Europe matters. Clearly, people care about Europe. They’re willing to take to the streets and march, to engage in debate with friends and family, to support parties and politicians who speak passionately about the issue, and to voice their concerns and hopes online. Why? What is it that drives people to care about Europe (whether they support EU integration or not)?

On Sunday 24 March 2019 at 13:00 CET, citizens and civil society organisations plan to demonstrate how much they care about Europe in a #March4Europe. People will begin gathering for the 2019 March for Europe in Place Poelart in Brussels, and similar marches will be taking place across the 28 EU Member States. You can also check the Facebook page of the march for more information.

Sunday 24 March will be one day before the “birthday” of the European project (the founding Treaty of Rome was signed on 25 March 1957). It will also be two months before the upcoming European parliament elections, which will decide the future direction of the EU.

The march (which Debating Europe is supporting) is, according to organisers, an opportunity to “reject populism, division, hate, and violence” and “stand for freedom, tolerance, solidarity, fairness, equality and social rights”. Do let your friends know, and take part if you can!

Why does Europe matter to you? Tell us why you think it’s important, and why you care. Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    Pedro

    Best chance for a better life for my kids!

  2. avatar
    Rumy

    What kind of idiotic question is that? I was born here so it’s my home. Real question is does Europe matter to the Eurocrats who seem determined to create a homogeneous utter mess

  3. avatar
    George

    Europe and the beautiful distinct nations in it, matter to us, because we live here. What about you?
    Or is this a lame PR attempt to equate EU/EC to Europe and make it sound irreversible?

  4. avatar
    Oana

    It’s important because all states of the continent united can make a good progress.

  5. avatar
    Boyko

    Question is about the continent Europe or about EU? These are different things.

    • avatar
      Irene

      Continent Europe is Europe. The EU is a national socialist project that is starting to collapse.

  6. avatar
    Елеонора

    By imposing regulations and increasingly small and medium-sized entrepreneurs lose their business. Yeah, he’s definitely taking care of

  7. avatar
    Paula

    First i live here and worried about the future for my children ….

  8. avatar
    Wendy

    Europe, the beautiful diverse continent, should be preserved at all costs, which is why the EU needs to be destroyed.

  9. avatar
    Olivier

    Because Europe binds our sovereignety

    • avatar
      George

      “binds” is a good word :))
      but EU restricting and taking away nations’ sovereignty is not a good thing.

    • avatar
      Wendy

      The EU binds with shackles that cannot be broken.

  10. avatar
    Valentin

    Because is the place where I live, despite Trump,Putin and chinese government we stand together.

  11. avatar
    Codrin

    Because it’s where i was born and where i live ! When i was born my country was not yet in the EU and practically all my childhood being in the EU was something we always heard on tv that was an objective. I’m very glad that it’s something acomplished now and i wish all of our continent will join it sooner or later ! ❤️🇪🇺

  12. avatar
    Αλκυόνη

    Us northern countries of the EU in the Balcan peninsula are the poorest of the EU and are always of minor importance in the union.Especially my country ,Greece is used as an experiment of a new way of living.We want out we have voted for it

  13. avatar
    Maria

    EU was a lovely dream. But the burocrats and the Cultural Marxism, ruined the idea. Socialists are the problem. EU is irrelevent, right now. Shame on Socialists

    • avatar
      Pedro

      socialists are a minority…
      You just mistake common sense for socialism

  14. avatar
    Manuel

    it matters a lot…
    unfortunatly EU goes along with all wall street says

  15. avatar
    Chis

    Europe starts to fall apart from the principles on which it was created. More and more hypocrisy is revealed by the European institutions, and this is not a good thing at all.

  16. avatar
    Pietro

    Because without European integration we are doomed to be ruled by the will of other global superpowers.

    • avatar
      Bódis

      :D :D :D Let’s throw away our sovereignty and freedom and unite to serve the globalist oligarchy in order to fight the globalist oligarchy? :O :D :D

    • avatar
      Pietro

      there is no sovereignty when you are a small state compared to USA or China. Moreover, in a few decades humanity will start to explore outer space: What role can Hungary have, for example, in the face of this epochal change? Simply no one. Only a united Europe can guarantee a future for Europeans. This is not idealism but a fact.

