Wake Up Europe!

Get Europe thinking, talking - and acting

Something big and exciting is happening in Europe, but for terrible reasons. It's time for people to come together to debate what kind of Europe they want. If you can get an audience together, we can help you create a thought-provoking event structured around the free screening of The Great European Disaster Movie, the latest film by Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott.

Wake Up Call for a New Europe!

The hopes of millions of British citizens for a UK future within the EU are now dead.

This is a sad day for Britain, and it is a sad day for Europe.

We must not allow this tumultuous event to shipwreck our aspirations, as EU citizens, for a new and better kind of Europe. 

A modern, open, forward-looking Europe.

A Europe fit for the twenty-first century.

A Europe of the citizens.

A Europe that meets our needs.

The choice for us as citizens of Europe is clear.

Do we re-commit to the values of democracy, freedom, equality and solidarity that underpin the European project? 

Or do we allow Europe to descend once again to the lowest common denominator which is nationalism?

Wake Up Europe believes that we can and must transform the anger and pain we feel as a result of Brexit into a passionate call to action for the rebirth of the European project.

We warned of the dangers facing Europe in our drama-documentary The Great European Disaster Movie.

One year on, Europe is still sleep-walking towards disaster.

Let us come together to think, to talk and to act. 

Let us speak as one so that we reach the critical mass needed for our leaders to change track.

It is time to Wake Up Europe together in order to save Europe from itself

In the words of the late Jo Cox MP, "there is much more that unites than divides us."


The Wake Up Foundation

Friday, 24 June (London)


Sign our letter to Donald Tusk and the European Council

Read the Wake Up Europe! call to action: "What is to be done?"

Watch Annalisa Piras' wake up call to Europe, London, 24th June

Watch Roger Casale's response on behalf of New Europeans



24th June 2016


The Film

The Great European Disaster Movie was filmed in six countries and has so far been broadcast in 12 and translated into 10 languages, including Japanese. The film is available for one off, educational, public screenings on a strictly not for profit basis. 

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  • We urgently need all to talk about Europe, understand and discuss what it is about, fight shallow thinking, ideologies and prejudices and find out how we can better live together on our continent. The Great European Disaster Movie is an excellent starting point. Come on: start the debate!

    Imke Henkel

    Journalist & Academic 

  • A campaign focusing on real European issues and real people and their understanding of these issues. The debate on Europe is about to get interesting!

    Kinda Haddad

    Founder of Bulbula, London, UK

  • At last a campaign that puts the onus on all of us to make the EU a better place to be rather than relying on some mysterious reform process from on high.

    Professor Michael Shackleton

    Maastricht University, NL

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Wake Up Europe is a campaign brought to you by the Wake Up Foundation. It was sparked by the themes explored in The Great European Disaster Movie by Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott.

We believe in the values that inspired the European project but that this project isn't working. Europe is sleep-walking towards disaster. We must wake up Europe so that we can save Europe from itself.

This job is too important to be left to the elites, the media, the political parties alone: ordinary people must be encouraged to discuss what Europe they want to see.

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