Peace and Conflict Studies
The relatively low voter turnout of 42,54% in the European elections in 2014 reflected the very low interest of the European median voter for the European Institutions that continue to be perceived as insulated from citizens.. In contrast however, the “Stop-TTIP”-initiative has revealed a significantly different picture: On October 11th 2014, individuals and collective initiatives protested all over Europe on a European-wide day of action against the Transatlantic Trade Partnership (TTIP). They united to “Stop TTIP” in a European Citizen Initiative. Is a “European demos” rising? The current multidimensional crisis of the EU (economical, institutional, and in terms of citizen's trust and attachment) keeps this question returning to the fore.