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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 civilisation 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.

As the anniversary of the signature of the EU’s founding treaties is approaching, a group of over 300 European academics and personalities are endorsing this appeal to relaunch European integration and inviting civil society, academia, young people and citizens to participate to the March for Europe in Rome on March 25.

Alberto Alemanno for VoxEurop

Signing of the Treaty of Rome, March 25, 1957.

Signing of the Treaty of Rome, March 25, 1957. – AP Images – Treaty of Rome, originally (1957–93) Treaty Establishing the European Economic Community, succeeded by (1993–2009) Treaty Establishing the European Community and (2009– ) Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; also called, together with the Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

25 March 2017 is the day of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties which have made the EU project the most successful experiment of peace and integration ever.

This date may go down history as yet another self-praising, boring, closed-door party of 27 EU leaders or as the germ of a first conscious, popular and patriotic European manifestation. A March for Europe – mimicking the one that took place in London in the aftermath of the Brexit vote – has been announced by the Union of European Federalists. Unfortunately, only the usual suspects – a few pro-European organisations – are behind this one-in-a-generation opportunity to show how many citizens of Europe support and share its ideals, values and lifestyles. Despite its high-potential in prompting a genuine, pan-European manifestation calling for a renewal of the EU project through an inclusive, constituent process, the risk that it may reveal a flop is dangerously high.

The appeal below intends to pierce the typical Brussels bubble currently surrounding the March for Europe, by broadening its audience to a much wider public. There has never been a better opportunity to federate – in a critical moment of its existence – the multitude of associations, movements and grassroots actors who believe in the European project. There has never been a better opportunity to make your voice heard and contribute to the emergent European public space. There has been never been a better opportunity to shape your history and that of the generations to come.

See you in Rome on 25 March. Help us spread the call below through the hashtag #MarchForEurope2017!

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 civilisation 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.

Dutch passportEstonian passportWe European citizens are aware that globalisation 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.

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The European Central Bank (ECB; French: Banque centrale européenne) = central bank for the euro and administers monetary policy of the eurozone, which consists of 19 EU member states and is one of the largest currency areas in the world.

Phrygian cap on pole.svgWe European citizens recognise the EU as an incomplete Res Publica. It has a ridiculous budget (0.9 percent 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.

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Signing of the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, in the Jerónimos Monastery of Lisbon, Portugal, 13 December 2007, which entered into force on 1 December 2009

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 25 March. 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.

This Appeal was drafted by Roberto Castaldi with Giuliano Amato, Yves Bertoncini, Stefan Collignon, Anthony Giddens, Ulrike Guérot, and Miguel Maduro. It is available in various languages for further adhesions at March for Europe with the list of signatures and the info on the March.

Marcus Ampe

March for Europe: in Rome on March 25

Flag of the European Union

English: Constituency for the European Parliam...

English: Constituency for the European Parliament election in 2009 Español: Mapa por el Elecciones al Parlamento Europeo de 2009 Français : Circonscriptions aux élections européennes en 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preceding articles:

Human tragedy need to be addressed at source

60 years after creation of European Economic Community, Europeans skeptical about one of their biggest achievements this century

F: Une véritable Union européenne pour garantir le bien-être, la sécurité et la démocratie

D.: Eine echte Europäische Union die Gemeinwohl, Sicherheit und Demokratie gewährleistet

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A Jew and Muslim walking together side by side down USA city streets

Not only racial discrimination seems to be increasing in many parts of the so called civilised commercial world. In many places of the Northern half-round religious discrimination is also in the lift.

It is good to notice not too many people accept such anti-social behaviour coming to their regions. this might be seen by some candid camera actions some people tried out in several cities.

Though last year a Flemish non-muslim who tried to walk on the streets in Flemish cities in niqab had to stop her experiment because of the heavy negative or insulting reactions she could not bear any more. On her video we could see many intolerable actions from certain people on the street. Also in England the experiment was done to know what it is like wearing the niqab in public. But in some experiments wearing the Muslim attributes in a way gave more protection having the woman being harassed less.

