Paving the Way Towards Discourses for All

This paper was created in the context of “Daring New Spaces: Striving towards a European Public Sphere”

Summary

One of the main challenges in strengthening the European public sphere is the creation of a genuine European discourse community. National discourses have been following a slow trend of Europeanisation, but platforms, media, and spaces for genuine European discourse remain limited. Read this paper to find how European discourses and narratives can facilitate creating a European Public Sphere.

This paper outlines challenges and opportunities to create a robust and resilient European public sphere. First, we present an overarching vision of a possible European public sphere in 2025 as well as milestones that need to be reached to achieve such a reality. We then narrow in by presenting a vision of how European discourses can thrive in 2025.

These bold visions assist us in developing policy recommendations and gathering existing successful practices that bring us closer to a truly European public sphere. The ideas presented in this paper are an outcome of a collaborative and co-creative process of experts and professionals passionate for a more united Europe. This future-oriented exercise was launched within the Daring New Spaces project in a working group focusing on European discourses and narratives.

Authors

This Vision Paper was written by the second working group of our project Daring New Spaces, “European Discourses and Narratives” – facilitated by Ophélie Omnes.

Ophélie Omnes

Visiting Fellow
Ophélie Omnes ist Präsidentin der französischen Sektion der Europäischen Föderalisten. Sie ist in Frankreich ausgebildete Juristin mit Erfahrungen aus Paris, Brüssel und Luxemburg. Als Visiting Fellow des Progressiven Zentrums arbeitet sie im Rahmen des Programms "Internationaler Dialog" an Themen der institutionellen Struktur der Europäischen Union, der Rolle der deutsch-französischen Freundschaft und der Schaffung einer europäischen Öffentlichkeit.

Dr. Andrea Augsten

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Dr. Andrea Augsten leitet das Team für Innovationsmanagement bei der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.

Dr. Stefan Cibian

Făgăraș Research Institute
Dr. Stefan Cibian ist Mitbegründer und geschäftsführender Direktor des Făgăraș Research Institute und Associate Fellow des Afrika-Programms von Chatham House; er lehrt außerdem internationale Entwicklung an der Babeș-Bolyai-Universität. 

Ana-Marija Cvitic

Béton Bleu Magazine
Ana-Marija Cvitic ist Europawissenschaftlerin und Chefredakteurin des interdisziplinären Kulturportals Béton Bleu Magazine.
Dr. Andreas Schiel is a philosopher and social scientist involved in future studies and projects in the fields of democracy and co-creation, the digital transformation, and the future of work. In 2014 he co-founded denkzentrum|demokratie, a Berlin-based independent not-for-profit think tank dedicated to the advancement of democracy. Andreas works as a researcher, speaker, teacher, and advisor for several initiatives and organizations.
Antonina Stępniak is a Polish activist involved in the European movement. She studied European Affairs at Sciences Po in France, and returned to Poland to fight for the European values and the rule of law.
Christian-Zsolt Varga is an editorial coordinator at the international journalist network n-ost.org with a focus on European cross-border journalism. He loves to work collaboratively across borders and to connect journalists from all over Europe. He strongly believes that our European reality is already much more integrated and complex than national media bubbles are able to depict.

Content

Summary
Authors

Ophélie Omnes

Visiting Fellow

Dr. Andrea Augsten

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Dr. Stefan Cibian

Făgăraș Research Institute

Ana-Marija Cvitic

Béton Bleu Magazine

About the project

This paper was created in the context of “Daring New Spaces: Striving towards a European Public Sphere”, a project initiated by Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, the Stiftung Mercator, and with the expert support of European Council for Foreign Relations. Visit the project page to find out more.

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