A review of RECON’s overall performance commends the project for producing high-quality research that is of great importance for present-day Europe. It is ‘recommended that the empirical findings and the theory developed within RECON be made standard knowledge in textbooks on Europe’.

Can the nation state safeguard democracy in the age of Europeanisation and globalisation? Can democracy as such be reconstituted in Europe, and if so, at what level? How to strengthen democracy in the EU was the key question of the RECON outreach conference May 19.