The Unseen Capital of Culture 2025

By Emelie Teumer


A multitude of countries with different cultures and regional characteristics - and yet one Europe. European values unite us and create a European way of life.

Promoting the European way of life is one of the most important legislative proposals of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission. This includes upholding the rule of law, combating all forms of discrimination, and Europe's cultural diversity. Stand Up For Europe follows these Key Legislative Proposals in many activities and projects.

Whether it is breathtaking architecture, stirring music or amazing works of art, unique cultural experiences can be found in every country. Promoting and enabling togetherness is supported by a number of European Union initiatives, such as the European Capital of Culture.

The Threat of Authoritarian Drift. Examining the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Democratic Backsliding in Italy

By Francesca Corna


This article examines the concept of democratic backsliding, which refers to the gradual weakening of democratic institutions and values within a state, and its recent manifestation in Italy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper argues that while scholars have focused on understanding why democracies fail, there has been a lack of comparative work on the specific acts that cause democratic regimes to change. Through an analysis of the Italian case, focusing on Georgia Meloni’s government, the article highlights the impact of the pandemic on the rise of right-wing populism and the erosion of democratic institutions and values, including freedom of speech and restrictions on basic freedoms. The author also illustrates how the authoritarian drift of the Italian government poses a significant threat to women's rights, the LGBTQ+ community, and freedom of speech. The essay concludes by emphasizing the need for younger generations to recognize the dangers of democratic backsliding and to protect democracy both in Italy and around the world.