The EU could benefit from tapping into the smart ideas behind its many successful local projects, and then adapting them to benefit other member states.
Countries worldwide are experimenting with permanent citizen engagement in public decisionmaking. Could "ordinary citizens" become a new cornerstone of democracy?
The European Commission’s new president should act decisively to make deliberations in Brussels more accountable to voters and national parliaments.
Getting national legislators more involved in EU affairs could help the European Parliament boost its legitimacy in the eyes of voters.
In Europe, initiatives to increase citizen participation have made substantial progress, but there are severe difficulties to overcome if these participative forums are to address the core issues of democratic decline and contribute more significantly to its restoration.
As the dust settles from the European elections, it is important to stand back from immediate political battles and assess the longer-term implications for European democracy.
Four years ago, the AfD had seemed to fade from the political picture. Its recent rise has stopped for now, but Germany is not immune to far-right politics.
Debates about the state of democracy are at the forefront of European politics. Carnegie’s Reshaping European Democracy project assesses the underlying challenges to democratic processes and the prospects for political renewal across the EU.
Despite President Emmanuel Macron’s conciliatory measures, it is unclear whether his grand gesture will lead to permanent democratic reforms. His familiar positions and the wider political environment suggest many roadblocks ahead.