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Future EU 18-01-2022

Autocracies outdo democracies on public trust – survey

Public trust in governments running the world's democracies has fallen to new lows over their handling of the pandemic and amid a widespread sense of economic pessimism, a global survey has found.
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Politics 17-01-2022

History education can put democracies back on track

The backsliding of democracy in Europe is also driven by the distortion of historical facts and facilitated by a lack of the will and ability to identify disinformation. History education is a key element in providing future generations with the...
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12-01-2022

Democratization of Democracy: The Conference on the Future of Europe as a Role Model?

In the recent years there has been much talk about the erosion of liberal democracy, which has been manifested in various disturbing developments: from decreasing trust of citizens in the institutions of representative democracy and decreasing voter turnout (in particularly...
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Future EU 12-01-2022

Our time to shape Europe

The CoFoE brings European citizens closer to the EU. For this reason, JEF Europe and its sections could not be more active in promoting this initiative. Hence, JEF Athens-Piraeus aims to motivate citizens to make their voice heard and express their proposals for a better European Union.
Digital & Media 10-01-2022

How participation and digitalisation can help implement EU democracy

The ongoing sanitary crisis has highlighted the urgency of improving EU democracy through the implementation of new tools to boost participation. Digitalisation can give a decisive contribution. In this special report, EURACTIV will look at the empowerment of citizens through...
Future EU 23-12-2021

‘We need to know what happened in Europe in order to understand the Europe of today’

Despite the importance of history teaching to understand our past and present, Matjaž Gruden, director of democratic participation at the Observatory for History Teaching in Europe, worries that it is falling down the list of priorities in education across Europe.
Future EU 15-12-2021

CoFoE could cause disquiet in Commission over citizens’ wishes to change treaties

Changing the names of institutions, forming transnational lists, and questioning the unanimity vote are among  39 recommendations approved by the citizens' panel on democracy at a Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) panel in Florence last weekend.
Future EU 10-12-2021

Future of Europe conference ‘not a listening exercise without consequences’, says leading MEP

“Governments are obliged to react, they cannot bypass citizens’ proposals”, Italian socialist MEP Brando Benifei told EURACTIV in an interview on the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Global Europe 10-12-2021

Renewing democracy is ‘defining challenge of our time,’ Biden tells summit

US President Joe Biden gathered over 100 world leaders at a summit and made a plea to bolster democracies around the world, calling safeguarding rights and freedoms in the face of rising authoritarianism the "defining challenge" of the current era.
Digital & Media 06-12-2021

French press agency and Google team up to fight disinformation in French elections

Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Google France launched on Monday (6 December) a programme to fight disinformation in the run-up to the French presidential elections. EURACTIV France reports.
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Future EU 01-12-2021

An ever closer union can be a multi-speed one

The proposals made at the Conference on the Future of Europe for a fiscal union, veto-free EU decision making in foreign affairs, and transnational lists will need backing by civil society if they are to succeed, according to the newly elected president of the Young European Federalists.
Future EU 29-11-2021

Democracy expert: CoFoE at risk of being PR exercise

The Conference for the Future of Europe is well underway. Still, concerns have been raised from the get-go that citizens' proposals might not be taken seriously or implemented fully by European lawmakers for various reasons.
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Future EU 24-11-2021

Let’s make the Conference too big to ignore

Europeans must mobilise in demanding a better EU as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). However, a more united and democratic Union is not in everyone’s interest, and some political actors are consistently striving to make the consultation process meaningless.
Global Europe 24-11-2021

Biden invites around 110 countries to virtual summit on democracy

President Joe Biden has invited around 110 countries to a virtual summit on democracy in December, including most of Western allies but not Hungary and Turkey, according to a list posted on the State Department website on Tuesday (23 November)....
Future EU 19-11-2021

CoFoE: Participants numbers are encouraging but member states should do more

Organisers of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) are “encouraged by the number of visits to the platform and endorsements”, a spokesperson for the conference told EURACTIV. This comes following concerns from some participants that the event was not getting enough attention.
Future EU 18-11-2021

The future of Europe jeopardised by inaction of ‘pro-Europeans’

The Conference on the Future of Europe is underway but there is a great risk that it will turn out to be a lost opportunity. This is due mainly to the inaction of “pro-European” governments and parties and the European institutions, writes Roberto Castaldi.

Cities’ empowerment initiatives risk being ‘paper exercises’, experts warn

Projects meant to give power to EU city dwellers risk being reduced to a 'box-ticking' exercise unless municipal leaders can convince as many of their constituents as possible to participate.
Future EU 15-11-2021

How the Conference on the Future of Europe can still be saved

The Conference on the future of Europe is faltering, but EU institutions and member states can still save it. And they should, as it could be a key tool to re-engage the citizens, writes Nicoletta Pirozzi.
Future EU 10-11-2021

We can strengthen European democracy by giving the European Parliament more powers

The past year’s crisis underscored the need for a more united Europe. We must seize this opportunity to make the Conference on the Future of Europe a true forum with citizens to work together to achieve a more sovereign and democratic Europe, says UEF President and Renew MEP Sandro Gozi.
Elections 16-09-2021

Opposition-led Hungarian capital holds democracy conference in sign of defiance

As Hungarian opposition parties are preparing to elect a single challenger to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Budapest's green mayor, one of the prime ministerial hopefuls, is holding a conference on sustainable democracy together with an exiled liberal university and opposition think tank.
Global Europe 11-06-2021

America may be ‘back’ at G7, but allies’ doubts about US democracy linger

After the tumultuous years for the transatlantic relationship under Donald Trump, Joe Biden's promise that "America is back" as he meets Western allies are a welcome relief. But they're not enough, diplomats and foreign policy experts say.
Digital & Media 04-05-2021

Hungary may see takeovers of last free media, experts warn

Recent reports have confirmed the negative trend for media freedom in Hungary but also pointed to Budapest's negative impact on press freedom in neighbouring countries. On World Press Freedom Day (3 May), EURACTIV talked to two of the main experts on Hungarian media.
Freedom of thought 28-04-2021

Democracy ‘loses currency’ in Europe, warns Freedom House

In its latest report published on Wednesday (28 April) the NGO Freedom House warns of an "antidemocratic turn" throughout Europe, “fuelling a deterioration in human freedom with global implications”.
Global Europe 06-01-2021

Vietnam jails journalists, EU says it prefers ‘dialogue’ to sanctions

EU was hesitant on Wednesday (6 January) to resort to trade sanctions following the announcement of heavy sentences of journalists in Vietnam, a latest development in the communist country’s crackdown on dissent. Three journalists, members of the Independent Journalists’ Association...