Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

European May


Who is behind this?

Erik Brandes

Unsere Zeit


Who is joining forces?

European Democracy Lab


The European Moment


Diem25, who have a network in almost all of Europe, will be part of our campaign if it gets through. Other organizations we are currently contacting include Global Justice Now, ETUC and other unions.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We, the citizens of Europe, must come together. We understand that only together we can withstand the forces of globalized markets and overcome the dangers of nationalism.
Our campaign will therefore bring to life a sense of solidarity among Europe’s workers. Only in solidarity do we have power and only collective power from below can transform the EU into a fully developed democracy.
On 22 May 2019, the day before the EP elections, workers across Europe will lay down their work in solidarity.

Where will your idea take place?

Based in Berlin, from where we work to connect unions, workers, and youth across the continent.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Democracy can only work where a sense of solidarity and shared responsibility prevail. We need to integrate those who have been ignored and taken for granted for too long. Working people must recreate Europe as a space they themselves can shape – a space of active, democratic citizenship.

What is your impact?

A group of workers will have experienced and felt European solidarity - and we will make their experiences and voices heard in the wider public. This will demonstrate the value of connecting and engaging politically across Europe. Ideally, social concerns will be picked up by political parties.

How do you get there?

We reinvigorate the European project by forming a new alliance of young progressives and workers across Europe:
1. Reach out to unions in different areas (Berlin/Ruhr/Brussels...)
2. Get involved with groups of workers
3. Organize get-togethers in Brussels, formulate common political objectives
4. Make these objectives heard: use our pro-European networks to advocate concerns through social media stunts, a petition, news stories etc.
5. Jointly prepare symbolic work stoppage on 22 May 2019

What is your story?

Having been active in pro-European movements for some time, we sense a rift between the young urban sphere we're part of and the provincial and working class backgrounds we are from. We need to mend this rift to rebuild Europe.

Who are you doing it for?

At the centre of our project stand those who have too often been overlooked in the process of European integration: average working people. By giving voice to their shared experience, we will steal the nationalists’ thunder - and save the European project by establishing solidarity across borders.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We need advice on how to organise a big campaign such as this in terms of personnel and finances. It would also be great to make on-the-ground connections to other European places that we can rely on for the campaign.


Erik Brandes

Unsere Zeit

Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018

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