While anti-EU parties’ political narratives are build on the idea of ‘taking back control’, recent Eurobarometer polls suggest that European citizens want to see a better functioning EU in core areas such as migration, internal and external security (a ‘Europe that protects’), and public investment.
This evidence speaks for citizens ‘taking control’ of ‘their’ European Union. How the EU responds to this challenge will partly define the next era of integration. Against this backdrop the project “Towards a Citizens’ Union” (2CU) aims at analysing democratic trends in the EU member countries in order to highlight how citizens can be better involved in the national and European decision making processes. The project is carried out by a consortium of 20 EPIN partners from 16 different countries.