Volt is a pan-European, progressive movement that stands for a new and inclusive way of doing politics and that wants to bring real change to all European citizens. A new pan-European approach is needed to overcome current and future challenges, such as - among many others - climate change, economic inequality, migration, international conflict, terrorism, and the impact of the technological revolution on our jobs. National parties are powerless in front of these challenges, because they go beyond national borders and need to be tackled by us as Europeans, as one people. As a transnational party, we believe we can help the European people unite, create a shared vision and understanding, exchange good practices across the continent, and come up with policies together.
A new way of doing politics, for a new millennium.
While Andrea Venzon and Colombe Cahen-Salvador were discussing the implications of Brexit on their lives, on June 23rd 2016, Andrea thought that it was time to start acting instead of simply talking and decided to create a new political platform. From this moment onwards, the idea of Volt started to emerge and the two begun to work on it. Damian Boeselager joined in January 2017, brought a lot of energy and the little group started to get serious. On March 29, 2017, when article 50 was triggered, the team set up a first Facebook page and started challenging the status quo. Without funds, big names, or political endorsements, Volt has now grown into a political movement with thousands of members in every European country. Volt was started because reactionary and populist tendencies are threatening the values our members believe in and because traditional political factions fail to provide attractive and pragmatic answers to the challenges of our time.
Volt is setting up political parties in different European countries to run for elections at European, national, and local level with the same values, political guidelines, and objectives. Our first political target are the European elections of 2019 and we aim to run for these elections out of at least seven European countries. Why seven? Because if the movement manages to elect 25 MEPs out of seven European countries, it will be able to form the first united and transnational party in the European Parliament - something that no one has ever achieved in the history of this continent! After the European elections, Volt will start campaigning also for national and local elections, all-over the continent and beyond!