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American YouTube personality, actor, singer, director, vlogger and prankster of Egyptian descent Karim Metwaly

In the United States of America, Karim Metwaly, also known by his YouTube username AreWeFamousNow teamed up with Alaaldeen Shehadeh and Moe Zahrieh for some videos that has garnered together over 2 million views since being posted.

Lots of people may think Arabs, Muslims and Jewish people are hating each other. they are not supposed to hate each other and when they are real believers in the One True God that should know that all people, no matter where they live, which sort of peoples they belong to, whatever skin colour they may have, whatever religion they may adhere or have no faith in a god or gods, they all are created in the image of God and should be respected as creations allowed to live here by this Most High Divine Creator.

Believers in the One True God also should know it is a wrong attitude to divide people in labels and to threat the differently. People need to stop with the “We vs Us” mentality. One of the comments of a video of the group was

Why do humans feel the need to categorize and differentiate themselves smh (white, black, tall, short, gay, straight, muslims, christians, israel, palestine) . We are all humans for godsake. We have noses , eyes , mouths , and all of us need food , sleep and water. we have hands and legs , we see the same moon for fk sake. all of you are the same species not lions or baboons . i rlly wish there would be a war between animals vs humans or aliens vs humans. then we will realise how similar we are and then all of us are on the same side {yusuf zulfi}

I’ve watched several of their video’s and some of them where really confronting but like the YouTube stars were pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback, certainly with the video of the man tearing off the scarf of the Muslim girl, it showed that also in the States there are enough wary citizens who do not like asocial behaviour and who want different sorts of people have their own freedom (what to wear, how to and when to pray).

Concerning what Muslim women want to wear it is not bad to listen to Noble Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman from Yemen when she was asked about her hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, she replied:

“Man in the early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilisation that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is regressive back to ancient times.

Lovely also it was to find reactions from Jews living in Israel who also want love between Jews, Palestinians and others, who say they have no problem with anyone and do hope that one day there will be peace.

Naturally we also should question the reaction of certain Americans who called the police because they saw a Jewish and Arab walking together on the street. On some video’s we can see the neighbourhood watch and/or the police showing up, and in even one video they ask to go away and to stop with the experiment.

Gabriel Rd reacted

People called the police because you were walking down the street in broad daylight? ….just walking down the street? ….And the police actually showed up and checked you out? OMFG what the hell kinda country do you live in? What ever happened to all we hear about American being the land of the free?

In the video where they present a married couple you can see they were met with many stares and unpleasant comments.

“This is wrong on so many levels,”

someone said.

“It’s the wrong picture, you’re making Islam look bad.”

Another person in the Queens neighborhood screamed a profanity and gestured at them rudely. In the Jewish neighborhood, someone called Zahrieh a gay slur, “a stupid Muslim,” and a “terrorist,” while someone else threw a water bottle at the couple.

Yet, in addition to the varied harassment, as in some other experiments, the couples also received some positive feedback.

“I think Jews and Arabs can be friends, I think everybody can be friends,”

two Jewish boys said.

On more than one video we also heard people them understanding we all came from the same source and in a way we all being cousins.

“We’re cousins for a long time,”

a Muslim man said. Others in both neighbourhoods called the sight of the couples “inspiring” and “highly liberating.

Some people do think Arabs/Muslims and Jews hated each other always. They do forget that more than once it were Arabs protecting Jews are taking them in by for example the dangerous actions of the crusaders. In North Africa you had a very huge Jewish community in the Islamic Morocco.

Muslims from Middle East and Africa were also welcoming refugees escaping from European terrorism in 1943.

Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish, Jewish and Muslim classmates at Hunter College in New York, came up with the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies.

“With tempers only rising both on the ground and in social media platforms, we thought it would be productive to remind people that they are allowed to refuse to join hateful discourse,”

Mr. Gutman wrote in 2014, during the war in Gaza.

The organization Seeds of Peace, a summer camp for Israeli and Palestinian teens which tries to inspire and cultivate new generations of leaders to transform conflict, is also looking to expand its reach. The camp has more than 5,000 graduates, now moving into leadership roles in their professional fields. Seeds of Peace aims to empower their graduates to make change in various sectors, from women’s rights to technological innovation, in hopes of sustaining peace over time.

