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Ten Ideas to Regenerate Democracy



What would it take to regenerate democracy? Around the world, democracies are struggling to respond to increasing levels of disinformation, polarisation, erosion of political norms, lack of media plurality, and even full-blown democratic backsliding (including the undermining of civil rights and rule of law). Debating Europe recognises that meeting these challenges must be a bottom-up exercise, drawing on the voices and ideas of citizens.

Therefore, in partnership with Fondazione Cariplo, we organised a series of online focus groups with 40 young Europeans to discuss ways to regenerate European democracy. We compiled Ten Ideas to Regenerate Democracy from citizens and then discussed and debated them with the European Young Leaders (EYL40) network at a summit held in Lisbon in September 2022. The EYL Summit is an annual event gathering together Friends of Europe’s network of promising young entrepreneurs, activists, politicians, artists and thought leaders in discussion about the future of Europe.

This report synthesises the citizen-generated ideas in our online focus groups with the comments and reactions from European Young Leaders. We hope the ideas presented will help support the ongoing dialogue about new varieties of democracy.

Download the report as a PDF here.

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