The EU is shaken by crises (Euro, refugees, Brexit, Ukraine / Russia,...); threatened by the growing number of opponents and stronger anti-EU-parties, split between North and South, East and West, and blocked by rigidity and internal quarrels.
To overcome these crises, Brussels has no other recipe than ever more power (ending, if possible in the United States of Europe); and there is no room for referenda, because citizens cannot be trusted.
The implementation of the European peace project therefore requires:
The citizens throughout Europe, incl. the British citizens, are invited (on Our New Europe) to vote on a new democratic, diverse Europe, in which each country will occupy the place determined by its citizens, in a referendum, i.e. in a politically integrated core Europe, in the European common market, or in a vast European free trade zone.
A European Refugee Union 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, which shall respect the needs and the potentials both of all European countries and of the refugees.
A close Economic, Fiscal and Monetary Union, including a common budget, transfer payments and revenue sharing – shall stabilize, legitimize and legally support the Euro.
Countries that do not want to join this Union, shall have the possibility to participate at the European common market or a European free trade zone. Economic cooperation and free trade will bring prosperity and stability to our continent.
A common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy of willing countries shall strengthen Europe's role on a global level.
The conflict in the Ukraine shall be settled, if possible, with the help of Russia and the US. 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, serving as a bridge between East and West, in a large European free trade zone from Reykjavik to Valdivostok.
Our new, diverse, democratic Europe can only come into being democratically - with us citizens. It has to be based on a new Constitution. This Constitution will be deliberated and adopted by a Constitutional Council, elected by us citizens in all participating countries; we shall then ratify it and put it into force in a referendum.
The Constitution will be the basis for direct democracy in a flexible and subsidiary Community of free, sovereign European States (CES) with variable geometry, including a politically integrated Economic, Fiscal and Monetary Union, an effective, efficient and humanitarian European Refugee Union and a common European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy of the willing countries.
Constitution for a new Europe - Preamble
“For a democratic and diverse, strong and peaceful, 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):”
To win the trust of its citizens, Europe must first trust its citizens, with referenda, because:
Nothing frustrates citizens more than politicians who ignore, disregard, reject and misuse referenda for their own purposes, or repeat them, until the results suit them!
On the other hand: nothing strengthens the citizens' interest in Europe, their sense of belonging together and their
democratic responsibility, their feeling to be taken seriously by politicians, and their commitment to Europeas much as regular, constitutionally determined referenda, in which all citizens can participate after open and fair campaigns and decide all essential European issues!
There will be no European peace project, shining throughout the world, no new, diverse, democratic Europe without committed, empowered citizens and convinced Europeans!