Watchdogs and Veto players of the Brexit negotiations

21. October 2016 by Valentin Kreilinger

valentin-kreilinger Since UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that “Brexit means Brexit”, many wonder how the process of negotiating Brexit will unfold. What governments and EU institutions do, will in any case be controlled by parliaments. But not only Westminster and the European Parliament try to shape Brexit negotiations and the future relationship between the UK and the EU-27: The case of Wallonia and CETA shows that other parliaments – national or even regional – matter when it comes to Brexit.

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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 fifth generation discussed democratic participation with MEP Sven Giegold and DG EAC Director Antonio Silva Mendes

FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation discussed its publication “Bring Back the Citizens! How to Revive Democratic Participation for a citizens-led Europe” with Antonio Silva Mendes, Director for Youth and Sport at DG Education and Culture in the European Commission and Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament.

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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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