We seek to empower Europeans and their civil society organizations to reinforce and reclaim their central role in European democracies.
The Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to contribute to more vibrant and legitimate democracies in the European Union by working with a wide range of civil society actors and strengthening less central voices.

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Accountability in Greece Should Not Stop at Elections

January 26, 2015 | by Stefanos Loukopoulos

Greece has voted in a new anti-austerity leadership. A new website aims to hold those leaders accountable and let the Greek electorate interact with them directly.

Fighting Denial and Suspicion in France

January 23, 2015 | by Rokhaya Diallo

The country that professes “liberty, equality, fraternity” is instead allowing fear and distrust to drive the current conversation following the tragic events at Charlie Hebdo.

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Parliament Debates Ending Holland’s Christmas Blackface Tradition

December 22, 2014 | by Eleanor Kelly

The Netherlands’ annual Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) display betrays the country’s progressive reputation. Last week, the European Parliament debated retiring it once and for all.