THE EUROPEAN MOMENT
Junge Europäische Bewegung Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
The European Democracy Lab
AEGEE, CUBE. Your take on Europe, Democracy International, Der (europäische) Föderalist, DiEM25 Berlin, European Alternatives, European Collective, European Future Forum, Laute Europäer, JEF Deutschla
Building on last year's successful campaign #MachsEuropäisch, we will organize a joint campaign running from August 2018 until the European elections instead of each pro-European initiative planning individually. Making Europe tangible, mobilize citizens and involve them in the debate on the future of Europe. What does the Lisbon treaty mean for the average European? We will reclaim EU politics and get them out of the dusty drawers in Brussels - in workshops, on the street and online.
Headquarter in the political centre of Berlin, Germany
We want to offer differing perspectives. Our campaign shows how political decisions have the power to change our everyday life. 24hoursEU – we use simple examples to illustrate how the EU shapes our everyday life. What if each vote counted equally or citizens could directly elect the COM president?
Young citizens will be aware of what the EU has to do with them and won’t take it for granted. They will participate in discussions on the future of Europe, which will translate into a higher electoral turnout. The network of pro-Europeans will be further consolidated and developed.
Our campaign, so far based on voluntary work of our dedicated team, will be developed and advanced with focus on the European elections. We will:
1.Formulate common political objectives
2.Simplify European issues
3.Make our objectives heard: use our pro-European networks to advocate our ideas through social media stunts, eg. an online March for Europe 2.0. across Europe with help of Thunderclap
4.Establish ‘Europe Day’ as a day of diversity where citizens meet at “European tables” outdoors
Who, if not us? When, if not now? We want to be the change we want to see in Europe. Focus on our shared experiences as young people who see the European project crumbling. Problem: EU lacks democratic engagement. We are the answer to this problem as it is our generation that wants and needs Europe.
We are aiming at the politically interested youth, not yet deeply connected to the European idea – pupils, students, apprentices, young professionals, in short: first-,second-, and third-time voters. We believe in a domino effect. When our campaign goes viral, even their parents will get involved.
We are eager to get help in thinking big and in spreading our campaign across Germany and/or even across Europe. The challenge is to reach our aims within the financial budget and still keep our work focused on the bigger picture of a more democratic Europe. The campaign aims at building bridges.