A Swim for Europe

3rd edition

16/18 of July 2021 Ventotene


Five years have passed since the young Italian researcher from the University of Cambridge was abducted in Cairo, and tortured to death. His body was found in a ditch along the road to Alexandria. His mother only recognised him from “the tip of his nose”.

Throughout Europe, it is our duty to ask for truth and justice for Giulio Regeni. Because Giulio Regeni was a European citizen. Because the memory of the tragedies of the 20th century and the respect of human rights are the foundations of our Union. Because we cannot accept that a young researcher is tortured and murdered with impunity. Because we cannot tolerate the countless red herrings set by the Al-Sisi regime, including the execution of five innocent people falsely accused of being the perpetrators of the murder. In December 2020, after a lengthy investigation in which it appeared that Giulio Regeni was “tortured for days with blades and sticks”, the judges of the public prosecutor’s office of Rome have requested the trial of four Egyptian security agents, one of them a general and three colonels. They are suspected of abduction, assault and murder, but the Cairo authorities, who have always refused to collaborate, deny any involvement. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi counts on the passage of time and on the business interest shared with European countries to make people forget what prosecutors in Rome have called a “state murder”, perpetrated by the paranoid and ruthless apparatus of a regime that all non-partisan NGOs consider to be one of the most authoritarian in the world. The more they try to cover up the case, the more we will be called upon to shed a light onto it. We owe it to Giulio Regeni and his family. We owe it also to all the victims of the Egyptian dictatorship who, when they survive, repeat as a mantra “kulluna Giulio Regeni” – we are all Giulio Regeni. All European citizens need to mobilise and demand that their national and European MPs put pressure on the Egyptian government. Enough with words: the time for true European solidarity has come. Like every year, on 25 January, the day of Giulio Regeni’s abduction, we will take to the streets with Amnesty International to demand justice for the young researcher. EuropaNow! invites not only European citizens, but also all the cities of the EU to hang on their balconies banners, posters or any other means of showing support, in any language, demanding “Truth and justice for Giulio Regeni”. Take part in our campaign: send us your photo at info at europanow.eu

ONEurope same rights, one Republic

“CITIES FOR THE REPUBLIC OF EUROPE” The Europe of Citizens restarts from road signs A road sign at the entrance of the municipalities to support the project of a Republic of Europe: an initiative that will be announced on Saturday February 15th in the Tuscan city of Scandicci, with the aim of reviving European democracy and transform the Union into a Federal Republic, ounded on the equal rights of citizens. Promoted by a European network of associations and local administrations, the “OneEurope, SameRights, OneRepublic” campaign involves a series of cities that will display road signs with the words “City for the Republic of Europe” at the entrance of their municipalities. On the proposal of the mayor Gerardo Santomauro, the island of Ventotene – where Altiero Spinelli, Ernesto Rossi and Eugenio Colorni wrote in 1941 the “Manifesto for a free and united Europe” – has started the project and the motion is already on the agenda of the Scandicci city council: “We will be among the first municipalities to have sided with the Republic of Europe” explains Sandro Fallani, mayor of the Tuscan city, “”the constitutive process of a Europe of rights, a true identity for its citizens, can only come from local communities, can only originate from a common feeling of its peoples”. The cities of Chieri, Nichelino and Verbania have begun to debate about joining the campaign wich will shortly be extended across EU With these road signs, the promoters of the campaign intend to make a feeling of European citizenship visible and to make people feel the urgency of opening in EU a new constituent phase, inspired by the republican principles of equality and solidarity. “The world has radically changed, the size of the nation-state no longer allows us to respond to global challenges. We need a great European entity which pivots on local territories and communities,” adds Eric Jozsef, president of EuropaNow! Association, and among the creators of the campaign, together with ex-parlementary Davide Mattiello, president of the Benvenuti in Italia Foundation who warns: “If it does not change, European Union dies: too many disparities, the possibility of unfair competition between member countries, rides to the Rule of law by some, and general powerlessness against the environmental crisis have undermined it at its foundations. Only if we make the European Union a republic we will have the opportunity to live in peace and well-being, avoiding collapse”. On 15 February in Scandicci, a petition addressed to the European Parliament will also be launched in order to open as soon as possible a new constituent phase with the aim of transforming the Union into a Federal and Democratic Republic of Europe, able to guarantee equal rights (political, economic, social, fiscal, cultural) to all its citizens. The initiative has the High Patronage of the European Parliament: “I am firmly convinced of the need to focus on a common European vision, especially in an era where populism and divisions seem to make headlines every day – explains David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament The Union would not have been possible without the tireless work and commitment of enthusiastic and determined citizens”. Starting at 3 pm, the promoters of the initiative (Benvenuti in Italia Foundation, ACMOS, EuropaNow!, European Democracy Lab and Italian Consiglio italiano del Movimento Europeo, VoxEurop) will meet at the Scandicci Auditorium with some mayors, politicians, representatives civil society, to start the “OnEurope, SameRights, OneRepublic” campaign.

