“Sustainable democracy” defended at a forum in Budapest

How to build sustainable democracies? It is the stake of a international conference in Budapest. The leaders of several major European cities met for two days, alongside experts and activists, to discuss the threats to democratic systems.

The mayor of the Hungarian capital opened the debates. “Think about the poverty that exists in our democratic societies. This poverty is spreading and causing lasting suffering and despair. It’s not just a failure of social policies, it’s a scar on democracy itself. Democracy is supposed to produce good and fair results. If it doesn’t eliminate avoidable suffering, something is wrong“, estime Gergely Christmas.

around twenty cities are participating in the event, bringing together prominent local leaders. Among them, the mayors of Budapest, Prague, Bratislava and Warsaw have already given birth to an “alliance of free cities” intended to fight against the populist tendencies of their respective governments.

As mayors, we have a lot in common and a lot to do together. First of all, protect our values, we come from open, tolerant cities, and we want to talk about the priorities that are dear to our citizens. It turns out that the populists are not winning in the cities. We want to be a channel for conveying the wishes of our citizens and I think there are a lot of things we can do together“, said the mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski.

The elected officials signed a joint declaration in which they pledge to defend the values ​​of liberal democracy, pluralism, openness and cultural diversity.


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