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Conference Observatory: Keeping a close watch on European democracy

The EU is giving citizens an unprecedented opportunity to participate in the development of European policymaking. In the course of the coming year, the “Conference on the Future of Europe” will allow citizens and politicians to discuss EU priorities using new citizen participation formats. Together with other foundations and think tanks, we have created a “Conference Observatory” to monitor and support this process. 

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Event: EU Commission Vice-President 
Věra Jourová on digital participation in Europe 

The aim of the Conference on the Future of Europe is to offer citizens a completely new way of participating in EU policymaking. Along with a group of participation pioneers, we met Věra Jourová to discuss what digital participation should look like. The right tools, intelligible language and, above all, political impact are essential.  

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Analysis: Ukraine and Moldova: Why is progress towards the rule of law so challenging?

In young and fragile democracies, the judiciary and public prosecutors are frequently instrumentalized for political gain. This is all the more damaging, given the key role played by judges and prosecutors in advancing the rule of law and the fight against corruption.

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The New New Fellowship: Digital future for everyone: The New New supports 12 projects from 9 European countries

Fellows have now been chosen for the new Europe-wide fellowship program dedicated to increasing inclusion and diversity in digital society. The selected projects will receive six months of consulting and financial support which will allow them to further develop their ideas and strengthen civil society perspectives within the process of digitalization. Jointly launched by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Superrr Lab, the initiative takes place in cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung and Goethe-Institut.

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Trilogue Salzburg 2021: United in a Fragile World – Defining the Fineline between Progress and Improvement

How can progress be actively created against the backdrop of a multidimensional world? "United in a Fragile World - Defining the Fineline between Progress and Improvement" focusses on the differentiation of both term in order to overcome current challenges and to build a better future.

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Ten Years after the Fukushima Disaster: Nuclear Energy in the Times of Climate Change

Ten years after the devastating tsunami and triple core meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, Japan is still struggling with the fallout.

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: SHORTCUT 5 – March 2021

Transnational Citizens’ Dialogues

Making a success of digital citizen participation in multiple languages 

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Book Launch: Europe's Trade Strategy for the Age of Geoeconomic Globalization

On February, 10th, Christian Bluth, together with Katharina Gnath and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, launched his book on Europe's new trade strategy. The book elaborates how the world is changing along various political and non-political megatrends and how EU trade policy can respond appropriately. Particularly important are improved risk management and more commitment to stability in the international trading system.

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Study: Corona pandemic shows that many states are poorly prepared

Declining growth, high debt levels, sustainability setbacks, a rising risk of poverty, democracy under pressure and dwindling reform capacity. An international examination of governance by us shows that far too many EU and OECD countries were poorly prepared as the pandemic broke out in early 2020.

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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.