    • avatar
      Anelia

      “epochal change ‘….are you kidding me 😁😀😁! Europe always has been Europe, EU is beaurocratic dictatorship

    • avatar
      Bódis

      Sorry mate, you have no concept of sovereignty. It’s like oxygen. You don’t notice how essential it is until you start to miss it.
      It’s rather pitiful how so many people were brainwashed to go against their own fundamental freedom.
      Sovereignty and self-determination used to be the fundamental values that liberals fought for through decades and even centuries. Liberalism was created as a demand for self-determination. It’s weird how liberals forgot their own traditional values.. Or actually, this is the result of cultural Marxism working, it messes up the language — kind of like how it’s described in 1984.
      There’s nothing normal about building an empire. And you can use any fancy name, but a centralized power governing over multiple nations and ethnicities = empire. Because that’s what an empire is.

    • avatar
      Pietro

      Your arguments are wishful thinking: once your nation will be “sovereign” as you say, which is actually mean being “isolated”, the world outside your country will not let you live by yourselves so easily, humanity it’s all about “Homo homini lupus”. Europeans must unite to free themselves from the chains of subjugation from other superpowers like USA, RUSSIA, and CHINA, thus gaining real sovereignty and be able to confront them as equals in the forthcoming times. Who contrast the process of european integration is an enemy of europeans.

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      Bódis

      That’s some very dumb propaganda. Sovereignty means that a country makes its own laws and lives according to its own rules. Sovereign countries cooperate with each other based on mutual interests and, as part of such cooperation, they may agree to some external set of rules, too. But it’s their sovereign decision to agree or not to agree..
      The EU was created by sovereign countries cooperating with each other. How “isolated” is that? Get some proper education!

    • avatar
      Bódis

      There’s no freedom without sovereignty. You should know that.

    • avatar
      Pietro

      With your reasoning you gave me reason, thanks! I’m glad that you too see that the EU is important because it is a free choice of collaboration between free states! Forward, towards greater integration and a brighter future!

    • avatar
      Pietro

      we must democratize European integration, to be even more a beacon of hope for the world!

    • avatar
      Bódis

      The EU is falling behind with innovation because it’s over-regulated and because it spends its resources foolishly on idiotic centralized projects, consequently it has to overtax the people and businesses. The EU gave more than 1500 billion euros of public funds to private banks for nothing in return (bailout). The EU spends hundreds of billions on its migration project. Both of these were initiated by the globalist corporate and banking powers, the population is ripped off unfairly, and – you say – we need to get rid of more of our freedom and serve the globalist oligarchy some more. “Let’s get rid of our ability to ever say no to such rip-offs!” Congratulations!

    • avatar
      Bódis

      The recent problems in the EU come from the EU wanting to grab more and more sovereignty. It goes beyond reasonable.
      The EU’s centralization has an optimum and we are kind of beyond that optimum. It’s not a linear equation: “the more the better.” It has an optimum!
      When you centralize beyond the optimum we start to slip into a EUSSR-scenario: over-regulation, lack of freedom, lack of creativity, decline. You cannot build a good society or a good economy with such BS.

    • avatar
      Pietro

      you know who is one of the top leader of innovation in the world? China, which is well know to be a centralized state, to use a euphemism. That’s a bullshit, it’s not only about over-regulation but it’s about long-term coordinated programming (20-25 years), which is what China have done.
      “The EU gave more than 1500 billion euros of public funds to private banks for nothing in return (bailout).” And so what have you done, miss Kata, would have you left the savers without money in they current accounts bringing the real economy and the middle class to its knees?
      “The EU spends hundreds of billions on its migration project.” pure propaganda, this is not even a argumentation. Moreover EU is spending waaaay less that it can be done.
      “Both of these were initiated by the globalist corporate and banking powers” Another fail to argue. If you put this type of phrases, well, I’m free to say you can be a Russian troll, no? You know who is happy if Europe breaks up? The enemies of Europe, like Russia and China and America too. Are you longing to these superpowers’ over future global decisions, where Hungary will have no voice because it’s too small and insignificant to be heard?

