Europe is a wonderful place to live and work, it is our home, our place for family, friends and partners. The European Union stands for a life of peace, freedom and prosperity. Values that many citizens take for granted, but in fact, as the current events in Ukraine show, must always be defended and discussed.
We, a group of European entrepreneurs, politicians and analysts, are coming together to work against these trends, looking for ideas and counter Europe-sceptics with our proposals and convictions. We are pro-European because we are convinced that in this age of globalisation the nations of Europe need to stand together. We need Europe to safeguard our liberal and democratic order. But we do not want a Europe that will smother individual liberties, national identities and economic development through bureaucracy and overregulation. Our Europe should understand the diversity of its peoples and cultures as a strength and creative engine for growth.
In order to promote Europe’s credibility and international understanding, we want to sharpen our focus on the essentials and concentrate on relevant European issues. We are also firmly convinced that Europe’s credibility must be proven over the next few years on a fundamental issue: Will we succeed in developing basic features of a common European identity? Can the European states pull together despite different interests and offer all Europeans a common home? With our projects, we also want to win over the younger generation for the idea of a united, competitive and liberal Europe.
We are not a lobby, and we do not represent any political or business special interests. United Europe is a small and lean organization focused on developing convincing project ideas, organising the cooperation of entrepreneurs, politicians and think tanks, and condensing and publicizing the resulting suggestions. When selecting projects, we will look for added value to be gained through an entrepreneurial perspective. United Europe is needed because it is time for the Europeans to take a stand against anti-Europeanism – not to defend the status quo, but to build a peaceful and common home for all Europeans.