You and Me

You and Me - Empowering rural youth

A Youth film project for a new European narrative

Our youth film project brought together 9 young who grew up in the rural areas in Spain, Greece and Germany. They grabbed a camera and told their own stories beyond the media spin and stereotypes that have dominated the mainstream narrative in the European Union over the last few years. After taking part in a film training, they travelled in September and October 2016 as transnational groups through the rural areas of Brandenburg (Germany), Lesbos (Greece) and Aragón (Spain), where they interviewed other youngsters about their lives in the rural areas, their dreams and everyday challenges. They produced the documentary film Ruralink:

In the EU, 75% of the population lives in urban areas, while 80% of the territory is categorised as rural. Rural areas throughout Europe are often associated with remoteness, population decline, lack of education, infrastructure and services, and therefore risk marginalisation and social exclusion. The documentary film Ruralink features six stories of rural youth from Brandenburg (Germany), Aragón (Spain) and Lesbos (Greece) beyond stereotypes and mainstream narrative. It provides a fresh look at rural Europe and shows dynamic young people, committed to reviving their local communities and regions.

The documentary was supported by Jugend Für Europa in the frame of the transnational project "You and Me - A Youth Film Project for a New European Narrative". Started in April 2016, the project brought together 9 young people from rural areas in Attica, Lesbos (Greece), Aragón (Spain) and Brandenburg (Germany). After an intensive film training, they were split into three transnational film crews and grabbed their cameras to tell stories of rural youth in their regions.

Find out more on the project blog:

Direction, Camera and Editing: Ruth-Maria Thomas, Elisabeth Wank, Jesus Lozano Lombarte, Laura Martinez Pallas, Anabel Roda Cerda, Emre Jon Brooks, Panagiotis Kypriotis

Media trainer / Artistic Direction: Séverine Lenglet

Production: Citizens For Europe, Fondo Natural, Bridging Europe

Coordinators of the project "You and Me- A Youth Film Project for a New European Narrative": Chiara Zannoni (Citizens For Europe), Jorge Gracia Lopez (Fondo Natural), Eleni Kostantopoulou (Bridging Europe).

The content of this documentary does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lie entirely with the authors.

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November 30, 2021
Afrozensus 2020

Presentation of the results of the study #Afrozensus

Presentation of the results of the study #Afrozensus

Almost 6,000 Black, African and Afro-diasporic people in Germany took part in the online survey #Afrozensus. This means that for the first time, comprehensive data is now available on their realities of life, experiences of racism and commitment. The results of the #Afrozensus indicate that anti-Black racism (ASR) is widespread in Germany and entrenched in institutions. Criminalization, exoticization, and sexualization are just three of the many patterns through which anti-Black racism is characterized and experienced by many respondents. Therefore, in order to roll back anti-Black racism in its approach, a focus on the empowerment of Black, African, and Afro-diasporic people is necessary.
November 24, 2021


Digital expert conference #Afrozensus - 30.11.2021

We will discuss the results of the #Afrozensus study and which discrimination experiences Black people in Germany have and which socio-political possibilities for action arise from this, on 30.11.2021 from 10:00 to 14:15 at the digital expert conference "#Afrozensus - Discrimination Experiences, Perspectives and Engagement of Black People in Germany". The #Afrozensus is the first comprehensive study dealing with the realities, perspectives and experiences of discrimination of Black, African and Afrodiasporic people in Germany.
October 18, 2021
DIYW Team Photo Meeting in Barcelona in October 2021

Democratic Innovations in Youth Work (DIYW) Barcelona – Oct. 2021

DIYW project team met for the first time in Barcelona

After a series of online meetings, our first face-to-face project team meeting took place between 30.09-4.10.2021 in Barcelona. Project coordinators, democratic education experts, youth workers specialising in non-formal education, youth moderators and video-makers met to exchange their experience and share their knowledge on best practices in non-formal education methods used in democratic education as well as in the field of the production of audio-visual educational materials. The main goal was to learn from each other and get inspiration for our video series introducing young people to different types of democratic innovations.
September 14, 2021
Titelbild Publikation Wählerinnen mit Migrationshintergrund

People with a migration background can decide the election.

People with a migration background can decide the election.

About 7.6 million people with a migration background are eligible to vote in the Bundestag elections - that is 12.2% of all eligible voters. In which constituencies do eligible voters with a migration background also have the potential to decide the Bundestag election? Based on the microcensus and data from the Federal Election Commissioner, Jun.-Prof. Arndt Leininger, PhD (Chemnitz University of Technology), Julius Lagodny (Cornell University), Daniel Gyamerah and Deniz Yıldırım-Caliman (both Citizens For Europe), with the support of Correlaid e.V., have for the first time estimated the number of eligible voters with a migration background for all 299 Bundestag constituencies.
March 26, 2021
Vielfalt im Film

#VielfaltImFilm: Results of the survey on diversity and discrimination in front of and behind the camera

Discrimination pervades the German film industry.

Over 6,000 members of the film industry in their 440 professions participated in the online survey initiated by the Alliance for #VielfaltImFilm (Diversity in Film). This is the first comprehensive data on their experiences with diversity and discrimination in front of and behind the camera. The results of #VielfaltImFilm indicate that discrimination pervades the German film industry and limits the participation of people with different diversity backgrounds. The survey ran from mid-July to the end of October 2020.
February 15, 2021

#AFROZENSUS Online survey

Online survey #AFROZENSUS

A survey from the community for the community

More than one million people of African descent live in Germany. #AFROZENSUS is the first large-scale online survey to record their life realities, experiences of discrimination and perspectives. Based on the results, concrete measures are proposed to reduce racist discrimination and to protect and promote people of African origin in Germany.
February 10, 2021
KNAD Kompetenznetzwerk Antidiskriminierung und Diversitätsorientierung

Competence Network “Antidiscrimination and Diversity Focus”

Competence Network
"Antidiscrimination & Diversity Focus"

We inform. We advise. We accompany.

Since 2020, CFE has been working together with the Anti-Discrimination Association Germany (advd) and RAA Berlin in the Competence Network “Anti-Discrimination and Diversity Focus”. As part of the federal program "Demokratie leben!", the network has set itself the task of advancing the professional discourse on the topics of anti-discrimination, equality and diversity focus nationwide and supporting governmental and non-governmental organizations in preventing, recognizing, addressing and reducing discrimination.
February 9, 2021
#VielfaltImFilm Grafik

#VielfaltImFilm – Diversity in the film sector

Online survey Vielfalt im Film

For an inclusive film industry in front and behind the camera

How diverse is the German-speaking film and television industry? Who is represented and how, and who is not? What exclusions and precarious working conditions exist and how can we promote the development of an inclusive working environment in the film industry? The initiative and online survey Vielfalt im Film (ViF) was the first comprehensive survey of anti-discrimination and equality data in the German-speaking film and television industry. Over 6,000 members of the film industry in their 440 professions participated in the online survey. The results of #VielfaltImFilm indicate that discrimination pervades the German film industry and limits the participation of people with different diversity backgrounds.
February 9, 2021
DIYW Team Photo Meeting in Barcelona in October 2021

Democratic Innovations in Youth Work

Democratic Innovations in Youth Work

Reviving youth engagement and participation in democratic life

Whereas various innovations to democratize contemporary democracies have been imagined, designed, tested and even institutionalised on different levels of decision-making (e.g. citizens assemblies, participatory budgeting, deliberative polls etc.), Democratic Innovations (DIs) still do not play a role in youth work and non-formal education today. The DIYW (Democratic Innovations in Youth Work) project aims at tackling the issue of democratic disenchantment and erosion by developing, testing and disseminating didactic materials that support youth workers and teachers to introduce to young people the subject of Democratic Innovations.
February 8, 2021
CHIEF Podcast Advocacy for social and political change

Survey on structural exclusions in the party Bündnis 90/die Grüne

Survey on structural exclusions in the party Bündnis 90/die Grüne

So far, hardly any quantitative and qualitative surveys have examined discrimination, barriers to access and career opportunities for persons affected by discrimination in German political parties. On behalf of the Federal Executive Committee of the party Bündnis 90 / die Grünen, our qualitative survey on experiences of discrimination within the party is a first step towards gaining specific insights into the mechanisms of exclusion and effective measures for inclusion within the Green party.
December 14, 2020

European Democracy Network Final Conference

Democracies in the Making! Online Learning Exchange

How can civil society and activist movements resist and handle attacks by authoritarian governments on democratic values and basic rights, also in times of the COVID-19 pandemic? And how can new forms of interventions inspire these movements and revive democracy? Organized within the European Democracy Network on Saturday 28.11.2020, our practice-oriented Online Learning Exchange "Democracies in the Making" connected about 150 activists defending democratic values and change-makers designing and implementing new models of participation and deliberation, beyond periodic elections.
September 17, 2020
EDN Activist Meeting Tisnov/Brno

EDN Activists’ Meeting Brno/Tisnov

Recovering in solidarity - EDN Activists’ Meeting in Brno (CZ)

After a long break, another EDN activist meeting took place between 11th-14th September in Brno/Tisnov. Notwithstanding the difficult circumstances of the pandemic situation, EDN activists continue to exchange their experiences and to support each other in their struggles for more democratic, inclusive and ecological societies. During the four days meeting, participants took part in a forest therapy, in a city tour and public event connected to local activist groups and movements in Brno, as well as in workshop sessions on non-hierarchical organisations, non-violent communication and in burn out in activism.
July 15, 2020

