"Refugees at Reception Centre in Rome" - United Nations Photo

Adapting to increased immigration: the problems faced by Italy

Insider perspective on working towards integration and refugee inclusion with Valentina Fabbri 18 September 2017
Pedro Ribeiro Simões

Migration and Integration in Portugal: An example to follow?

A look at a country with one of the world's best level of protection for refugees' human rights, by Claudia Petra 11 September 2017 | Claudia Pedra
Senza Senso

Local Energy Communities and priority corridors of north-south energy connections

An integrated approach to the promotion of a renewable energy market in Europe 4 September 2017
"AfD Wahlkampfauftakt" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by strassenstriche.net

Populism is not the problem

Why we should focus on values in political debate instead of style 25 July 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"Mustang Mentoring 2011" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by bujiie

Tackling the exclusion of minorities in Europe

Mentoring: towards a culture of inclusion in Europe 24 July 2017 | Hanaé Allali

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Italy Migration & Integration Interview

Adapting to increased immigration: the problems faced by Italy

Insider perspective on working towards integration and refugee inclusion with Valentina Fabbri18 September 2017
"Refugees at Reception Centre in Rome" - United Nations Photo

In this interview for #DialogueOnEurope, Valentina Fabbri highlights flaws and particularities of the Italian system and its effects on refugees living in various capacities in Italy, comparing these to the European context.

Portugal Migration Integration Interview

Migration and Integration in Portugal: An example to follow?

A look at a country with one of the world's best level of protection for refugees' human rights, by Claudia Petra11 September 2017 | Claudia Pedra
Pedro Ribeiro Simões

Claudia Pedra, Director of the Network for Strategic and International Studies, comments on the way Portugal deals with the refugee crisis. Even in a country with one of the best asylum laws worldwide, integration and tolerance seem to remain problematic issues.

Sustainable growth Energy policy Opinions

Local Energy Communities and priority corridors of north-south energy connections

An integrated approach to the promotion of a renewable energy market in Europe4 September 2017
Senza Senso

The development of Local Energy Communities is a vision which aims to address the pressing future global issues of energy efficiency, healthy food sources and water management. The fact that a very large percentage of EU regional development funds remain unused represents an opportunity for the Member States to review the European energy market strategy and develop a policy program aimed at funding these projects.

Populism

Populism is not the problem

Why we should focus on values in political debate instead of style25 July 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"AfD Wahlkampfauftakt" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by strassenstriche.net

Populism is everywhere these days. Not only as a phenomenon but also as a topic in political discourse. Yet, the closer you look at it, the more you will realize that populism is quite a messy term. It signifies everything from an unease towards dissent, to the fear of a weakened democracy. More importantly, once you get a grip on how you define the term you will realize that populism may be destructive and inflammatory but is not the real problem. It is mostly a symptom for fundamental conflicts in society.

Social Cohesion Opinion

Tackling the exclusion of minorities in Europe

Mentoring: towards a culture of inclusion in Europe24 July 2017 | Hanaé Allali
"Mustang Mentoring 2011" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by bujiie

In Europe we know that Portugal, France and Italy are the most unequal countries according to OECD household incomes.
 In addition to income inequality, inequality of opportunities may result from different types of discrimination, including discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, or religion. Widespread inequalities lead to the exclusion of minorities. Despite the fact that ethnic, cultural and religious diversity is a central feature and value of the European Union minority exclusion still persists in the EU.

Migration policy Report

Trapped In Greece: One Year After The EU Turkey Agreement

A report by the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR)10 July 2017
Matthew Peoples

On 26 May 2017, the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR) published a report on the impact of the agreement reached last year by the European Union and Turkey in order to stop irregular migration from Turkey. Irene Wolf, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration, is part of the team that worked on this report, which states that this agreement has turned Greece into a large refugee camp where effective protection cannot be guaranteed.

Economic policy Report

Are the spending priorities of euro-area countries converging?

A report by the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin10 July 2017
Photo: Christine und Hagen Graf

On 30 June 2017, the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin published a report on the spending priorities of the European countries. Robin Huguenot-Noël, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth, tried to identify common points in government spending strategies on a national scale, together with Jörg Haas. They came out with four main findings, which reveal that convergence is far from being achieved.

Energy Transition Sustainable Growth Report

Making the Energy Transition a European Success

A report by the Jacques Delors Institute10 July 2017
Photo: Celeste B

On 21 June 2017, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth, published a report on Energy Transition on a European scale together with the Jacques Delors Institute, pointing out the achievements of this European initiative. Basing on empirical findings, this policy paper formulates four main objectives and a number of concrete policy recommendations that aim to foster European integration through the establishment of a Energy Union.

EVENTS THINKING LABS

Second European Thinking Lab Summit

Successful second meeting of #DialogueOnEurope Contributors in Paris12 April 2017 | Benyamin Abdülhay, Nicolina Kirby
Photo: Alex&Jacob/ Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.

Following up on the first European Thinking Lab Summit, which took place in Lisbon in November of last year, and only one month after the last #EuropeanTownHall meeting in London, the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Contributors gathered again on 24-26 March in Paris for the Second Thinking Lab Summit, hosted by Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with our French partner EuropaNova.

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PRESS EVENTS

Second European Thinking Lab Summit in Paris

Orange Magazine's coverage of the Paris summit 4 April 2017
Photo: Alex&Jacob/ Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.

The 2nd European Thinking Lab summit took place in Paris from March 24-26, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Orange Magazine, a project by the European Youth Press, covered the conference with various articles.