What we do
The European Republic is a drawing board. It inspires our political vision and is an invitation to everyone to reinvent Europe along the principles of the Republic and develop ideas to move Europe together and forward. With the vision of the European Republic as a beacon, we construct our vision for the continent with the citizens of Europe, with civil society, in dialogue with the business community, in debate with all levels of politics and informed by science.
Our three pillars
The European Democracy Lab is dedicated to developing innovative ideas for Europe. We promote the European common good beyond the nation state. The development of a transnational paradigm and the exploration of alternative concepts for the European political order are the Lab’s main concerns. We combine research, activism and culture.
We dare you! Pop the usual Europe bubble! Europe doesn’t belong in an echo chamber. Let’s mainstream the European Republic! All our activities are dedicated to making the European Republic a common reality. We want to experiment. Our work is based on three pillars:
LAB & DESIGN Thinking
Activism & Capacity building
Art & Culture
Open Letter calling for meaningful debate on and written responses to European Citizens’ Panel recommendations
Dear Members of the Executive Board, The Conference on the Future of Europe (hereafter: the Conference) is at a crossroads: either it will turn into an ugly interinstitutional battle happening largely behind closed doors, feeding cynicism about EU and the oft-declared ‘Europe of citizens’, or it will fully embrace the potential of meaningful and publicly […]
Wie kann ein Europa aussehen, das den Bürger:innen dient und ihre Anliegen ernst nimmt und angeht?
Unsere fünfteilige Podcast-Serie “Humans of Europe” greift den Schwung der anstehenden Konferenz zur Zukunft Europas auf und stellt die Bürger:innen in den Mittelpunkt der Diskussion.
Progress in Regressive Times is our series of discussions between leading researchers and activists on the role of the economy, the state and gender in times of resurgent nationalism. Among the invited experts were Jake Werner and Kristina Lunz.
At a turning point for Europe, and when there seems to be little to celebrate on Europe Day, the European Democracy Lab partners up with civil society organisations from across our Union to organise Citizens Take Over Europe. On this year’s Europe Day, we provided an open space to discuss current problems and co-develop solutions […]
European, citizen-oriented, visionary – “The European Republic is under construction!” is the motto of this format. The principle of this podcast is quickly explained: We want to discuss and think further about the idea of a European Republic in conversation with representatives from science, politics, culture and organized civil society – always based on their […]
To commemorate the proclamation of the European Republic on 10 November 2018 / In order to make the European Republic visible in the cityscape, we are renaming historically important squares in front of theatres in various cities to “Square of the European Republic” and hanging plaques under the city entrance signs “Commune of the European […]
On 10 November 2018 at 4 p.m., 100 years after the end of WWI and the proclamation of the Republic in Germany, artists and citizens together with the European Democracy Lab proclaimed from (theatre) balconies and public places all over Europe the European Republic. A manifesto by Ulrike Guérot, Robert Menasse and Milo Rau was […]
From 1 – 16 March, two months before the European elections, the European Democracy Lab, together with the Berlin-based independent project space CLB turned Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg into a place breathing the European spirit. With curated contributions from the arts, research, activism, the F(EU)TURE FESTIVAL engaged discussions on the state of European Democracy. “The […]
With the European Balcony Project in November 2018, the European Democracy Lab articulated its demand for equal political rights for all European citizens. On the eve of the European elections in May 2019, the follow-up project Europe yes, but how? actively engaged in the debate about a European democracy in a series of dialogues in […]
From November 2015 to March 2016, the European Democracy Lab invited young and creative Europeans and gave them the opportunity to present and discuss their innovative ideas for Europe. In four workshops, young activists and artists explored the following topical and forward-looking themes and questions: The intertwining of online and offline activism and the challenges […]
The study National Parliaments and European Democracy focussed on members of national parliaments. They were asked about their perception of democracy, their understanding of their roles within the European multi-level system and possible reforms to improve cooperation between the national and European political levels. Our goal was to make national MPs aware of the European […]