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Imagine …

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.

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Imagine that if people hear the term “European Union” today, they wouldn’t think of “Brussels” …

but of 440 million fellow European citizens.

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.

We want to help correct these initial flaws and finally make the European Union a true European democracy that draws its power from the will of its citizens and not from the interests of some ever-changing national governments.

LET US LEAVE THE “UNION OF THE PEOPLES OF EUROPE” BEHIND.

LET US OPEN A NEW CHAPTER: THE UNITED CITIZENS OF EUROPE.

The European treaties have already mapped out this path. Let us follow it:

Article 1 EU Treaty:

This Treaty marks a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe, …

Article 20 Treaty of the Functioning of the EU;

Citizenship of the Union is hereby established. Every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Union.

WHAT WE DO

European associations

We are campaigning for a statute of European Associations.

Why aren’t there any European associations for people who want to organise together not only in a single country, but in the EU? To this very simple question, all we hear in the EU to this day is – silence. We are campaigning for the EU to finally adopt a statute for European associations after decades of discussion.

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Europäische Demokratiepässe

We issue European democracy passports.

Are there real European passports? Not really. Our passports may say “European Union” on their front side, but they are passports issued by our home states. We issue “European Democracy Passports” that enable everyone to demonstrate his or her Europeanism. The highlight: each passport is originally designed by a European artist and is unique!

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March on Europe 2024

We prepare the March on Europe 2024.

Is there actually a broad pro-European movement? People who show their colours as Europeans – and take to the streets in large numbers? If it is to last, the European Union must not be just a matter of calculating. We must be on fire for Europe! That is why we are launching the “March on Europe 2024” ahead of the next European elections, which will take a total of eight routes to Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament.

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WHAT WE STAND FOR:
A TRANSNATIONAL EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY

As citizens of the European Union we have our own legal European citizenship status within the legal structure underpinning the EU. But what does it actually mean to be a ‘union citizen’? In our view, it should mean that as citizens we have a right to have a real say on the EU’s future. If we don’t have a say and have ways of making our voices heard on the political stage, through votes or civic actions, many of us might lose our trust in European politics. We don’t want to let it come to that.

We request the same rights we have based on our national citizenships to also hold true for our European citizenship!

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WHO WE ARE

We Are Europe!

is a group of European citizens from 25 different countries who want to put the citizen back into the democratic heart of Europe. In 2012, we founded We are Europe! e.V. (an association under German law) which, today, serves as one pillar of a whole number of We are Europe! associations across the EU, all together forming the pan-European WE ARE EUROPE! GROUP.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

september 2021

08sep18:0019:30Virtual EventEuropäisches Patentamt: Wie innovativ ist Europa?

29sep19:3021:00Virtual EventHow the EU counters disinformation: The East StratCom Task Force

TAKE ACTION

You are a passionate European keen to turn the pale EU into a buyoant transnational democracy? Then you’ve got three ways to get involved: You can join us as a regular or a supporting member; you can subscribe to our newsletter; and you can of course get in touch with us directly by sending us a message or calling us on +49 211 9284 1165. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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