European Democracy Lab

The European Democracy Lab is an intergenerational think tank founded by Dr. Ulrike Guérot and Viktoria Kupsch in 2013.

A co-working space in Berlin's Neukölln is where it all began. Equipped with no means other than motivation and a drive to impact the European discourse in a positive way, we started our journey to become the creative hub of thinking we are today.

Ulrike, who spent her whole life working for a variety of think tanks, private and public organizations who shape Europe on a daily basis, was disillusioned when integration did not proceed as planned, and when European nation-states increasingly turned against each other. From the sovereign debt to the refugee crisis, division halted development on the European continent.

What did I waste my life for” became her very personal motivation to leave the Brussels bubble and start from scratch.

Since then, we have been working our fingers to the bone, publishing reports, conducting projects, giving lectures, engaging in discussion, talk to students at schools and universities throughout the continent and gather a network of people who want to contribute to new European narratives.

When Ulrike’s vision of a European Republic excited millions of Europeans, we were sure to be on the right track and now continue towards realizing the very essential idea behind it all: political equality in Europe. We focus on equal electoral, fiscal and social rights in Europe and are intrigued by discovering the potential of Europe’s diverse regions.

Our team

Ulrike Guérot


is the founder of the European Democracy Lab. Since she became a professor at Danube-University Krems, Ulrike continues to support the Lab as a scientific advisor, both physically and on Whatsapp. She has 20 years of experience in the European think tank community and has taught at universities in both Europe and the United States. She is the visionary behind the European Republic and the Lab’s overall agenda.

Marie Rosenkranz

Research Associate & Project Management

studied communication, cultural management and European studies in Maastricht, Granada and Friedrichshafen. Marie joins our team as a project manager and multilingual genius. She previously oversaw a campaign at Polis180 to mobilize young people to go vote in the run-up to the German federal elections last year.

Bastian Kenn

Research Associate & Project Management

studied International Relations in Groningen. When Bastian joined the Lab in 2016, he planned to stay for 3 months as an intern but never managed to leave again. He previously gained experience with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the African Rural Development Movement (ARDUMO) and now assists in keeping the Lab running on a day-to-day basis.

Julien Deroin

Research Associate & Project Management

studied political science in Rennes and European Studies in Frankfurt/Oder. A citizen of La République who has made Berlin his home, Julien is constantly on the lookout for the latest political ideas and debates and our expert on republicanism. He divides his time between the Lab and the European University Viadrina where he has taught European and international politics since 2010.

Verena Humer

Project Manager "Proclaiming Europe"

studied german language, cultural studies and gender studies in Vienna. She has managed a variety of conferences for the Elfriede Jelinek Research Centre and has worked with several of the most important female artists and theatre actors throughout Europe. After working as content and public realations manager, she is eager to spread the idea of a European Republic through artistic interventions.

Peter Jelinek

Social Media Coordinator

studied International Forest Ecosystem Management in Berlin. Peter always reminds us to print less and turn off the lights and brings a whole bunch of new perspectives into our work. He dedicates his online communication skills to both the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Lab and previously worked for Amnesty International.

Brigitte Steitz

Brigitte is the heroine we could have only dreamt of. She juggles the Lab’s numbers, keeping the books in perfect order and always has a careful eye on every invoice that needs to be settled.

Press articles

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