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Peace Project


Objective

Our new Europe - for us citizens!

 

1.   A diverse, democratic Europe, open to the world, in which we citizens determine, in referenda, the European issues we want to resolve ourselves in referenda: e.g. our country's role in Europe, the European Constitution, the euro, immigration, climate change, pandemics ...

 

2.   A prosperous, strong, subsidiary and cooperating Europe from Vladivostok to Reykjavik, in which all countries cooperate peacefully, efficiently and to the benefit of all countries and peoples, according to the will of us, citizens.

 

3.   A Europe that takes us seriously als its sovereign, responsible, self-confident, empowered citizens and convinced, emancipated and critical Europeans - since we have the final say in Europe - in referenda! 

 


Path 

Democratic
 - with us citizens! 

 

2021

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2022

I. Corona chance: Our new Europe now!

  1. Citizens' viral revolt: Millions asking for a diverse, democratic, new Europe
    (Democratic manifesto)!
  2. Change of power and paradigm: Brussels and politicians use crises to strengthen, diversify and democratize Europe! 
 

2023

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2030

 

II. Democratic implementation - referenda!

  1. Referendum "My country in Europe":
    • In the integrated core Europe, the common market or free trade area?
    • Participation at the elaboration of the new Constitution?
  2. New European Constitution:
    • Direct election of Constit. Council 
    • Ratification in national referenda
  3. First European elections: 
    Parliament and Government

 

 


1. "Never waste a good crisis!"

 

We citizens across Europe use the crises in the EU as chances to strengthen democracy, peace, freedom, security and welfare in Europe and in the world! - Together, bottom-up, with referendа:

  1. Brexit will trigger an irresistible wave of democratization across Europe: at a first pan-European referendum, we citizens will determine our country's role in our new Europe that will lead to a new, diverse, prosperous pan-European cooperation benefical for all European peoples and countries - be they politically integrated or freely associated.
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  2. The refugee crisis will be mastered with a successful, humanitarian, flexible common European refugee policy - by means of a new refugee union of like-minded European countries, reinforced by voluntary agreements with other European countries and with countries of origin and transit of the refugees.
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  3. The euro crisis will be overcome on a sustainable basis by creating a close economic, monetary and fiscal union (EMU) for the countries willing to politically integrate themselves. All other European countries are invited to join the European free trade area or the common market / economic area (EEA; free movement of goods, services and capital, but without free movement of people and without the euro). - The resulting strong economic cooperation and free trade in Europe will bring prosperity and stability to the entire continent.
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  4. After Corona, we citizens in every country call for the immediate careful preparation and planning of flexible, efficient emergency programs and laws, adapted to local and national circumstances and approved by us citizens in referenda, and for the creation of a well trained emergency organiyation that can be mobilized any time at short notice - as well as for an unbureaucratic cooperation at the European level and an efficient, independent global monitoring and alarm system at the UN / WHO to fight future pandemics.
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  5. In our new Europe, we citizens shall create a global democratic citizens' alliance for the climate and commit ourselves at all political levels (municipality, region, nation and world) for an efficient, subsidiary, global climate program showing maximum worldwide climate impact! - bottom-up! 
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  6. Each country can participate in the common European foreign, security and defense policy by deciding to join our politically integrated core Europe, in the first pan-European referendum (Art. 8 and 9 of the draft constitution).
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  7. The Eastern European crises will be resolved peacefully and democratically, with the citizens of Ukraine, Crimea and Belarus deciding on their country's future in referenda controlled by UN and/or OSCE observers. This could trigger a wave of democratization across Eastern Europe.


2. A democratic Constitution

2.1 Content

 

Our new, diverse, democratic Europe has to be created democratically, bottom-up - with us citizens. It has to be based on a new Constitution. This Constitution will be drafted and adopted by a Constitutional Council, elected by the citizens in all participating countries, who will then ratify it and put it into force in a referendum.

 

The new Constitution defines the concept of direct democracy for our new Europe (ONE) with variable geometry, including: A politically integrated European economic, fiscal and monetary union (EEU); a European common market / new economic area (EEA); a vast free-trade union; an effective, efficient and humanitarian European refugee union; and a common European foreign, security and defence policy of the willing countries.

 

Decisive for this democratic, diverse Europe are constitutionally defined common values and objectives, the rights and duties of its citizens (fundamental and civil rights, incl. referenda and popular initiatives), as well as the principles of the separation of powers, subsidiarity and federalism (according to the German definition of a decentralized country, a confederation). In this regard, the draft at hand relies especially on the Swiss Constitution. Compared to to-day’s Switzerland, the CES however will be:

  • More diverse: It includes many more cultures and languages than Switzerland, and the Swiss cantons are today less autonomous than the countries of the (new) EEA / common market and of the free trade zone.
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  • Less directly democratic: Member countries of our new Europe can keep their very different national political structures and institutions, in particular parliamentary democracy (even the countries in the politically integrated core Europe).

