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As we all know, public services are a main source of equality among any population. Unfortunately, these are under threat due to the increasing number of multinational companies that pay their taxes on offshore accounts in order to pay fewer amounts, therefore reducing their contributions on the States where they operate. The ultra-rich at very top, the 0,01%, keep increasing their profits and personal wealth – plus they barely face repercussions from cheating out of it, while millions of citizens of much less income do their duty. Evidently, I do recognize the importance of business in producing wealth, generating jobs and contributing to welfare. Unfortunately, the latter is at risk while we do not address tax havens – every country has the right to choose the form of taxation it wants, but we must not comply with manoeuvers that allow multinational companies and the ultra-rich to avoid paying taxes where they make profit. This trend is worrisome because it leads to less revenue for the welfare state, which has been compensated with higher taxes on lower-income households, thus increasing inequality. We, socialists, need to defend the public service from tax avoidance and ensure equal rules for all and a fair contribution from everyone.
Modern societies have been dealing with a concerning trend of growing inequality. Nowadays, most of the world’s equity wealth belongs to few people, whom are still the main beneficiaries of offshore tax options – thus contributing to their personal enrichment at the cost of our welfare state. All the taxes these multinationals and ultra-rich have been dodging are transferring the burden towards lower-income households, a logic that hinders the social mobility of these people. Every country has the right to choose the form of taxation it wants. Plus, business overall does have a positive influence in our society when it is producing wealth, creating jobs and paying their fair share of taxes for the welfare of us all. Socialists need to advocate for more transparency and a fairer system that ensures our prosperity as a whole and not only the success of the few and more inequality. It is paramount to foster tax justice and ensure that everyone contributes to our society!
The biggest challenge in the upcoming decades is to successfully make the transition towards a green and cleaner economy. As we all know, climate change will have a meaningful impact in our lives, especially of those who are more disadvantaged. Several studies demonstrate that poverty and inequality are expected results from extreme climate events, a changing ecosystem and, evidently, resource shortage. Therefore, we, as socialists, have the duty to ensure environmental protection and widespread usage of renewable energy while, simultaneously, advocating for new ways of human organization and lifestyle, namely in cities. The latter will have a crucial role in our common future. Urban density, when combined with proper public transportation and planned infrastructures, can ensure a more efficient society. Proper management of the local resources will lead to more efficient business, economy and society, which no longer struggle with it – this includes recycling, water and waste management. Incentives for decarbonisation and education on sustainability practices are also directly responsible for laying the ground to a more inclusive and green society. Fundamentally, we need to guide our investment and innovation efforts towards transforming our society within the global climate and environmental challenges. Ensuring sustainable options is the best way to promote prosperity, equality and fairness. We need to act – the future of the human race depends on it.
In my opinion, the growing Euroscepticism requires a faster and more assertive response. Adding an electoral link between the population and the European Commission may be the most effective method of reversing the mentioned disbelief. The European executive chief, the President of the Commission, is seen as one of the main faces of the project and therefore should be more accountable for it. An elected President of the European Commission would share the responsiveness burden with the European Parliament, would become directly scrutinized by the people for its political actions and would have superior arguments when forced to negotiate. By promoting this bond, citizens would be re-engaged in European politics: more interest, participation, commitment and belief, less populism and nationalist rhetoric. The European Union cannot avoid to address these problems; and the best way to tackle them is by bring the citizens back into European politics and give them voice