The European Constitution means the symbolic refounding of the European Union as a community based on democratic principles. The European Constitutional Treaty (ECT) offered more and not less democracy.
Therefore, it is sad to see how such democratic text was rejected by France and Holland. But, apart from this democratic reality, the European Union is seen as a project of the elites and not of the peoples. We have not been able to present its advantages for European citizens. Nowadays, they no longer perceive the advantages of peace and prosperity Europe has provided.
However, they fear globalization.
We have always known there was no plan B in the ECT, but a plan D, D of democracy, could be needed. We have to develop a popular movement in favor of Europe, it is necessary the every-day policy be perceived in its European magnitude. We must develop a democratic European infrastructure and certain measures should be implemented to achieve it:
- To develop European political parties and the dialogue between national Parliaments and European institutions.
- To develop a European public space by increasing the translations and the interchange between journalists. The European commission can play an important role in the organization of contacts.
- These exchanges must be promoted in universities too.

Source
International Herald Tribune (France)
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Grass-roots change for Europa”, by Margot Wallstrom, International Herald Tribune, June 21, 2005.