The mainstream media have framed Italy’s general election as a victory of the anti-establishment populists. However, there seems to be something even worse than pure populism: fraud.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on sustainable growth in Europe.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on social cohesion in Europe.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on migration and integration in Europe.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on populism in Europe.
Ebook: “The Future of the Visegrad Group” 2018 | Ania Skrzypek, Maria Skóra (eds.)
The ebook examines internal developments within the Visegrad Group and sketches scenarios for its engagement at the European level. Distinguished scholars and renowned political figures from the region contributed to this publication, presented jointly by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and Das Progressive Zentrum.
Liberal democracies in Europe and beyond are facing challenges, and so does the German democracy. In the debate on how to strengthen and revive democracy, digitalisation of the political sphere is predominantly seen as a threat to democratic discourse and not as an opportunity in Germany.
In this Discussion Paper Laura-Kristine Krause addresses the source of this paradox and offers a concept of digital democracy as a combination of the dimensions information, participation and transformation.
In urging to see digitalisation as a process reaching beyond the digitalisation of former analogue processes, it lays out four paths towards implementing and seising the opportunities of digital democracy in Germany.
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About the author
Laura-Kristine Krause is Head of the Programme “Future of Democracy” at Das Progressive Zentrum, a Berlin-based, independent think tank. Previously, she worked as a public affairs consultant in Berlin, focusing on the digital and financial sector. She is Co-Chair-woman of the grassroots think tank D64 – Center for Digital Progress and fellow of the 2017 Transatlantic Digital Debates. She published on digital policy, party reform, and women in politics.
About the Democracy Lab of Das Progressive Zentrum
The Democracy Lab is the platform for projects on innovating democracy at Das Progressive Zentrum. The Lab hosts, fosters, and connects projects that generate ideas and practical approaches on how to innovate liberal democracy and to enable political actors and institutions. The projects span different disciplines, countries, and regions and are realised in cooperation with a multitude of partner organizations.
The Democracy Lab deals with questions of digital democracy in the context of the project “Democracy 2025 – Democratic innovations for a changing society”, funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as part of the federal programme “Demokratie leben!”
How could populist movements become that strong in France, Italy and Germany? And how can progressives push back their influence? Eight proposals.
Populism is everywhere these days. Not only as a phenomenon but also as a topic in political discourse. Yet, the closer you look at it, the more you will realize that populism is quite a messy term. It signifies everything from an unease towards dissent, to the fear of a weakened democracy. More importantly, once you get a grip on how you define the term you will realize that populism may be destructive and inflammatory but is not the real problem. It is mostly a symptom for fundamental conflicts in society.
The Democracy Lab, a project launched in April 2017 within “Das Progressive Zentrum”, presents its first Discussion Paper. It focuses on the reasons why we need better democratic institutions, more flexible and agile processes, and new mental models to adapt our democratic system to the current challenges of the 21st century. The paper essentially calls for a debate on the architecture of liberal democracy.
Alexander Gauland, Vice-Chair of the right-wing populist party “Alternative für Deutschland”, claims that the migration agenda adopted by the EU Commission on 13 May 2015 equates to the creation of a ‘Europe-wide resettlement program’. This factsheet investigates whether there is truth to such an assertion.
Download the English version of this factsheet here.
This factsheet is a product of the 2017 project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe” in cooperation with the Institute on European Politics (IEP) and supported by Stiftung Mercator.
The U.S. President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement does not only undermine the international rules-based system; it also isolates America and harms the American people. European reactions so far are decisive: Germany, France, and Italy all stand united and behind the Paris Agreement.
Only a few months ago the Myth Martin Schulz seemed to have pulled the Social Democratic Party out of their ongoing plight. A glance at the outcomes of the most recent state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia however, seem to indicate otherwise. Yet, how significant are the outcomes of the state elections for the future of the party on a national level? Or has the proclaimed “Schulz-Effekt” already worn off?
The Länder election in the Saarland is a dampener for the SPD. Nevertheless, Martin Schulz is bringing hope to the center-left all over Europe. The former president of the European Parliament is benefitting from the fact that the EU is seen as an increasingly positive issue in Germany. To remain successful, he must make tough policy choices and answer questions on how the SPD will finance its promises.
Recent change of government in Poland mobilised many people, the spectrum of civil engagement is however polarised: from defenders of liberal values and adherents of conservative agenda to followers of nationalist resentments.
Brendan Simms in the New Statesman Magazine about possible trajectories of the European Union after the Brexit.
The negative implications of inequality are manifold. While devastating for individuals at the bottom of the ladder, evidence also shows that an unequal society causes the economy as a whole to suffer.
In summarizing the results of last year’s parliamentary elections in Poland I briefly mentioned that “the rule of Catholic conservatives might stand in opposition to respecting the rights of women “. It took less than a year for this prophecy to come true. Thousands of women in Poland are joining Black Protests to demonstrate against the newest radical anti-abortion law proposal.
Right wing parties offer solid ground in the vertigo of change. If the Left fails to define identity in progressive terms, the Right will do it in nativist terms, and that will be the end of Europe.
The key findings of the party reform project are summarised in the central Policy Brief „Adaptable, Diverse, Innovative: Five Future Impulses for Political Parties“, written by project leader Hanno Burmester. It is now available in English.
In the Policy Brief, Hanno Burmester argues for an increased use of digital innovations, female empowerment, and new ways of citizen participation within political parties.