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From Fictional to Functioning Democracy:
Developing Concepts and Strategies for an Inclusive and Participatory Europe (FIFUDEM)

The key points of this IDM project are 1) to scrutinize the contexts and causes of illiberal, respectively fictional democracy, 2) to develop concepts and strategies of strengthening liberal, respectively functioning democracy and its functioning political communication as well as active citizenship in an inclusive and participatory EU, and 3) to disseminate the project’s findings through awareness raising activities, events and publications for different targets groups on the local, regional, national, international and EU level. The rationale behind this proposal comes from the worrying erosion tendencies of liberal democracy as well as from the increase of populism, extremism and religious radicalisation in the Danube Region and Central Europe.

All these developments pose challenges to European integration and may be defined as “tribalism”. No matter which form of xenophobia and extremism, if politically or religiously connoted and legitimised, tribalism jeopardises hitherto established European standards of liberal democracy, checks and balances, and the rule of law. Processes of integration are even more challenged by the lack of a European public sphere. At the same time ostracism of critical media and journalists threatens press freedom in many places and forces the national filter of Europe in national media. The main objectives of IDM as a long-year extramural interdisciplinary research institution are therefore to conduct research on European integration and enlargement in its focus region, and disseminating the project’s results through the international IDM publications, events and network as well as through the network of the IDM project partner, the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC), including 64 university members. All these various activities aim to affect various segments of the public discourse on the importance of strengthening liberal and functioning democracy and to support active citizenship in an inclusive and participatory European Union.


FIFUDEM events & publications:

Veranstaltung  Friday, 30. October 2020

IDM Democracy Talks - Session II: (Un)Civil Society in Europe

In the course of the Jean Monnet project "From Fictional to Functioning Democracy. Developing Concepts and Strategies for an Inclusive and Participatory Europe (FIFUDEM)", with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) has launched a new series, the "IDM Democracy Talks", that is addressing current democratic developments within and outside the European Union.

This episode of Democracy Talks will be taking a closer look on the paradox between protest being able to strengthen democratic values but also weakening them. A common saying tells, that a democracy must be able to withstand such dynamics - but is that really true? How much can a democratic system take, until dissolving effects kick in? Is it possible to think of a situation, when the democratic idea has reached a point of self-destruction? How might the civil society have changed over the past years? In this episode, we will address such questions and debate on today’s role of civil society.

Join our debate with:

Dr. Piotr Kocyba (TU Chemnitz, Institut für Protest - und Bewegungsforschung, focus: protest research, migration, East- and central Europe)

Natallia Satsunkevich (Human Rights Activist, Representative of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna”)

Kristina Voko (Journalism, Executive Director of BIRN Albania, focus on human rights and legal frameworks)

Moderation: Florian Voss

  • Beginn: Friday, 30. October 2020, 14:00 Uhr
  • Ende: Friday, 30. October 2020, 15:00 Uhr
  • Ort: IDM YouTube Channel
  • Adresse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2jvYPrun7M&feature=youtu.be
  • Auskunft: Dr. Silvia Nadjivan
  • Auskunft E-Mail: s.nadjivan@idm.at
  • Anmeldung unter: idm@idm.at

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