Democracy is like a long-term relationship. Exhausting, but rewarding

Posted on 30. May 2014 by Miruna Troncota The financial crisis has rekindled debates about the legitimacy of the European Union (EU) and, in particular, whether citizens trust the EU and its deepening democratic deficit. My question for people who claim they have “lost faith in the EU” is really simple. Think in business terms. … Continue reading Democracy is like a long-term relationship. Exhausting, but rewarding

Immigration program to the world of the digital natives

Posted on 02. July 2013 by Stephan Kool Reactions and condemnations on PRISM and affiliate internet surveillance systems from the representatives from EU nations come up slowly. Too slow. Evil voices in commenting sections of newspapers suggest that politicians already knew about it. The truth however might be the opposite: We need an immigration program to … Continue reading Immigration program to the world of the digital natives

Europe? Come on, take your time!

Posted on 26. June 2013 by Thomas Baumgartner Last month four FutureLabbers – together with around 50 students from Universities in and around Berlin – were invited to participate in a discussion with German Federal President Joachim Gauck at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin. Titled “Europa – Mehr Mut bei allen” (roughly translated “Europe – More courage … Continue reading Europe? Come on, take your time!

A European Demos – Believe it or Not?

Posted on 13. June 2013 by James Kilcourse An ‘ever closer union among the peoples of Europe’ is one of the stated aims of the founding treaty of the European Union. It implies the eventual coming together of the peoples of Europe into a single political entity, or demos. For some Member States and European citizens … Continue reading A European Demos – Believe it or Not?

European Citizens’ Initiative Turns One Year – Do We Have Reason to Celebrate?

Posted on 14. April 2013 by Danijela Bozovic The world’s first direct, digital and transnational tool of participative democracy, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) took effect on 1st April 2012, when the EU Regulation No. 211/20111 entered into force. The ECI gives citizens within European Union (EU) the right to call on the European Commission to … Continue reading European Citizens’ Initiative Turns One Year – Do We Have Reason to Celebrate?