European Public Sphere Blog

Impressions, reports and thoughts of the European Public Sphere team

Ukrainian Vibes – Final Stop: Europe & Ukraine

Ukrainian Vibes – Final Stop: Europe & Ukraine

Europe | Having hearts beating European in the East and the West and with the future of Europe in mind - how could it have been otherwise than to discuss “Europe and Ukraine” at the final event of the Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere Tour? In times in which...

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Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 6: Sustainability Revisited

Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 6: Sustainability Revisited

Europe | On the 14th of September was the sixth stop of Ukrainian Vibes – European Public Sphere e-tour. Together with a diverse group of participants from Ukraine, Germany, Macedonia, Portugal, Denmark, Greece, Poland, Brasil, Colombia, United Kingdom, Norway, Spain...

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The Europe Dome travels throughout Europe. It is the aim of our initiative that all interested people can participate in the talks.

A European Public Sphere needs both: concrete encounters between the citizens and the opportunity to hear about the results of their exchange.

In this blog, the team members of the European Public Sphere initiative talk about the Dome Talks, about the development of our initiative or share other thoughts on Europe.

Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 5: Democracy Revisited

Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 5: Democracy Revisited

Europe | The fifth stop of the Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere tour took once again place under the digital dome. The topic “Inclusiveness of Democracy & Participatory Innovations” was discussed with participants from all over Europe. Together, European...

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Welcoming Europe at the Border Museum Schifflersgrund

Welcoming Europe at the Border Museum Schifflersgrund

  Border Museum Schifflersgrund | Driving up a long and windy road through the beautiful scenery near the exact geographical middle of Germany, we arrived with our dome at the border museum Schifflersgrund. It is called the border museum because it lies at the exact...

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Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 1: Democracy

Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 1: Democracy

Ukrainian Vibes - Stop 1: Democracy  Europe | 30.06.2021| The Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere project in phase 1 offers a virtual stage to young people and their visions for the future of Europe and encourages them to become a more active part of society. In...

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Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 3: European Integration

Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 3: European Integration

Ukrainian Vibes - Stop 3: European IntegrationThe Ukrainian Vibes - European Public Sphere project in phase 1 offers a virtual stage to young people and their visions for the future of Europe and encourages them to become a more active part of society. In the four...

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The Schumann Declaration from 9 May, 1950

The Schumann Declaration from 9 May, 1950

The Schuman Declaration from 9 May 1950On 9 May 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman issued his historic Schuman Declaration. Shortly after the Second World War, it served as the impetus for the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, which...

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Europe 2.0 – Unsere Online-Ausstellung

Europe 2.0 – Unsere Online-Ausstellung

Europe 2.0 - Our Online-ExhibitionFrom September to February, Europe 2.0 was our open laboratory for Europe's future issues. In 10 online conversations - our Europe Jams - we discussed topics such as climate issues, social justice, migration and minority issues,...

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Our videos

Our videos Our Dome Talks at the Border Museum Schifflersgrund on 1 and 3 July 2021. Together we explored new ways for democracy, collaboration and freedom in a freshly reunited region.Impressions from our previous Dome Talks:Blog posts from previous stops:Supported...

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Our Blog

Our BlogBlog posts from previous tours:Impressions from our previous Dome Talks:Supported by: A project by:

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Europe Jam on the EU and the Western Balkan

Europe Jam on the EU and the Western Balkan

Europe | When asked by one of our participants after the Europe Jam on Gender whether we would be interested in organising a Jam on the EU and the Western Balkans exploring especially the role of youth in the integration process, we of course said yes and made this...

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Europe Jam on Gender in Europe

Europe Jam on Gender in Europe

Europe | In the last Europe Jam of 2020, we welcomed guests who work in and beyond the EU on the topic of gender equality. We started together into the round of introductions, where the following questions were answered: What are the biggest problems in the field of...

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Europe Jam on Digital Europe

Europe Jam on Digital Europe

Europe | On 17 November our Europe Jam on the topic of digital Europe took place. Our intern Anna-Lea Reinhart shares her impressions. They sit in front of screens,big and small,day in and day out,from morning till night.They like, tweet, share, subscribe.They work -...

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Europe Jam on Social Justice

Europe Jam on Social Justice

Europe | On 10 November, we jammed on the topic of Social Justice. Our intern Josephine Schnee reports back from the conversation.Many thanks to the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. for supporting this project. Share this post: 0 Shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Our Jam...

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Europe Jam on Democracy and Participation

Europe Jam on Democracy and Participation

Europe | For our session on the 27 October, we came together to discuss issues related to democracy and participation in Europe. More than 20 participants joined our call from different movements and organisations across Europe including the Citizens Take Over Europe...

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Europe Jam on Climate! 🇪🇺

Europe Jam on Climate! 🇪🇺

After the first event of the Europe Jams during the Online Forum on Modern Direct Democracy was initially planned as a free discussion platform, we decided, based on the feedback from the participants, to hold upcoming Jams on specific topics. Our following Europe Jam...

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TREAT YOURSELF TO DEMOCRACY – field report

TREAT YOURSELF TO DEMOCRACY – field report

Cologne | As part of the European public sphere project TREAT YOURSELF TO DEMOCRACY we visited the Don-Bosco club in the culturally diverse district of Müllheim, Cologne on 10 September. The idea behind the project is to motivate first-time voters to participate in...

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Virtual Public Sphere

Virtual Public Sphere

Europe | On Monday the 11th of May, in honor of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights turning 20 years old, we held our first online Public Sphere event discussing the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. As part of the Connect Europe project with 7 civil society...

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Kirchentag 2019

Kirchentag 2019

Dortmund | Every two years Church Day puts the city under its spell. More than 100,000 people of all ages, religions and backgrounds come together to reflect and discuss on the issues of our time. Of course, the European Public Sphere was also involved! A report by...

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(En)Vision Tempelhof

(En)Vision Tempelhof

Berlin | We could of course not let the long way back from Poland go uneventlessly. And so it came that we included another stop in Berlin. This was made possible by the cooperation with Tempelhofer Feld Vision (THF Vision). In line with the activities of the...

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Krakow – It’s getting hot in here

Krakow – It’s getting hot in here

Krakow | Krakow, June 12th, was the last stop of our Poland Tour. The day before we made our way back south from the far north near Gdansk. Again and again we had picked up one thing in passing by: It was to be the hottest day in Gdansk ever measured that early in a...

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Youth for Baltic Sea

Youth for Baltic Sea

  Sobieszewo (Gdánsk) | Our second stop of our Poland Tour was at Hotel Orle on Sobieszewo island just outside of Gdańsk. Supported by GLS Treuhand e.V., we joined the first Baltic Sea Youth Camp, a festival to increase youth participation in the Baltic Sea Region....

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Krzyżowa – Authoring European History

Krzyżowa – Authoring European History

Krzyżowa | Our stop in Krzyżowa was a very special one to me. 3 years ago still as a student, I had taken part in a workshop to create a multi-media guide for the outdoor exhibition "Mut und Versöhnung" (courage and reconciliation) with 5 other Polish and German...

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Luxembourg – Naturally Celebrating Diversity

Luxembourg – Naturally Celebrating Diversity

Luxembourg|Our second stop in Luxembourg, and also the final stop of the BeNeLux-Tour, took place in Luxembourg City. There, we built our dome on the Place de Clairefontaine, in close walking distance from many of the city’s sights, like the Palace, the Parliament...

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Schengen – Borderless Europe

Schengen – Borderless Europe

Schengen| With the two stops in Luxembourg, the BeNeLux-Tour of the European Public Sphere was slowly coming to an end. But it was not over yet. Both Schengen and Luxembourg City were vital stops for our Dome Talks and delivered with vibrant discussions. Our intern...

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Amsterdam – Food for Thought

Amsterdam – Food for Thought

Amsterdam| On the 12th of April, the Europe Dome visited the multicultural city of Amsterdam. Right in the middle of the Passage in De Hallen, a bustling centre for culture and craftsmanship, the Europe Dome invited everyone to join in discussions on citizen...

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Texel – Make the Fire of Democracy Blaze Again

Texel – Make the Fire of Democracy Blaze Again

Den Burg, Texel| My name is David Reich. As an intern, I joined the BeNeLux Tour in Belgium and the Netherlands in April this year. The first destination in the Netherlands for me personally (the others already had a stop before in Maastricht) was in beautiful Texel,...

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Back to Maastricht of the 1300s

Back to Maastricht of the 1300s

Maastricht |Have you ever felt like being in a beautiful safe space? A little part of the world where you can come and just talk with people without being judged or corrected. Where you look around and see, just outside your cocoon, a wonderful surrounding. And you...

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Gent – A Day in the Life of the Europe Dome team

Gent – A Day in the Life of the Europe Dome team

Gent| Dome events are fun. But to make them fun, a lot of tasks need to be taken care of before, during and after the talks. Follow the organisers through their daily (non-)routine during the BeNeLux Tour and get to know another side of beautiful Gent.The dome day...

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Liège – Democracy for Sale! Or not?

Liège – Democracy for Sale! Or not?

Liège| The first stop of the BeNeLux Tour of the European Public Sphere project was the 30th of March in Liège. We erected the Europe Dome in shopping centre Mediacité and held three talks on digital democracy, integration and the new European Parliament! Enjoy a...

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Extend the Sensors to the West and South

Extend the Sensors to the West and South

In our Austria-Tour we still have one more stop to do. On 16 October we will rebuild the Dome for an "inclusive Dome Talk" - in Vienna, where the opening event also took place in July. In the meantime, however, we were on our way - with a detour to South Tyrol - in...

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When the Dome res(is)ted

When the Dome res(is)ted

Manheim, Germany | Hambach Forest, 18 August, 2018: On the occasion of the camp for [future] 2018, the Europe Dome is put together in the baking heat. Around 17.30 about 120 young activists are approaching the resistance acre of the BUND NRW via the steppe-like...

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Summiteers: What does Europe need the Alps for?

Summiteers: What does Europe need the Alps for?

Henar Mountain Pasture | From 13 to 16 August, the European Public Sphere-Dome stood on the Henar mountain pasture between the peaks of the so-called Dead Mountains. This stop in the border region of Styria and Upper Austria is part of our tour on the occasion of the...

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Kick-off in Austria

Kick-off in Austria

  Vienna, Austria | Austria is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months starting 1 July. The European Public Sphere is taking up this occasion by planning a small series of Dome-Events throughout Austria over the next few months. For...

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What’s your vision of Europe?

What’s your vision of Europe?

Kick-off of the Austria-Tour on 6 July  With the beginning of the second half of the year Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ines Kanka has written a small report for the magazine "Wegweiser Anthroposophie" (Guidepost...

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Rethinking Social Justice in Europe

Rethinking Social Justice in Europe

  Witten, Germany | Last Friday, the fifth Dome Talk of the North Rhine-Westphalia Tour took place in Witten, Germany, organized by Mehr Demokratie within the framework of the European Public Sphere Project. The topic "Rethinking Social Justice in Europe" was...

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Man and mouse under Düsseldorf-dome

  Düsseldorf, Germany | On the occasion of the annual March against Monsanto on 19 May the dome travelled to Düsseldorf. It was in good company on the grass-covered Graf-Adolf-Platz: with the Monsanto high-rise as a scenery, it was surrounded by stands of...

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European Public Sphere goes Münster

European Public Sphere goes Münster

Münster, Germany | As part of its NRW tour, the dome came to Münster on 11 May. Not only the continuing good weather, but also the Catholic Day encouraged a lively participation of different organizations’ invited representatives, but above all for keen-to-discuss...

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Kick-off of the NRW-Tour in Bonn

Kick-off of the NRW-Tour in Bonn

  Bonn, Germany | On May 5th it finally happened: the first event of the NRW tour of the European Public Sphere took place in Bonn. This time the wooden dome was set up on the Münsterplatz in Bonn's city centre, where a major sporting event in bright sunshine and...

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Dome-Talk with Europe-Activists in Vienna

Dome-Talk with Europe-Activists in Vienna

Vienna, Austria | On 1 October 2017, the European Public Sphere took place in the center of Vienna at Karlsplatz with the Karlskirche as its scenery. The Dome-Talk started after a Pulse of Europe rally, whose comrades-in-arms were invited together with other European...

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First Dome Talk at Democracy Camp in Wels

First Dome Talk at Democracy Camp in Wels

  The "European Public Sphere" project had its premiere on 29 September 2017. As part of the "More Democracy Camp" in Wels/Austria, we built our Europe Dome in the cultural center “Alter Schlachthof” in Wels and organized a dome talk on the topic “Democracy in...

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