Mission Statement

The European Democracy Lab is a think tank generating innovative ideas for Europe.

We promote the European common good beyond the nation state. The core issue of the Lab is to develop a transnational paradigm and explore alternative conceptions of the European polity. We connect research, advocacy and culture.


European Republic

The European Republic is a EUtopia (Greek εὖ "good" or "well" and τόπος "place") for a democratic future in Europe. The idea shifts the paradigm from the United States of Europe towards an entity devoted to the common good of the citizens.


Europe as political community must be founded on the principle of political equality for all European citizens. After peace and freedom, European democracy can only be achieved through equality.

Europe of Regions

“Nation is fiction, region is home.” The Lab encourages a model in which Europe’s diverse regions form the constitutive units of a European polity built around the European common good.

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A wide debate on the future of Europe is taking place, at a time of multiple challenges for the European integration. At the same time, we see the striking calls for greater autonomy or even independence by several regions in Europe, an intensified regional lobbying, transnational regional cooperation and macro-regional strategies. These developments illustrate the need to discuss what role the regions could and should play in the future EU27.



Im April veranstalten das European Democracy Lab, die Heinrich Böll Stiftung Baden-Württemberg und die Katholische Akademie in Freiburg erstmalig ein zweitägiges interdisziplinäres Symposium, in dessen Verlauf jeweils ein zukunftsweisender Vorschlag zur Zukunft des Projekts Europa diskutiert werden soll.

Last events

Participants of the discussion

The European Democracy Lab and La République en Marche jointly organized the Berlin Round Table on Europe. The speakers Dr. Ulrike Guérot (European Democracy Lab), Daphne Büllesbach (European Alternatives) and Florian Günther (Stand up for Europe) discussed how Germany could be encouraged to play an active part in the EU reforms proposed by French president Emmanuel Macron.

(FR) Séminaire Chaire Philosophie « Qu’est-ce qui vient après la Nation? »

La politologue allemande Ulrike Guérot abordera le concept d’État-nation qu’elle considère comme dépassé. En effet, après le scrutin catalan dans une tribune au « Monde », elle affirme que le temps est venu de rénover les institutions du continent au profit d’une République. Elle défend le projet d’une République européenne.

Pour plus d'information, consultez la page de l'Université de Nantes.


In the media

Germany’s Martin Shulz has called for a ‘United States of Europe’. But what we should be creating is a European republic.

The Guardian



Initium Media


Dans une tribune au « Monde », la politologue allemande Ulrike Guérot considère qu’après le scrutin catalan, le concept d’Etat-nation est dépassé. Le temps est venu de rénover les institutions du continent au profit d’une République européenne.

Le Monde


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