left, right, or somewhere in between? From classical political positions, Volt wants to hear “” nothing. Instead, the movement wants to be the first real European party in the European Parliament. But on the way there are many hurdles still waiting.
The history of the “Volt” begins on the Morning that a whole continent is watching in disbelief on its largest island. It is the 24. June, 2016. The British have decided that We want to separate us. While most of the Europeans RUB their eyes still in surprise and the outcome of the Brexit referendum mourn, take a few friends to come to the decision that In politics anything goes wrong powerful. We have to make it yourself.
search for the smallest common denominator brake Europe
a Few months later is born “Volt”. The hard core: an Italian, a French and German Damian Boeselager. In the European elections end of may, Volt wants to move in “” as the first TRANS-national party in the European Parliament. This means: no purpose community of like-minded national parties, as otherwise at the European level is common, but a homogeneous of a European party. “Whether climate change, Migration, and the future of work – the problems we have today are problems that affect the whole of Europe,” says Boeselager. Traditional parties pursued, above all, their national objectives and in Europe only the lowest common denominator is sought, a brake on the policy.
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A couple of months before the election, the movement under high voltage and not because of your Name. In a Brussels apartment, about a dozen “Volt”members sit together and advise what needs to happen before the European elections everything: votes, candidates, flyers, a Web video? The To-Do list is long, the time is short.
Who takes care of the legal Details? How do we organize the spread in the country? How do we get donations? The discussion is constructive, decisions are made quickly. Many of the “Volter” to work in the EU or are otherwise linked politically. They come from Belgium, France, great Britain, United States, all speak English fluently.
As a party in ten countries,
listed What happens in Brussels, will take place at the same time in many other places in Europe. Meanwhile, Volt is listed “” in at least ten countries as a party. Some of them run also at regional or national elections. In order to create the leap into the EU-Parliament, the party from at least seven countries, out of a total of 25 seats. It would be a Premiere.
If the “Volt” is now in Brussels, Berlin or Rome – all share the same Vision. You want to make the EU stronger and more capable, through the use of digital legislative platforms to the citizens more Say, a sustainable, green economy strengthen, the conditions for Start-Ups improve. And much more – the program on the website includes nearly 200 pages.
Urs Pötzsch, at the centre for European policy expert for EU-matters, there are advantages to thinking of policy from the outset at European level and to organize on this Basis, national. “But in the end it must be the voters approved,” the lawyer says.
so Far, there are mainly young, well-educated, internationally networked people arrive at the “Volt”. “To be successful, you must find a party but in the width of the population belonging to,” says Pötzsch. Boeselager not to Worry. “Our message is not a niche message,” he says.
is Not the only transnational party
“Volt” is not the only movement of its kind. Also the “Democracy-in-Europe Movement” wants to reform as a transnational movement in the European Union. Of the “Volt” it differs, however, is that it unites national groups with different names and objectives among themselves. Also, the Alliance “Pulse of Europe”, made with demonstrations in many European cities, to be understood as the cross-border movement.
That policy is not only great Vision, but also hard work, have noticed the “Volter” quickly. In Italy the parties must for example, to collect 150 000 signatures before they can ever enter. Many countries also face many challenges. “We have to put up with the Chaos apart,” says Boeselager.
At the Meeting in Brussels, food a calendar is situated between Laptops, mobile phones, and Nerves with the print: “We love the EU. How to fix it let’s!” – “We love the EU. So let’s fix us.” A couple of weeks left until the election.
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