What are we?
FAEF is the Federal Alliance of European Federalists. There are various movements and organizations that are somehow striving for a federally governed Europe. Each of them is a so-called single (decentralized) unitary organization. Europe lacks a federation of these movements. The FAEF aims to combine forces by creating a federation of these federalist movements under the adage: 'Federating the Federalists'. It goes without saying that the FAEF applies its own federal principles by promoting common interests - spearheaded by the pursuit of a federal Europe - while guaranteeing the sovereignty of participating organizations.
The Promoting Committee is currently preparing the establishing of FAEF as an Association.
by Lorenzo Sparviero
FEDERATE THE FEDERALISTS: ‘EUROPE WILL BE A FEDERATION, OR WILL NOT BE’
Following the unexpected ‘call to enter the field’ that marked the beginning of my commitment as a federalist activist, another, equally strong recent one has taken over: the call to federate the federalists!
An idea that has gradually transformed into a passion at the limit of obsession, for me and a mantra for others who, to my amazement, are starting to use it without, however, understanding the deep and almost ‘esoteric’ origin of the message that proposes a change in discontinuity, a ‘quantum leap’ compared to the linear and traditional approach followed until now by the movements that praise federalism, but without making any progress in its implementation, insisting on the concept of European unity in the confederal sense, based on intergovernmental negotiation and not on a Constitution of the Federal State, voted for by the people of Europe.
I therefore feel the need and the duty to clarify and explain this apparently simple formula in understandable terms.
It all began with a sudden idea, an enlightenment, born as a reaction to the observation of the dispersion of forces - already scarce and inappropriate to achieve the goal of creating a federal Europe - pursued by the pro-European friends with whom I was and I am in contact, the idea-project of: federate the federalists!
Behind the definition of Federalism one can understand different things, even opposite.
In recent Italian political experience, the term federalism has been used as a flag by the Northern League (today no longer regionalist but nationalist, declaring its sympathy for the extreme and sovereign right). At the beginning (Lega Nord) to divide Italy into macro-regions (Centre, North and South) and focusing on the detachment of the rich and productive North from the South, poorer and backward in the industrial field, poor finance and organization of public administration in the provision of public services. Today, after the turning point of the young Salvini who imposed a break with the Bossian past by launching the nationalistic slogan ‘the Italians first’ focusing on the exclusion of the new derelicts, the immigrants, transforming the Lega movement from ‘federalist’ to ‘nationalist and sovereignist’, closely related to the nationalist and xenophobic movements of Le Pen (France) and Farage (Brexit) and sympathies for the ‘strong men’ like Putin or even like Trump (USA first!).
This improper use of the term ‘federalist’ has led to confusion and regression on the part of the European people towards a dangerous return to ‘nationalism’ which, as the French President, Mr. Macron, who is also a ‘federalist’ but who, in practice, is inclined to continue the intergovernmental administrating method, recently denounced to sound the alarm about possible scenarios for a return to civil war in Europe.
This is the state of the art in Europe today, where people are confused, frightened and inclined to close themselves up as hedgehogs against the threats of immigrants, Islamic terrorism, competition between European countries, etc. The road of the ‘disintegration of the European dream’, other than European unity, of which Brexit is the first clear sign of the new crazy trend, is being thoughtlessly taken.
So what is Federalism and the need to ‘federate the federalists’?
Federalism means in a nutshell to unite what is different, while respecting the diversity of one another, taking care of a handful of common interests, served by a common objective: the creation of a federalist state, a European Federation, based on a Constitution, democratically ratified by the European citizens, reflecting the best ideologies and values so far laboriously acquired by our western civilization.
The slogan ‘federate the federalists’, is the call for a new urgent political program to be implemented through the grass-roots pro-European movements in order to stop the current wretched course of history. And it is the first stage of a ‘non-traditional’ and complex route that aims:
The first alliance of Federal Movements in Milan
2018, May 12th
We want a truly federal Europe, no more referrals and hesitations!
We appeal to the militants of our movements and our associations to mobilize through a common and coordinated action to:
Our appeal is our response, as signatories, to the growing crisis of trust in liberal and social democracy and the European dream.
We want a Union that really knows how to protect its fellow citizens from the continuous challenges that the globalized world creates. A Europe that proves to be a political community and not an instrument at the service of national interests.
This declaration was proposed by Lorenzo Sparviero, cofounder and member of the promoting committee of F.A.E.F. (Federation Alliance of European Federalists), then elaborated and prepared by the representatives of the following organizations: