We want to encourage a genuine conversation between Europe’s politicians and the citizens they serve – and that means taking YOUR questions, comments and ideas directly to policy makers for them to respond.
From the start, we’ve taken a bottom-up approach, with the citizens very much in the driving seat of the debate, asking the questions they want answered and putting forward their opinions for the politicians to react. It’s also been a European debate, not just a national one; citizens and policy-makers from every country in the EU have joined in.
Since its launch in 2011, Debating Europe has interviewed more than 2,500 policy-makers and experts from across the political spectrum. This includes then Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, 250 MEPs, 65 national ministers and state secretaries, 41 national MPs, 13 EU Commissioners, 8 Prime Ministers and the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament.
Each has agreed to answer some of the 180,000 comments sent in to us from citizens online, including from a growing 5 million strong community since launching, and over 280,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. Debating Europe is a project in partnership with Friends of Europe and Europe’s World. Read more about our other partners.
To further our growth, we’ve embarked on an expansion strategy based on the launch of multilingual versions of Debating Europe. The first new version launched in 2017 – DebatingEurope/DE. It is a German-language discussion platform modelled after Debating Europe, but aimed squarely at a German-speaking audience.
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