Imagine the initiative for the foundation of the common Europe had not been taken by governments …
but by ourselves, the citizens of this amazing continent.
Imagine if, from the beginning, it had not only been about issues like agriculture, the internal market and the customs union …
but above all about the creation of a lively transnational European democracy.
Imagine if, from the 1950s onwards, we had gradually learned to feel not first as Poles, French, Spaniards or Germans …
but as Europeans.
Imagine that if people hear the term “European Union” today, they wouldn’t think of “Brussels” …
but of 440 million fellow European citizens.
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Then the EU would have been built on firm ground from the very beginning – and many of the doubts that plague the European project today would not exist.
Today, we are able to repair these initial flaws and finally turn the European Union into a vibrant European democracy that draws its power from the will of its citizens and not from the fluctuating interests of dozens of ever-changing national governments.
LET US LEAVE THE OLD “UNION OF THE PEOPLES OF EUROPE” BEHIND.
LET US OPEN A NEW CHAPTER:
THE UNION OF THE CITIZENS OF EUROPE.
The European treaties have already mapped out this path. Let’s simply follow it: