Artists’ group calls for rise of cit­i­zens

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

Artists and in­tel­lec­tu­als across Europe are call­ing for the found­ing of a con­ti­nent-wide re­pub­lic to re­place its many na­tion states.

Ac­tivists planned to pro­claim a “Euro­pean Re­pub­lic” in dozens of cities at 4pm yes­ter­day, al­most ex­actly 100 years af­ter the end of World War I.

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by a group call­ing it­self the Euro­pean Bal­cony Project. Its sup­port­ers in­clude po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tists, philoso­phers and writ­ers such as Aus­trian lit­er­a­ture No­bel prize lau­re­ate El­friede Je­linek.

Their man­i­festo on their web­site de­clares that “the sovereignty of states is hereby re­placed by the sovereignty of cit­i­zens”.

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