Can there be an EU democracy without an EU demos? The EU Institutions provide ample space for public engagement but, as yet, this space has not been filled. This is where the ‘democratic deficit’ lies: less an institutional deficit than a citizenship deficit. The European citizen has to take ownership of EU affairs.
One way to stir up EU citizenship is to foster a robust political debate at the pan-European level so as to enhance the perception of a ‘European common good’ distinct from the sum of national interests.
The Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation will strive, through research and action, to secure fair and contrasting views on key EU issues so as to make the pan-European political debate more substantive and proactive.
This programme will focus the citizen’s attention, through a series of debates and conferences highlighting the issues at stake such as the trade-offs or choices between:
Click here for a list of the Citizen's Controversies