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A Muslim woman was racially abused while waiting in a queue at a shop in south London.
Ahlam Saed, 25, filmed the moment she was shouted and sworn at simply because she wore a niqab.
Ahlam Saed says she filmed the abuse because she wanted to show the kinds of treatment some Muslims are subjected to in the UK.

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Preceding articles:

What is Racism??

A last note concerning civil rights

Mass Media’s Deception Causing Division

A charter for a truly free world and why we need it

Daring to speak in multicultural environment

People of different cultures, beliefs and political convictions fraternal together

The Scensual World – Mission & Vision

Entry 2. Unite our voices

Peace and Islam

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Additional reading

  1. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  2. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism
  3. Exceptionalism and Restricting Laws
  4. Vatican against Opponents of immigration
  5. 150 Years after the 13th Amendment

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Read also

  1. This World was designed to Break You Down | Jack The Lad
  2. The World’s Greatest Problem | Jack The Lad
  3. Tawakkol Karman Amazing Response To Journalist When Asked About The Hijab | Jack The Lad
  4. Dear West: A Poetic Response To Terrorism | Jack The Lad
  5. Spot The Terrorist: Orlando Hero | Jack The Lad
  6. This is not my Islam
  7. Islamophobia in the U.S.: A Threat to Justice Everywhere
  8. Muslim woman wearing face veil racially abused and called ‘Batman’ in shop
  9. ‘Are you ISIS?’ Ahlam Saed Muslim woman wearing veil victim of racist tirade
  10. History of the Arabs

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Further related
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  2. Some preliminary observations on the San Bernardino, California, shootings
  3. FBI Confirms ‘The Purge’ Is a Thing, Suggests Black People Stop ‘Freaking Out’
  4. First Amendment Violated Again, Christian Goes to Jail, Muslims Get Money
  5. Don’t let it define you….
  6. Power of words
  7. To the Pastors, Ministers, Preachers, Bishops and Priests Who RESIDE Over The So-Called Black Churches…(Part 1)
  8. Possible role of religious and racist discrimination in Omar Mateen’s mass shootings in Orlando Florida
  9. EEOC Defends “Mark of The Beast” Ruling – Religious Beliefs Don’t Have To Make Sense To Be Protected
  10. Religious intolerance may harm India’s economy – business leaders
  11. Attack on Hindus
  12. Employer’s Religious Beliefs vs. Employee Discriminatory Termination. Who Wins?
  13. Modern Day “Stockholm Syndrome”
  14. Diversity, Academic Freedom, and Racism
  15. World Religion Day: Celebrating Differences and Embracing Similarities
  16. Fox, “The Unfree Exercise of Religion”
  17. Bielefeldt et al, “Freedom of Religion or Belief”
  18. Weekend News & Commentary — February 6–7, 2016
  19. “Religious Freedom” Or LGBT Discrimination
  20. Gov. Deal Makes About-Face, Denounces Republican Bill #HB757
  21. Georgia Governor Vetoes Controversial “Religious Liberty” Bill
  22. Coalition of 400 companies fight Georgia’s proposed ‘religious liberty’ bill
  23. “As per government policy – No Muslim candidate was invited …”
  24. Fourth Circuit to Review “Mark of the Beast” Religious Discrimination Case
  25. Missouri Senate Dems Filibuster anti-LGBT Bill
  26. Employers are Prohibited from Imposing Religious Beliefs on Employees
  27. Trump stokes fear of “the different”
  28. It’s OK to Pray for Paris But We Suspend a Football Coach for Praying After a Game
  29. Free Speech Apocalypse Unveils Discrimination at Indiana University
  30. Read to Know: #IStandWithAhmed
  31. Brooklyn Woman Claims Religious Discrimination After Being Booted From Gym Over Attire
  32. Parents threaten to sue Washington association for alleged religious discrimination
  33. Politics, religion and football . . . Are there Any safe water cooler topics?
  34. it’s frustrating
  35. Religious Prejudice – Aug. 4th
  36. What is the True identity of the so-called Black Man and Woman???

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Refugees At The Border- A Blessing Or Burden?

