1-3 February 2019

MED VI – Europe: Is the System Broken?

Across the continent, political players in Europe share a deep sense of unease at the current state of our political systems, both at home and at the EU level. Voters increasingly feel that the status quo is failing to deliver. In this time of political turmoil, we ask critically – is our political system fit for purpose? Is the current system the best we can do? Or is the system broken?

The European Parliamentary Elections marked a significant occasion for us to stop, think and (re)act. National parliamentarians are key actors in what is to come. At the 6th Mercator European Dialogue taking place in Rome, network members were able to exchange their perspectives on the challenges Europe is facing today and learn about strengthening democracy through innovative ideas.

Read the full story about the event below.

Access Judy Dempsey’s ‘Judy Asks’ at Carnegie Europe with responses from several network participants here.

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Outcomes Report
25 June 2019
Outcomes Report
from the Sixth Mercator European Dialogue, 2019

Up against challenges that are symptomatic of system failure, like broken institutions, economic malfunctions, and mass distrust, MPs come together to answer an important question: how do we keep societies together in times of disruption?
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Country Facts
26 February 2019
Country Facts
from the Sixth Mercator European Dialogue, 2019

A quantitative overview of the economic health of European Union member states.
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Briefing Notes
26 February 2019
Briefing Notes
from the Sixth Mercator European Dialogue, 2019

For years, political discourse has been gradually heating up over European affairs. Are claims of the system being broken justified, or are they a taken-for-granted reflection of healthy political pluralism and skepticism?
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