With the European Balcony Project in November 2018, the European Democracy Lab articulated its demand for equal political rights for all European citizens. On the eve of the European elections in May 2019, the follow-up project Europe yes, but how? actively engaged in the debate about a European democracy in a series of dialogues in six smaller cities in Germany that border other European countries: Aachen (bordering Belgium), Passau (bordering the Czech Republic and Austria), Lörrach (bordering France and Switzerland), Saarbrücken (bordering France), Frankfurt an der Oder (bordering Poland) and Flensburg (bordering Denmark).
In ground-breaking discussion formats involving citizens from both sides of the border and experts, we discussed various aspects of a future European statehood – such as a European association law, a European social security system and a European electoral law. The use of this cross-border debate approach helped to not only promote European solidarity between the respective neighbouring countries, but also to discover and explore common, transnational civic interests. The project was financed and supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.