United Regions of Europe
"Free, open-minded, in motion, no more blinkered by nationality and - like the very first European citizens -
devoted to a common legal situation: Those are the new Europeans."
Robert Menasse, 2014
Urbanization and the regions
Functional and physical urban sprawl would be decentralized and no longer defined by "capitals" alone.
A better spread of population growth and wealth instead of their concentration in only a few Mega Cities, could strengthen middle-sized cities in the regions. These cities could then strengthen the politically empowered region around them.
To promote a regional economy, each metropolitan area could offer incentives to preserve, foster and refine individual cultural goods.
These empowered regional cities and economies could then create a well-woven network of infrastructure between them and therefore enable better mobility in Europe as a whole.
Europe is more than money and trade
The future of a continent so culturally diverse should be designed with just that regional plurality.
Metropoles will stabilise and become our life's reality.
Regions shall reflect that reality: They shall represent the basin of a metropole and shall be rooted in the
regional history and identity of their inhabitants.
The united regions of Europe are thus replacing national states within a European community of rights and values with a fully-fledged European constitution.
This co-dependence of all regions would encourage a stronger identification with Europe, without any
detours across national states.