Resilient Democracy

Strong in its ability to learn.

The power of democracy lies in the people’s ability to build their shared future together. This is especially important in face of the climate crisis and new technologies, which will continue to cause disruptive change. As we strive for legitimate representation and genuine participation that leads to equitable and better solutions for all, this openness leaves democracy vulnerable to attacks. We are acutely aware that the continuity of democracy cannot be taken for granted. To ensure its long-term viability, we believe in the strength of adjusting to new challenges, defending core values, and persistently engaging in processes of (re-)democratization. 

Some of our core questions

  • How can political participation best coincide with urgent political decisions to combat the climate crisis?    
  • How can democratic processes address issues of redistribution and inclusiveness? What role can civil society and the media play in this respect?
  • How can trust in democratic institutions be strengthened in order to discourage the mobilization of anti-democratic forces?

Strategic Lead

Paulina Fröhlich

Head of Resilient Democracy

Latest News

This was Innocracy 2021 – “Democratising Democracy”!

Looking back on the fifth anniversary of Europe’s conference on democratic innovation and transformation that took place on October 14 – 15, 2021 in Berlin

A new media age demands new strategies for fighting fascism

The trick is to direct resources – human and economic – into local campaigning that fills the information void


The Disregarded

A study on the importance of regional perspectives for the great transformation

Democratising Democracy: No Transformation without Democratisation

For the 2020s to become a decade of transformation, they also have to become a decade of democratisation

New Progressive Ostpolitik for Europe

The complexity of today’s situation should not discourage us from thinking bold

Civil Society Cooperation for the European Public Sphere

The Second Episode of our Podcast Talking Progress.

The interdependence of European solidarity, European cohesion and a European public sphere

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has released a stream of European solidarity since the earliest days of the crisis


Actually European!?

Study about the German perception of EU policy


European civil-society conference that explores innovation in democracies
Internationaler Dialog

Europe takes part!

On the role of arts and culture in Europe

Countering Populism in Public Space

For confident handling of anti-democratic populism in public space

Daring New Spaces

A project developing ideas to foster a European public sphere

We develop and debate progressive ideas and bring together leading actors who turn thoughts into action. Our think tank’s goal: making the just transformation a reality. ▸ Learn more

Areas of Work

The Modern State

Turning bureaucracy into leadership.

Resilient Democracy

Strong in its ability to learn.

Green New Deal

A just, green, and digital future for all.

Political Strategy

Progress needs majorities.