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.

The European Balcony Project

From balconies in theatres all over Europe, artists and citizens will proclaim the European Republic and read the manifesto, written by Ulrike Guérot, Robert Menasse and Milo Rau, and pave the way for the emancipatory claim of citizens’ equality beyond the nation state! The proclamation of the European Republic will be on 10th of November at the same time throughout Europe, in big and small towns, capitals and regions, to decentralize the European idea. The project includes events, talks, panels and artistic interventions from 9th to 11th of November 2018 in many European theatres, organizing citizens debates to frame and accompany the proclamation of the European Republic.


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 and cities

“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.

We need your support to continue our work!

As a non-profit-organization, most of our work relies on donations. Each and every Euro matters. With your donation, we organise conferences, artistic interventions and workshops, spread ideas through various channels and engage with citizens at large.

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Upcoming events

The rule of law, sexual freedom, gender equality, free trade. Norms that seemed to have been fundamental are being put into question. The backlash against a rule-based international system and free societies is not just occurring in the West but throughout the world. Has market centrism and increasing inequality left too many people behind?

Have we made any progress in fighting inequality, sexism, racism, and other exclusionary tendencies? When did we lose track of striving towards ever fairer societies and economies that value equality, freedom and the rule of law?

A series of talks between research and activism on the role of the economy, the state, and gender in times of resurgent nationalism.


Past 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.


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.

In the media

Download Ulrike Guérot's keynote at the Innocracy Conference 2018 here.

Après huit longs mois d’attente, la chancelière allemande a présenté dimanche, dans une interview, sa propre vision de l’avenir de l’Union européenne. Si elle fait des gestes en direction de Paris, Angela Merkel procède avec sa prudence habituelle.

La Croix


Stop acting like a spoiled child and accept that you can’t have Brexit both ways.



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The European Democracy Lab was founded at the European School of Governance (eusg) in Berlin and is now supported in its cultural and advocacy work by the non-profit organization European Democracy Lab e.V. Research activities are conducted at the European School of Governance (eusg).


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