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Wessel Reijers (NL), « We truly miss your energy, ideas and uncompromising dedication to the cause of creating a democratic Europe »

Wessel Reijers, I’m currently a PhD student, doing research in ethics of technology in Dublin. I met Franck in 2012 during the Spring Agora Enschede of AEGEE; which was a meeting that definately changed my thinking about politics, about Europe and about priorities in life.”

wesselDear Franck,

Europe is in a dire state and we need you now more than ever. We truly miss your energy, ideas and uncompromising dedication to the cause of creating a democratic Europe. I still vividly remember your presence at the Spring Agora 2012 in Enschede, feeling very honoured that you were willing to speak to us and enlightened by the ideas you shared. It was a small glimpse into another future, of a democratic Europe that would have overcome it’s eternal quarrels and fights.

Luckily, your legacy is still alive and perhaps now more than ever. During the last years, democratic grassroots actions have sprung up all across the continent. People are gathering in town halls, little cafes, and on the digital highway. Just a couple of days ago, I organised an online “world cafe”, at which 25 people from across Europe engaged in a debate about democracy. It is a small step, but certainly a step worth taking. In these kinds of activities, your vision, ideas and passion live on.

Wessel

wessel-FB EnschedeFranck à l’Agora AEGEE-Europe à Enschede (NL), 2012

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