1. Europe must not fail
If all of those to whom Europe is important or who also only profit therefrom do not become more active and vote in elections the European Union may implode in the near future. The upcoming elections in Holland, France and Germany are of existential importance. Europe’s survival is at stake.
2. The threat to peace
The European Union was and is primarily a union to assure peace. Peace demands that Europe remains strong.
3. We are responsible
Every single one of us is responsible for the failure or success of our future. Nobody can wriggle out of this. To assume that things will continue to go well is very dangerous. Anyone who remains passive just strengthens anti European forces. At this moment Europe needs absolutely everybody. All sections of society have the duty to oppose destructive and backward looking tendencies. Europe may not be divided.
4. Get up and vote
Let us make the European idea visible and audible. Give Europe-friendly parties your vote. We are convinced that the number of people who are positively disposed towards the European idea is much greater than that of the Anti-Europeans. We must however increase the volume and make our convictions heard. We wish to wake up the silent majority.
5. Basic rights and rule of law are inviolable
Individual freedom, justice and the rule of law must be preserved in all of Europe. Current law must be maintained in all spheres of life, also in the future. Independent courts must be permitted to continue carrying on their monitoring tasks. State activities may only continue on the basis of properly executed law making. In some parts of Europe the freedom of the press is already being limited. This must be confronted.
6. European fundamental freedoms are not negotiable
Free movement of persons, goods, money-transfers and services – basic European freedoms – are historic achievements, which made a community out of national states. They ensure individual freedom and prosperity. A reduction in basic freedoms would have dramatic economic and personal consequences. Only by preserving the total of basic freedoms can the continued assurance of rights and duties be guaranteed. Special arrangements and exceptions may lead to an erosion of the whole.
7. Reforms are necessary
Europe must be preserved so that it can be further improved. The European idea must be better appreciated and understandable for the man in the street. It must start at the bottom and carried upwards. Europe should be fun again. Anyone who leaves cannot help to shape Europe.
8. Take mistrust seriously
The European Union is not self-serving. Its aim is to find solutions to problems, which are genuinely important to everybody. There must be definite focussing on the essential challenges of our time. Doubts about the European Union must be listened to and the causes of these must be studied, so that doubts can be changed into confidence.
9. Diversity and joint qualities
Diversity within Europe is fantastic. Helping preserve regional and national identities must be the European programme. There is so much that unites us Europeans. Diversity and joint qualities are not a contradiction, and nobody needs to decide between a regional, national and European identity.
10. We all can, and should be a part of it
Pulse of Europe is a social initiative to preserve Europe – beyond party or religion. Everyone who accepts the European idea can be part of this. The European pulse needs to be felt again.
Let’s be the Pulse of Europe!