Start #AFROZENSUS and #VielfaltImFilm

Start #AFROZENSUS und #VielfaltImFilm

During the last challenging months we have been working intensively on two new projects and are happy to present to you #AFROZENSUS, the first large-scale online survey to record the life realities, experiences of discrimination and perspectives of African descent living in German as well as #VielfaltImFilm, the very first survey on diversity and discrimination in front and behind the camera.
March 4, 2020
Voting Rights For All Coalition in berlin - Campaign 2016

CHIEF-Podcast: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for change

A coalition for political change - Storytelling "Voting Rights For All"

How do you initiate and implement a partnership between various actors from civil society, academia, politics and local communities? How can a coalition of various stakeholders advocate for social and political change? How do you foster an inclusive, participatory and impactful multi-sectoral collaboration? In this podcast, Séverine Lenglet, Head of the division “Empowering Civil Society“ at Citizens For Europe, and Martin Wilhelm, Director of Citizens For Europe, try to answer these questions, using the example of the Alliance “Wahlrecht für Alle – Voting Rights for All” that was initiated by Citizens For Europe in 2011 in Berlin.
February 26, 2020
CHIEF Podcast Advocacy for social and political change

CHIEF-Podcast: Advocacy for change

Podcast: Advocacy for social and political change

How can you attract political decision-makers to support your cause? How can you build pressure so that they take responsibility and get engaged? How can you design a policy recommendation and advocate for change? To answer these questions, Martin Wilhelm, Director of Citizens For Europe, interviews Sergius Seebohm, an expert with more than 15 years’ experience in advocacy and political communication. This podcast was produced in the frame of the CHIEF project, an international research project that strives for a more inclusive cultural education for young people across Europe by producing policy recommendations and advocating for them an in inclusive process.
February 3, 2020
EDN Activists’ Meeting Paris

EDN Activists’ Meeting Paris

Reflecting on struggles and social movements in Europe and beyond

Networking with representatives of social movements and civil society organizations from France, Latin American and Caribbean countries, sharing activist success stories, learning about fundraising opportunities and philanthropy for democracy-related projects in Europe, civic-sightseeing in the footsteps of revolutionary women and looking for constructive responses to the problem of shrinking civic spaces – the weekend between 24th-27th January in Paris was full of valuable encounters, reflections and discussions for activists from the European Democracy Network (EDN). Listen, watch, read about all these topics in this blogpost.
December 17, 2019

Action Fund ViRaL – End of Pilot Phase

More than 50,000 people reached at the local level

The pilot phase of our ViRaL action fund has come to an end and we are reviewing it. We got to know so many great activists* who are committed to diversity and against racism, and we had the opportunity to fund and support them with ViRaL. So much was set in motion and initiated by ViRaL on the ground! ViRaL has reached over 250,000 people online. With their local projects, the selected groups and associations, had a reach of approx. 50,000 people at the local level.
October 14, 2019
Group photo European Democracy Network

EDN Activists’ Meeting Budapest

Empowering and connecting activists in Budapest, October 2019

Community organising and campaigning; mobile video activism; the situation and discrimination of Roma Community, media propaganda and shrinking of civic spaces in Hungary; psychological support to prevent burn out and strengthen resilience – the third activists' meeting of our European Democracy Network that took place in Budapest from 4-7 October 2019 was full of intensive training sessions, inspiring keynotes, city civic sightseeing, artistic vibes and networking opportunities.
July 3, 2019
Group photo Activists and Partners European Democracy Network

EDN Activists’ Meeting Berlin

Living Transnational Solidarity - Berlin June 2019

White Privileges, Digital Security, Positive Psychology, Right-wing Populism and Shrinking Civic Space in Germany – the activists of the European Democracy Network project took part in various training sessions during our Networking Meeting in Werkstatt der Kulturen between 28 June to 1st of July. We also organised a “Transnational Inspirations dinner” to give the participants the opportunity to meet local and diaspora activists living in Berlin as well as to share inspiring activists stories and best practices to create change.
May 23, 2019
Street activist in Poland

EDN-Vox Pop: Activist Stories #Poland

Being an opposition activist in Poland

How is the populist right-wing and national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party ruling Poland and how does it affect street opposition? Polish activists tell how the PiS politics is eroding the democratic standards and values in Poland, taking over the public media, threatening fundamental rights and freedoms, as well as shrinking the civic space. Civil society is under pressure. Listen to our vox pop with Polish activists : "Being an opposition activist in Poland in 2019". Stories of street actions, violence, intimidation and threats...