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