ONEurope. Same Rights, One Republic is a campaign promoted by a European network of associations and local administrations working to transform the European Union into a federal Republic founded on the equality of rights and duties among all European citizens. The campaign was launched on 15 February in Scandicci (FI), Italy.
The European Democracy Lab is a platform that generates innovative ideas for Europe.
We promote the European common good beyond the nation state. The core issue of the Lab is to develop a transnational paradigm and explore alternative conceptions of the European polity. We connect design thinking, advocacy and culture.
Recap of this year's Europe Day | May 9
On this year's Europe Day, the European Democracy Lab (EDL) partnered with civil society organisations from across our Union to organise Citizens Take Over Europe (CTE). We provided an open space to discuss current problems from a political, social and personal perspective and develop solutions together. What are our concerns and our most urgent problems? To what solutions can citizens contribute in the wake of the current crisis? How do we organise solidarity among Europeans and with the rest of the world? Our day-long marathon on the 9th of May featured a rich curated program of online live streamed events from across Europe including artistic performances, political debates, readings, and podcasts. Check out the full programme here.
The new team at the EDL worked intensively to make this online-event a genuinely European experience. With five live online conference-rooms, that were live-streamed on Facebook, we managed to reach many thousand people from across the continent. With our friends and partners in the CTE coalition, we demonstrated that one does not require million Euros to establish up an open transnational public space. Despite the constraints of a virus that respects no borders, we came together to debate the future of Europe. As Niccoló Milanese noted in the opening session: 'despite my social isolation, I am not alone'.
Rewatch the opening of Citizens Take Over Europe and the first panel that was organised by the EDL in cooperation with European Moments and European Alterantives. The panel starts at min 17:40.
Intro & Panel 1: Setting the scene: citizens speak out during the crisis (Kopie)
May 9 has been the kick-off for a longer term process that the CTE coalition is developing. Please check out the work of CTE, and support us. The coalition is also welcoming new organisations to the initiative.
In November 2018, the European Republic was symbolically proclaimed in an artistic intervention all over Europe, which claimed equal rights for all European citizens. Before the upcoming European elections in 2019, the European Democracy Lab pursues to deepen the initiated debate in a series of citizens’ dialogues in cities in German border regions. Together with citizens and experts, concrete political demands, such as a European association law, voter register or social security, shall now be put to discussion.
REGIOPARL aims at gaining, documenting and publicly distributing a better understanding of the instruments, limits and potentials of the regional level as a bearer of European democracy. REGIOPARL wishes to systematically study, contextualize and explain the role of regional polities in European integration and thereby propose convincing solutions to the institutional and democratic challenges Europe is facing.
The European Republic is a EUtopia (Greek εὖ "good" or "well" and τόπος "place") for a democratic future in Europe: A republic where all European citizens enjoy political equality. The common good, res publica, is the guiding principle of our proposal for a future European community.
Though this vision is utopian in times of constant crisis, our goal is to open the debate beyond the current public discourse trapped between technocratic vocabulary and harsh rhetoric of growing nationalist movements. We want to discuss real alternatives.
There is a Plan B for Europe – The European Republic. We are convinced, our continent can transform into a post-national, truly democratic, just, and fair place.
EUROPE 2045 is series of workshops, which seeks to initiate fresh thinking about our attitude towards cooperation between European countries and more broadly, our conception of what Europe is. We believe that the European Union as a form of political organization as well as much of Europe's shared history is not adequately covered in school and university curricula throughout the continent. Dominated by national overtones, our common history of political organization and dialogue is hardly discussed, future generations are not encouraged to participate in a discourse on Europe's current form, and more importantly: its future course.
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The European Balcony Catalogue
At the moment we are working on the European Balcony Project catalog, which documents on 220 pages the events of the 10th of November 2018 and collects 120 images of the proclamations as well as texts from all over Europe. This multilingual catalog brings together a wide range of citizens who are interested in a stable and functioning Europe. It connects different ideas about Europe’s future such as a European passport or a European Constitution. It sums up all of your initiatives and activities. Many photos and texts from citizens and institutions referring to the project - from Ph.D. students to EU-commissars - will be published in this catalog in March 2020. We are very happy that the publishing house Theater der Zeit is going to publish it! The number of pieces is limited!