To us Transforming Europe means that the EU must change. Carrying on as before is no solution for us. But a change towards a "Europe of the Fatherlands" - which in reality would be a pure Europe of governments - is for us a way backwards that we do not consider appropriate nor sustainable. But we also believe that a classical parliamentary republic at the European level cannot be the solution, because the danger of bureaucratic alienation between institutions and voters is too great.
What then? We like Switzerland's decentralised institutional structure. It has long proved its worth and offers many suggestions for an institutional order at the European level. In Denmark and Sweden there is also a strong tradition of democracy at communal level together with citizens being content with their democratic institutions. But the most appropriate institutional structure that would do justice to our European conditions may still have to be invented. Let us learn from each other's experiences, and take the best to model a new Europe.
With this blog we would like to offer a platform to discuss these issues at the European level. Our impression is that there are hardly any cross-border discussions. We are interested in how citizens in other countries think about the future of the EU and what ideas, visions and dreams exist.
To push the Europe wide discussion we give you the book "Europe - The Unfinished Democracy" as a present. It presents a wide range of ideas and visions of Europe (mainly of German and Austrian origin) which we hope will inspire and encourage you. Your heartwarming contributions and your inspiring visions are very much welcome.
Find out more on our current visions in our position papers:
We are European citizens!
We are Sovereign!
Let's start to act as such!