24 april 2015, om 12:00, FEPS - Foundation For European Progressive Studies Rue Montoyer, 40 1000 Brussels (Belgium) | FEPS - Foundation For European Progressive Studies Rue Montoyer, 40 1000 Brussels (Belgium)

Problems of Representative Democracy: meeting with Frans Timmermans

Dear PvdA members in Brussels,

Herewith the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Karl-Renner-Institut invite you to our book launch: Problems of Representative Democracy in Europe. A Challenge for Progressives, that will take place on Friday the 24th of April between 11:00-12:00 in Brussels. The book will be presented to European Commission Vice-President Mr. Frans Timmermans at the FEPS office in Brussels.

The book is a result of a two years project of the inviting organisations and contains a series of articles of, mainly, young academics from inside and outside the EU. For two years the group discussed the problems of democracy in their respective countries and the publication is a reflection of that.

What all the countries have in common are frustrated electorates, the rise of nationalism, right and left wing populism and the return of authoritarian government in places where democracy has ended up in a grey zone. These trends often go hand in hand with anti-European sentiments and diminished support for the enlargement of the EU. At the same time new social movements manifest themselves in the political arena as we have witnessed recently in Turkey and Bosnia. Al these topics are being discussed in the book. But also others such as the role of the EU in the democratic reform processes, the influence of the media, the independence of the judiciary, revisionist interpretations of recent history, the changing narratives and the negative impact of the Euro crisis.

We hope to welcome you to the book launch to which you can register by sending an email to dtadic@foundationmaxvanderstoel.nl

In case you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With fraternal greetings,

Jan Marinus Wiersma, European Forum Vice-President
Ernst Stetter, Secretary General of FEPS
Sebastian Schublach, Head of Department for International Politics, RI