    • avatar
      Eric

      Noone is throwing anything away. United States of Europe will be souvereign on behalf of all ~500 million of its citizens. And yes, Europe has much in common in traditions, culture, science and technology, on which such shared identity can be based despite regional variations and flavors.
      You and people like you wave around souvereignty like some kind of a magic spell. Your peacemeal sovereignty is not worth rat’s droppings if all decisions that actually affect your life will be taken in the capitals of North America and Eurasia and you are only left with referendums to decide where the cows should go. That is not freedom, it is not souvereignty, is provincialism. I’d rather have those decisions taken in a capital in the EU territory, by a body I voted for. I want the President of Paris to take them, not the President of Pittsburgh.
      Last, classical liberalism does not deny a state that guarantees civil and economic liberties, it requires it. And United European State is what Europeans need at this moment to protect their interests on the global stage. You call that empire? Fine idea by me if it is our empire and not someone else’s.

    • avatar
      Dee

      The people are sovereign, its not for our politicians to give away or for the EU to take, the EU will be the cause of another war

    • avatar
      Bódis

      You may decide to throw away your freedom, it’s your choice. But you have No Right to oppress that on another, to oppress or brainwash or blackmail others to follow your ideology!
      The European continent is home to about 80 ethnic groups living in 33 nation states. In the EU we have 27/28 countries and almost 50 indigenous ethnic groups. We have an amazing diversity of culture and tradition. It’s a value and a source of our creativity, it gives meaning to life. We like each other for our differences at least as much as for our similarities.

      The imperialist mentality thinks only about power and money.. it’s always power and money. Communists, national socialists, fascist, now globalists: it’s always about power and money.

      This “religion” of money and power is ruining our planet and our civilization, and now you want to ruin our countries and unique diversity because of money and power.

      Enough!!!

    • avatar
      Bódis

      Wars are about resources, markets, transport routes or sovereignty.
      The EU will ruin itself with the centralization.. not everyone is a brainwashed little libtard without an identity. People won’t put up with this globalist extremism for long.

  17. avatar
    Marc

    European culture is unique – let’s keep it that way!

  18. avatar
    Teresa

    To preserve Europe from his destruction and being dominated by the Islamic invasion we must vote Right, vote to an Europe of nations, and not a global maçonic socialist and maleficent power, as it is now.

  19. avatar
    Andrea

    europe is a geographical definition. There is no european identity and the eu is doing everything in its power to destroy all the history, culture and nations who had the misfortune to decide to enter in this Orwellian nightmare that goes by the name of EU.
    Fortunately i will live to see the end of the eu.

    • avatar
      José

      Of course there is a ‘European identity’! Where is our people is our culture which is very different from African, Asian or Islamic culture!

    • avatar
      Dee

      They told us it was a trading bloc, then a peace project, just this week Merkle spoke of an EU aircraft carrier, for what? To deliver humanitarian aid? Its lie after lie with the EU

  20. avatar
    Luís

    Europe is important to me because it is where my country is located. And in the interest of my country and other countries in Europe we must fight this stupid construct which is the EU before it destroys us all.

  21. avatar
    Clara

    To face the existing 3 to 5 powers, we all need a Europe United, the EU, or we are eaten alive by those main three BIGs – USA, China and why not Rússia (but why Yes??)

  22. avatar
    Luis

    Nothing at all because I think that only exists for the poorest countries keep on living in a second level

  23. avatar
    Bruno

    When asked what nationality I have, I always answer « European ». I am the first member of my family in 4 generations who did not get directly involved in an intra-Europe war! Thank you!!! And united we can survive. It is so delusional to even think for a moment that in our globalised world small nations like the European ones could prosper on their own. I am far from being happy with all European legislations and political choices but I know that we need the Union.

    • avatar
      Bernard

      Same for me!

    • avatar
      EU Reform- Proactive

      Hello Bruno & Bernard- howzit?

      When reading what answers the latest EU generation gives when asked about their “nationality”- by proudly “cheating” & declaring I HAVE « European » NATIONALITY, I asked myself who’s fault is it that your generation has become so confused and ashamed to disclose their true origin? WWII guilt of your forefathers?

      Remember, nobody propagates that any European Nation must be hell bent to “prosper” on their own. The UK has a “Commonwealth”. Before the EU was formed there were economic blocks- the EC & the “European Economic Community”. The emphasis was always on ECONOMIC cooperation and standardization.

      One “culprit” comes to mind- it can only be the phenomena of the “EU political concept” of the last 25 years- or who?

