Kevin Coombs / Reuters
BERLIN — Daniel Röder had had enough. After the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, he said he felt it was time to act. So he sent out an email last November to friends and acquaintances, inviting them to meet up in a square in central Frankfurt. With elections due in the Netherlands, France, and Germany, it was time to stand up for Europe, he wrote.
On a wet, dark afternoon, about 150 people showed up. Among them was Stephanie Hartung, who, like Röder, is a lawyer.
“People who believe in the European idea need to become visible and audible," Röder told the small crowd.
After the Frankfurt gathering, Röder, Hartung, and a handful of others got together to come up with a plan. They drafted 10 principles, and little over a month later, in mid-January, they formed Pulse of Europe.
Pulse of Europe
The format is simple: Every week, people meet for an hour in squares across the Europe to show their support for the EU. Anyon..