Image: Referendum in the cradle of democracy; the citizens' vote ignored by the EU, July 2015
Referendum in Greece, cradle of democracy, Foto: socialistworkeronline.net, 4.7.15

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

What can and shall I do?

1. Why should I vote? - It's useless!

If you vote and motivate your friends, and if many citizens throughout Europe do the same, you can give the impetus for a new, more democratic Europe. Europe's future is in your hands!

  

2. Do I have the right to vote on "Our New Europe"?

All citizens of the 51 participating European countries from Reykjavik to Vladivostok are entitled to vote!

 

3. Do I have to answer all the questions of the referendum?

No! You are completely free to participate and to answer only the questions you like. You have a right to vote, but no obligation at all to do so! 

 

4. What personal data do I have to provide to vote on "Our New Europe"?

Your ballot (questionnaire) only requires the name of the country in which you live as a personal information. If you want to sign the "Petition for a Europe close to its citizens" or if you declare your willingness to accommodate a refugee, you also have to enter your surname, first name and place of residence.

 

5. What happens to my personal data and my answers?

Your answers will be counted and the results published, aggregated by country, without being personalized (tables on start page and in section 5). Your personal data will not be disclosed; "Our New Europe" only may however publish the "Petition for a Europe close to its citizens" with your signature (last and first name, city).

 

6. What does my signature under the Petition mean?

The petition asks for a democratic, subsidiary, flexible and diverse Europe, close to its citizens. Your signature will not imply any obligation; you only agree that the petition may be published with your signature (surname, first name, place of residence).

 

7. What does my declaration to accommodate a refugee mean?

With your declaration to accommodate a refugee (or to pay the cost) you do not accept any legal, but a moral obligation.

 

 

Objectives, scenarios, models, democracy,..

8. What are the objectives of "Our New Europe"?

The main objective is a high turnout in all 51 european countries participating in the referendum: as a first step 10 million votes! To achieve this goal, not only is your personal vote needed, but also the use of electronic means (social networks and e-mails - see below) to motivate your friends and acquaintances to participate. 

 

9. What do the scenarios EU+, EU- and EU* mean?

The three scenarios correspond with the main current views on the future for Europe: an expansion, reduction and reform of the EU. You are asked to choose the scenario that most closely matches your opinion.

 

10. What is the definition of democracy, subsidiarity and federalism?

These definitions vary widely. "Our New Europe" understands them essentially in the sense prevailing in Switzerland.

 

11. What is the legal and political significance of "Our New Europe"?

The online survey "Our New Europe" has no legal significance. It is striving for a political impact on the further development of Europe, if it achieves its objective of a large participation and meaningful results (see section 4: Peace project.)

 

12. Why is "Our New Europe" not neutral regarding the EU?

"Our New Europe" covers virtually the entire spectrum of opinions regarding the EU: from the "more of the same", toward an ever closer Union, up to the Brexit. All citizens throughout Europe are invited to express their opinion, no matter what they think about the EU.

 

The scenarios EU+ (more of the same) and EU- (Brexit) already have powerful advocates: the official "Brussels" and the overwhelming majority of all EU politicians

(EU +); the growing number of EU opponents and ever stronger EU-critical parties, as well as heads of states and of governments, who time and again call for a referendum to support their policies (EU-). Only the scenario EU* (conversion into a diverse, democratic, comprehensive Europe of the citizens, with and for the citizens) has no powerful advocates. The citizens across Europe have not yet been given the opportunity to give their opinion on the future of their continent. "Our New Europe" wants to give them a voice.

 

 

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