

6 months, 2 weeks ago in Digital Europe
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Most of the European History has been about constant progress, exceeding the previous eras, including the development of the technology and the society too. The way to social justice and social politics has been extremely long, struggling with different forms of oppression and exploitation during the centuries, but the long way of progressive tendencies from the ancient, slaveholder times to social democracies achieving the highest level of social welfare in History could not be stopped, just hindered. The huge disasters and breakdowns of the continent have always been related to the destruction of those political notions that wanted to ruin the already achieved accomplishments of the progressive direction, and wanted to turn back the clock. Still, time to time, Europe could always stand up from these meltdowns generated by the anti-progressive, backwards, reactionary motivations, and could continue its way to the higher and higher states of technological, social and political development. We are the part of the History, it means we have the responsibility for the future generations. We have to represent the progressive direction of our times instead of going back in time, ruining those achievements that progressives have managed to reach so far. We have to represent this direction, because if we do not do it on the left-wing, nobody else will do it. We have to represent the progressive agenda to lead our times towards a higher level of social welfare and social justice. If we did not do it, Europe would go back in time again, and the future generations would suffer from coming out of the mess that backwards politics created. The labour movements of the past few centuries have fought out amazing achievements for the working people. Working conditions have developed more in the past two centuries than they had developed in thousands of years previously. When Robert Owen socialist philanthropic reformer radically cut the worktime in his factories instead of the 14 hours worktime per day of the capitalist times, and realized that the productivity did not drop but improved, since the workers became healthier, more relaxed, rested, more concentrated and made less waste, it became obvious that the conservative agenda and the exploitation of the capitalist era had to be exceeded. A firm and worker-centric agenda is needed today as well, that represents the interests of the many, not the few. We have to represent the interests of the vast majority, the millions of employees, finding the way to show up solutions for their everyday problems. This is how we can convince people to join the progressive direction, not the destructive one. People are not interested in general political agendas that they feel too remote from their everyday lives and daily routines. We have to find solutions for the everyday problems of the ordinary people, a down-to-earth program is needed, representing their interests, not the interests of the billionaires. Many European countries are suffering from demographic issues, and many people cannot maintain a balance between their worktime and their private lives. Masses of employees from Eastern Europe to go work to Western Europe, not only for higher wages, but for better working conditions and public services as well that are not given in their home countries. Supervising employers to comply with maximum 8 hours work per day is essential. Many people do a lots of overtime at their workplaces, our Social Europe project has to limit the overtimes, to provide the opportunity for all the European workers to maintain a balance between their professional jobs and their private lives. This way, the Social Europe project can guarantee the masses of the European workers to have enough free time, to do sports, to have a rest, to spend enough time with their friends and their families, to have time to regenerate themselves. They can build their local communities, they will have enough time for their private lives, the quality of their lives and life expectancy are going to improve this way in Europe. We have to stop corporate exploitation. We have to stop companies to have the opportunity to raise themselves above the laws and go against the values of the EU, exploiting their employees and forcing them to do an overwhelming amount of overtime. I propose to show up the red card to exploitation, and introduce a common red colored access card for every European employee that registers their exact time of their arrival and their leave from their workplaces. Every second of overtime has to be registered and has to be paid by the employers. Employees should receive at least the double of their hourly wage for their overtimes, since they do not only provide their workforce, but they also give up free time of their private lives to do overtime at their workplaces. Overtimes have to be radically limited by the Social Europe project for the employees, and every single second of overtime has to be paid by the employers. Companies also have to provide a fair share of the profit for the employees, since their inputs are in the profit. Not paying bonuses for the employees is like not paying dividends for shareholders. Providing bonuses is an already existing practice, it is not a utopia. But providing