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.

Current projects

Europe yes, but how?

In November 2018, the European Republic was symbolically proclaimed in an artistic intervention all over Europe, which claimed equal rights for all European citizens. Before the upcoming European elections in 2019, the European Democracy Lab pursues to deepen the initiated debate in a series of citizens’ dialogues in cities in German border regions. Together with citizens and experts, concrete political demands, such as a European association law, voter register or social security, shall now be put to discussion.

The European Balcony Project

From theatre balconies and open spaces all over Europe, artists and citizens will proclaim the European Republic, discuss, and pave the way for the emancipatory claim of citizens’ equality beyond the nation-state.

Regional Parliaments Lab (REGIOPARL)

REGIOPARL aims at gaining, documenting and publicly distributing a better understanding of the instruments, limits and potentials of the regional level as a bearer of European democracy. REGIOPARL wishes to systematically study, contextualize and explain the role of regional polities in European integration and thereby propose convincing solutions to the institutional and democratic challenges Europe is facing.

The European Republic

The European Republic is a EUtopia (Greek εὖ "good" or "well" and τόπος "place") for a democratic future in Europe:  A republic where all European citizens enjoy political equality. The common good, res publica, is the guiding principle of our proposal for a future European community.

Though this vision is utopian in times of constant crisis, our goal is to open the debate beyond the current public discourse trapped between technocratic vocabulary and harsh rhetoric of growing nationalist movements. We want to discuss real alternatives.

There is a Plan B for Europe – The European Republic. We are convinced, our continent can transform into a post-national, truly democratic, just, and fair place.

Workshops

EUROPE 2045 is series of workshops, which seeks to initiate fresh thinking about our attitude towards cooperation between European countries and more broadly, our conception of what Europe is. We believe that the European Union as a form of political organization as well as much of Europe's shared history is not adequately covered in school and university curricula throughout the continent. Dominated by national overtones, our common history of political organization and dialogue is hardly discussed, future generations are not encouraged to participate in a discourse on Europe's current form, and more importantly: its future course.

Visions

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.

Equality

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 organize conferences, artistic interventions and workshops, spread ideas through various channels and engage with citizens at large.

As a registered charity, your donation is tax-deductible throughout the European Union. A receipt will be sent to you by Betterplace.org.

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Past events

German

Looking back at the European elections and towards the future of Europe, the European Democracy Lab, the Local ...

German

On Thursday, July 4th, the fourth dialogue of the series Europe yes, but how? will take place in Saarbrücken. Following the European elections, the European Democracy ...

German

On Wednesday, July 3rd, the third dialogue of the series Europe yes, but how? will take place in Lörrach. Following the European elections and the Swiss referendum on tax reform, the ...

German

On Thursday, 12.04. the second dialogue of the series Europe yes, but how? took place in the ProLi cinema in Passau. After the discussion in Aachen on the introduction ...

In the media

Die europäische Demokratie steckt in der Krise. Das Vertrauen der Bürger in das politische Establishment nimmt ab. Was ist zu tun? Über die feinen Risse in den Grundfesten unserer europäischen Demokratien und den Versuch, sie zu konsolidieren spricht Annette Gerlach mit ihren Gästen in dieser siebten Ausgabe von Square Salon.

ARTE Square Salon

Deutsch / Français

À partir des années 1990, l’intégration européenne et la mondialisation néo­libérale ont rendu obsolète le modèle républicain français. Incapable de se renouveler, ce modèle s’est avéré insoluble dans la construction européenne....

Revue Esprit

Français

The relationship of politics and the arts is changing rapidly. Look at the role of artists in protests like Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, or more recently in the Brexit debate: Artists more and more often decide to actively interfere into the realm of politics — for example as contributors to the aesthetics of political protest movements and campaigns, as commentators or as political organizers.

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European Democracy Lab  
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10557 Berlin

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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