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Hambach Democracy Dialogue

Focus 2022: Strengthening the Resilience of Democracy in Europe

What are the Hambach Democracy Dialoges?

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's aim is to establish an annual series of talks on the future of democracy in Europe, hosted at Hambach Castle. The venue has been chosen in light of the Hambach Festival's importance to the history of German and European democracy and the development of social democracy and its core values, against a background of attempts by right-wing populists to appropriate the site.

The Hambach Democracy Dialogues are a vehicle for discussing and exchanging progressive ideas and proposals on advancing European democracy. The conference provides a forum for experts to present and debate studies and working papers on current and progressive approaches to democratic theory and practice. Young political talents discuss these topical issues in a series of workshops running in parallel to the conference.

Contact:

Marco Schwarz
marco.schwarz(at)fes-europe.eu
0032 22346298

Stephanie Hepper
stephanie.hepper(at)fes.de
0049 6131 9606712

In focus in 2022: Strengthening the EU's democratic processes and institutions

Democracies around the world are under pressure from a rise in authoritarianism, nationalism and populism. Democratic institutions are being systematically attacked and destabilised. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the situation in many places. The scope for civil society actors is shrinking, and fewer citizens are taking part in political processes. The European Union, too, is continuing to experience attacks on parliamentarianism, the rule of law, the independent judiciary and the media. Domestic and foreign actors are using misinformation and campaigns to deliberately weaken free and democratic societies. This is damaging confidence in European institutions, so now more than ever is the time, not only for new ideas but also for workable strategies for strengthening the EU's democratic processes and institutions – in the sense of democratising European democracy. Here you will find the core ideas and results of the Hambach Democracy Dialogues 2022.

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Documentation of 2021 Hambach Democracy Dialogue

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Speakers 2021

Speakers

Kurt Beck

Kurt Beck

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Johanna Lutz

Johanna Lutz

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Ralph Szepanski

Ralph Szepanski

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Krzysztof Ruchniewicz

Krzysztof Ruchniewicz

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Věra Jourová

Věra Jourová

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Norbert Neuser

Norbert Neuser

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Tessza Udvarhelyi

Tessza Udvarhelyi

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Jacki Davis

Jacki Davis

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Wolfgang Merkel

Wolfgang Merkel

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Paul Nemitz

Paul Nemitz

Jens Geier

Jens Geier

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Matthias Kolb

Matthias Kolb

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Gabriele Bischoff

Gabriele Bischoff

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Brigitte Juchems

Brigitte Juchems

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Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz

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Tomáš Kriššák

Tomáš Kriššák

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Carlotta Alfonsi

Carlotta Alfonsi

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Ivo Belet

Ivo Belet

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Francesca Bria

Francesca Bria

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Katarina Barley

Katarina Barley

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Jeanette Hofman

Jeanette Hofman

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Renate Tenbusch

Renate Tenbusch

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Lutz Güllner

Lutz Güllner

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Program 2021

PROGRAM

09:00 - 15:15

Workshop for young people: Shaping Europe, Fostering Democracy

Young Europeans (age group 18-35) will discuss in this workshop how to organize and further develop democracy in the digital age: As "Citizens' Think Tank" the participants will develop their views on the topic and formulate concrete ideas for political decision-making. The workshop will give an opportunity to form new networks and to present the ideas during the conference in the panel "European digital democracy and data sovereignty".

Program pdf

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Workshop registration

15:00 - 15:25

Interactive Networking Option

via Zoom Breakout Rooms (5 minutes, 5 participants)

15:30 - 16:00

Opening

Martin Schulz, President of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Kurt Beck, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hambacher Schloss Stiftung

Moderated by Jacki Davis

16:00 - 17:15

Panel I: More power for citizens? The Conference on the Future of Europe

The goal of deliberative and participatory democracy is to strengthen the involvement of citizens in the political decision-making process, thereby enhancing their political participation and self-determination. What role can new formats of citizen participation play? Will these compete against or complement the work of parliaments? How could deliberation be embedded in the overall system of democracy? Is a permanent Citizens’ Council at EU level possible? What role can the Conference on the Future of Europe play in fostering deliberation at European and transnational levels on a lasting basis?

Panel discussion with

  • Gabriele Bischoff (European Parliament)
  • Ivo Belet (European Commission)
  • Wolfgang Merkel (Berlin Social Science Center)
  • Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi (City of Budapest)
  • Moderator: Ralph Szepanski (ZDF)
17:15 - 17:30

Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:45

Panel II: European digital democracy and data sovereignty

The internet offers new opportunities for political participation and co-determination. Regardless of their location, citizens can go online to network and ex-change information, join forces and pursue political concerns together. The virtual public arena can help promote innovative forms of social cooperation and overcome national and linguistic borders. The EU already offers citizens a variety of digital ways to have a say in European policy making. Are the existing online instruments enough or do we need new mechanisms for digital codetermination? What are the opportunities and risks of e-voting? Does the EU need more digital sovereignty and how can it better protect our online data?

Panel discussion with

  • Francesca Bria (President of the Italian National Innovation Fund)
  • Jeanette Hofmann (Berlin Social Science Center)
  • Paul Nemitz (European Commission)
  • Moderator: Jacki Davis
18:45 - 19:45

Interactive Networking Option

via SpatialChat

08:45 - 09:10

Interactive Networking Option

via Zoom Breakout Rooms (5 minutes, 5 participants)

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome address

Jens Geier MEP, Chair of the SPD group in the European Parliament

09:30 - 10:45

Panel III: How can the EU better protect Europe’s fundamental values?

Europe’s fundamental values, such as democracy and the rule of law, are coming under pressure from a number of increasingly authoritarian member states. The EU has been trying to tackle this for years, and has created new instruments and mechanisms to enhance protection of its fundamental values. As a result, it is now possible to link EU funding to compliance with rule of law principles. How good are the EU’s new instruments? Can they stop the erosion of the rule of law? What do the people in the concerned countries think about these developments? What can the EU do to foster the democratic culture in member states?

Panel discussion with

  • Katarina Barley (Vice-President of the European Parliament)
  • Věra Jourová (Vice-President of the European Commission)
  • Krzysztof Ruchniewicz (University of Wrocław)
  • Moderator: Matthias Kolb (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:15

Panel IV: Europe fight for freedom of expression and against disinformation on the net

The European Democracy Action Plan sets out to improve measures to counter disinformation, strengthen media freedom and journalists’ safety and prevent election manipulation. What about freedom of expression and freedom of information on the net? How can the power of dominant online platforms be limited? What concrete steps can the EU take against disinformation and attempts at manipulation on the net? To what extent are elections in Europe threatened by disinformation and propaganda on the net?

Panel discussion with

  • Carlotta Alfonsi, OECD
  • Lutz Güllner (European External Action Service)
  • Tomáš Kriššák (Gerulata Technologies)
  • Moderation: Jacki Davis
12:15 - 12:30

Closing Remarks

  • Brigitte Juchems (Head of the FES regional office of Rhineland Palatinate/Saarland)
  • Johanna Lutz (Head of the Office on Democracy)                   
  • Renate Tenbusch (Head of the FES EU Office)
12:30 - 13:30

Interactive Networking Option

via SpatialChat

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