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Europe needs your help. In all its nations, a battle between hope and anger is under way, as France's election has shown. This summer we will be relaunching Wake Up Europe with a new film and to campaign for the reforms needed to restore Europe's core values. Your ideas, your energy and your support will be vital

Wake Up! 

In the coming weeks, citizens across Europe will go to the polls in some of the most significant elections for generations.

In the UK, a soaring victory for the Conservatives in June is all but guaranteed. A weak and divided opposition is proving incapable of challenging the government's march towards a hard Brexit.

Austria's calling of a snap election in Autumn gives a new chance for power to the far-right Freedom Party. 

Last month, we saw a Turkish referendum outcome that will secure Erdogan's personal power for years to come, in a further blow to the country’s prospects. In Turkey and across Europe, terrorist attacks continue to punctuate unfolding political events.

There is much to be angry about. But there is reason for hope, too.

President Macron's electoral victory in France was a major buck to the populist trend that has characterised Western politics in recent months. It has opened up the chance both for renewal of France's vitality and of the Franco-German relationship that has always proved essential for European collaboration. Have a look at our Articles section for more analysis on France.

For the decline of liberal democracies is not inevitable. As Bill Emmott argues in his new book, The Fate of the West, revival is eminently possible and even probable, as long as we all push for it. In the coming weeks, The Wake Up Foundation will be making extracts available online, and Bill will conduct discussions about the book's arguments on our website, social media channels and at events. We would love you to be involved and will share details for participating soon. 

Check out The Wake Up Foundation 2050 Index, an online resource we launched in January assessing countries’ future-readiness. Excitingly, we will soon have news of Annalisa Piras’s new film on the migrant crisis, Europe at Sea.

It is clear that The Wake Up Foundation’s mission is more important than ever.

We have big ambitions to grow our movement. We will shortly be launching a brand new website and we are working on some really exciting projects. We know you will be as fired up as we are by our plans. We'd love to hear from you about your own projects and your thoughts on our work, so do feel free to get in touch

Our message is urgent: let’s keep raising our voices and Wake Up Europe!

Best wishes,

Bill and Annalisa



The Film

The Great European Disaster Movie was filmed in six countries and has so far been broadcast in 12 and translated into 10 languages, including Japanese. The film is available for one off, educational, public screenings on a strictly not for profit basis. 

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  • We urgently need all to talk about Europe, understand and discuss what it is about, fight shallow thinking, ideologies and prejudices and find out how we can better live together on our continent. The Great European Disaster Movie is an excellent starting point. Come on: start the debate!

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  • A campaign focusing on real European issues and real people and their understanding of these issues. The debate on Europe is about to get interesting!

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  • At last a campaign that puts the onus on all of us to make the EU a better place to be rather than relying on some mysterious reform process from on high.

    Professor Michael Shackleton

    Maastricht University, NL

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Wake Up Europe is a campaign brought to you by the Wake Up Foundation. It was sparked by the themes explored in The Great European Disaster Movie by Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott.

We believe in the values that inspired the European project but that this project isn't working. Europe is sleep-walking towards disaster. We must wake up Europe so that we can save Europe from itself.

This job is too important to be left to the elites, the media, the political parties alone: ordinary people must be encouraged to discuss what Europe they want to see.

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