Mission Statement

The European Democracy Lab is a platform that generates 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 design thinking, advocacy and culture.

Recap of this year's Europe Day | May 9

On this year's Europe Day, the European Democracy Lab (EDL) partnered with civil society organisations from across our Union to organise Citizens Take Over Europe (CTE). We provided an open space to discuss current problems from a political, social and personal perspective and develop solutions together. What are our concerns and our most urgent problems? To what solutions can citizens contribute in the wake of the current crisis? How do we organise solidarity among Europeans and with the rest of the world? Our day-long marathon on the 9th of May featured a rich curated program of online live streamed events from across Europe including artistic performances, political debates, readings, and podcasts. Check out the full programme here.

The new team at the EDL worked intensively to make this online-event a genuinely European experience. With five live online conference-rooms, that were live-streamed on Facebook, we managed to reach many thousand people from across the continent. With our friends and partners in the CTE coalition, we demonstrated that one does not require million Euros to establish up an open transnational public space. Despite the constraints of a virus that respects no borders, we came together to debate the future of Europe. As Niccoló Milanese noted in the opening session: 'despite my social isolation, I am not alone'.

Rewatch the opening of Citizens Take Over Europe and the first panel that was organised by the EDL in cooperation with European Moments and European Alterantives. The panel starts at min 17:40.

Intro & Panel 1: Setting the scene: citizens speak out during the crisis (Kopie)

May 9 has been the kick-off for a longer term process that the CTE coalition is developing. Please check out the work of CTE, and support us. The coalition is also welcoming new organisations to the initiative.

Current projects

ONEurope. Same Rights, One Republic

ONEurope. Same Rights, One Republic is a campaign promoted by a European network of associations and local administrations working to transform the European Union into a federal Republic founded on the equality of rights and duties among all European citizens. The campaign was launched on 15 February in Scandicci (FI), Italy.

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.


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.


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 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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The European Balcony Catalogue

At the moment we are working on the European Balcony Project catalog, which documents on 220 pages the events of the 10th of November 2018 and collects 120 images of the proclamations as well as texts from all over Europe. This multilingual catalog brings together a wide range of citizens who are interested in a stable and functioning Europe. It connects different ideas about Europe’s future such as a European passport or a European Constitution. It sums up all of your initiatives and activities. Many photos and texts from citizens and institutions referring to the project - from Ph.D. students to EU-commissars - will be published in this catalog in March 2020. We are very happy that the publishing house Theater der Zeit is going to publish it! The number of pieces is limited!

Past events


In border regions, a variety of new cross-border cooperation formats are being developed and tested, which are outlining the contours of a different, decentralised and citizen-oriented Europe. What ...


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


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 ...


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 ...


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


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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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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