“The left, if it wants to embody hope, cannot lock itself into criticism of the past”
The main issue of the European elections is the future of Europe, which is quite…
Ihe main issue of the European elections is the future of Europe, which is quite simply ours. We have a duty of truth in relation to citizens. The Socialists bring to Europe the hope of change, they have a particular responsibility which they will ***ume, in France as well as on the scale of the Union. Alliances are possible, certainly desirable, but it is the project that guides them and not the other way around.
What reality are we living in? Global warming and the collapse of biodiversity call into question our ways of life, inequalities undermine our solidarity and attachment to democracy, all the authoritarian powers are fighting our model of society and our freedoms. In this context, more than ever, Europe cannot be experienced as an obstacle or a barrier, and everything must be done to make it a protection against dangers, and a leading example for the world.
It’s time to surp*** yourself, to invent and to be at the rendezvous of history. Great political projects are most often born in adversity. Europe itself was born of the desire to overcome the trauma of the Second World War. The left, if it wants to embody hope, cannot shut itself up in criticizing the past of European construction, it must say what it wants for today and tomorrow. Nor can it let the liberal train p*** by closing its eyes. Celebrating Europe means inventing a future and a new project for it. The challenges are immense, our ambition must be at the same level.
Europe must build its sovereignty
The common values of freedom and democracy unite us across our cultures, our histories and our divisions. We must cherish them and strengthen them. The list is long of countries that are openly hostile to us and that aggressively promote their own models. China, Russia, Iran, Turkey… The powers that run these countries are not our friends, and their strategies are only limited by our ability to defend who we are. When Europe is attacked, as in Ukraine, it defends itself with the tools and allies at its disposal, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). When the founding principles of the Union are attacked from within, as in Poland or Hungary, we must enforce them. The European rule of law has its weaknesses, but today it is a protective framework that needs to be strengthened and enforced.
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