2021 begins with sad news that has been known for a long time: Great Britain has left the EU. The Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016 was an anticlimax in the history of European integration. Even the conservative columnist Nikolaus Blome commented on Spiegel Online with “anger instead of melancholy”. Those who are less pessimistic will at least find this consolation: Brexit is forcing pro-Europeans to seriously consider what kind of Europe they actually want. Reform the EU? Or create a true transnational democracy? Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash, who once described Brexit as a nightmare, naturally continues to think European (like most Britons), as his essay in Prospect magazine shows. He calls for a “new liberalism” that takes the Enlightenment and human rights seriously, not only the freedom of the market. If Europe succeeded in a renaissance in this sense, it would be armed against populist splits, safer and more successful than any unjust state.
August 2019, eight friends of a better Europe (and one kindergarden-aged witness) have just founded European Utopia in Munich. What started small, went steadily forward. Since February 2021, this website is online - and new members, donors and supporters are always welcome (more under WHO WE ARE)!