September 21, 2023

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Volt wants a green ‘United States of Europe’ where everyone can vote from the age of 16 |  Politics

Volt wants a green ‘United States of Europe’ where everyone can vote from the age of 16 | Politics

In Volt’s manifesto, the party outlines a radically different, greener future. Vegetarianism is becoming the norm. More meat lovers can still have an organic steak or chop. These will become more expensive as Volt’s plans include taxes on meat and milk. Mega stables are banned.

This also applies to flights to London, Copenhagen or Paris. In future, all short and medium distances will have to be traveled by train. So Volt wants to invest heavily in the European rail network. Driving is discouraged and eventually only allowed in an electric or shared car.

Almost all the problems and challenges of our time, says Wold, do not stop at national borders. The party looks to Europe to solve and tackle this. For example, farmers should receive a ‘fair price’ for their produce through European price agreements and Volt wants a European electricity grid, to which the Netherlands contributes with hydrogen and nuclear power.

Small nuclear power plants

Apart from the two power plants planned at Borssele in Zeeland in our country, there are to be several small nuclear power plants throughout the country. Wold wants the EU to open up legal migration routes so that refugees no longer risk their lives to cross Europe. Pleasure seekers are also welcome.

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Wold wants a European constitution to be established. A federal state, modeled on the United States. Citizens should be more involved in national government, in citizens’ assemblies, but also by giving young people the right to vote from the age of 16.

Following many parties, Wold also focuses on social security. For example, the social minimum should be increased. The party wants childcare for all, so that all children get an equal start. And Wold believes that three days a week should be free. Free all week, childcare ‘not feasible in the short term’ due to staff shortages.

More holidays

If Volt has his way, there will be more holidays: The party wants to make Getty Cody (July 1 commemorating the abolition of slavery) a national day. Europe Day, on May 9, should also become a national holiday. There should also be a European broadcaster. Volt did not specify in which language the channel would broadcast.

For their part, Woldt, with the Christian Union, previously announced that the House of Representatives should grow from 150 to 250 seats.

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