Pulse Of Europe Bonn, 23. April 2017

Pulse Of Europe Bonn,  23. April 2017


Joy, thou beauteous godly lightning,
Daughter of Elysium, Fire drunken we are ent’ring
Heavenly, thy holy home! Thy enchantments bind together,
What did custom stern divide, Every man becomes a brother,
Where thy gentle wings abide. Dear friends, dear neighbours in France, you really have the choice. Go to the election and vote for an united and peaceful Europe! We can hardly understand the extreme pressure that French society has experienced in the last three years. A berserk terrorism which we have not experienced to this extent in our country – and hopefully never will. A very difficult economic situation. A huge backlog of overdue reforms. Why are you here today? I think this is a great matter. I wanted check it out in any case. I think it’s great that so many people get together in so many cities for the same topic. Because it is important to me that Europe remains as it is: a peace community. I have already experienced a lot at my age and so I would like to fly my flag. Because we share this vision of Europe. I mean, Europe has long ensured peace. Nowadays many people seem to be doing a bit too well, I suppose. We want to send a note of caution that this is going on. I find it important to point the way to support Europe. Recently, the positive aspects of Europe have been deteriorating. Especially our generation has forgotten this. That is why I find it important to take to the streets in order to show that Europe needs to be supported. Especially because of what’s going on in the world lately. I am standing in front of you as a young European born 1994. I really haven’t known anything else during my whole life as a united Europe. That’s why I sometimes have to smile when I talk to my grandmother who had been actively involved in the war. She tells me what it was then for an effort, just to get from her village to the next city. When I think of France, it starts in 1956 as a small boy, maybe 13 years old, where my parents and I went on vacation in Normandy. And the next morning swastikas had been painted on the fence of the house where we stayed. There is a cultural similarity, especially among us young Europeans which cannot be denied. But it is not an cultural egalitarianism or a loss of traditions that many warn so dramatically. No. It is a common culture of mutual interest, a culture of friendly rivalry, a culture of shared ideals, a culture of diversity. That’s why from my point of view the difference between myself as a Rhinelander and a Frenchman is not significantly greater than the difference between me and a Bavarian. In the last few years, it has become increasingly apparent that right-wing demagogues are on the rise. The future trend is more and more towards protectionism, trying to create more national separated identities. Considering the past this is dangerous. And the achievement of unbounded travelling, of a certain common canon of values, and that we are more or less fond on each other – this is worthwile to campaign for. And that is why I am here. I’m here for the fifth time. Today’s event was particularly great … … not only because of the choir … … but also because of the 3-minute-speakers. Some of them were really great. Well, this enthuses me. I am here to show that I stand for Europe and against nationalism. After the BREXIT decision and after the Trump election I got very frightened. And I hope we will manage to change course. What do you feel considering today’s election in France? I am worried. At the moment I still hope that everything goes well. I hope, of course, that they will make the right decision. Well, we are setting truly a sign that everything remains the same. Let us stay together, we’re waving to you joyfully. Yet we are concerned over the impendig election. Do you really want to draw boundaries where there was wide open land before? After all, we are all people who should go hand in hand. I look with great concern to France. Because I’m not for Le Pen but for the democrats. I hope she does not gain quite as much as she is predicted. Globalization owes its presence to technological networking – whether we appreciate it or not. It really exists and cannot abolished by neither a state nor a party – even by the loudest. It depends on the right and peaceful use of globalization. A single European country is not able to control that – in any case not for a long time and not in a peaceful way. Size matters! This is especially true in a globalized world. A European Union has this necessary size and it can be d e s i g ne d for this task. We citizens have to make it strong for this task, according to our democratic values. Whoever else but we? Let’s tackle it! Unity is our strength in the great wide world! Peacefully living together that is what really counts. Let us keep this peace, let us stand for Europe. Let us stand side by side. Join in our community! We are a team of 12 people. Actually, we were once two groups and acted independently from each other. But the founders of the movement, the couple Röder, two lawyers in Frankurt, brought us together. And so two groups have become a strong organizing team in Bonn. I experienced “Pulse of Europe” in Berlin first. The first time, 350 demonstrators took part, the second time 2500 and when I was there last time, there were 3500. Then I said to myself: That can’t be true that there is none of it in Bonn. Hence we did it here in Bonn. We were the 34th city and 500 participants. In the meantime, there are 100 cities where people gather for Europe on Sundays. At first we had 500 participants, but also already over 1100. It has therefore grown more and more. And today there were around 1000 people here. I can calm you down: Marine Le Pen will not win. That’s for sure. [How does he know that?] Perhaps she will be in the second round. And I hope that Macron will be there. Macron will then win absolutely, that’s no question. So these are the words of Uli from Hamburg. Joy, thou beauteous godly lightning,
Daughter of Elysium, Fire drunken we are ent’ring
Heavenly, thy holy home! Thy enchantments bind together,
What did custom stern divide, Every man becomes a brother,
Where thy gentle wings abide. [Stamina for Europe !]

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