In Robert Jackson’s clear and concise 2007 primer on sovereignty (courtesy of Polity Press), the eminent Boston University professor speaks of the challenge of ensuring that those with state power are responsible and prudent. “For those who wield power,” he says, “there is a permanent temptation to abuse their power.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the root cause of the political ‘problems’ — or shall we say ‘crises’? — we face today, across Europe and in the Americas: For too many decades, those in power have given in to this temptation.

It’s time to change that.

Below is the timeline for the next few months in the lead-up to the European elections in May. Let us make sure we do what we need to do.