On a warm summer evening in 1988, Bruce
Springsteen was on stage in East Berlin
playing in front of 300000 East Germans.
He stepped up to the microphone and told
the crowd why he had come to the city:
not here for or against any government,”
“I’ve come to play rock n roll for you
in the hope that one day all the barriers will
be torn down.”
The following year the Berlin
wall was torn down.
After 25 years, we feel that the time has
come again to tear down some symbolic
walls and reinvent the Europe that we love, a
Europe which is, in the proper use of these
adjectives, ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive’.
The “Reinventing Europe through Local
Initiative” conference that we organised
on 19-20 February in Brussels, and the 25
“promising initiatives” that it showcased,
are an important first milestone towards
achieving this ambition.
President of AEIDL
| Reinventing Europe through Local Initiative