The Citizens Manifesto is the result of a three-year process of popular consultations across Europe. It has involved thousands of Europeans (by birth, choice or circumstance) who were asked to elaborate policy proposals which in their views should constitute the primary focus of the work of the next European Parliament and Commission. A detailed methodology session will explain how hundreds of ideas were concentrated into fifty policy proposals in twelve key areas, which are touched upon in our Manifesto. Our discourse is characterized by “Pragmatic Utopia”, as Cuban artist Tania Bruguera has put it. The Manifesto contains a vision for tomorrow’s Europe that is radically different from today’s. Nevertheless, it springs out of a detailed analysis of current European legislation and an understanding of the power the EU currently has, the power it does not have, or the power it could have if there was enough political will to act radically.

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