ECFR Black Coffee Morning: Subterranean Politics in Europe

Researched in collaboration with teams from across Europe, the report highlights both that ‘subterranean politics’ – the various protests, initiatives and actions normally considered marginal – are now striking a chord in the mainstream, and that these protests have been misframed as a reaction to austerity, overlooking a deeper, more insidious crisis of the political system. It also finds that among subterranean actors Europe is rarely discussed, despite the current proliferation of top-down initiatives for reforming the European Union, and makes tentative suggestions as to how Europe might be brought back into public debate.