Making a success of digital citizen participation in multiple languages
Pilot Project Digital Citizens’ Dialogues : Digital citizen participation works locally and across borders
Digital, but still face to face. Socially distanced, but still up close. Citizens link up with one another in small groups in a video conference, where they recount their experiences and develop joint suggestions for improvement. Between June and December 2020, Bertelsmann Stiftung—in cooperation with ten pilot municipalities—conducted local and transnational Digital Citizens’ Dialogues. We take stock of the outcome here.
Opinion Piece: Not up for debate: democracy and the rule of law in the EU
Another EU summit, another crisis; nothing new. The European heads of state and government are meeting this Thursday and the EU’s seemingly ever-expanding crisis agenda has reached the rule of law. Poland and Hungary are blocking the implementation of the EU budget and the European recovery plan. They protest against the idea of linking the allocation of EU funds to compliance with the rule of law in the Member States. Will there be another face-saving compromise for all, or is it different this time?
Democracy in Europe: Amb@ssadors of the European People - EU Commissioners in Citizens' Dialogue
Over the course of three days, 100 people from Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Lithuania discussed how one might achieve a more democratic, greener and digital Europe. The EU Commissioners Margrethe Vestager and Virginijus Sinkevičius were not the only ones very impressed with the outcome. The first European digital citizens' dialogue was a success— repetition guaranteed.
Web Discussion: Digital Democracy – What Europe can learn from Taiwan
Taiwan’s first Digital Minister Audrey Tang has made Taiwan—with the help of the tech community and civil society—a world leader in innovative citizen participation. Europe can certainly learn a lot from Taiwan and Audrey Tang. We spoke to her.
Interview + Publication: More citizen participation within the EU
The European Union likes to see itself as a “Europe of the Citizens”. But for many it remains remote, elitist or even undemocratic. In a time when the EU needs the support of its citizens more than ever, it is vital to develop new ideas and strategies for participation. A conversation with our experts Dominik Hierlemann and Anna Renkamp.
: SHORTCUT 4 – February 2021
French Citizens’ Convention on Climate
DEMOCRACY AND THE EU: The EU and its Conference on the Future of Europe
The EU institutions decided to hold a two-year conference on the future of the European Union. Together with the (at the time) French State Minister for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin, her Austrian colleague Karoline Edtstadler, 50 MEPs, and experts on EU policy from Member States and think tanks, we discussed during an online dialogue: How can citizens be involved in the conference? What topics should be addressed? And how can and must the results be implemented?
Corona crisis: Why we need citizens participation in the time of Corona
During the COVID-19 pandemic we witness the increased use of rapid executive decisions by governments, based on scientific advice. What role does that leave for citizens participation? An important one. Because good policy solutions depend on scientific expertise and the lived reality of citizens.
European Conference: For a Strong, Sovereign and United Europe
Under the heading “2020: Shaping the Future of Europe Together”, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the German Foreign Office invited citizens, politicians and experts to a joint Event. The Citizens from Poland, France and Germany discussed with Foreign Ministers Heiko Maas and Ekaterina Zaharieva
Event: Starting the Planning Process for the Conference on the Future of the European Union
The European Union has initiated a two-year process of meeting with European citizens to discuss and determine its future agenda and policies. Together with the King Baudouin Foundation and Open Society Foundations, we invited European Union politicians and other experts on democracy and European affairs to a Dinner Dialogue on 4 February 2020. The subject under discussion was the conceptual planning of the Conference on the Future of the European Union. Among the guests were the Vice-President of the European Commission, Dubravka Šuica, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness, and the German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth.
Citizens‘ Participation: Citizens for the Conference on the Future of Europe
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a two-year Conference on the Future of Europe. Even citizens ought to participate. But how? In order to make participatory democracy a reality, it is essential to avoid only paying lip-service to the idea of participation — and give citizens a real say.
DINNER DIALOGUE: EU politics: Participation is trending
The King Baudouin Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and the Bertelsmann Stiftung issued a joint invitation to a DINNER DIALOGUE under the heading “Tomorrow’s EU Democracy – Giving citizens a say” in Brussels on 18 September 2019. 40 decision-makers and “participation pioneers” from various EU institutions, think-tanks and scientific bodies met at the Representation of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg to discuss how to give European citizens a greater say in European policymaking.
EU citizens' dialogue: A Different Kind of EU Summit: Citizens' Dialogue in The Hague
We and the EU Commission issued an invitation to a major event – the EU Citizens' Dialogue in The Hague, which took place about a week before the European Parliament elections. 120 European citizens, chosen at random from five different EU countries, met to discuss one subject in four languages: Europe. Lively cross-border interest in Europe affairs, and the efforts of numerous interpreters, ensured that the event was not a Babylonian confusion of languages, but a genuinely European dialogue.
Event: Oettinger: "Europe must not turn into an open-air museum"
Brexit, the rise of populism in Europe and growing conflicts with the USA and China: Things could get a little uncomfortable for the EU with European elections coming up this year. At our event in Berlin, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger made a case for a strong, united Europe.
EU Citizens' Dialogue: French Citzens' Panel on the future of Europe
In the framework of the Citizens' Consultations 52 citizens from across France meet from October 25 to 27, 2018 in Paris to talk about the future of Europe. The format was a premiere in France. The Bertelsmann Stiftung analysed and evaluated the French Citizens' Panel.
EU CITIZENS' DIALOGUE: Europe on an equal footing: EU citizens' dialogue in Passau
A citizens' dialogue recently held in the southeastern German town of Passau gave citizens a forum in which they could debate issues with members of the European Parliament, mayors and Martin Selmayr, the Secretary-General of the European Commission. Citizens of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic were invited to discuss questions on European social and refugee policies as well as living together in the Danube-Vltava border region.
Analysis: Youth and the European Citizens' Initiative: an opportunity for the EU
Brussels wants to improve the European Citizens' Initiative. The Parliament, the Commission and the Council are on board, though not fully in agreement. Not lowering the minimum age from 18 to 16 would be a missed opportunity for the EU. But there is still resistance from the Council.
Publication: New ways to increase citizens’ participation in Europe
This publication focuses on the innovations associated to EU Citizens’ Dialogues: random selection of participants, interactive methods, and multilingual discussions with new interpreting approaches. The experiences and outcomes of the cross-border EU citizens’ dialogues in Frankfurt/Oder, Passau and The Hague, conducted in collaboration with the European Commission, are presented in this publication.
: European Citizens' Panel on the future of Europe
The European Commission brought together 100 citizens from all 27 EU Member States to discuss the future of Europe. The Bertelsmann Stiftung evaluated the consultation and helped to design the event.
EU CITIZENS’ DIALOGUE: Among Friends and Critics of the EU on the German-Polish Border
We recently hosted a citizens’ dialogue in Frankfurt (Oder), a city on the German-Polish border, organized in partnership with the Berlin-based Representation of the European Commission. Politicians, university-level students and citizens from Poland and Germany were asked to discuss their visions for the European Union.
Newsletter Archiv: EINWURF – "Future of Democracy"
EINWURF is a Policy Brief of the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
In 6-8 issues per year, it deals with current topics and challenges to the future of democracy. It concentrates on the issues of political participation, the future of parties and parliaments, the sustainability and forward-looking approach of democratic politics, and new forms of direct democracy.