Europe is plagued by rising extremism and xenophobia. And sadly many mainstream conservative groups also accept far-right ideas, notably attacking the Roma. The Socialists and Democrats stand for a Europe of tolerance, solidarity and inclusion, united in its diversity, and we’re proud to defend the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
We want the European Commission to use its powers to protect civil liberties and democracy and to take firm action against those who ignore them. And we want an ambitious European approach to ending all forms of discrimination, whether based on ethnicity, religion, belief, age, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
We’re starting the EuropePlus initiative because we believe that all citizens of Europe, regardless of where they or their parents came from, are an integral part of our society. It’s essential that migrants and their children are given opportunities to be full members of European society, through participation and citizenship. We want all citizens in the EU to be able to have multiple identities: regional, national and European.
Immigration, asylum and integration
We want to promote a sustainable asylum policy based on human rights and fundamental freedoms. We take a positive approach to legal migration and integration but we’re also committed to tackling the problems that force people to leave their homes and migrate or seek asylum.
Rejecting racism and intolerance, we stand for positive and concrete answers to the underlying social problems which breed despair and radicalisation in some segments of our societies.
Nationalism and euroscepticism
Xenophobia offers no solution to recession and unemployment. We can’t ignore our inter-dependence and through common solutions and unity we can have a greater influence in the world scene.
Europe needs to build social cohesion and mutual trust between different groups in society. There are great examples of programmes that work and by learning from local activists, NGOs, the business community and trade unions we can promote the best practices for integration and cohesion.