BERLIN (AP) – Artists and intellectuals across Europe are calling for the founding of a continentwide republic to replace its many nation-states.
Activists planned to proclaim a ‘European Republic’ in dozens of cities at 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) Saturday, almost exactly 100 years after the end of World War I.
The event is being organized by a group calling itself the European Balcony Project. Its listed supporters include political scientists, philosophers and writers such as Austrian literature Nobel prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek.
A manifesto on the group’s website declares that “the sovereignty of states is hereby replaced by the sovereignty of citizens.”
Proclamation of a European Republic today at 4pm all over Europe! We will join on the balcony of the Red City hall of Berlin. And you? https://t.co/3jn4qq1Rsi #weproclaim @europeanbalcony pic.twitter.com/mnk7A7k57k
— Citizens For Europe (@opencitizenship) November 10, 2018
The European Balcony Project. Today. 16.00h.
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— The European Balcony Project (@europeanbalcony) November 1, 2018