2015: a year in elections – old trends and new challenges. A fresh look by young Europeans

22 January 2016

2015 had been hailed by many observers as the year during which voters would finally decide if the EU would survive. In recent years, several elements have piled up suggesting the erosion of democracy in Europe: low turn-out in the elections, growing dissatisfaction of citizens with the establishment, low participation in civil society movements and recent constitutional changes in countries like Hungary. Several of these elements continued and in some cases further consolidated throughout 2015.

FutureLab Europe followed election processes across the continent in the year 2015 and its participants shared their opinions on elections in Europe on our blog. This publication is a collection of those articles, a useful and fresh look back highlighting trends and commonalities and showing the challenges that lie ahead.

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