Every Sunday at 2pm, come out to speak up for Europe
13 May, 2017
A lot of civic movements dedicated to Europe were presented at the second part of the Civico citizens’ dialogue on 9 May but the public expressed special interest towards ‘Pulse of Europe’. Utta Tuttlies, who is co-founder of Pulse of Europe Belgium explained that it is citizens-driven movement and does not pursue any political party’s aims.
The idea is to get out to the streets and stand up and speak up for the Europe we have today, for the achievements that Europe is bringing to us all - to the youth, to the elder, to engaged and not engaged, she pointed out. The movement was launched up last year in Frankfurt by a couple who was never engaged in politics. With the conviction that the European pulse must be felt everywhere, now its network covers 15 European countries.
Every Sunday, at 2pm, “varies by countries when is their lunch time break”, we have more that 35,000 people in the streets, specified Tuttlies. Why do we need to speak for Europe, rhetorically asked Utta Tuttlies and immediately gave some reasons - Brexit, the Trump election in the US, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, many more populist movements, far right and extreme groups who go out and proclaim a vision of illiberal democracies, hate and racism. Our idea is to stand up for what Europe really is - a democratic project that brings peace, stability and prosperity, but “maybe not enough”, she said adding that it is also a project for change.
Six weeks ago was launched Pulse of Europe Belgium, firstly in Brussels and recently Leuven joined the movement. Online engagement is great, we are doing very well as a country but getting people to the streets in Brussels is difficult, Tuttlies noted. With French elections, German elections and many more coming up we need to clearly say “yes, we want Europe, we must change it to fit for all”. She continued by underlying the need of creation of European space that brings together the citizens and the politicians in a dialogue.
Every week one small town is joining the movement, not only in Germany, but in other countries as well. If we want a really democratic world, we have to come and stand up for it because it is not for granted, now it is really in danger. Don’t stay at home and wait for someone to destroy your project, Utta Tuttlies warned.