At the first day of the North-Eastern Caravan Tour we joined a public survey by representatives of the EU Commission in front of the Brandenburger Tor. "Excuse me to interrupt, but we want to improve the living conditions of EU citizens and have a few proposals to make to you. Arent you voting too often? Shouldn't we reduce voting to every 10 years only? What about investing more money into leisure time activities instead of promoting political participation in the EU?"
Recent events like the financial crisis in the Eurozone for example, have shown that a lot of political issues are becoming increasingly complex. Effficiency and more hierarchical decision making should simplify politicy making and deviate power away from citizens back to technocrats, those who know what's best for the citizens. Asking the public for their opinion blocks fast and efficient decision making, so the EC representatives argued. Many of the survey participants agreed with the statements and were then asked some further questions on concrete issues. The EC argued that citizens should benefit of less participation duties. Next to having more free time for sport, travelling, using social media, etc., the representatives suggested to subsidise highly significant everyday items of EU citizens such as winter tyres, holidays on Mallorca, Ipads etc.
Are you kidding me? Thats NOT an answer the perfomers heard a lot while speaking to people at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin.
We loved this political satire by @democraticEUnow and Democracy International e.V. (www.democracyinternational.com) and were quite suprised how over 50% of the respondants were being successfully convinced by the performers. It gives us an even stronger motivation to spread the Citizens Manifesto and to get in touch with local initiatives and the public in the upcoming 10 days on our Transeuropa Caravan Tour. Time to spread the word!