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.
Brexit’s Unanswered Questions
In the time since UK voters opted to leave the European Union, the debate about Brexit has focused on its implementation. But do policymakers really understand what motivated the leave vote in the first place?
The EU’s New Privacy Rules Are Only a First Step
While the new rules governing how large tech companies use people’s data are a step in the right direction, more must be done in order to rein in the excesses of “surveillance capitalism.”
A Historic Moment for Europeans of African Descent
The European Parliament’s recognition of black Europeans’ contributions and structural disadvantages was overdue and welcome. But policymakers and civil society must keep working to build a more inclusive European future.
What Europe’s Roma Know About Defeating the Politics of Supremacy
This year, International Roma Day and a pivotal election in Hungary coincide. While many Hungarian politicians are promoting racial supremacy, Roma are celebrating their cultural identity as a force to achieve equality.
Q&A: Defending Europeans’ Right to Protest
Research in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans has confirmed what many people in the region know already: too many governments are using bureaucratic tricks—and brute force—to restrict the basic right to free speech.
Russia’s Presence in France Goes Deeper Than RT
While questions about the proper role of Russian state-backed media in France are important, the longstanding historical, cultural, and political links between the two countries are being overlooked.
Five Steps the EU Must Take to Protect Civil Society
With attacks on the public space unfurling across the European Union, it is essential that the EU take swift and decisive action to protect the foundational values and institutions that undergird democracy.
The Three Currents Roiling the Waters of British Politics
The results from a series of focus groups with UK voters paint a picture of an electorate that is uneasy about politics, uncertain about the future, and nostalgic about a supposedly better recent past.