      Because “European” is not a nationality but a description of the continent you hail from. You can’t hide the fact that on the 2nd page of your reddish Passport, line 4 shows your REAL NATIONALITY- ever noticed?

      Further, on your passport’s top front page is written: European Union = “EU”, not Europe. Below that is a description from which “Republic”= NATION” ……….you come from. Some Passports even have their provinces engraved right through the pages and all pages are watermarked with your country’s international abbreviation encircled by the 12 stars of the CoE and/or EU symbol.

      An entity like the “European” NATION is no-where recognized & has no seat in the UN General Assembly!

      Only “sovereign nations” like Germany, France, Italy……the list of the 28 goes on…..are internationally & individually recognized as Member Nations of the UN and have a seat at the UN and/or at any other international ORG since around 1948! The EU has lately received UN “observer” status. Like: “checking & spying” on the 28 sovereigns to “CONFORM”!

      What response would you expect from an Asian (I’m Indian, Chinese, Afghani..) or African (I’m Nigerian, South African… or (S/N)-American (I’m from the US, Canada, Brazil….) when asked “where are you from”?

      Would you expect to be answered honestly, without inhibitions & confusion? Or accept a vague, convoluted and round about answer- like we hear from today’s Euro kids? If you would expand and say “I am a “pan European” originating from Germany- would confirm some political insight & maturity!

      Even Africa is on a similar bandwagon using “pan Africanism” as a solidarity movement- probably copying the pan European model!

      It is deeply concerning for me- being the “before Eurokid”- generation! Do you think we should keep quite and let you guys remain politically confused forever?

  24. avatar
    Masturchyf

    Mostly because I live there. But also because being able to freely travel to other countries has been an important part of my life.

  25. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    Sorry, this clumsy pre-election ploy to drum up support for the 2019 EU-election- should rather be used as a protest against the EU- in support for a future Europe of an alliance and strengthening of all 47 CoE) sovereign European nations.

    The EU is welcome to join such voluntary endeavor to demand to cooperate & pool its economical resources (within new but voluntary agreements by dissolving the old EU obstructions) to achieve growth rates which only China has achieved!

    Not this miserable stagnation by riding princess Europe towards hell!

    “Marching”:…………lots of people are on “a march” every day all round the globe!

    Peaceful & historical “marching” is remembered to happen on 1st May (May Day, Labor Day etc.) to celebrate the International Workers’ Day in the late 19th century by socialists, communists and trade unionists.

    What is the historical significance of the 24th March- besides being the 365th and last day of the year in “many European implementations” of the Julian calendar?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_24

    That is why Europe, its importance & its history matters to me and not the recent EU concept- pasted together by papers- who can be thrown out the window or be burned within minutes!

  26. avatar
    Rupert

    I hope I will live to see the end of the national state which has proven to be an historical aberration. Europe is our historical, cultural and political living space. We need as much civic action as we can muster in order to actively promote its development, and devise sensible regions to build communities under the European umbrella (as Freddy Heineken first did in 1992).

  27. avatar
    RUPERT GRAF STRACHWITZ

    I hope I will live to see the end of the national state which has proven to be an historical aberration. Europe is our historical, cultural and political living space. We need as much civic action as we can muster in order to actively promote its development, and devise sensible regions to build communities under the European umbrella (as Freddy Heineken first did in 1992).

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      EU Reform- Proactive

      Hi. We should all welcome Mr. RG STRACHWITZ’s appearance & comment. He probably is hardly known as an influential private figure to most of us- which requires first an introduction:

      https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Graf_Strachwitz

      It becomes clear that we are in special company (“Schlesischer Uradel”) and be honored by such visit on the DE forum.

      It also becomes clearer where the pressure on the Brussels EU concept (to abolish all European Nation States= “pan-europeanism”) comes from.

      “Freddy Heineken”- as mentioned does not count to the poorest in Europe either ($11 billion)!

      http://fortune.com/2014/09/16/secretive-heir-heineken/

      This supports the- as a “dismissed conspiracy” theory- that it is the super rich, the most influential & the power of money who drives the EU concept for the benefit of these ancient super privileged classes (plural) and not for the benefit of the ordinary “emerging population”= populist= populism= folks! The EU politicians act as “serves” as it was common in ancient time.