On the website www.onedemos.eu it will be possible to sign the petition and download the motion. Onedemos.eu

Truth and justice for Giulio Regeni, a european battle!

On January 25th, the day of the kidnapping of the Italian researcher in Cairo, we invite European citizens to hang banners, signs, any support in any language, to ask “Truth and justice for Giulio Regeni”.

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A swim for Europe

A dive in the dream of the EU founding fathers

Ventotene, 21 July 2019 – A 1700 meters swim in the Mediterranean Sea to reaffirm the urgency to commit in relaunching the founding values of European Union and to reaffirm a new Europe based on equal rights. It is in this spirit that EuropaNow! together with Acmos and Benvenuti in Italia foundation, created the 1st Natalonga for Europe, a non-competitive race open to all, in front of the island of Ventotene, where Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi wrote the Manifesto for a free and united Europe.

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It’s time for action!


EuropaNow!, European Democracy Lab, TDEM, European Alternatives, The European Moment, Unsere Zeit, Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet call on all the political forces and candidates running in the next European elections to take up the challenge of promoting economic and social rights

Eric Jozsef message

On Sunday, February 24 from 12:00 to 15:00, before the Six Nations rugby tournament Italy – Ireland match, in Rome, EuropaNow! will distribute European flags in Piazza del Popolo-Piazzale Flaminio, where fans from the two teams usually meet before moving to reach the Olympic stadium.

We absolutely need to keep mobilised to avoid the divorce between the EU and the UK. Because Brexit raises the anti-historical spectre of a border between Ireland and the United Kingdom Because Europe would not be complete without the genuine presence of the United Kingdom. Because the roots of the EU lie in the memory of the tragedies of the twentieth century. The two world wars and the fight against totalitarianism in which the United Kingdom, with its historic democratic legacy, played an essential and decisive role. Because a divorce between the EU and England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland could very well reopen old tensions at the borders, fuelling terrifying nationalist passions, and resurrecting the ghosts of xenophobia against which the European Union was formed. Because the thousand days of paralysis the process of leaving the EU already brought show that Brexit will bring above all instability and danger Because on the international stage stand Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, who not only relish the thought of a divided Europe, but work daily for that outcome. Because it must be known that the disintegration of the EU is a threat to all European countries and societies.

Everywhere, in stadiums, in the streets, from windows, we wave the European flag and reaffirm our desire to be together, and to change the Union from within to make it more democratic, more cohesive and more supportive!

“I very rarely agree with the Prime Minister but on this he’s right: we are stronger, safer and better off in.” Labour MP Jo Cox, in her last column, on 19 June, 2016

The initiative follows the one of February 9 when the Association distributed European flags to supporters of Italian and Welsh rugby teams who jointly have waved them in the Olympic stadium during the game.

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Pawel Adamowicz‘s solemn funeral will take place at 12 in Gdansk, the city he was the mayor of. EuropaNow! will pay a tribute to his sacrifice in Rome, at the Consulate of Poland. Another European hero!

A European hero who fought for equal rights and for integration. All European citizens should cherish and take example of his political and moral legacy.

We want the truth about Giulio Regeni’s death!


Giulio Regeni was a 28-year old Italian researcher who was abducted and tortured to death in Egypt. His body was found in early February 2016 in Cairo’s outskirts. Those responsible for the murder were never found. Wa want to remind that Giulio Regeni was a European citizen and that therefore all European countries and citizens must take action to ask for the truth about his disappearance: – because strong and decisive action by the European Union and all its member states towards the Egyptian institutions and government can be decisive in ascertaining the responsibility for the disappearance, torture and killing of Giulio Regeni; – because Italy cannot be left alone in its demand for truth and because European citizens must let the Italian government know that it cannot and must not give up asking for truth and justice; – because only a strong mobilisation of the European public opinion will be able to provide protection to all the people in Egypt who seek to contribute to the truth; – because not forgetting the disappearance and killing of Giulio Regeni means defending and reaffirming the founding values of the European Union and means remembering, in the name of these values, the many who are tortured to death in Egypt, as the young Friulian researcher was; – because European citizens must never stop expressing active solidarity with all those still threatened and imprisoned in Egypt because of their opinions. EuropaNow invites all its members and supporters to meet on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 7PM at the gathering organized by Amnesty International Italy in Piazza Montecitorio, where European flags will be distributed. At 7:41, the time of the last text sent by Giulio Regeni, some candles will be lighted to remember his disappearance. #3annisenzaGiulio #veritàpergiulioregeni #europanow

In Prague we pay tribute to Jan Palach with the European flag

On 16 January 2019, fifty years after Jan Palach’s self-immolation, the EuropaNow! pro-European association will be in Prague to pay tribute to the young student who, with his gesture, wanted to wake his fellow citizens up after the Warsaw Pact armies invaded Czechoslovakia. The sacrifice of Jan Palach, like those of Jan Zajic and Evzen Plocek in the following weeks, belongs to the common memory of all Europeans.

