11 Mar

Initiating Change in Europe

Celebrate Participation, Diversity, and Citizenship




1. Summer Birthday Party


Citizens For Europe wants to celebrate its 5th anniversary with you!

We thank you and all our partners that stand with us to promote a more inclusive and participatory society in Europe. Whether campaigning voting rights for migrants, fighting TTIP, promoting diversity in leadership, deepening democracy at EU level, bridging divides between academia, civil society, and politics or empowering activists, you have most probably crossed or even joined our path of activities.

To celebrate properly, we want to invite YOU to come over! So, sign up for our

Summer Birthday party on 25 June in Berlin, 5PM till 10PM

Celebrate a good cause and meet and connect with our network and partners. As soon as we know how many people will come, we let you know where the party starts.


2. Mission statement

  • We boost opportunities for more broad and meaningful political participation by promoting the extension of voting rights and political engagement for all, from the local to the EU level.
  • We demonstrate the value and advantages of ethnic and cultural diversity in Europe, encourage inclusion and fight discrimination and racism in society.
  • We apply and offer effective interactive, participatory methods and innovative techniques both in our work and as a service provider to create meaningful, sustainable and collective impact.
  • We achieve our thematic goals by bridging different actors (citizens, civil society, public and private sectors, politicians and academics) and types of knowledge and perspectives to promote cross-pollination and create more effective outcomes.


3. Next Issue: Youth in Europe

The new Open Citizenship, “Youth in Europe”, is out now! What better way to celebrate five years of Citizens for Europe and Open Citizenship than putting age at the centre of our next issue? “Youth in Europe” looks at the challenges and obstacles young people face across Europe today.To get you started, we’re featuring two new articles: an academic piece on young people’s imaginaries of Europe by Nora Schroeder, and an editorial Open Mic piece by Angelika Schenk and Leonie Martin on 5 ways to empower the youth. We’re publishing articles on a new website too, which allows us to publish articles online before we collect them into a paper journal at the end of the publishing cycle. You can read more here.


4. Open Space: Stadt der Zukunft

Germany is the second largest immigration country after the USA and therefore becoming a new home for many different nationalities from all over the world. We live together, work together and share the same backyard.

Still, many people are excluded from formal democratic participation processes. This is what also happened at the referendum in Berlin regarding the Tempelhofer Feld. Reason enough to come together at our Open Space event on

March 28th from 10AM to 5PM at

Podewil (Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin)

to discuss methods and ideas how to make our cities more inclusive and welcoming to everyone. Just pass by with your passion, motivation and curiosity!


Open Space Method (Video)


5. Diversity in Leadership


Foto: picture alliance / XAMAX







Cultural institutions in Berlin
The newest study of Vielfalt entscheidet ist out! 756 leadership positions were investigated in 57 cultural institutions (theatre, operas, ballet companies and cabarets). Altogether the Berlin stages shouldn’t be ashamed of their results: 21% of the cultural leaders have a migration background and 7% are visible minorities.

Diversity in cultural institutions is already the second study that is published on the brand new website. As a watchdog, Vielfalt entscheidet publishes facts & figures, best practices and proposes policy solutions in order to increase the representation of the diverse population in Berlin at the decision-making level. Have a look and leave a comment: www.vielfaltentscheidet.de


6. Stop-TTIP – Campaigns across Europe

Within the framework of the European cooperation platform CitizensforEurope.eu, Citizens for Europe Berlin is currently supporting seven grassroots campaigns linked to the self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative (sECI) Stop-TTIP.

The projects aim to inform the local communities and push political decision-makers to stand against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the United States. They will engage organisations spread across seven European countries and address issues such as agriculture, digital rights, and coordination of the Stop-TTIP national campaigns in Italy, Spain, Lithuania and Poland.

Official page of the (sECI) Stop-TTIP: https://stop-ttip.org/

23 Jan

Olympia ohne Berliner – Stadion muss mit Hamburgern aufgefüllt werden



Ausländern bleibt Zugang zu Spielen verwehrt


Berlin, 23. Januar 2013.

(CFE) Vor drei Tagen hat Berlins Innensenators Frank Henkel (CDU) entschieden, dass bei der Befragung der Berliner Bevölkerung zu Olympia nur deutsche Staatsbürger abstimmen dürfen. Heute, zum Start der Werbekampagne des Senats für Olympia, ist nun klar, dass auch die Spielstätten für Berliner ohne deutschen Pass dicht bleiben.

Davon sind in Berlin rund 500.000 Menschen betroffen. Um zu verhindern, dass in den Zuschauertribünen zu große Lücken entstehen, will der Senat mit ermäßigten Tickets die leer ausgegangen Hamburgerinnen und Hamburger in die Hauptstadt locken. Dies sei allerdings noch nicht abschließend mit dem Olympischen Sportbund abgesprochen. Laut Henkel beruhe seine Entscheidung auf Recht und Gesetz. Die Recherche von zahlreichen Experten zum Thema demokratische Beteiligung und Verfassungsrecht konnten dies für die nicht bindende Befragung jedoch nicht bestätigen.

Rückendeckung erhält Henkel von Pegida, die sich auf deutsche Olympische Spiele freuen. Berliner Athleten mahnen jedoch: „Wir müssen aufpassen, dass sich die Ausgrenzung nicht auch auf ausländische Olympioniken ausweitet“. Dies hängt vermutlich stark davon ab, auf welche rechtlichen und gesetzlichen Vorgaben sich Henkel stützt. Ob beim Public Viewing der einzelnen Wettbewerbe Ausländern auch der Zutritt verwehrt wird, soll durch eine parlamentarisch Anfrage geklärt werden.

Als Antwort auf Henkels Entscheidungen haben sich spontan Berlinerinnen und Berliner solidarisch mit ihren Nachbarn gezeigt und bieten auf der Plattform Olympia for all ihren Sitzplatz in den Spielstätten an.


24 Nov

Our support for a strong Intergroup on Anti-racism and Diversity in the European Parliament

As a transnational organisation part of a wider coalition supporting the re-establishment of a strong Intergroup on Anti-racism and Diversity (ARDI) for the 8th European Parliament legislature, we attach great importance to mainstreaming racial equality in the policy and legislative work of EU bodies, as well as to enhancing the participation of civil society as a whole in decision-making processes to combat discrimination in all its various forms (racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Roma, homophobia, transphobia, …) and to guarantee the rights of everyone.
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