      One advantage of having “Regions” is that these elites encounter no more barriers to play their money games by being harassed and restricted by national regulations and/or restrictions.

      A truly aberration of their freedom of movement & ambitions! Sorry, what disturbing populist comment of mine!

  28. avatar
    Alfredo

    It doesn’t, your socialist project is on the brink to collapse.

  29. avatar
    bert van santen

    I live in Europe, but it seems You mean the EU, which is something totally different

  30. avatar
    Miguel

    European Union should exist. It keeps us safe from the Third World War. It maintains peace and together we have a stronger community, economy and military force.

  31. avatar
    Miguel

    European Union should exist. It keeps us safe from Third World War. It maintains peace and together we have a stronger community, economy and military force.

  32. avatar
    Beatriz

    Yes, European Union matters to me because we are a very important community and we have been doing important things to change and became unique in relation to other countries

  33. avatar
    Beatriz

    EU hás beautiful destinations where you can spend your vacations. It is a multicultural union. Eu allows you to travel freely within it. Eu is a very safe place to live in and the countries cooperante with each other

  34. avatar
    Tatiana

    Europe matters to me because I’m a person who likes to travel and Europe offers us easy access to travel. I also believe that Europe is a very safe and peaceful to live in.

  35. avatar
    Beatriz Silva

    Europe matter to me because first of all Europe offers me and will hopefully offer my children security and it’s a peaceful place to live in. It’s also important because it offers easy travelling and I’m a person who really enjoys travelling, so having easy access to travel is a really good thing.

  36. avatar
    Tatiana

    Europe matters to me because I’m a person who likes to travel and Europe offers us easy access to travel. I also believe that Europe is a very safe and peaceful to live in and we became more unique in relation with other countries.

  37. avatar
    Larissa

    For me the EU is important because it affects my life and will affect the lives of my children and in my opinion it has more advantages than disadvantages even though these disadvantages should be taken care of for more aceptance from the public.The EU is also important because it helped and keeps helping a lot of underdeveloped countries to develop and it helps to maintain a strong economy among countries.

  38. avatar
    Ângela

    I think European Union gives us confort and security inside our continent because it unites all the countries with one intention: bring together economic and political European systems. It has advantages like free movement of people and goods.

  39. avatar
    Catarina

    I think that the EU has a good impact on all countries it brings benefits, for example more security, and they support each other in dealing wuth own problems.

  40. avatar
    Iris

    In my ipinion , the EU is very helpful for countries in need economically and politically because they all agree in supporting each other so that makes EU a safer place.

  41. avatar
    Pedro

    For me the E.U. has more advantages than disadvantages.
    It offers free access to other countries and a safe passage.
    On the other hand, it is still struggling with migrants issues.

  42. avatar
    Pedro

    Europe matters to me because it is a peaceful place to live in and every perso likes security. It offers a huge possibility of employement too.

  43. avatar
    Ana Luísa Quintas

    EU is a great organization with a lot of benefits. You can travel freely, in a safe area where you can find awesome places and actually live in. It is the incredible cooperation of countries to get affortable prices and a better life between secure and burocratric boundaries.

  44. avatar
    Isabel

    I think that although the EU is flawed, it can be better and work on its mistakes. It is, overall, a good thing and it brings advantages for everyone, theredore it should be worked on.

  45. avatar
    Fonsi

    I believe is very important in the world context. It gives us stability in economic terms, it allows us to have a social and racial diversity, which is essencial for our understanding of cooperation and union. All of this thanks to the European Union.
    If we look behind , to how world was , we definetly can see some improvments.

  46. avatar
    Carolina

    Europe has a diversity of countries , where they all work together to achieve a peaceful living space with all the cultural, political and historical variety, but thesedays the principles that were founded in the beginning are falling apart.

  47. avatar
    Matilde

    For me the EU matters because it not only affects the way I live but also how a lot of people live. I think it is balanced in advantages and disadvantages.
    Some of the advantages are the possibility to travel freely throughout the EU, the economic union among the countries, etc.
    A disadvantage is the migrants’ issue.

  48. avatar
    Fabiana

    In my opinion the EU is important because it promotes peace among countries, garantees freedom, safety and justice with no barries and it fights against discrimination.

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