In an interconnected world, Europe’s influence and the interests of its citizens don’t stop at its borders. Europe’s external partnerships and policies have a global impact and we need to consider them carefully.

From our closest neighbours to the impact of our global supply chains, from our role in resolving conflicts to supporting democratic values and human rights, the EU’s foreign affairs policy is a complex and evolving challenge that affects us all.

Covid-19 has changed the face of our world, exposing what divides us but also bringing us together. But even as we tackle the virus, we must plan for how we can create a sustainable recovery.

While we consider how to stop this ever happening again, we must also think about reviving our struggling economies and building new models of social and environmental sustainability. We want to see a greener, fairer Europe, focused on improving quality of life for everyone, with stronger social rights, gender equality and new approaches to industry, energy, the environment, transport, tourism…

The inequalities in Europe – between women and men, rich and poor, and even between regions – are holding us all back in building a fair, prosperous Europe. We need to make Europe work for everyone!

The Socialists and Democrats have long believed that the inequalities in our societies are bad for everyone, with poverty, discrimination and exploitation making our whole communities poorer and wasting our potential.

We have made great strides in getting EU legislation to help bridge these divides, help people out of poverty and defend people’s rights, but inequalities take…

Our democracy is under threat, with an alarming rise in attacks on freedom of expression and the press in Europe, and right-wing governments undermining the rule of law and EU values.

Any threat against a free press is a threat to democracy and in many countries across Europe attacks on freedom of expression and the press are symptomatic of an anti-democratic shift in our political systems and societies.

This shift is also seen in the way some governments, especially in Hungary and Poland, are steadily eroding the laws and values of their countries, stifling debate,…

Scientists agree that we are facing an accelerating climate crisis and action has to be taken now to reduce the very real threats caused by global heating and the exploitation of our environment.

The growing crisis of the climate emergency has been sidelined by the urgent need to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the threat to our futures has not gone away.

We have fought hard for ambitious EU emissions targets and green goals to be included right across the board of European legislation, but we need to use every opportunity and work together to find new ways to protect…

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the chronic problems in our health systems, but it has also shown how we need to work together to tackle threats, share knowledge and support each other.

Many of the problems we have experienced have deep roots. Health and environmental inequalities mean many communities have poor access to quality healthcare, unhealthy living conditions, worryingly low life expectancies and many preventable health issues.

However many things about the pandemic are new and we need fair solutions for vaccinating our citizens – and helping other countries…

Technological advances have completely changed our lives in the last century and the transformation will continue in the coming decades. We need to prepare ourselves so we can seize the opportunities and avoid the downsides – especially for the most vulnerable in society. A worrying challenge we need to face now is making sure that those without the skills – and even without access to computers, smartphones and broadband – don’t get left behind. And of course we need to make sure that laws and rules don’t get stuck in an analogue world too.

From artificial intelligence to new…

Taxes can sound complex, but it’s just about everyone paying their fair share to maintain the schools, hospitals, streets and services we all rely on. So getting it right is important!

LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks and the Panama Papers revealed a broken tax system where big corporations and rich individuals are getting away with exploiting legal loopholes, shopping around for the most favourable jurisdictions and hiding money in offshore tax-dumping locations. These dodgy practices are creating vast inequalities in our societies and draining the public purse.

We have been a driving…

Throughout history, people have been on the move to seek opportunities or to escape the dangers in their home country. During our lifetimes, many Europeans have been among those refugees and migrants.

In recent years, some governments have failed to treat migrants with the dignity they deserve. Some governments have forgotten that this is about real people, vulnerable people with families and children. Europe has so far failed to come up with an effective way of sharing responsibility and creating legal routes for migrants to settle in Europe.

The Socialists and Democrats…