Let us never forget that the European Union is deeply rooted in the memory of the tragic experiences of the 20th century and in the fight against totalitarianism and for freedom. At a time when obscurantism and nationalists are once again threatening the Continent, it is essential to recall that Jan Palach is an exemplary figure for the Czech people as well all European. He embodies the foundations of our brotherly pact. In paying tribute to the European hero Jan Palach, EuropaNow! also wishes to celebrate the courage of all Charter 77 signatories and in particular of Václav Havel who was once again imprisoned thirty years ago, on 16 January 1989, by the communist regime’s political police for having wanted to lay a wreath at the site of the student’s immolation. A few months later, when he became President, he urged all European citizens: “if we are not able to dream of a better Europe, we will never build a better Europe”. EuropaNow! will be present, in the morning from 10 a.m. and in the afternoon from 5 p.m., at Václavské náměstí 42 (in front of the Paul shop) to meet all those wishing to pay tribute to Jan Palach in a spirit of European fraternity. We will then move together towards Jan Palach’s memorial. On this occasion, EuropaNow! will make European flags freely available to reaffirm the will to defend the Union’s common values and demand a new Europe, stronger, more just, more democratic, united and federal. A Europe that is no longer only a Europe of nations and of budgetary rules, but a Europe of equal rights and citizens. Françaisčeský
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A pic-nic for Europe

Parco Massari – Internazionale a Ferrara
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An open air snack against the return of divisions, racism and discriminations, and for relaunching a European patriotism.

AN INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY Stefano Boeri, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Bernard Guetta, Dacio Maraini, Paolo Rumiz, Roberto Saviano, Daniele Vicari, Paolo Virzì, garagErasmus, Gioventù Federalista, Europea HAVE TAKEN PART Gian-Paolo Accardo/VoxEurop Ulrike Guérot/European Democracy Lab Gabor Horvath/Népszava Jacopo Iacoboni/La Stampa Eric Jozsef/EuropaNow! Marc Lazar/Sciences Po-Luiss Marta Lempart/Polish Women’s Strike Jean Quatremer/Libération Andrea Pipino/Internazionale Michael Zichy/Universität Salzburg, 13.10 promoter LIBERATIONGUARDIAN WEBGUARDIAN NEWSPAPER Read the plea for the picnic

Manifesto for a European Patriotism

“If we are not able to dream of a better Europe, we will never build a better Europe” Vaclav Havel

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A flag of Europe on every window

On 8 December, 2018, the day the Interior minister Matteo Salvini’s League organised a rally against Europe in Rome, toghether with the Young European Federalists, EuropaNow! launched the initiative “Una bandiera dell’Europa a ogni finestra” – ”A flag of Europe on every window”.

“A flag of Europe at every window to claim and embody a new Europe that is more united, fraternal, supportive and federal.” In the days before the rally, we distributed more than 500 EU flags, and people shared pictures of them from all over Italy.

Demonstration for an European Republic

On 10 November, 2018, hundred years after the end of WW1 and on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, EuropaNow! organised, along with the Young European Federalists, a demonstration in Piazza Santi Apostoli, near the Roman Forum, a demonstration “for a European Republic”.

We wanted to show support to political scientist Ulrike Guérot and author Robert Menasse’s European Balcony Project, wich was also supported, among others, by intellectuals and artists like Etienne Balibar, Carolin Emcke, Srecko Horvath, Elfriede Jelinek, Milo Rau e Saskia Sassen. European Balcony Project Manifesto

White night for Europe

On 3 November, 2018, EuropaNow! organised a pro-European call to action during the “Notte bianca per l’Europa” – the “White Night for Europe”, wich was celebrated in Turin, along with musicians Max Casacci from Subsonica, and Daniele Mana, journalist Tonia Mastrobuoni, assessor Ilda Curti, and computer scientist Andrea Stroppa.

Message de Bernard GUETTA “Il est minuit moins cinq…”


To defend our democracy, join forces and demand a more united, more popular, more federal, and more sympathetic Europe! EuropaNow! supports the 13-10 movement’s call to action (https://13-10.org).

After the European Picnic to revive European patriotism, held on October 6th at the Internazionale Festival in Ferrara where we met philosopher and initiator of 13-10, Michael Zichy, it’s time to take to the streets with a multitude of organisations and young Europeans. Don’t underestimate the threat from those who want to build new walls. It’s time to take action together and demand more democratic and social rights. We want a new Europe, Now!

Our video

Sixty years from the signature of the treaty of Rome we made this video to celebrate ‘the most extraordinary political invention of modern History‘. In collaborazione con Voxeurop


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