The crisis of European identity and awakening of civil society
11 November 2016
The EU is facing its biggest threat yet—a crisis of European identity. As member states fall into the hands of Eurosceptic and nationalist regimes, for many the future of the Union seems hopeless.
People are disillusioned, failing to see the added value in the community of nations they once voted to join. Institutions are struggling, unable to regain their citizens’ trust, or even to reach them at all. This new crisis requires a new way of thinking—instead of supporting the institutional machine, the EU must support the people.
It needs to place trust in the awakening civil society, endorsing and funding grass-roots movements such as the Committee for the Defence of Democracy, which in a matter of days managed to ignite the biggest mass protests in Poland since the fall of Communism.
Read the full article in the December 2016 issue of the European View, the Martens Centre policy journal.
NATO and the EU are complementary, but the Union must have a common defence
In the Media - Interviews and Expert Quotes
22 Nov 2023
Remembering our Founder Wilfried Martens on the 10th anniversary of his passing
Multimedia - Other videos
12 Oct 2023
A Forward-Looking State of the Union Speech Outines the EU’s Future
14 Sep 2023
Migration Update June 2023
30 Jun 2023
Migration Update May 2023
31 May 2023
Migration Update April 2023
30 Apr 2023
Deeds, not Bluffs, President Macron!
24 Apr 2023
Thinking Talks Ep.9 – ‘The Spectre of a new Banking Crisis’ with MEP Luděk Niedermayer
Multimedia - Thinking Talks
31 Mar 2023
Women in Digital and Tech Innovation with Eva Maydell
Her and EU - Multimedia
30 Mar 2023
True Strategic Autonomy Requires Improved Domestic Supply
17 Mar 2023