United in an open society relying not on command and control but on freedom

Danger of one person having everything in his hands

When looking at what is going on (or going wrong) in the United States I cannot prevent myself from making a few remarks for the success of a unitary state.

The present American president may be convinced that he can govern and control the whole world, but we should be careful not to fall for his mucous rhetoric.

At the European continent we should be well aware of the dangers when the U.S.A. would arrange more trade agreements with Great Britain, certain undesired goods coming into Europe by the Republic of Ireland – the reason why there should be a hard border in case Brexit becomes a reality.

Whatever may go on in the United States of America here in Europe we should all try to get one united union. It shall demand a belief in a majority willing to work for a strong EU. Only a strong EU can succeed against a backdrop of global competition, uncertainty and disruption, and provide European citizens with security and wellbeing. A strong EU is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient.

Importance of having one strong union

At the moment, it is a pity not more citizens see the importance of having all those small countries working together to form one “nation of nations and/or federations”. The leaders of the countries should work harder to get their people come to believe in that United Europe.
People should have come to understand and believe that the EU is stronger the more united it is – in its diversity. Though lots of people may look at grater unions where leaders try to get rid of such diversity, but it is just the diversity and the multicultural society which creates more opportunities and makes a nation more productive and creative. Unity brings about internal efficiency and external influence. It is a matter of common objectives, decisions and action, to tackle issues that cannot be managed through national measures alone.

The more united the different countries in the European Union may be how stronger the EU may be – in its diversity. Unity brings about internal efficiency and external influence. It is a matter of common objectives, decisions and action, to tackle issues that cannot be managed through national measures alone.

A growing population in a growing nation

Whilst in America some may shout immigrants may be a danger to the country, people should come to see some could also be very useful to take in the place of the ageing population and to do works locals do not want to do.

The attractiveness to others form countries far away, does not mean there is a weakness in our states. When making sure that there are good rules and regulations to have people entering the nation everything can and should stay in control. But all countries should share in the same way an intake of immigrants. And all countries should provide equal right for all citizens and enabling all citizens to enjoy the European way of life. To make this possible, the EU needs to be a good place to do business.

Competitive business environment

Therefore we have to call for a competitive business environment that encourages enterprises to innovate, invest and trade. This enables businesses to thrive and provide citizens with jobs, goods and services. It also enables the generation of public revenue for education, healthcare and social systems, as well as for internal and external security. Economic and social progress thus go hand in hand.

While providing businesses with larger markets and better access to resources, the going hand in hand of the many countries benefits citizens with a wider choice of goods and services and the possibility to travel, study and work abroad. We therefore should call for a fully functioning single market and rules-based foreign trade. and that open economy must be accompanied by an open society.

Populism, authoritarianism and xenophobia

We must be aware of the dangerous evolution and the virus which does not seem to affect the U.S.A. only. Great concern must there be about populistic, authoritarian and xenophobic movements that work against the principles of an open society built on the common core values of the EU.

There should never be given the opportunity that only one person has everything to say and can use everybody else as a puppet on a string. Our society should be able to rely on dialogue and good governance. It implies that decision-making is based on democracy, full compliance with the rule of law, subsidiarity principle, transparency, and the involvement of civil society. Vibrant civil society and social dialogue are vital guarantees of a progressive and cohesive society.

An open society relying on freedom and responsibility, not on command and control.

As citizens we should be able to bring out our votes and should find politicians listening to our wishes. We also should see that those in charge do everything to call for enabling and encouraging policies that stimulate creativity, innovation, ongoing learning, agility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout society. An open society relies on freedom and responsibility, not on command and control.

The people at the top of the European Union should and at the moment do respect diversity and believe it is a great asset for the EU. This applies to the richness of cultures and natural features across countries. It also applies to diversity in terms of gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, age, religion and beliefs or any other personal characteristic. They are also confident that openness increases stability and security – both in the economy and society, due to stronger interdependence and interaction. Instead of fences, the EU therefore needs connecting bridges. In conclusion, we believe that an open economy and society are beneficial for all and would generate new confidence in the EU. This is how the positive spiral of an open, united and strong EU can and should continue.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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