By Kerstin Acker
Translation by Andrew Kimpson
Without a doubt the city of Strasbourg is where Europe’s heart beats and where the spirit of Europe took it roots.
But does the city rightly bear the title of the capital of Europe ? The protest is growing and is becoming especially loud in regard to keeping the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Should everything in the future only take place in Brussels? The number of petitions is growing daily and the protest is gathering pace.
The opposition is biding its time to react. But it does exist. With the backing of MEP Briggite Fouré (PPE-DE) and leadership of Pierre Savreux and Fabrice Hinschberger, the organisation “One City” has been founded. They aim to make sure all central offices of the European Parliament (administration, commissions, meetings) are to be held in Strasbourg.
It is unclear whether the initiative will be successful in silencing the protests.
Nevertheless, it is an appropriate response to the petition submitted by Margot Wallström which called for the European Parliament headquarters to be in Brussels. More information and support forms for the initiative can be found on the website One City and in the Facebook-group.