Debating Europe engages in dialogue with policy makers
30 June, 2017
Friends of Europe, one of the most influential think tanks in Brussels, partnered with the EESC to launch a debate on whether the EU can survive populism. Its online platform Debating Europe was kicked off 6 years ago and trying to avoid the Brussels bubble engaged already 2.7 million EU citizens in continued dialogue with policy makers.
Georgia sent a comment that Marine Le Pen will come back stronger in five years’ time. Sure, she didn’t win the most recent vote, but if Macron doesn’t deliver then she could win the next one in 2022. Joao from Portugal was 100% sure that populist parties would win the recent elections in France, the Netherlands, and Austria.
Enric points out that the vote share for populist parties is still going up, even though there haven’t been major breakthroughs since Brexit. Konstantinos, who believes that to win the Dutch election, PM Mark Rutte adopted Wilders’ nationalist-populist rhetoric and embraced most of Wilders’ political agenda. So, does that mean that Rutte is a populist now?
The answers of Frans Timmermans, EC First Vice-President and Anton Pelinka, professor at CEU, can be seen at Debating Europe website. The way we work is pretty simple - citizens from across the whole of Europe send us their policy suggestions, their questions and then we take them to the most relevant policy maker to answer, Adam Nyman, Director of Debating Europe underlined, while presenting the platform at Civil Society Days.