The Open Society Foundations work to increase democratic participation in the European Union, and to ensure that human rights are at the heart of what the EU does, both inside and outside its borders.
Quality over Quantity
The Real Question about EU Sanctions
It’s true that sanctions disrupt the plans of wealthy autocrats. But to implement them in a moral and ethical way, policymakers must establish clear rules and oversight.
Confronting the Crisis
Now Is the Time for Climate Action
As a new survey of public opinion in the United States and multiple European countries shows, the public, despite being overwhelmed with misinformation, nevertheless supports governmental action to address the looming climate crisis.
A Victory for Civil Society
European Union Court Rejects Hungarian NGO Funding Law
A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union has affirmed the vital role of civil society in democratic governance.
The Legacy of 1989
George Soros on Europe after the Berlin Wall
Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, Open Society Foundations Founder and Chair George Soros looks back at his support for Central and Eastern European democracy, which began when few imagined the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Confronting the EU’s Three Biggest Challenges
During this moment of change and instability, the EU has an opportunity to make reforms that will ensure it can tackle the problems of the 21st century. A new report offers a guide for turning this potential into reality.
Right to Housing
The Fight to Reclaim Housing Rights as European Human Rights
What use is a booming economy if you cannot find a place to live? A little-known EU charter can help re-establish housing as a human right.
Information Is Power
Q&A: Fighting for Workers’ Right to Data
Using the EU’s landmark General Data Protection Regulations, James Farrar, founder of Worker Info Exchange, is fighting to ensure that Uber drivers have the data they need to ensure they’re being treated fairly.
How Civil Society Came Together to Protect EU Whistleblowers
It wasn’t easy, but thanks in part to a dedicated coalition of civil society actors, as well as a shift in public consciousness, greater protections for EU whistleblowers has been secured.