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The F(EU)TURE FESTIVAL took place from 1 to 16 of March 2019. Together with CLB Berlin, the European Democracy Lab turned Moritzplatz into a place breathing the European spirit as it is aptly called on the festival’s website. Together with activists, researchers, artists, intellectuals and a large number of visitors from all sectors of society, […]


The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) are jointly organising a series of scientific lectures on the topic „Making sense of the digital society“. The rapid pace of technological change leads to enormous uncertainties. On 6 March 2019, Eva Illouz, Professor of Sociology at […]

The European Parliament: An Analysis from the Perspective of Chantal Mouffe’s Agonistic Pluralism

The European Union is often called an undemocratic (and bureaucratic) monster, left-wing debates in particular are dominated by narratives like this. But how could a leftist approach to the EU look like? Against the background of these questions I propose an analysis of the European Parliament in terms of Chantal Mouffe’s theory of Agonistic Pluralism, […]

Drawing lots as a solution to the crisis of modern democracy?

European democracies are faced by the rise of right-wing populism, plummeting turnout figures and growing exasperation with the EU. These Trends are occurring in the background of a lack of institutional power and representing a profound crisis of democracy. Could the situation be improved by a lot procedure? Von Simon Clemens click here for german […]

The ambivalent European

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek rarely finds words of praise. Instead, he is well known for his controversial pamphlets against capitalism or the power of the European Union. All the more, it might be astonishing for some to hear that now he even claims the EU to be essential. von Alina Sabransky Click here for […]

Clash of Ideology?

German political scientist Ulrike Guérot published her new essay “Der neue Bürgerkrieg“(the new civil war) on 4th of May 2017. Our columnist has read it. von Simon Clemens

The Hidden Wealth of Europe

Recently, with the publication of Capital in the twenty-first century (2014), research on economic inequality experienced long not seen prominence within public debate, most notably, enabling a discourse about the distribution of wealth.