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Online political advertising and democracies: friends or foes?

This article was written by Beatriz Duarte, and originally published by our partners at Eyes on Europe. https://www.eyes-on-europe.eu/online-political-advertising-and-democracies-friends-or-foes/   About 80% of Europeans are on Facebook, but only 6 in 10 countries worldwide have restrictions in place regarding political advertising. At the European level, the Commission has announced it will produce a law proposal by […]

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Europe’s struggle with democracy

‘The European Union is too far removed from its citizens,’ is a sentence uttered all too often. Europhiles have passionately defended the democratic nature of the union and its institutions. In 2014 the Spitzenkandidaten-procedure was introduced to increase the influence of the European Parliament and start a European public debate around the elections. The process […]

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How the Dawn of the “Democracy Festival” Could Transform Our Relationship With Politics

Two weeks ago, a new kind of festival hit Brussels’ quaint Leopold Park. But it wasn’t the usual suspects of food, drink or music which inspired many to brave the chilly Autumn Saturday morning, but rather politics which headlined the event. Though this may sound strange to some, such politically-fuelled festivals are embedded into Nordic […]