bonuses should be mandatory, employees have to receive a fair share of the profit that they generated. We have to represent the interests of the employees, the interests of the vast majority, the interests of the many, not the few. I also propose call centers in every EU member country, specialized on providing customer services and legal advice for employees whose working environments are not fair and satisfactory. Right-wing tries to break down the rights of the employees worldwide. They restrict the rights of the trade unions and the workers, providing tax breaks for billionaires (who are already rich) and for the companies. The Social Europe project has to guarantee the rights of the employees and trade unions. Employees have to have the right to resist and strike when their employers do not provide fair working conditions and/or break the laws. Employees should have the right to organize themselves, to form trade unions and to step up for their interests. We also cannot stop by just introducing correct legislation that supports the employees. Left-wing has to introduce the project of social partnership all around the EU, to create and build up a constant and continuous communication between the politics and the civil organizations (labor unions, environmental organizations, student organizations etc), to implement a progressive approach and mentality to the everyday politics. This way, problems can be identified, discussed and solved easier and quicker, and it provides platform for new ideas and practices to implement. Moreover, we can make a more social politics with that, involving the different levels of the society to politics. We can directly involve people to politics, making them interested, and making democracy as direct as it is just possible. By involving the different levels of society to politics via social partnership, people will feel their issues matter, they will not feel abandoned. Destructive right-wing politics is always rooted in tempting disappointed people. People join them when they feel they have no other alternative. If we come up with a progressive agenda that represents their interests, people will join us, just like they join Bernie Sanders’ extremely popular political movement overseas. His democratic socialist project is getting more and more popular, he inspires a leftist breakthrough since his project is about the everyday life of the people, including medicare for all, tuition fee tertiary studies and employee rights. This is the democratic socialist, progressive agenda that we also have to follow and implement by involving the people, making politics as social and as direct, as it is just possible, giving the hope for the people and making them feel that they and their issues do matter. This way, we can improve on the daily, operative problems as well. In my opinion, the Copenhagen Criteria also has to be extended. Only those countries should join the European Union that respect the rights of the employees and trade unions. We also have to make a continuity to the Copenhagen Criteria. The criteria to join the European Union cannot be forgotten after a country joins our community. It has to be fulfilled after a country joins as well. We have to give a continuity to the Copenhagen Criteria, member countries’ governments have to be constantly monitored, and those governments that do not meet the values of the EU, should be sanctioned. These parties and their members, especially their leaders should be sanctioned. They should pay the fee and the price of their own anti-democratic politics that goes against the common values of the family of the EU. Autocratic right-wing parties prefer to identify themselves with the country and the nation, and we have to unmask this lie. We cannot strengthen their narrative, giving them the opportunity to say that they save the nation against the EU. When they go against the common values and the legislation of the EU, these parties and leaders should be specifically fined and sanctioned, not the people of the countries. To sum it up, European politics have to be social by being integrative, involving civil organizations and the different levels of the society to politics via the tools of the social partnership. EU has to be social by representing the interests of the employees, the vast majority instead of the interests of the super rich, the interests of the corporates, the billionaires and oligarchs. The agenda of Social Europe has to be down-to-earth, giving answers to the matters of the everyday problems of the people, coming up with efforts for better working conditions, employee rights and trade union rights. EU also has to be social by defending the common, democratic values of the European community. Those parties and leaders who go against the values of our family, should be sanctioned. We always have to think in improving the EU to raise the level of social welfare to higher and higher stages, instead of going back in time and letting the EU destroyed by destructive political notions. We have to show up a narrative against them by communicating our narrative and project, because we are the ones who represent the vast majority, not those who hide themselves behind the mask of fake-patriotism, meanwhile they sell out the employees to the corporate interests.

6 months, 3 weeks ago in What does your Europe look like?
