Constitution and/or democratisation ? Contributions by Jens Baganz (We are Europe) on #CitizensRoute e-tribune 06/12
On Dec. 6th #CitizensRoute initiated its second e-tribune “Constitution and/or democratisation ?“. Our guest speakers, Jens Baganz -We are Europe, David Carayol -Newropeans2009, Erik Edman -DiEM25, Yves Gernigon -PFE, and Adrian Taylor -iCAN, were invited to share and assert their position on this issue by answering namely two sub-questions among following ones :
- 1- What do you mean by “constitution” ?
- 2- Constitution or democratisation first? Or both and how?
- 3- How understandable is the drafting of a constitution for the general public?
- 4- Is a constitution compatible with 21st century principles of flexibility? What else?
Jens Baganz, representative of We are Europe, a German based transnational political citizens movement argued on the issue on sub-questions:
- 2. Constitution or democratisation first? Or both and how?
- 4. Is a constitution compatible with 21st century principles of flexibility? What else?
Read his arguments:
#CITIZENSROUTE E-TRIBUNES 06.12.2017: Constitution and/or democratisation ?
∴ Constitution or democratisation first? Or both and how?
- Europe cannot persist as a top-down elite project. In order to become a stable entity not ex-posed to notorious “ins” and “outs” performed by ever-changing national governments (like in a tennis club), it needs a continous bottom-up energy flow. In other words: It needs a citi-zenry willing and able to take possession of the European project. In still other words: It needs the gradual emergence of the European People.
- Up to now, we have not seen any major signs of life of this European People (apart from some flaring up here and there). What is urgently needed, is transnational joint action of Europeans expressing their stout will to directly impact the future of the European Union and to turn it into a genuine European democracy (instead of a coexistence of the 28).
- As long as we cannot see any transnational sparking of this kind, working on constitutional drafts is a waste of effort.
∴ Is a constitution compatible with 21st century principles of flexibility? What else?
- A constitution is needed as a final result of the a. m. processes, not as their precondition.
- Flexibility is necessary, but can be made an integral part of the constitutional set of regula-tions.
Jens Baganz, 06.12.2017