Undocumented migrants and refugees are human beings, just like you. But sadly, far-right and nationalist forces across Europe scapegoat migrants using language that seeks to rid them of their humanity. It may win elections but it won't solve the problem, merely create more.
As we all know, the refugees' road to Europe is long and torturous and many perish along the way. Many of us, citizens of Europe, want to help those in need. But there are many cases of people who help that are being arrested, fined and intimidated, just for offering assistance in the direst of circumstances.
This is not the European Way! This is why we sympathise with the "Welcoming Europe" European Citizens Initiative, coming from NGO's all over Europe. (Uhm, what's an ECI? 🤷♀️🤷♂️)
We Europeans want to:
🛑 Stop governments that punish volunteers and civil society organisations for offering humanitarian help or shelter for refugees.
🇪🇺 Strive for more effective means to protect all victims of labour exploitation, crime across Europe and human rights abuses at our borders.
🎗 Support citizens who want to offer refugees a new a home and build a new life.
We have joined forces for a more humane Europe defined by community, compassion and kindness. Sign the ECI for a #WelcomingEurope!
Over the last two months, Trump's administration has forcibly taken about 2,000 children away from their parents at the US border. They are detained at 'Casa Padre' - a former Walmart. Children, even siblings, are told they cannot hug each other.
In Europe, off the coast of Italy, a rescue vessel for migrants and refugees is denied entry and forced to spend days stranded at sea. The ship carried pregnant women, children and unaccompanied minors.
What is the world coming to! This is totally unacceptable and not representative of who we are!
More and more people are standing up against such inhumanity.
Join them. Zero tolerance can never be the answer.
Support Tax Transparency for Big Corporations in the EU!
Every year, the EU loses between €50 - €70 billion through the aggressive tax dodging practices of big corporations!
Real corporate tax transparency would force multinationals to pay their fair share of tax.
However, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Luxembourg, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic are currently blocking a key transparency reform that would mean multinationals have to publish data on where they generate their profits and where they pay tax.
Instead of supporting tax transparency, EU governments are trying to bury the reform.
Public Country-by-Country Reporting would prevent corporate giants from shifting their profits and dodging taxes, and it would make them pay their fair share.
We call on EU Member States to stop blocking the tax transparency reform and to adopt the Public Country-by-Country-Reporting in the European Council without delay!
It has been two years now.
Two years since a handful of swivel-eyed Brexiteers slapped a slogan on a bus and convinced a nation to vote 'Leave'.
A lot has happened since then, and - let's face it - it's getting harder by the day to make the case for the UK's exit from the EU. It's a lose-lose scenario no matter how you look at it, so it's hardly surprising that an ever-growing number of British people are having second thoughts - or even serious regrets.
So, why not try and come to our senses while we still can?
As Europeans, from Athens to Amsterdam and everywhere in between, let's show them that this is our fight too.
This is about more than the customs union and the free market. This is about preserving the most ambitious political project that's ever existed.