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Is this the end of the European Union?
20 Jun 2016 18:34 #9436
I have to admit: I am quite nervous. Early tomorrow morning I fly to London to observe what is happening there ahead of the “Brexit” referendum on 23 June. These days will be exciting: how will the atmosphere be in the city? Which side of the campaign will win the vote – leave or remain in the EU? How do the British people feel about taking such an important decision that will affect the whole of Europe?
It is not only me that is nervous these days. Politicians from all across Europe are looking anxiously to Great Britain. For them this is a wake-up call. They have realised that citizens are not satisfied with the European Union as it is. People feel excluded. If Brexit really happens, might that even be the end of the political Union?
For Democracy International it is clear: regardless of what the British decide on 23 June, the EU needs more democracy, transparency and public participation. Democracy International has been working towards this goal for years. Now the moment has come to demand a real democratisation of the EU. Things just cannot continue “business as usual”. We European citizens need a European Union that we can support and identify with, we want our voices to be heard, we want to help shape the future of Europe.
My request to you: raise your voice for more democracy in the EU. We will not tolerate that politicians silence the debate and ignore people’s demands for real change. Please sign our petition for a democratic Europe now.