Proeuropäer formieren sich: Spinelligruppe ruft zum Marsch für Europa auf Rom am 25.3.2017 auf

Proeuropäer formieren sich: Spinelligruppe ruft zum Marsch für Europa auf Rom am 25.3.2017 auf

Die Proeuropäer formieren sich jetzt: 300 Intelektuelle, die der der Spinelligruppe nahestehen, die für einen europäischen Zentralstaat mit einem echten EU-Parlament, Staatshaushalt und EU-Regierung eintreten unterstützen am 25.3. 2017 den Marsch für Europa auf Rom für eine Wiederbelebung Europas, um gegen den erstarkenden Nationalismus in Europa einen Kontrapunkt zu setzen:

„Over 300 European intellectuals and academics from across the European Union have signed an appeal in view of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The Appeal “A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy” calls upon the Heads of State and Government meeting in Rome to celebrate the Treaties of Rome to open the way to a re-foundation of the EU on the basis of recent European Parliament’s proposals to strengthen EU institutions and policies, especially on foreign and security, economic and social policies. The authors call upon the Europe’s youth, its civil society, workers, entrepreneurs, academia, local governments and European citizens to participate in the March for Europe in Rome on March 25 to give political leaders the strength and courage to push forward the EU to a new beginning.

The appeal has been initiated by Prof. Roberto Castaldi together with Giuliano Amato, Yves Bertoncini, Stefan Collignon, Anthony Giddens, Ulrike Guerot, and Miguel Maduro.  It was subscribed by about 300 intellectuals, academics, think tanks directors and experts, and personalities in all the EU, and beyond. Among the people who have already signed are: Edmond Alphandery, Enrique Barón Crespo, Emma Bonino, Massimo Cacciari, Alessandro Cavalli, Anna Diamantopoulou, Luigi Ferrajoli, Monserrat Guibernau, Daniel Innerarity, Jean-Victor Louis, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Claus Offe, Gianfranco Pasquino, Javier Solana, Natalie Tocci, Loukas Tsoukalis, Nadia Urbinati, Vladimiro Zagrebelsky.The full list is published below, and it is now open to the adhesion of all citizens who wish to support it.

A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy

We European citizens are worried and scared. The economic and financial crisis has impoverished many of us. Youth unemployment risks creating a lost generation. Inequality grows and social cohesion is in peril. The EU is surrounded by war and instability from Ukraine to Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. The flux of refugees and migrants has become a structural feature we must address together, in a human and forward-looking manner. In many Member states we witness authoritarian tendencies and the rise of nationalist and xenophobic forces. Democracy and the core values of the European modern civilization are under attack. The EU itself is questioned, although it ensured peace, democracy and welfare for decades.

We European citizens don’t want our national politicians to care only about their next local or national election. They ask for European solutions to European problems but then they act to render those solutions impossible or ineffective. They disregard sensible Commission proposals or fail to implement decisions already taken , including when agreed by all. They claim, one day, for Europe to do something and protest, the following day, Europe’s proposed actions. We ask national politicians and the media to stop depicting integration as a zero-sum game, thus pitting nations against one another. In an interdependent world no nation can satisfy all of its citizens’ basic needs and appeals for social justice. In this context, integration and supranational government is a positive-sum game. Our European social model based on liberal democracy and a social market economy can only survive in a multi-level framework of government, on the basis of the subsidiarity principle.

We European citizens are aware that globalization is transforming the world. We need a European government to foster our common values and contribute to the solution of the global problems threatening humanity. The world needs an outward-looking cosmopolitan Europe to help build a more effective and democratic global governance to cope with climate change, peace, global poverty, and the transition to an environmentally and socially sustainable economy.

We European citizens recognise the EU as an incomplete Res Publica. It has a ridiculous budget (0,9% of GDP) and no financial autonomy from Member states, while its current competences are out of date for what is necessary to successfully answer the challenges of the current crises. It has a federal like legislative, judiciary and central bank. But democracy is the possibility for citizens to choose the government and make it accountable. For the Union to work and be democratic its decisions, including budget, foreign and defence policy, and the reform of the Treaties, should primarily be taken by a qualified majority representing the majority will of European citizens and states. The Commission should evolve into a fully-fledged government, setting and promoting a political agenda legitimated through elections. European parties should present their candidates to the Presidency at the European election. The alternative is a directly elected President of the EU merging the Presidencies of the Commission and the European Council.

On 14 February 1984 the European Parliament adopted the Draft Treaty establishing the European Union, the so-called Spinelli Project, pointing towards a political union, which Member states disregarded. On 14 February 2017 we call upon the European Parliament, the only directly elected body of the EU, to take a new initiative to kick-start the EU on strengthened democratic basis. Talking about banking, fiscal, economic, energy, security, defence and political unions makes sense only within a genuine democratic European Union, with all those policies under a European government.

On 25 March 2017 the Heads of state and government will celebrate the Treaties of Rome establishing the European Economic Community and Euratom in 1957. We call upon them to match the vision of the Founders. They should open the way to the re-foundation of the EU on the basis of the European Parliament proposal, and immediately exploit all the Lisbon Treaties’ instruments to strengthen EU institutions and policies, especially on foreign and security, economic and social policies. We call upon the Europe’s youth, its civil society, workers, entrepreneurs, academia, local governments and European citizens to participate in the March for Europe in Rome on March 25. Together we shall give the political leaders the strength and courage to push forward the EU to a new beginning. European unity is key to solve our common problems, safeguard our values and ensure our welfare, security and democracy.“

Für welche Ziele und warum dieser Marsch für Europa?


