what we have to do now

For people in Britain, it’s up to us now.

We’re still European – but we have to work out how to be European, in the face of our government’s efforts to make that as difficult as possible. We need to do it for the sake of people across Europe, not just ourselves on this island.

It’s not going to be easy. It’s not clear how we do it. But it’s clear how we have to start: by thinking as Europeans. That means:

breaking out of the Brexit bubble; getting news and views about Europe from around Europe

– thinking about what matters to people all around Europe, not just in Britain

developing empathy with other Europeans; engaging with their interests, concerns and lives

making connections with them as best we can, despite Brexit and Covid.

This isn’t just a matter of feelgood gestures. It’s about renewing Europe from the grass roots up, within the EU and outside it. It’s about building a community in our common European home.

Let’s work out how to do that together.

europe: it's Personal!

Ahead of our next club night on 3 October, we're calling out beyond the UK to writers, artists and performers across Europe. We'd like you to respond to two questions:

What is your personal Europe?

How should we take care of our common European home?

If you're interested in taking part – via a short video link – please get in touch. Let's stick together in these divided times, and make Europe better together!

28 march: not brexit eve

Despite appearances, this is the prelude to good news from across Europe. Photographer-artist Tereza Červeňová was telling us about how she and many other young Slovaks abroad were travelling back to Slovakia to vote for pro-European, progressive presidential candidate Zuzana Čaputova. They succeeded, and Zuzana Čaputova is now president-elect of Slovakia.

There's more about our conversations with our guests at Club Europ Express on 28 March, including CEE's MP Caroline Lucas, on the Events page.

Flooding the debate with hope

We now have video highlights and a report from Club Europ Express 1 November 2018, featuring Zoe Williams, Niccolo Milanese and Michał Iwanowski, here.

misha glenny across europe - interview

author Misha Glenny talks to us about Brexit, Europe, the wider world, and how we got to this 'uniquely difficult and dangerous moment' ... Read more and watch here.

We'll be back at the revamped Rose Hill on 1 November with a fantastic line-up.  Our special guest will be Zoe Williams of the Guardian and Another Europe Is Possible; we'll also be speaking via video with Niccolo Milanese, author of Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe Can Be Saved From Itself,  in Paris, and with photographer Michał Iwanowski, who'll be telling us about how he walked from his home in Wales to his home in Poland earlier this year.

We’re taking a break from club nights over the summer, but we’re making plans for our autumn season.

One thing that’s on our minds is the increasingly clear connection between Brexit politics, right-wing nationalism in other European countries, and American nationalism under Trump.

Making connections with like-minded people across Europe isn’t just a nice idea. It’s vital if we want to resist hate, intolerance and the radical right. They have a vision and a project for Europe. We need one too.

CEE has been working on that. Come and join us at our venue, the Rose Hill, in Brighton in the autumn, and online any time.