I have not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. (Matthew 5:12)
The European idea is coming to an end. A policy of fear, exclusion and exploitation has replaced the principles of freedom, equality and human dignity to which the European Union unconditionally committed itself in its founding treaty.
For the sake of profit, European companies are destroying entire territories, forcing those who live there to flee and thereby creating millions of landless and homeless people. By speculating on land and natural resources and cornering markets, they are ruining the local producers. The victims of this global exploitation are being criminalized.
What is more, European governments cooperate with countries in which people are exposed to torture, slave labor and sex work. They stood idly by while over 30,000 people drowned in the Mediterranean. They accept that in the heart of Europe, millions of migrants are exploited for the production of cheap products. They deny them the right to self-determination, to fair jobs and thereby to the dignity to which all human beings are entitled.
Tolerated by the other member states of the European Union, the Italian Government has now even criminalized the rescue of people drowning. We say: a line has been crossed! We declare:
We declare all regulations and rules that counter the principles outlined here to be invalid. Solidarity instead of exclusion, justice instead of discrimination, sustainability instead of exploitation!
If we do not act now, we are complicit in the ongoing violation of human rights, the resulting calamity of millions and the irrevocable destruction of our planet.
Let us rise, in the name of human dignity and on behalf of the current and all future generations! For when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty!
Sign the Manifesto!
- VINICIO CAPOSSELA – singer-songwriter, Milano.
- GEOFFROY DE LAGASNERIE – sociologist and philosopher, Paris.
- DIDIER ERIBON – philosopher, Paris.
- ENRIQUE IRAZOQUI – actor and literature scientist, Cadaqués.
- ULRIKE GUÉROT – political scientist and publicist, Krems.
- SREĆKO HORVAT – philosopher and author, Zagreb.
- WOLFGANG KALECK – lawyer, Berlin.
- EDOUARD LOUIS – writer, Paris.
- LORENZO MARSILI – author and political activist, Rome.
- ROBERT MENASSE – author, Vienna.
- ROBERT MISIK – author, Vienna.
- YVAN SAGNET – activist.
- TONI NEGRI – political philosopher, Paris.
- CAROLA RACKETE – activist.
- SASKIA SASSEN – sociologist and economist, New York.
- THOMAS SEIBERT – philosopher and author, Berlin.
- MILO RAU – author and theatre director, Gent.
- HEINI STAUDINGER – entrepreneur, Schrems.
- HARALD WELZER – author and sociologist, Berlin.
- MUSSIE ZERAI – catholic priest, Erlinsbach and Rome.
- JEAN ZIEGLER – sociologist and author, Geneva.
- MAIA MORGENSTERN – actress. Bucharest.
- KLAUS THEWELEIT – sociologist and writer, Freiburg.
- PHILIPP WEISS – author, Vienna.
- FALK RICHTER – author and director, Berlin.