"In historical perspective, visionaries are the genuine realists"
(Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor)
Europe and the world are facing huge multiple challenges in the third decade of the 21st century. So far, none of the major problem areas have been solved sustainably or even tackled in a promising way. Allegedly "no alternative"-policies avert one crisis, but exacerbate others or even create new crises.
The European Union is not able to deliver what its citizens expect - it was naive to believe that the EU, as a "sui generis" construct without an effective state structure, could master the challenges Europe is facing. Equally illusory and ultimately fatal is the call for a return to particularism. A fragmented Europe would be defenceless in the face of global developments, because Europe's states are too small in today's world - even the larger states would be a plaything of non-European developments, of the global powers and the financial markets.
Only by establishing a core-European federation – the “European Republic” – Europe will be able to develop from a plaything of foreign powers and financial markets to a real and powerful global player.”
Karl Koller, President
"The term 'European Republic' includes what the French call 'valeurs républicaines' and the Germans 'wehrhafte Demokratie'. With the term 'Republic' we do not only associate democracy but also the citizen and his civil rights, freedom, equality, the laical or at least the secular state - and especially in the sense of a modern understanding of citizens - gender equality."
Former Second President of the Austrian Parliament,
Heinrich Neisser, President
As the EU and the European states lack the means to tackle the major challenges, a European state is needed.
- This state must be large enough to achieve full capability to act in economic matters. And it must have the potential to become a world power.
- On the other hand, this state must be small and homogeneous enough – economically and in terms of interests – so that its citizens have a sense of belonging together and that in medium term they citizens of this European state could grow together to one nation.
Nova EUropa proposes a federation of the six EU founding states plus Austria to form a core European state, the "European Republic", which would then be as a common state a member of the European Union. This state would meet exactly the requirements described above.