Democracy and participation

Exchanging views with expats

Creators

Who is behind this?

Jos van Dijk

DSCUtrecht

https://nl-teams.diem25.nl/utrecht/

Netherlands

Idea Sketch

Idea

Idea pitch

Political participation in Europe needs a transnational perspective and a better mutual understanding of people from all parts of Europe. The presence of expats in many big cities from different European countries could be used to stimulate the recognition of common values, ideas and political practices. Confrontation of ideas and exchange of opinions of all these expats with local people could generate a common feeling to belong to one culture and one united political space.

Where will your idea take place?

In two or three big cities in The `Netherlands where expats live

Why does Europe need your idea?

The development of democracy in Europe sticks at the moment in a retreat to nationalism. The one-sided national view dominates the political debate in Europe. This harms the development towards more democracy. This trend could be countered when people from all corners of Europe are brought together.

What is your impact?

We will have recruited more advocates for the common European cause. And better perspectives for transnational democracy.

How do you get there?

Contrary to the renationalization trend we see lots of people travel around Europe and work or study abroad. Confrontation of ideas and exchange of opinions of all these expats with local people could generate a common feeling to belong to one united political space. Mixed workshops on different themes support this goal. Publicity afterwards to spread the results should cause a broader awareness of the urgency to build a democratic Europe.

What is your story?

We are a new local support group of the DiEM25 movement. We have discussed democracy and transparency in Europe and try to recruit more people who are convinced of the urgency of a real transnational European democracy.

Who are you doing it for?

Expats and local people interested in developing European democracy

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We welcome input for concretization of the idea how to organize exchanges with expats. We think about a few workshops in dutch cities with expats and local people with the help of professionals of a debating centre. The results will be spread as input for the ╦ťEuropean elections in 2019.

Team

jos van dijk

AlbertoM

Suzanne Stoetzer

Idea created on Jan. 17, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 18, 2018

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