Only European citizens can build Europe. Relying on the ruling classes so far has been a disappointing path. National states have failed to establish the European Republic because they do not want it. They don’t want to lose their power. And still today they go to Brussels to defend their interests, to impose their vision. They go to get, not to give. With this rhythm a European Republic will never be born. Only a bottom-up political movement can generate enough momentum to overcome national fears and selfishness and create a politically united Europe. If citizens really want the European Republic, they must fight for it, not wait to be given to them. As history teaches. Many member states have united under the same national republican flag overcoming regional differences and resistance. The same process must happen for Europe. Only in this way the nascent Continental Republic will reflect the will of the people and their culture and values and will therefore have a long life. So far, the European unification process has only been a matter of convenience. Beyond the beautiful speeches, we joined for economic and security reasons. We have shared resources, markets, currency. And we are bound to each other with treaties to avoid the war-mad follies of the past. Politically, however, the unification process has been held back by national egoism and the myopia of the ruling classes. An unnerving inertia that is turning the obsolete sovranism back into fashion. As if many citizens, seeing that we do not proceed forward, are convinced that turning back is the only solution. Citizens who are struck by an endless crisis and shocking changes that want answers that this Europe has so far been unable to give. Because politically never really born, because harnessed by partisan interests, because reduced to a financial club and cold bureaucracy. An institutional and political model completely inadequate to lead towards the birth of a European Republic. To get there you need a new popular constituent process. And beyond the fascinating ideal impulse, there are increasingly more concrete reasons for European citizens to finally have a common political house. Today the world is swaying between the United States and China and other continental actors are making their way. The old and fragmented Europe appears to be a faint chorus of jarring voices. Instead of having an impact, Europe struggles to follow events. A situation that is convenient for those who are in charge and who make European citizens irrelevant. As their ideas, their values. The big issues that affect people’s lives today are all global. The economic crisis, mass immigration, environmental emergencies and those of climate change, the wars that afflict entire regions. All global problems and only a united continental Republic can have sufficient political mass to deal with them. To influence its own future is a right that European citizens have. A right that has been denied to them for too long. But the European dream did not die in their hearts. And it resists despite the project appearing in great difficulty. But if citizens really want the European Republic, they must fight to build it. Only in this way the new Res Publica will fully represent them, will succeed in winning today’s challenges and will play a leading role on the international scene.

Tommaso Merlo