On your bike!
Following the phenomenal success of its first two demos, The European Moment is gearing up for velovolution! 9 May is Europe Day: 67 years since the Schuman Declaration laid the foundation for Europe as we know it. To mark the occasion, we’re saddling up and hitting the streets - on two wheels, this time - in support of deeper and peaceful European cooperation and solidarity. It’s time to slam the brakes on nationalism and populism.
The narrow victory of France’s only explicitly pro-European candidate in the first round of the presidential elections may have sent a sigh of relief all round, but it’s time to take things up a gear. That’s why we’re putting all our efforts - and our calf muscles - into sending nationalist and populist politics spiralling into oblivion. Now is not the time for freewheeling - they are hot on our wheels.
We call this initial electoral success a European moment: a chink of light that has lit up the path to a pro-European perspective, a path we are not only lining with concrete political demands, but one which is absolutely a public right of way.
So, in case you haven’t already taken advantage of the first few rays of sun this year, it’s time to oil your chain and pump up your tyres, ready to join us at 7pm at Mariannenplatz in Berlin. Don’t worry - we’ll have everything you need to pimp your ride and transform it into a lean, mean, pro-European machine. The best-dressed bike wins a prize! No matter if you’ve got the latest Italian racing bike, a sturdy mountain bike, or just your nan’s old pile of rust, roll on by and join the fun!
The European Moment’s checklist for the bike demo:
Enthusiastic pro-Europeans looking to protest
A more or less passable bike
9 May 2017, 7pm, Mariannenplatz
Invite all your friends to our Tour d’Europe
Check out the German Highway Code
The European Moment
Our campaign is supported by:
AEGEE Berlin Deutsch-Französischer Jugendausschuss - DFJA
Junge Europäische Bewegung (JEB) Stand Up For Europe Berlin
It's demo time again!
On 25 March 2017, 6000 of us made our mark on the streets of Berlin. We spoke up for what we want: more Europe – not less! OK, we’re a tad late, but now it’s time to save Europe! But Europe is a marathon, not a sprint…and this year it’s a hurdle race. The next hurdle to scale on the way to a humanitarian, future-oriented Europe: the French presidential elections. The fight for deeper European cooperation and our protest against nationalism and right-wing populism: it’s all just beginning. Europe won’t save itself - a fairer, more democratic Europe with more solidarity relies on each and every person in Europe standing up for it… We can only achieve this together. The more, the merrier!
On Saturday 29 April 2017, it’ll be time for our movement to take the next step: together with hundreds of other pro-European citizens, we want to take our protest to the streets. A week after the first round of the French presidential elections, and just days before the candidates go head to head in the deciding final round, it’s more important than ever stand up and be counted. Against Marine Le Pen! Against the right-wing extremists of the Front National, who are exploiting the current situation in order to spread hatred throughout society and preach their vicious campaign against minorities.
Fighting for the rights of those who experience the most discrimination in society means fighting for the rights of every single one of us. We’re protesting in solidarity with our French friends, who - like us – are also horrified at the thought of President Le Pen.
For Europe! Let’s come together and make it clear how much Europe needs France - and France needs Europe.
So be there or be square! Bring your friends and help us stand up for a diverse, open Europe in which solidarity is the order of the day. When, if not now? Who, if not us?
Now is the moment to celebrate these values. It’s up to us!
Sorry we're late...it's time to save Europe!
2016 was a bit of a shit year for politics, wasn’t it? Are you determined not to let the nationalists sweep the floor once again in 2017? Become part of our pro-European campaign and let’s work together to make 2017 a better year for Europe!
We are a platform for pro-Europeans, open to everyone who believes in the importance of a peaceful and united Europe. Now more than ever, we want to stand up passionately for the European project, countering populism and nationalism with a constructive voice that isn’t afraid to speak out about critical issues.
Together, we’re standing up for a diverse and open-minded Europe:
...based on democracy and the rule of law.
...where we live side by side, bound by solidarity.
...guided by the political principles of sustainability and fairness.
...where shared problems are solved by working together.
Now is the Moment to uphold these values. It’s up to us!
We are calling for:
European decision-makers to take a hard line against renationalisation, populism, and discrimination against minorities.
Fair economic and social policies that centre on solidarity and actively reduce social inequality.
A common European solution to the challenges posed by migration, and for the humane treatment of refugees.
Ambitious cross-European action to combat climate change.
An extensive European initiative to tackle youth unemployment.
European problems need European solutions
A few facts about us
Non, je ne vote pas Le Pen...
After the phenomenal success of the launch of our campaign on 25 March 2017, we're ready for round two! The presidential elections in France are occupying the headlines, and it’ll be less than six months to go until the German federal elections on 24 September 2017. We want to get out there and take to the streets in the name of Europe to show that we have faith in the European idea and that we won’t let right-wing populists sweep the floor.
Come along and stay tuned!
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Saturday 25 March 2017
Our first pro-European demo in Berlin as part of the March for Europe. 6000 of you came and it was AWESOME!
Saturday 29 April 2017
Our second demo: starting at 4pm at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin.
Tuesday 9 May 2017
On your bike! For our third pro-European demo, we're doing things a little differently... Come on two wheels and meet us at 7pm at Mariannenplatz on Europe Day!
Saturday 27 May 2017
Our demos will then take place on the last Saturday of each month
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