After the Brexit Referendum: Is the European Union Still Worth Fighting For?

After the Brexit Referendum: Is the European Union Still Worth Fighting For?

Dec 22, 2016
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date of Publication: January 2017
Number of Pages: 2
License: CC-BY-NC-ND
Language of Publication: English

After the ‘Leave’ vote in last June’s Brexit referendum, the European Union is shaking on its foundations, no matter how hard politicians and officials are trying to pretend otherwise. The UK is gone, or so it seems, and in many EU member countries from Hungary to France and from Austria to the Netherlands, Eurosceptic parties are scoring high in the opinion polls before next year’s election or are already in government. Even Germany is no longer the pro-European model pupil it has been for so long. In the eyes of young Europeans, including those from the UK, is the European Union a lost cause and should Europeans find a different way to organise their future, are Europeans sleepwalking into a new catastrophe or is the EU still a cause worth fighting for? The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union challenges young Europeans to debate about the Europe they want with EU veterans, Members of the European Parliament, EU experts from think tanks and representatives of civil society.


I am 26 years old. I am a

I am 26 years old. I am a German girl, lived in France for a couple of years as a child and studied a semester "abroad" in a Dutch university. I've got friends all over the world, most of them in Europe though.
I am a European girl.
I feel European.
I really don't see the difference between my friends in France, my friends in Belgium, the U.K., my sisters husbands family in Spain. We are European. My generation grew up European. How is there a difference between someone from Bavaria with its special culture (quite different to the one in Northern Germany) and someone from across a random " boarder" to a country next door?
How is it, that people all of the sudden discover the need to feel "german" again? Or "french"?
Europe and the European Friendship is something our grandparents didnt even dare to dream! It's a humanitarian project of unity rather than division. It's a project of discovering similarities rather than differences, of peace rather than war.
France, Italy, Germany, you all have got some important voting to do this year. Please don't let my Europe die!!

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