2.  Our new Europe - EU

 

In comparison with today's EU, our new Europe is:

  • Larger: All countries between Vladivostok and Reykjavik are invited to participate in the new Europe according to their citizens’ decision;
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  • More democratic: In our new Europe, there will be regular, constitutionally defined plebiscites, in particular the constitutional initiative and the legislative referendum, as well as democratic elections of the CES parliament, government and court of justice;
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  • More diverse, less centralized: Apart from the integrated core Europe, member countries keep their political, economic, social and cultural independence. They can nonetheless participate - by means of bilateral agreements – at common projects, programs and tasks (e.g. in the fields of refugees, research, education, transport and communication);
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  • More subsidiary: In our new Europe, no task shall be transferred to "Brussels", that member countries can themselves deal with as well or even better than the CES. The citizens decide, which competences they want to delegate. 

Constitution for Our New Europe - Preamble

“For our democratic and diverse, strong and peaceful, prospering, sustainable and subsidiary, free and fair Europe, open to all European countries (Our New Europe, ONE), the citizens of the participating States adopt the following Constitution: ...”  

 

 

Download
Project Constitution ONE
Constitution CES.pdf
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3. Referenda

3.1 Build trust!

 

There is no true democracy without mutual trust between the state and its citizens - and there is no better way to create and reinforce such a trust than referenda - since:

 

Nothing strengthens the interest of us citizens in Europe, our commitment to Europe, our sense of belonging together and our democratic responsibility for our new Europe, as well as our certainty to be taken seriously by this Europe, like regular constitutionally determined referenda, in which we citizens throughout Europe can decide (after open, fair, instructive, often fierce, yet always respectful campaigns) all essential European issues! - Switzerland shows this every quarter!

 

On the other hand, nothing frustrates, offends and hurts us citizens more than politicians who ignore, disregard, reject, launch - or misuse referenda for their own purposes and careers, or even repeat them, until the results suit them! - Unfortunately, this happens time and again - not only in the EU!

 

 

 

3.2 Take responsibility!

 

All attempts of "Brussels" and of our politicians to impose their increasingly powerful and centralized Europe top-down, without consultig us citizens in referenda (e.g. European Constitution 2003), or even against the citizens' decisions in national referenda (e.g. France and the Netherlands (Constitution 2005), are doomed to failure because of Europe's immense cultural, political and historic diversity and the resistance of us, empowered citizens and convinced Europeans!

 

We citizens must empower ourselves and assume our resposibility for our new Europe by giving each and every one of us a voice, so that we can implement it, by means of referenda, bottom-up: We'll have the last word on all main issues (e.g. constitution, crises, new members); and we'll effectively control our politicians and authorities and, if necessary, sanction them - with the ballot sheet! 

 

Referenda emancipate us citizens; they discipline our politicians and they demoratize Europe, including Eastern Europe! 

 

 

4. We can do it!

4.1 Millions of citizens!

  1. All EU advocates who - after Brexit - want to avoid the Union's collapse, to strengthen Europe in all areas and to ensure their own country's participation in the politically integrated core of our new Europe;
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  2. All EU opponents, who want their own country to take advantage, too, from the diverse, successful and beneficial economic cooperation in our new Europe, especially in its free trade area or in its common market;
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  3. All the citizens frustrated by "Brussels", who, feeling for the first time to be taken seriously by our new, democratic, diverse Europem, begin trusting and standing up for it;
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  4. All the EU citizens who want to have the final say on European (and may be national) issues and crises by means of referenda and who want to vote more than once every five years only (in "European elections")!

  5. All  Europeans outside the EU who want to participate, too, at the creation of our Europe!

4.2 Our peace project!

 

We citizens shall ensure with the sword of Damocles of permanently threatening referenda, that our European peace project will be implemented quickly and democratically:

  1. A flexible and prospering Europe that uses its crises as a chance for a successful, vital and diverse cooperation that brings wealth and benefits to all European countries and peoples! 
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  2. A subsidiary, decentralized, diverse Europe with and for us citizens, in which we citizens detect our European identity and values in the immense wealth of our cultures, languages and traditions!
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  3. A strong, stable and sustainable Europe, resistant to crises, that shines as the European peace project in the whole world - for democracy, peace, freedom, human rights and human dignity!

 

1. Brussels
As usual: Top-down!
EU+ reinforced!

 

Picture: Without referenda! - Without the citizens?  Foto: mobil.mz-web.de
Without referenda! - Without the citizens?

  

2. Brexit
National independence!
EU- reduced!

 

Picture: Referenda decided top-down!
Referenda decided top-down!

  

3. Citizens

Referenda: Bottom-up!
EU* transformed!

 

Picture: Ready to fight for our Europe?
Ready to fight?