Introduction

When the time comes for Europe’s citizens to elect a new European Parliament in 2019, they will hear many calls for reform of the European Union. Often, those who make them will be unable to say exactly what they mean. Once again, the public will be confronted with confusing discussions of rules and procedures, of competences and powers. Some voters will switch off. Others will remember only quarrels about money, sovereignty, and how harshly or generously to treat would-be immigrants.

Reforming the European Union is a complex endeavour. To be fair to politicians, the decisions that need to be taken are ill suited to the necessary simplifications of electoral politics. But the fundamental divide in European politics is as simple as ever. There are those who want to continue to unify Europe and find common answers for the common good. And there are those who would destroy the European Union: populist politicians thriving on discord and resentment, risking a return to Europe’s nationalist past.

We believe that European disintegration would be a road to disaster, and that strong democratic government organised on federal lines is the best guarantor for the future peace and prosperity of our continent. This Manifesto lays out a path towards a comprehensive reform of the European Union. It explains why reform is necessary, what those changes should be, and how they should be done.

 

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