Democracy and participation

ECFR Flash Scorecards on European crises


Who is behind this?

Steffen Zorn

ECFR Deutschland GmbH


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We need a stronger pan-European civic involvement in our responses to the current crises in Europe. Sustainable reactions to these challenges can only emerge from Europe-wide debates on a common European approach. But access to information is crucial if we want to “europeanise” the debates. To this end it needs a source where European citizens can find information and assess positions and actions of all the member states in the most pressing crises. The ECFR’s Flash Scorecard will provide this.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The influx of refugees has also brought a flood of misconceptions. Mistrust between member states has led to unilateral decisions on borders which are damaging the European project. There is a need for clear facts about the situation across Europe to help citizens and policy makers come up with solutions.

The same applies to other crises. Member states drift apart and it becomes more difficult to cut through conflicting statements and get a picture of the member states’ actions and positions.

What is your impact?

We want European citizens to have a single source of information on the different member states’ approaches in the main crises in Europe - especially the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis - providing clear and understandable information and thereby leading to a more informed debate and more understanding between citizens across borders. We envisage the Flash Scorecards to be the starting point for civic influence and engagement in combating European crises.

How do you get there?

ECFR will use its EU-wide 28 researcher network to provide three Flash Scorecards on the extent to which member states are pulling their weight on the crises facing the EU and its cohesion. For each Flash Scorecard, our national researchers will activate their networks among the policymaking community in their member state. We will decide on the topics closer to the date to ensure that they are relevant at that time. We will then present this unique data online in a practical, visual and impactful way.

The publication of the Scorecards and their findings will be used to bring together the public with political decision-makers in order to enable a fruitful exchange. These events could be envisaged as well with a special focus on a young audience, e.g. from schools and universities.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The target of this project is any EU citizen interested in the facts around the crises Europe is facing, especially the eurocrisis and the refugee crisis, as well as policy makers and experts.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The information the Flash Scorecards can provide is unique, as an information space to access concentrated and comparative information on the reactions of all EU member states on one topic in this form does not exist so far.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

€20.000 national researcher costs, €20.000 other personnel costs, €6.000 website costs, €4.000 events costs.


ECFR - European Council on Foreign Relations

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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