DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS

This European memory project, Democracy in Crisis, will discuss the state of democracy in Europe with eyewitnesses, citizens, speeches, and political representatives.

In Bulgaria, old structures of dictatorship are still alive, and the corruption threatens democracy; in Spain, separatism is building ‘new walls’; Thuringia (East Germany) has a right-wing populist party with more than ¼ of the population; in West Germany, people seem sceptical about reunification and EU enlargement to the East. It is even more important to talk to citizens about the current state of democracy and the future of Europe and invite them to participate. Testimonial workshops in each country will bring the “reunification story” to life; a “photo marathon” will make EUROPE visible in each city. These “MY EUROPE” photos will be shown in international exhibitions in each city, where Europe, reunification and the current challenges of democracy will be discussed.

Especially, young citizens will be invited to contribute essays for balcony speeches, to walk around their city and take pictures of EUROPA and reunification in their city in a “photo marathon”; through debates, street surveys and radio campaigns, citizens are invited to engage with the challenges facing a crumbling Europe and to actively participate in shaping it. The activities are prepared in a transnational exchange and will take place in Jena, Pleven, Granada and Lüneburg. Through schools, universities, and museums, we talk about citizens, and through social services, about young people who are critical and insurgent against the liberal-democratic order.

Citizens gain understanding of the EU, democracy and identification with Europe. An impulse document will summarise the results of the policy from the citizens’ point of view and will be transmitted to political leaders, translated into all national languages