All European peoples want peace and good neighbor-hood! Nobody wants wars, as in the 19th and 20th centuries, which brought nothing but unbearable suffering, hunger and misery. All European countries want a diverse and prosperous collaboration in as many areas as possible.
But does this require a European superstate, an ever closer, more centralized, more powerful Union, in which citizens are called to the ballot box once only every 5 years to vote at the "European elections"?
The EU has for years been shaken by crises (Euro, refugees, Brexit, Ukraine / Russia, Corona,.. .) and is increasingly and directly threatened by its opponents and EU critical political parties. The Union is seriously divided between countries in Northern and Southern, Eastern and Western Europe. Badly needed reforms fail time and again because of internal quarrels and the lacking willingness to compromise in "Brussels".
The EU has only one answer to all these problems: it asks for ever more power to take on a leading role in the world, as soon as possible, as the United States of Europe (USE). In this context, direct democracy and referenda are a nightmare for "Brussels", since they could block its integration process, claimed to be "without any alternative".
So if we really want a new, democratic, diverse and prosperous Europe, in which we empowered citizens have the last word in referenda, we have to create it ourselves - bottom-up, with the means of the 21st century for the 21st century, in a viral-democratic citizens' revolt online - now!
That's why we are now calling with our democratic manifesto for a new Europe of the 21st century, which we Europeans want to implement within a few years:
I. Corona chance: Our new Europe now!
Corona will ignite a huge viral democratic revolt across Europe - for a new, diverse, democratic Europe of the citizens, with and for us citizens, a Europe in which EU supporters, EU opponents and EU critics shall decide by means of referenda on the legal authority for fighting pandemics in Europe:
Corona - a chance for our new Europe!
Our new Europe - a chance for
an efficient global pandemic strategy!
In our new Europe, all citizens across Europe - desperate, worried, and skeptical about climate change - can decide on the European energy and climate policy in referenda and thus contribute significantly to solving the global climate crisis:
The climate crisis - a chance for our new Europe!
Our new Europe - a chance for the climate and for maximum global CO2 reductions!
The citizens throughout Europe, incl. the British, can vote, in our new Europe, in a first pan-European Referendum on their country's role in this new Europe, either in its politically integrated core Europe, or in the European common market, or simply in a vast European free trade zone.
EU opponents and Brexiteers, who want their country to take part in such a prosperous and beneficial economic European cooperation, can thus vote for this new Europe, too.
A European Union for refugees consisting of like-minded European countries, reinforced by voluntary agreements with other European countries and with countries of origin and of transit of the refugees, will be the basis for an effective, democratic common European refugee policy, respecting both the needs of the refugees and the very different potentials and wishes of the participating countries.
EU proponents, opponents and critic can support such a flexible Union for refugees in our new Europe.
A close Economic, Fiscal and Monetary Union (EEU), with its own EU economic government, budget and taxes, as well as transfer payments from rich to poor countries and revenue sharing within the core Europe, shall stabilize, legitimize and provide the necessary legal support to the Euro.
Countries that do not want to join this Union, shall have the possibility to participate at a European free trade zone or at the European common market / economic area (EEA; free movement of goods, services and captital, without free movement of people and without Euro). Economic cooperation and free trade will bring prosperity and stability throughout our continent.
Both EU advocates and EU opponents and critics can support this comprehensive, flexible economic cooperation in our new Europe, which benefits all European countries.
A common European Foreign, Security and Defence policy of willing countries shall strengthen Europe's position on a global level. All European countries shall contribute according to their citizens' decisions.
The conflict in the Ukraine shall be settled, with the help of Russia and Europe, and possibly the USA. The Crimeans shall be given the opportunity to vote in an internationally controlled referendum on their belonging to Russia or to the Ukraine. The Ukrainians shall vote on their country's future, for instance as a neutral, federal (decentralized) state in a large European free trade zone from Reykjavik to Vladivostok, serving as a bridge between Estern and Western Europe that will bring peace and prosperity to the whole region.
Europe, Russia and the USA, too, should accept these popular verdicts and, if necessary, guarantee these referenda.
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 in a flexible and subsidiary Community of free, sovereign European States (CES) 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:
In comparison with today's EU, the CES is:
Constitution for a new Europe - Preamble
“To create a democratic and diverse, strong and peaceful, prospering, sustainable and subsidiary, free and fair Europe, open to all European countries, the citizens of the participating States adopt the following Constitution of a Community of European States (CES): ...”
There is no true democracy without mutual trust between the state and its citizens - and there is no better way to create such 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, as well as our certainty to be taken seriously by Europe, like regular constitutionally determined referenda, in which we citizens can decide (after open, fair, instructive, often fierce, yet always respectful campaigns) all essential European issues!
On the other hand, nobody frustrates, offends and hurts us 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!
All attempts by "Brussels" and European politicians to impose their increasingly powerful and centralized Europe top-down, without or even against us citizens and without referenda, e.g. with a non-democratic constitution (2005) or with a multy-billion solidarity fund (2020), have been and will be stopped by Europe's diversity and the strong resistance of us, empowered citizens, and will finally destroy this Europe!
We citizens across Europe create our new, diverse, decentralized, subsidiary, sustainable Europe, our peace project and community of values, bottom-up, by assuming our responsibility for our Europe in referenda, separating, restricting and controlling the power of each of our authorities, but trusting us citizens and giving every one of them a voice so that we citizens will have the final say on all important decisions in our new Europe.
Our army of many millions of empowered, critical, responsible citizens and convinced Europeans across Europe will ensure wirth permanently threatening Damocles' sword referenda that our new Europe will materialize swifly and democratially: