Disillusion and disengagement: how fighting corruption and protecting whistleblowers can help restore trust

by Luis Plácido dos Santos

Luis Plácido dos Santos

Trust between citizens and their elected representatives is a crucial component of a well-governed EU. Lacking trust, citizens become cynical about their political system and apathy rises. Even worse, distrust is making many people experiencing something stronger than apathy: the feeling of absolute disaffection. Clearly, there is a downright dissatisfaction with people in authority nowadays and voter disengagement is getting worse both at national and European level, with the last EU election having the lowest-ever turnout. People’s distrusts in Europe can ultimately threaten the unity of the Union, the strength of the EU in the face of external challenges and the quality of the European democratic process itself. more

United in Diversity No Longer

by Lotta Schneidemesser

Lotta Schneidemesser

When I turned on the radio on the morning of Friday 24 June, it took a few minutes for me to realise that I was listening to David Cameron’s resignation speech – and then another minute or so for the message to sink in: The United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union (EU). As I am writing this, my feelings are mixed – there is anger, disbelief and sadness. I am upset, worried and disheartened in a way that I have never felt after any election so far in my life; above all there is an overwhelming sense of disappointment. more

#Pray for … people

by Adnan Rahimic

Adnan Rahimic

I was born too late to be part of an era of great adventures and exploration of new worlds, and I was born too early to be a part of a generation that witnessed space travel. Instead, I’m part of a decade and century marked with wars, hate towards the unknown, xenophobia, racism and homophobia. We risk dangerously sliding back; making the same mistakes of the past and disregarding its lessons and warnings. more