Rome, 25 March 2017

On the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome


For 60 years the European Communities and then the European Union have helped ensure Europe’s peace, prosperity and progress. Europe has guaranteed peace and the rule of law after centuries of wars. Europe has been the driver of democracy for European countries escaping dictatorships and totalitarianism. Europe has been crucial for the economic and social progress of European countries over the decades. Europe has inspired other regions of the world in their search for unity and modernity. Yet, Europe remains an incomplete construction at risk of collapsing if not completed without delay .

Faced with a struggling economy and fading influence in a globalised world dominated by continental powers, we Europeans cannot close ourselves within national borders hoping to fence problems off. European states will have no future if they remain divided and compete with each other instead of standing united . Going back to nationalism will weaken us all. We can stand up to European challenges only together, by completing Europe’s political unity .

We call on the Heads of State and Government meeting in Rome on 25th March 2017 to approve a roadmap to relaunch and complete Europe’s economic and political unity.

As the European Union has a single currency, the Euro, there should be a European economic policy with European own resources to modernise and relaunch the European economy. As the European Union has a common external border, it should be managed jointly by a European border force. As wars and instability afflict the regions around Europe, European defence forces should protect Europe, help to pacify our neighbourhood and contribute to managing international crises and conflicts. As threats of international terrorism and international crime increase, they should be prevented and combated through European cooperation and with European support. As national democracies can’t govern political and economic forces beyond national borders, only a European government and a truly European democracy would allow European citizens to control their own destiny .

For those who believe in a strong, united and democratic Europe, it is time to stand up . Against nationalism and populism. For a Europe of unity against divisions and new walls. For a united Europe that delivers on its promises of peace, freedom, security, prosperity. For a Europe of solidarity and shared responsibility. For a Europe that protects European interests and values in the world. For a Europe of democracy that empowers European citizens. For a Europe of hope, against a Europe of fear. For a plan to relaunch and complete European political unity.“

Zu den Zielen der Spinelligruppe ist in ihrem Manifest zu lesen:

„“It will be the moment of new action and it will be the moment for new people: the moment for a free and united Europe“, Altiero Spinelli

« Si je savois quelque chose utile à ma patrie, et qui fût préjudiciable à l’Europe,(…) je la regarderois comme un crime. » Montesquieu

More than ever, the challenges we are facing today are worldwide: climate change, pressure on resources, environmental destruction, economic and financial difficulties, security, fair trade, peace-building, respect for human rights and civil liberties…

In our contemporary world, every European country is a small country. But we have one advantage: together we have built our European Union. It is a remarkable construction in which European states, many for too long divided by protracted conflicts, decided to be “united in diversity” and form common Community.

Striving for shared peace and prosperity, we managed to work together and combine forces, thus fostering unprecedented prosperity, democracy and reconciliation on our continent. National states have concede sovereign powers to common institutions in order to reach common goals and an “ever closer” Union.

Unfortunately, whereas the formidable challenges of a complex crisis demand common responses at European level, too many politicians believe that solutions still lie at the national level. In a time of interdependence and in a globalised world, national solutions cannot provide adequate solutions. Only European solution can be successful.

Today things are moving in the opposite direction, towards a looser rather than a closer Union. Too often the Community spirit is forgotten in favour of short-term national interests. And too often intergovernmental solutions prevail over real European solutions.

We oppose this backward and reactionary direction. It is time to bring a common European approach back to the forefront. This is not the moment for Europe to slow down further integration, but on the contrary to accelerate it. The European Union’s history has time again proven that more Europe, not less, is the answer to the problems we face. Only with European solutions and a renewed European spirit will we be able to tackle the worldwide challenges.

National solutions are solutions of the past. Our goal is a federal and post-national Europe, a Europe of the citizens. This was the dream the founding fathers worked so hard to achieve. This was the project of Altiero Spinelli. This is the Europe we want. This is the Europe we will fight for. Because this is the Europe of the future.“

Wer ist die Spinelligruppe? Ihr gehören Mario Monti, Elmar Brok, Daniel Cohn-Behndit, Joschka Fischer, Jo Leinen, Jacques Delor und mehr als 110 Europaparlamentarier an:

The Spinelli Group is an initiative launched in September 2010, led by Guy Verhofstadt, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Sylvie Goulard and Isabelle Durant, followed by Andrew Duff and Jo Leinen as co-chairmen of the MEP-Spinelli Group. The Group want to inject a federalist momentum into the political decisions and policies of the European Union. Through a « Manifesto » in a similar fashion as Altiero Spinelli – the Spinelli Group call upon fellow MEPs and European personalities to develop a network of those who choose the European interest above their national interest, those who want to push the federal project in their respective environment. Just like Altiero Spinelli did, we want to operate from the European Parliament, but not only from the European Parliament.

The aim of the Spinelli Group is to become a network of citizens, politicians, academics and writers who are convinced it is time for Europe to move forward. The Spinelli Group enjoyes the support of some experienced personalities from the world of European politics, such as Joshka Fischer, Elie Barnavie, Mario Monti or Romano Prodi, who all agree to adopt a federalist approach in response to the numerous crises and revive the European spirit.

Today, the Spinelli Group gathers:

  • More than 110 MEPs supporting this initiative
  • 44 Active members, EU experts, NGOs and Think-tank representatives, politicians, academics…
  • More than 5.000 signatories of our Manifesto from all over Europe

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