Artists and intellectuals across Europe are calling for the founding of a continent-wide republic to replace its many nation states.
Activists planned to proclaim a “European Republic” in dozens of cities at 4pm on Saturday, almost exactly 100 years after the end of World War I.
The event is being organised by a group calling itself the European Balcony Project.
Its listed supporters include political scientists, philosophers and writers such as Austrian literature Nobel prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek.
A manifesto on the group’s website declares that “the sovereignty of states is hereby replaced by the sovereignty of citizens”.