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.