In Focus 2017: Revitalising Democracy
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2016 has been a challenging year for Europe. Rising unemployment in many countries, divisions on the attitude towards a historic influx of refugees, economic growth weaker than on other continents, terrorist attacks in various countries and a growing feeling among citizens that the European Union, national governments and politics in general are not always measuring up to the challenges.
Yet, with the year ending on the positive note of a global agreement on fighting climate change, the Executive Board wants to promote a positive and necessary theme for 2016 : Revitalising democracy, or the need to rebuild trust about the potential of our continent and trust in our political life.