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Hello there!

European politics is boring? Let us change it! Let us kick off a new debate about Europe, it is needed! The time is now. The challenges of the 21st century cannot be solved by concurring national states but by the strength of the whole European people in an united Europe. We pledge for a new thinking in politics instead of trying old measures that did already not work a hundred years ago.

Let us make use of the knowledge and the wisdom we have to find solutions for the people instead of losing energy by blaming each other. Join the debate and sign this letter to set the ball rolling and show you sympathise with (some) of the ideas expressed here!

The more we are, the louder we get and the more brainpower we have! #newEurope

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Europe: A New Version is Available

We are outraged. We see Europe falling apart in front of our very eyes. The politicians of yesterday are sacrificing the principles of equality and dignity on the altar of cheap populism. Europe is in dire need of radical change in a broad range of areas including social, financial and energy policies. But because of a lack of courage, solutions are being left off the table, replaced instead with fear and mistrust. Previous generations inherited a Europe ravaged by war. They left us institutions meant to unite and safeguard the region. But how can they tell us Europe is about peace, when in Ukraine, a war is raging and thousands are dying in the Mediterranean; that Europe is about prosperity while millions are jobless; that Europe is about unity while Southern Europe is blamed for what is essentially a systemic problem. We want to take the European project to the next level: a new version is available.

Not in our name

Germany’s continued insistence on strict austerity as the only way to solve Europe’s problems is destroying the bonds that tie us together. It pits countries against one another, creating rivalry where solidarity is needed, and establishes a hierarchy among nations. The great European project, once a positive model for voluntary and meaningful cooperation, has devolved into a creditor-debtor relationship. We do not subscribe to such condescending and destructive policies.

When thousands across Europe protest against the institutions formerly known as the “Troika”, it is clear that something is fundamentally broken in Europe. The victories of populist parties across the continent, from France to the Netherlands and from Germany to Hungary, are further evidence of the damage being done.

Fear and alienation risks driving people further into the hands of Front National, Pegida and their like. But instead of recognising their responsibility for the European Project, politicians chase votes from the fringes of the political spectrum.

Who we are

We are your friends, your neighbours, your siblings, the passers-by on the street. We are the thousands who want to become millions of Europeans, convinced that to achieve success, risks must be taken.

Many of us have lived abroad, speak more than one language, have fallen in love with people from across country-lines and hardly remember what border controls feel like. Europe is our home. We might have taken it for granted up until now. But not any more. We understand that now is the time to rethink sovereignty and democracy beyond the nation-state.

In this globalised world, we are part of something bigger than our own, interconnected countries. Re-nationalisation contradicts this very fact. We are part of one Europe - without being forced to give up our regional or national identities.

What we want

Our plan for the future Europe is a republican one. To achieve political equality and social justice as well as fundamental human rights, essential changes towards a truly democratic European system are needed. Amongst those are:

  • A single European democratic government with separated powers elected through transnational ballots.
  • A transnational system guaranteeing social security -including unemployment insurance- whether we work in France or Poland today, in Spain tomorrow.

It is time to be courageous and to try something new to create a different Europe.

Jonathan Buhl, Daphne Büllesbach, Victoria Kupsch,
Nora Rahtje, Benjamin Zeeb

About

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Jonathan Buhl

works as a consultant for scenario based strategy development for European School of Governance in Berlin. Working in Algeria for 4 years strengthened his idea of the urgent need of Europe as a true political union. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Journalism in Germany and France.

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Daphne Büllesbach

is a Co-Director of European Alternatives and founder of the Berlin office. European Alternatives is a Europe-wide civil society organization devoted to exploring and developing the potential for transnational politics and culture. She is particularly interested in the 'beyond' of the slogan: democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state.

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Victoria Kupsch

is Co-Founder and Programme Officer of the European Democracy Lab- a young think tank in Berlin, working on a new vision for European politics. Victoria previously worked for the European think tank ESI (European Stability Initiative) in Istanbul and Berlin. She holds degrees in Communication Science, Politics, and International Relations from the University of Erfurt (Germany) and Bogazici University (Turkey) as well as an MSc. in Democracy and Comparative Politics from University College London (UK)

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Nora Rathje

is working for European Alternatives as Junior Project Manager. Currently she is involved in several projects, the biggest one focuses on protecting and promoting citizen rights. Previously, she lived in the Philippines where she worked for the German Development Agency. She finished her MSc in Global Governance and Ethics from the University College London.

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Benjamin Zeeb

serves as CEO of the Project for Democratic Union (PDU). In 2008 he witnessed the early stages of the ongoing European Crisis as history student in Madrid. He has since graduated and worked as a journalist. Convinced that full federal Union is the only solution to Europe’s problems, he co-founded PDU in 2013.

Signatories

Gesine Schwan

Political Scientist

Robert Menasse

Writer, Author of "Der Europäische Landbote"

Ulrike Guérot

Political Scientist

Thomas Piketty

Economist, Author of "Capital"

Brendan Simms

Historian

Andre Wilkens

Author of "Analog ist das neue Bio"

Linn Selle

Awarded "Women of Europe" Prize 2014

Cherian Grundmann

Co-Founder 'OneEurope'

Michael Thoss

Executive Member Allianz Foundation

Vincent Immanuel Herr

Journalist

Sigrid Gareis

Secretary General Academy of Arts

Nina Jurisch

Co-Initiator "Dispute over Europe"

Mary Kaldor

Professor for Global Governance, London School of Economics

Philipp Sälhoff

Project Manager, Progressives Zentrum

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Club of Rome, ehm. Mitglied des Bundestages

Hauke Brunkhorst

Professor for Political Sociology

Pietro de Matteis

President of the European Federalist Party

Stefan Collignon

Professor for Political Economy