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The 2019 Democracy Reading List

As we close Advocate Europe and prepare the follow-up programme Civic Europe, reflections around the interplay between democracy, civic participation and civil society lie at the heart of why we do what we do. With a little help from our community, we put together a list of our current favourite democracy and civil society readings, watchings and …
on Dec. 17, 2019
Invitation  |  Democracy

How grassroots civil society organisations counter shrinking civic spaces across Europe

Both democracy and values have been prevalent topics in EU debates recently. Many Member States have seen an increased polarisation of their public debates, the rise of far-right populists and an erosion of democracy, both endangering the rule of law as well as civil society. However, the EU often falls short of concrete ideas on how to protect de…
on Nov. 21, 2019
Review  |  Invitation  |  Democracy

Celebrating five years of Advocate Europe: a sneak peak into our dialogue activities

To celebrate five years of shaping the Europe we are dreaming of together, we decided to invite our community to organise local events aimed at the people in our neighbourhoods, on our streets, at our workplaces. These activities are organised in the physical space, designed to bring together people, to discuss the values that drive our work as Ad…
on Nov. 21, 2019

A growing community

Since 2014 we have collected more than 1,500 ideas from 42 European countries, connected 49,745 people on our online platform and invested in 25 winning initiatives that pilot new answers for a common European future.

Ideas for Europe

Our idea space collects all ideas that have been submitted in the three rounds of our idea challenge. You can filter the ideas along your interests and comment on them to share your feedback and expertise.

Follow our journey

Each of the seven winning ideas from all over Europe has received their funding to implement their project until September 2019. Stay updated on their progress with their project journey..

Advocate Europe is an idea challenge realised by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator.