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The European Year of Citizens

This year is the “Year of Citizens” for the European Union, which officially kicked off the year-long focus this past week in Dublin, Ireland. Viviane Reding, a politician from Luxembourg and the vice-president of the European Commission, told her audience in Dublin’s City Hall that the vast majority of EU citizens—86 percent—don’t know what their rights as EU citizens are, and that almost 70 percent don’t believe that their voices are being heard. This year’s focus on citizenship is, she says, an effort to change that.


Citizenship abroad: a quest for democratic citizenship in Russia

We have noted before Leon Aron’s look into Russian civic society based on his trip to the country last July. On the trip, Aron interviewed leaders of different grassroots organizations and democratic movements in an effort to better understand civic culture and citizenship in Russia.


Citizenship and Sovereignty in Europe

Continuing the discussion of citizenship lessons from abroad–and issues of state sovereignty and the European economic crisis–Kori Schake wonders if individuals states (and their citizens) still have the capacity to chart their own destines.


A quest for democratic citizenship

We covered the first part of Leon Aron’s look into Russian civic society in November; the follow-up report, “Following One’s Conscience, part 2: A Quest for Democratic Citizenship” is now available at AEI.


Citizenship Abroad: Hungary

If you’re anything like us, you may have been too busy following the happenings in Iowa and New Hampshire to really have time to look at citizenship happenings abroad. If so, the recent demonstrations in Budapest, Hungary, would be one thing to catch up on.