First Pulse of Europe gathering in Maastricht

On Sunday 23 April, the first Pulse of Europe gathering in Maastricht took place. This independent pro-European citizens’ initiative aims to counteract populism, and support Europe against disintegration. The organisation’s main message is that the majority of people believe in the fundamental idea of the European Union and its reformability and development and does not want to sacrifice it to nationalist tendencies.

Impression of the first gathering in Maastricht

The initiative was founded in Frankfurt am Main in the beginning of this year and is now spreading all over Europe. In Germany, already more than fourty cities have their own Pulse of Europe events. In the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Groningen and now also Maastricht have joined the movement. The set-up is simple: every local movement gathers at 2pm on a Sunday at a central place. There is a stage where speakers are invited to take the microphone and express their thoughts on Europe. Among the speakers at the Maastricht gathering on 23 April were UM President Martin Paul and former Rector Luc Soete.

The Pulse of Europe movement in Maastricht is organised by students from Maastricht University and Hogeschool Zuyd together with Maastricht citizens.

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