Bring Back the Citizens! How to revive democratic participation for a citizens-led Europe

22. April 2016 futurelab-europe_bring-back-the-citizens-how-to-revive-democratic-participation-for-a-citizens-led-europe_2016

Why are European citizens turning their back on our political system and what needs to be done to give a new impetus to democracy in Europe? Is the EU as it is now compatible with participatory democracy? Is representative democracy the model to follow and can it be applied at every level of governance? Why has the EU lost its mojo among the people of Europe?

Concerned about these developments, FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation worked on a publication calling for concrete measures to address the root causes of these European malaises by bridging the gap between citizens and decision makers.

FutureLab Europe’s Manifesto 2016 – Reviving democracy for a citizens-led Europe

29 March 2016

futurelab-europe_manifesto_englishThe past few years have not been easy ones for democracy in Europe. Alarmingly low levels of electoral participation have been registered in many EU member states, including at the latest European elections of May 2014, which registered the lowest voter turnout on record, with an all-time low of 42.54%. In many EU member states – such as Greece, France, Spain, Slovakia and Italy – anti systemic, populist parties have emerged strong and powerful. Poland and Hungary’s illiberal turn poses an additional threat to democracy on our continent.

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2015: a year in elections – old trends and new challenges. A fresh look by young Europeans

22. January 2016

futurelab-europe_2015-a-year-in-elections-_-old-trends-and-new-challenges2015 had been hailed by many observers as the year during which voters would finally decide if the EU would survive. In recent years, several elements piled up suggesting the erosion of democracy in Europe: low turn-out in the elections, growing dissatisfaction of citizens against the establishment, low participation in civil society movements and recent constitutional changes in countries like Hungary. Several of these elements continued and in some cases further consolidated throughout 2015.

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Europe Must Act! The Refugee Crisis in the Eyes of Young People

12. October 2015

futurelab-europe_europe-must-act-the-refugee-crisis-in-the-eyes-of-young-people_2015For several years, Europe has witnessed people arriving on its shores after embarking on perilous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea. Increased media attention, the magnitude of recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and a spike in the number of people reaching the EU’s southern borders from Europe’s conflict-ridden neighbours have culminated to give the so-called refugee crisis a pan-European dimension. The crisis is now on the political agenda of every European country.

Investing in the Future: Economic Inequality, Climate Change and the Sharing Economy

28. July 2015

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The publication "Investing in the Future: Economic Inequality, Climate Change and the Sharing Economy" is a collective effort of FutureLabbers Ana Luisa Correia, Efehan Danisman and Nathalie Straker, who co-authored this paper stemming from the input they received attending the 2015 Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

FutureLabbers reflected on today’s challenges, such as climate change and economic inequality, and opportunities, such as the sharing economy, analysing them from their perspective and continuing the debate in a written form once the Forum finished.