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2017-01-23 Spain: The Democracy Crisis in Europe

The Democracy Crisis in Europe

Description of the project offered: 
European integration is facing increasing unacceptance by the European citizens. Its political outcome is the rise of populist and nationalist movements attacking the European peace project as a whole as well as the democratic institutions of the Member States considering them as an "anti-democratic establishment". The discourse of these movements - in itself anti-democratic appointing to exclude parts of the population from the public sphere - does not tackle the underlying problem. But the appearance of such movements is indeed an indicator for a loss of political trust of the citizens into the institutions, which has its roots in the European integration process and the partial transmission of sovereignty to supra-national institutions. 

As we see these steps as necessary to secure the peace on the continent and to ensure the democratic control in a globalized world, we do not consider a return to the sovereignty nation state model as a feasible way out of the ongoing crisis. Nevertheless, a change of the political status quo is necessary to give the political institutions of Europe and the Member States back to the will of the people. This requires reanimating the discourse about the European Union's finality. 

In this sense, our aim is to situate the European Union in a theoretical framework of political and juridical philosophy in order to extract a crucial correlation between the creation of multiple identities and post-national democracy.

The methodology consists of revisiting the classical concept of modern political philosophy in order to develop, in a first stage, a model of democratic state capable to deal with institutional integration beyond the nation state on the one hand and the variety of political identities in their immediate social realities on the other. This requires us to reconsider, in a second stage, the role of the nation state in the process of the European integration. In this respect, we start from the premise that the national and subnational identities will continue to constitute the primer reference for the identity of the citizens. But the pure maintenance of the political status quo without the assumption on an European dimension of democracy will not be sufficient to hold up the democratic institutions of the nation states. 

Based on this two basic premises, our central question will be: How to guarantee the functioning of the institutions of Europe's democratic nation states within in the context of the partial transmission of their sovereignty to the supra-national institutions of the European Union? 

Partners from all Europe with expertise in political theory, law science and international relations are invited to join this survey on the future of Europe getting straight to the cause of the problem, which is manifesting itself in a multiple (institutional, financial, migratory and now even political) crisis of the European Union. 

The project is foreseen to be realized within the Horizon2020 Work Program on "Europe in a Changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies" and the specific call "Understanding Europe - Promoting the European Public and cultural space", CULT-COOP-01-2017, "democratic discourse and the rule of law".
Project proposer:   Peter Ehret (Spain)
Partner role:  Project participant 
Partner organisation:  Research
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2016-2017

Description of the collaboration sought: 
The project seeks to establish a Europe-wide collaboration to develop a normative framework for the European Union and the role of the nation states in it. As the main objective of our study the reconciliation of the cultural and national diversities of the continent, a theoretical expertise coming from different cultural backgrounds is essential for a successful solution of the problem. 

It is sought to develop a network of researches from universities all over Europe in order to tackle the question of the democratic legitimacy of the European Union from different points of view, consideration all dimension of the impact on the integration process on the national democracies. 

The project aims to divide the targets along the specialization of the partners due to their specific expertise in democracy theory and modern political philosophy. The main focus of the team at the University of Granada will be the authors of the German idealism, in particular the state theory of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich Schiller. 
Expertise sought: Social aspects, 
Roles sought: Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Research, 
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, 

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