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 Questions

A. Voting on "Our New Europe"


1. Why should I vote?

If you vote on Our New Europe 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 a right to vote?

All citizens of the 51 participating European countries from Reykjavik to Vladivostok are entitled to vote on "Our New Europe"!

  

3. Do I have to answer all the questions?

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. Personal data needed?

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, as well as your E-mail address.

  

5. What will happen to personal data and answers?

Your answers will be counted and the results published, aggregated by country, without being personalized (Results). Your personal data will not be disclosed; "Our New Europe" only may 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. Declaration to accommodate a refugee?

With your declaration to accommodate a refugee (or to pay the cost) you do not accept any legal, but a moral obligation (questionnaire, question 5).

 

 

 


B. Objectives, scenarios, 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 all over Europe! To achieve this goal, not only is your personal vote needed, but also the use of electronic means (social networks and e-mail-marketing - see below) to motivate your friends and acquaintances to participate. 

 

9. Meaning of the scenarios?

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

 

10. Definition of democracy, subsidiarity and federalism?

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

 

11. Legal significance?

The online survey "Our New Europe" has no legal significance. It is, however, striving for a political impact 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on the further development of Europe, by trying to achieve its ambitious objective of a large participation and meaningful results (see: Peace project.)

 

12. Is "Our New Europe" neutral regarding the EU?

"Our New Europe" covers virtually the entire spectrum of opinions regarding the EU: the "more of the same", toward an ever closer Union, leading to the United States of Europe (EU+); Brexit, i.e. leaving the Union,, or not joining it (EU-); as well as the transformation of the EU by the citizens (EU*)

 

The scenarios EU+ and EU- have powerful advocates: the official "Brussels" and the overwhelming majority of all EU politicians (for EU+); the growing number of EU opponents and EU-critical parties (for EU-), respectively. Only the scenario EU* (the transformation into a diverse, democratic, comprehensive Europe by the citizens, with and for the citizens) does not have any powerful lobby. 

 

All citizens throughout Europe - no matter what they think about the EU - are now invited, for the first time, to express their opinion on the future of Europe, not only regarding the Brexit question "EU yes or no?", but - with EU* - also to the much more important question: "What kind of Europe do you want?".

 

 



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