No democracy without strong Civil Society Organisations
Civic space is the bedrock of any open and democratic society. Civil Society Organisations are a key player for our democracy to flourish, and the more the civic space shrinks the less a society can be considered democratic.
Today, the civic space is narrowing in a growing number of countries worldwide¹, including in the EU. Together with it, democracy itself is under attack. The far right-wing and populist parties have waged a war against solidarity, in fact, CSOs are under threat in all the countries where these parties entered government. Hungary, Italy, and Poland are a warning that cannot be ignored. Nationalists, the far-right and populists are undermining representative democracy by questioning it at large, fueling confusions and using scapegoats to divert people’s frustration into easier targets.