We may wonder, why the ex-Communist Central European countries display such an intolerant, negative and rigid approach to the plight of the refugees. KTG was one of the first to question the ex communist EU states approach even though on the example the lack of solidarity of Eastern Europe towards Greece’s debt crisis.

For sure the fear of having an other culture taking over theirs is ungrounded when each of the asylum taker states is fierce in making it clear those coming into their country have to accept the values and way of life of the guest country.

Lots of fear in our regions is by not knowing enough of the other culture and not by understanding the real actual facts of the inhumane conditions that ISIS creates, against Koran teaching.

Revealing themselves to be intolerant, illiberal, xenophobic, and incapable of remembering the spirit of solidarity that carried them to freedom a quarter-century ago, the Eastern European countries should seriously reconsider their position they want to take in the European Union, which has to be one of democratic liberty and solidarity.

Europe is a mixture of different cultures, people and tiny states. It has to look for an consensus, finding a way so that all those different cultures, religions can live together without harming each other or standing in the way of the other.

Debates like the one in Belgium taking place know by the complaint of the commission of equality that burkina’s should be allowed in the swimming pools are not helping to the matter. When this would be allowed women’s right could be in danger again for Muslim women. The same nudist should then have the right to demand being able to swim naked in the public baths at any time.

All sorts of religious, philosophical and ethical groups should find a way to have everybody respecting other ones thoughts, but knowing that in the private sphere everybody should be able to do what they want, as long as they do not bring damage to each other, but that in public places all have to put water in their wine, allowing a way of life where the majority can find itself at ease.

Therefore no yelling from mosque towers at the rising or setting of the sun, and no bell ringing from Catholic or Protestant churches early in the morning.

On the examples of Hungary’s government “mistreatment of thousands refugees in front of the eye of the entire world” and Poland’s storm of comments full of hate towards the refugees, we should ask with urgency to those ex-communist countries:

“Have Eastern Europeans no sense of shame? For centuries, their ancestors emigrated in droves, seeking relief from material hardships and political persecution. And today their leaders’ heartless behaviour and callous rhetoric play to popular sentiment. “

Throughout millennia people have been hoovering all over the world to find liveable pastures, let those who claim to be Christians show the right Christian attitude worthy to be called after Jeshua, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who preached love and openness for each other.

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To remember:

  • flow of people from war torn regions of the world in particular Syria, North Africa & Afghanistan is continuing this week and is likely to continue over the next few weeks
  • refugees will go to the region where they are likely to find employment and a better livelihood
  • millions have moved within the middleast to Africa and to South America
  • struggles within Europe = dominating the headlines
  • Southern Europe has been seen to carry out harsh tactics against the suffering people > tear gas, blocking routes, laying down barb wire
  • previous slogans of “open Europe” seems like a distant memory
  • many European countries are squabbling with each other on how many and where the suffering people should go to
  • Europe’s population is near the five hundred million mark, even if there was one million people entering Europe this would be only 0.02% of the population, hardly a huge increase in numbers.
  • Europe’s economic output represents close to 25% of global output.
  • reluctance is founded in a enshrined principle that the identity needs to be protected regardless
  • arrival of the suffering people are seen as a threat to its identity
  • the “defend your culture and identity by no interaction or leave your culture at the border policy” isn’t working
  • allowing refugees in => interaction, discussion, exchanges of views and opinions => beneficial for everyone
  • culture good for one group of people = good for all groups of people
  • worry of compromising their culture and closing the borders = weak position
  • world sees it as outdated and Europe needs to move on.

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Preceding articles

Poster: Please Help The Refugees

The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it

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Additional articles of interest:

  1. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  2. Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket
  3. Faith related boycotts
  4. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  5. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  6. Americans wrongly informed about situation in Europe
  7. Fitting the bill in the North and in the East
  8. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  9. Can We Pay The Price To Free Humanity?
  10. Are people willing to take the responsibility for others
  11. If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for
  12. State of Europe 2015 – Addressing Europe’s crises
  13. Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before
  14. Europe’s refugees just follow the ancient routes for the peopling of Europe in the Neolithic
  15. Why Russia backs Assad: a view from Russia’s anti-imperialist left
  16. Meeting to focus on humanitarian issues for Syria
  17. Propaganda war and ISIS

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