For a fair and democratic Euro!

For a fair and democratic Euro!


What is the euro family? There’s 341 million of us using the euro every
day as our coin. This means we can more easily travel to and
get a job abroad in other euro countries. It also means our economies are less vulnerable
to currency speculators attacks and therefore safer. The euro has made 19 countries into a big
currency family. This European Union flagship project has created
a common currency and free trade zone. For this to work we need inflation, the increase
of prices for things we buy, to be similar across all 19 countries. We also need each of these countries roughly
exports as much as it imports. When these two things don’t happen, our currency
family is destabilized and unemployment, inequality, poverty rise
and other problems follow. Yes. The euro is still an incomplete project. And for this reason, in addition to benefits,
it has also meant trouble in recent years. Being part of a community brings the benefits
of cooperation, but it also means when we are in trouble we
have to think as a family, because our well-being depends on each other’s
well-being. Ministers from all the countries that use
the euro meet often in what’s known as the Eurogroup. Sadly, in their decisions about our joint
economy, cooperation and solidarity are rarely a priority. Even worse, their decisions are dominated
by some countries. In the recent past, the group of dominant
countries in the Eurogroup imposed austerity on ailing populations suffering
from growing unemployment, reduced access to free education and healthcare
and even home evictions. By imposing austerity, they made these problems
much worse. This was a tragedy for millions of Europeans. Imposing austerity on some countries was the
opposite to solidarity. And when we don’t act in solidarity, like
a family, there are bad consequences for many. In the last economic crisis, while some euro
countries drowned in debt, speculators exploited their misery to make
profits. Other countries in the euro family benefited
from this misery too. This is because those drowning in debt made
other euro countries appear more trustworthy to speculators: this meant reduced interest rates for the
powerful euro countries, and therefore lots of savings. Some countries suffer high numbers of unemployment,
while others suppress wages so they can earn more profits, at the expense of workers. The way the euro economy is run determines
whether we are in debt or not, whether we have a job or not, whether our communities suffer inequality
and poverty, whether pensions are paid and much more. The time has come to make our euro economy
crisis-proof and one based in solidarity and full cooperation. In fact this has become the new hot topic
amongst politicians European leaders are talking about it! They promise to soon take concrete steps to
reform our economy so that the economic crisis we suffered for
many years doesn’t happen again. We can’t let politicians have this conversation
without us! A reform could be anything between a strengthening
of existing rules that mostly promote austerity for people and
sabotaging between countries, to new rules to become more cooperative and
focused on the welfare of the people. To achieve this, a movement of thousands of
people is calling for a more ambitious EU budget, more and better investment to create new jobs
and to end inequality, and a more democratic governance of our euro
economies.

7 Comments

  • Peter Kelly

    April 26, 2018

    I don't approve of military spending which is currently a huge expenditure pan EU. When politicians and or lobbyists turn to military manoeuvres it creates deaths, public suffering and destruction which are all easily avoidable by dialogue and genuine goodwill. It makes me worry for peoples future. With reference to everyday health and safety, there are many risks and hazards that need to be sorted. With the velocity and capabilities of technology and engineering a lot is possible. I don't think in this day and age that people should have to underperform as Natural Persons. It should be a New Golden Age. Peace.

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  • STELLAROSSAish

    April 26, 2018

    Sì, c'è bisogno di più solidarietà in Europa per fondere finalmente insieme tanti Paesi ancora molto diversi tra di loro e creare così non solo un' unica nazione ma anche una mentalità uniforme….Ma ci vorranno ancora decenni……

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  • Paola Beltrami

    April 26, 2018

    Concordo con quelloche ha scritto STELLAROSSAish!!!

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  • Johan Zijlstra

    April 26, 2018

    There is nothing about monetary reform in this video. Why is that?

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  • Nicole Nogami

    July 7, 2018

    vidéo en anglais avec sous-titre anglais. Bravo !! vraiment compréhensible par tous les européens !

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  • Vija Brammane

    July 10, 2018

    Too much byrocrats/technocrats and byrocracy around EU! Too much of military spending and also too much spending for pseudo science (without independent studies but those for corporations). We have almost similar prices across EU and extremely low wages in eastern countries which will still increase migration from those countries simply because of growing poverty! Somehow odd and twisted comes planned social allowances for migrants and refugees from third world which will be more than salaries earned in the eastern countries! As to for me: everything (education, healthcare etc.) has gotten for worse, nothing good was done for ordinary people ever but only raising tax burden and introducing new fees. So EU needs a big reformational change or it will start to fall apart anyway.

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  • Jan Sz

    August 17, 2018

    Stop spamming my mailbox please 😒

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