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Instead of showing only worry and anxiety in connection with far-right populism, we have to step up with braveness, a clear message and program for the people, making it sure that we represent the alternative. Masses do not want to belong to and vote for the worrying side but the strong and confident side, and far-right is doing everything to make itself look strong and confident. We have to communicate the merits and the accomplishments we have done lately. This is what Bernie Sanders is doing in the United States. He supports labor unions and represents the interests of the employees on a daily basis, making a previously never seen left-wing tendency overseas. Labor unions are getting stronger in the USA and Sanders keeps on communicating the achievements that left-wing tendency is achieving. We need a strong social partnership between left-wing parties and civil organizations, to fuse politics with the everyday life of the people and solve the problems on ordinary level. This is what makes left-wing politics popular, when we show up very specific, very concrete achievements that people can connect with their everyday life and feel they can benefit from it. Crabbing far-right and generalities are not enough. We have to communicate our accomplishments, the positive results of the left-wing governments and our future prospects that people can feel the direct benefit of. Supporting labor unions is a key. Representing the rights of the employees is a key. We have to show up that we represent the interests of the many instead of the few. Only those countries should join the European Union in the future that respect labor rights and developed working conditions. Some EU members do not respect these values and it has to be sanctioned. The European Union does not sanction those members that clearly break the common and written values of our democratic community and it should have consequences. Far-right politics in the EU smells that it is not sanctioned, this is why they are getting more and more unashamed and unscrupulous. Only those members should receive money from the common pool of the EU that respect and apply the common and written conventions. It is nonsense that the European Union is still funding those members that openly go against our common, democratic values and destroy the rights of the employees. The rights of the labor unions, paid overtimes, maximum 40 hours work per week and receiving a fair share of the corporate welfare by he employees should be ultimate criteria. In my opinion, the Copenhagen criteria has to get a continuity and should not be forgotten just because a country joined the EU. All the members have to be monitored if they stick with the application of the common conventions and criteria. Copenhagen criteria should not only be fulfilled during the time of the accession negotiations for a country that wants to join the EU. The fulfillment of the Copenhagen criteria should be applied after the accession to the EU as well and it has to be monitored continuously. Those member states that do not meet the criteria should be sanctioned and should not receive money from the common pool of the EU. In my opinion, guarantees of the rights of the employees have to play a significant role in the criteria of a country to join the EU and they have to be kept after the accession as well. Stepping up for the interests of the employees, communicating our accomplishments and sanction anti-democratic governments are the key factors of the future of the left-wing and the entire European Union as well.

Democracy means to me that everybody is involved and has a chance to take part in making decisions, on certain levels of the society. People should not be frozen out of taking part in making decisions, modern democracy cannot be elitist to let decisions be only made by privileged circles. Masses have to be involved, we have to reduce the distance between masses and decision makers at the highest levels. Democracy has to be formed to be as direct as it is possible, decision makers have to keep a constant contact with ordinary people, the voice of the people. This is how everyday problems can be solved, when everyday problems can be communicated via a constant channel between politics and the masses. This is how the information of the existence of problems can be delivered to decision makers efficiently and problems can be solved as soon as possible. Most of the voters care about the everyday problems. This is why left-wing has to make local levels of the democracy stronger. Supporting trade unions and civil organizations is inevitable. By supporting trade unions, we can step up for the rights and the interests of the employees and can accomplish social achievements. Going local and dealing with the everyday problems of the people, involving people to politics and letting them raising their voice will help us to solve problems, to make democracy stronger and to make people believe in democracy by providing the opportunity for them to be involved. I firmly believe that making democracy more direct and social will make people trust and appreciate the democratic values much more, since they experience that they can take part in it and they can add their voice. This is the alternative of the far-right politics that is only about identity politics without really caring about the everyday problems of the people. Supporting trade unions and civil organizations is thriving. For instance, unions are keeping on fighting out their demands in the United States lately, from teachers’ unions across the country to Disneyland workers, NYC airport workers, hotel workers in Chicago etc. Bernie Sanders gives a huge boost to this tendency, encouraging people to form unions, helping and stepping up for them, making more and more people believe in social democracy, making progressive tendencies unstoppable as an alternative of the politics of Trump. This is the way in my opinion, representing the interests of the employees, the solution of the everyday problems of the people, going local, initiating communication and channels between politics and people, being active on local levels, in local governments, supporting trade unions and civil organizations. I believe that this is the alternative of far-right based on only hate and identity politics.

10 months, 4 weeks ago in What does Democracy mean to you?
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