Europe… the queen of all the civilizations, which we all memorize through the opulence and wellbeing of Renascence, that is our standard and that is where we should be heading to, in the Europe of Renascence as an idol, facing together the challenges of the time we are living. Our past is clear, we come from a past we all are proud of. Our Europe has proven to raise through the dark times and ages, our Europe has shown that is capable of going through the mistakes of history, learning the lessons and standing stronger, through the union of its nations. Our history has shown us that only united and together we can be better and only together we can reach prosperity for all our European citizens. Today and at the present, Europe is not living its best times, but I do believe that better days are coming. I do believe that better days are ahead and the only capable and political structure that will lead us to the Europe we all dream about are the progressives of Europe, the Social and Democrats, a structure and a party I have invested my trust, myself and in which I do Believe. Europe in five years is a greater community, expanded to its other half, the countries of the Western Balkans. Only through enlargement and inclusion of the Western Balkans as an integral part of it, Europe will prevent other threatening influences, who aim to challenge its geo political domination in different aspects of exercising of authority. Western Balkans as a part of European Union, means a stronger Europe and a better control in the territories and policies of our future Europe, means better lives for all our European citizens. In five years Europe ought to be a community with more strategies towards better and fairer labor conditions, where workers not only fight for their salaries and rights. In the future Europe we will be working for decent life of the working force and at the core of our strategies will be the human dignity. We will be working to reach the empowerment of all the vulnerable groups, because only so we will be able to have better individuals who create better and healthier families. Only through this we will be able to empower our communities and so on our societies, our countries and European Union as a whole. Europe will be an environmental friendly for the children of the European citizens and the emigrants. We will reach it and be able to provide for all, without damaging the economy of no one. In these aspect, it is an urge and challenge of the present, for the politicians, to build a strategy for regulating and redirecting the economy, spreading the workforce in areas less populated, redirecting and inspiring new branches for the development of our economies, aiming towards complementizing the needs of our economies. It is a must that in the Europe of the next 5 years, the new generation to be aware of the importance of the European Union. Only in this way we will be able that in the near future to prevent phenomena like populism and Brexit. We will provide spaces and more alternatives for the new generation to come together, learn about the history of Europe and communicate and be active towards building new strategies to address all the phenomena concerning our societies. Not only this, but through online platforms there will be spaces for the communication of all the European citizens interested in being included in the direct decision making and contribution in politics and policies that affect them in their everyday life. Only by including as many citizens as possible in our policies and as we face our challenges, we will have more aware individuals towards the policies and strategies we aim to implement. Only like this we will be undefeated and unchallenged by populism. Only through inclusion of more citizens on our everyday struggle for a better Europe, step by step, the only challenge left will be better policies for better lives of our European citizens.
From my point of view the nearest future of Europe will mostly depend on how the balance between Western and Central-Eastern European societies will be kept. So-called “Two speed Europe” is for me visible also in the issues of social inequalities as more progressive countries have already solved those sorts of problems which the newest EU members still actually suffer from. While some countries are trying to find a solution for migration crisis and other political events, many place are still left behind with no equal rights for women and men, sexual minorities and no worthy standards of life for people disabled or suffering from domestic violence. Even if some of those issues are already not so wide in Western Europe, they have to be strongly developed in these 5 years so that Europe can move forward stronger as a united society of similiar situation in every member country. I believe the idea of IV generation human rights should be more popularised as well.
Social justice is in a crisis in our times in Europe, because the basic human rights such as LGBTQ rights, woman’s equality and of course the human rights of refugees and migrants are being disputed. For example in Eastern Europe we can see more patriarchy and racism in these states but in the other hand in Western Europe, human rights are included in constitutions and as a result are treated with respect and have been absorbed by the daily society. Due to the economical crisis, the refugee crisis, and the power of far right parties in the parliaments, the EU looses it’s power and willness to create a European state with common values such as respect, gender equality, religion equality, LGBTQ rights and of course economical equality between all member states. Education in schools and Unis and the freedom in these places must and can help.