The Big European Brainstorming

European Citizens from All of the EU are coming together in Strasbourg to discuss the Future.

21 October 2021

 It’s a quiet Saturday morning in the European Parliament. The building in Strasbourg, usually brimming with activity, is dark and empty.

There aren’t any MEPs walking down the long corridors, hundreds of doors are locked and elevators are not rushing up and down — as they often do during the plenary session when the European Parliament is flooded with politicians, their assistants and journalists.

It won’t be so busy today, but it won’t be completely quiet either. It’s beginning to come to life after 21:00, but the people entering have nothing to do with politics. They are taking selfies and trying to find their way into the main building. What brought them here? A simple phone call or e-mail asking them to come to Strasbourg and take part in a discussion about the future of Europe.

Most of them were sceptical and they thought that it’s a joke or spam. When they were offered a plane ticket to Strasbourg and concrete dates, they began to realise that it’s for real. 

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Rastislav Kačmár

Editor and reporter at the Slovak daily Denník N. Studied international relations and now he writes about it.

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