Pro-Europe demonstrations draw crowds in Frankfurt, Berlin

Chris Jasurek
By Chris Jasurek
April 3, 2017Worldshare

Thousands marched the streets of Frankfurt and Hamburg while others gathered in Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt Square on April 2.

In recent months, nonpartisan Sunday rallies for a united Europe have sprung up across Germany.

The grass-roots initiative is known as The Pulse of Europe. It started in Frankfurt.

Participants of a "Pulse of Europe" rally hold up posters and balloons with the European flag on April 2, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (DANIEL BOCKWOLDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants of a “Pulse of Europe” rally hold up posters and balloons with the European flag on April 2, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (DANIEL BOCKWOLDT/AFP/Getty Images)

“It is very important for me that Europe remains Europe, because Europe is a power for peace” said demonstrator Johann Hoika.

With anti-immigrant Marine Le Pen running for the French presidency, concern is building for those who still hope for a united Europe.

Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the beginning of Brexit on March 29 with Article 50.

Participants of a "Pulse of Europe" rally hold a European flag on April 2, 2017 in Leipzig, eastern Germany. Fed up with eurosceptics hogging the headlines and political debate, a growing number of Germans are going on the march to express their fervor for the European Union. (PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants of a “Pulse of Europe” rally hold a European flag on April 2, 2017 in Leipzig, eastern Germany. Fed up with eurosceptics hogging the headlines and political debate, a growing number of Germans are going on the march to express their fervor for the European Union. (PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images)

The details of Britain’s divorce from the European Union will be negotiated over the next two years. Jon Worth, an English Demonstrator expressed his reason for attending the rally, “I hope I will still feel very welcome here in Germany, even after Brexit. And I also want future generations of British kids to have the chances I had as a child to come to Germany, to learn German, to understand about Europe.”

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