We want to create awareness that all European citizens do have a common future and can go against the upcoming populism and nationalism in Europe, if they decide to organize as a European Republic, under the rule of a common law, making them, the European citizens, the historical subjects of the European project and the sovereigns of the political system.
From balconies in theatres and public spaces all over Europe, artists and citizens proclaimed symbolically the European Republic and read the manifesto, written by Ulrike Guérot, Robert Menasse and Milo Rau, paving the way for the emancipatory claim of citizens’ equality beyond the nation state! The proclamation of the European Republic took place on the 10th of November at 4 pm throughout Europe, in big and small towns, capitals and regions, to decentralize the European idea. The project included events, talks, panels and artistic interventions from the 9th to the 11th of November 2018 in many European theatres, organizing citizens debates to frame and accompany the proclamation of the European Republic.
A new Europe without nations, a citizen-centered, decentralized Europe. The idea of the common good - the res publica - serves as the guiding principle of our future European order, a European republic. The idea of this long overdue republic is the building block of our artistic-political European Balcony Project. The claim for a European Republic with its essential idea of political equality for all European citizens pursues the goal of strengthening the normative unity of European citizens, to counter national segregation and to go against an increasingly ‘identitary’ discourse in Europe. The immediate objective of this project was to connect activists, European citizens and theaters all over Europe and to unite them in a democratic claim.
On the 10th of November we proclaimed with artists and citizens the European Republic in more than 30 languages at 200 locations in 25 European countries. Together we demanded equal rights for all European citizens and thus initiated a public debate on European democracy guided by the idea of - one market, one currency, one democracy in Europe! We want to continue this debate!
Where does the money go to
We would now like to compile an illustrated book with the manifesto in all languages, photos of the proclamations and statements by supporters and participants, which we would ideally present at the book fair in Leipzig in March 2019 - shortly before the European elections - and which serves as a basis for further discussions. We also want to create a short documentary about the action to be shown at festivals. That's why we need money to produce the video, to translate, edit and publish the multilingual catalog. Our finance department ensures that the money is paid to filmmakers, translators and editors, etc. as a fee.