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My ideas for a better Europe.
A better Europe creates opportunities:
Jobs, jobs, jobs – 5 million new jobs for Europe with new and fair trade agree- ments, a strengthened Single Market and an ambitious Cohesion Policy. We cannot accept different living standards in Europe.
A better Europe is a Europe that protects:
The security threats that we face can only be solved if we act together. We want 10,000 additional Frontex officers to control our external borders; we will connect all our existing databases to fight against criminals and we will return illegal migrants to their home countries.
A better Europe leads in the field of digital innovation:
We have to establish a true Innovation Union that meets the challenges of the digital age. With the joint research strength of our continent, we could finally find cures for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer‘s.
A better Europe sticks to its identity:
Europe is more than just a market – Europe is a union of values. We will defend these values in Europe and throughout the world. This is why, for example, Turkey cannot be a Member of the European Union.
A better Europe inspires young people:
Europe’s future must be driven by the enthusiasm and the creativity of its youth. This is why the next European Commission has to propose a massively stepped-up Erasmus+ programme and a long-lasting #DiscoverEU, giving Interrail passes to every 18-year old.
A better Europe gives people a greater say:
Let us live democracy in Europe: we need more democracy and transparency with a stronger European Parliament and stronger national parliaments, an efficient and account- able Commission, and a rule of law which is respected everywhere.