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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