Wider Europe


Active citizenship and political movements in Europe

Modern politics has seen a renewed discussion about the balance between active political participation by the citizens and their representation in politics. Much of this debate centers on a dilemma: too much citizen participation is unsustainable, while too little participation creates a gap between citizens and their elected governments. 


The problems facing democracy in Europe today include low levels of public participation and support for political parties as well as massive protests demanding responsive and accountable government accords the continent.

In the east, countries from Ukraine to Moldova are experiencing both large democratic challenges and rapid democratic reforms in response. In the established democracies of Central and Western Europe, large-scale citizen protests and decreasing citizen participation through traditional institutions are questioning the legitimacy of once stable democratic processes. These changes have rapidly increased the demand for our support by actors across the Wider Europe region.

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Sam Van der Staak
Senior Programme Manager