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Defend Democracy has created several communities, some of which also meet offline:


Every month, freedom-loving citizens meet up at informal networking events known as #DemocracyDrinks. The events attract a lively mixture of people from NGOs, international institutions, think tanks, national governments and representations, academia, public affairs consultancies, social businesses and other active citizens.

#DemocracyDrinks are a great way of making new contacts and catching up with people you know; for testing ideas and planning actions; for moral support and inspiration. Feel free to invite friends and colleagues that work on or are interested in defending values like democracy, rule of law, human rights… Come along and you will be made welcome.

#DemocracyDrinks are currently organised in Brussels, Berlin and Washington DC. We are working on launching them in other countries too, so ultimately you will be able to join us wherever you are. Read more here.

Defenders of Democracy

Defenders of Democracy is a Brussels circle of professionals who are deeply concerned about the urgent and growing threats to European democracy from both inside and outside the EU. We sense that Brussels has grasped neither the scale nor the urgency of that threat, and think liberal democracy won’t prevail by merely restating European values. We work to understand those threats and expose the forces who are fueling them. We support each other in a shared effort to safeguard and renew liberal democracy. We organise events to grow and support a larger community of democracy defenders. Defenders of Democracy’s first meeting took place on Wednesday 23 May 2018 – exactly one year before the 2019 European elections. Read more here.