As stated in this previous post, it is necessary to reform the European Union in order to create a stronger Italy. Equally, any other Member State needs to support the reform of the EU in order to grow. Indeed, the future of all Member States is deeply linked to the one of the continent as a whole.
A fully functioning European Union provides great advantages for its Member States. Among many other benefits, the EU
Unfortunately, in its current shape the EU has lost most of its effectiveness in supporting the growth and prosperity of its Member States. The inability of the European institutions to deliver on their most fundamental tasks – fostering economic performances of those members that accepted the highest degree of integration (i.e. Euro Area), resolving internal crisis (i.e. migration flows) or giving a more significant weight to Europe on the international stage (i.e. the European irrelevance during the Syrian crisis) – has been perceived by citizens, reinforcing the disruptive political trends currently rising across the continent. These flaws have paired up with long lasting negative perceptions of the EU (e.g., a huge bureaucracy, democratically “distant” from the voters). The European institutions are failing to achieve one of the most fundamental tasks they have been created for, namely tackling those issues that Member States alone have difficulties in coping with.
Therefore, it is necessary to drive structural reforms to modernize and keep alive those institutions that molded our continent over the last 60 years. Some political factions are periodically asking for reforms in the EU. However, in the current contest true change seem difficult (if not impossible) to achieve. Not only has the European Parliament (the one truly democratic body of the EU) only limited power, but the European political parties are mainly alliances of national parties with heterogeneous objectives and agendas, often only collaborating to nurture collective benefits (e.g., refunds).
The European Union is in real danger. On June 24, 2016, the EU suffered its biggest drawback in decades, arguably even bigger than the failure of the European Defense Community in 1954 or the recent rejection of a European Constitution (2005). For the first time in its history, the European Union is contracting, having lost on the same day (i) the second biggest economy in Europe and the G7 fastest growing member in the last three years, (ii) a nuclear power and permanent member of the UN security council, (iii) and a country with an unrivaled diplomatic network in the world.
If we do not fight back, the elections in France, Germany or Italy might put an end to the European dream.
A truly European movement has to be built from people that believe, advocate, and work for the same ideals and objectives, similarly inclined in every national context. Having a shared agenda and a common direction will make it possible to deliver an impactful program of reforms at the European level.
To truly reform the European Union, we intend to create Vox, a progressive pro-European movement, which focuses on delivering real reforms. Vox shall be represented in every member state and in Brussels, to propose and bring forward a coherent program across national governments and in the European Parliament.
We envision at least three strong upsides of this approach:
Vox will base each national program on these 5 challenges, soon to be applied in the Italian context.
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