Where does the demand for populist platforms come from? How to respond to the crisis of democracy? Laura-Kristine Krause, Maciej Gdula, Paul Mason and Manuel Sarrazin present their views on the present state of and the future of democracy in Europe.
Exactly one year after the first #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Athens, the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE goes further and takes place on 7 December 2016 in Warsaw. With a European Union at stake, sustainable solutions can best be achieved with the support of a strong and well-connected European civil society.
In the context of our transnational, civil society project DIALOGUE ON EUROPE we are happy to announce new partnerships with five renowned think tanks from our project countries. Our new think tank partners supported us in organising the #EuropeanTownHall Meetings and have been contributing to the Opening Conference in Berlin.
After successful #EuropeanTownHall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon, Rome and Marseilles, the fifth and final Town Hall Meeting within the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE took place in Madrid on 16 June 2016. Once again, representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media gathered to discuss the most pressing challenges Spain and Europe are currently facing and exchanged ideas about how to work towards a strengthened and progressive Europe.
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After successful Town Hall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon and Rome, the fourth event within the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE took place in Marseilles on 26 May 2016. Once again, representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media gathered to discuss the most pressing challenges France and Europe are currently facing and exchange ideas about how to work towards a strengthened and progressive Europe.
The first stops of our DIALOGUE ON EUROPE in Athens and Lisbon were now followed up by a Town Hall Meeting in Rome on 5 April 2016. Once again, we invited representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media to gather and discuss the most urgent challenges Italy and Europe have to face presently, such as the reduction of youth unemployment or the refugee crisis.
The first bilateral Town Hall Meeting of our DIALOGUE ON EUROPE which took place in Athens on 7 December 2015 was now followed up by a Town Hall Meeting in Lisbon on 7 March 2016. Again, we invited young representatives from Portugal’s civil society, NGOs, startups, the media, and think tanks to gather and discuss the most urgent challenges the country has to face presently, such as the reduction of youth unemployment or the demographic changes the European Union is undergoing.
On 7 December, the opening event of our project DIALOGUE ON EUROPE took place in Athens. Multipliers from Greek civil society came together to participate in workshops on common challenges in Europe, and to discuss these with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office. (more…)
One year after the first #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw, the second bilateral Polish-German exchange was launched on 12 February 2018. Representatives of academia, civil society, and culture from Germany and Poland met to discuss the rise of populism in Europe as well as possible democratic innovations to address this phenomenon. An open debate with Manuel Sarrazin was concluded with an input by Paul Mason, offering a broader, global perspective.
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.
Brexit was a wake-up call, especially for young Brits. Therefore, the Dialogue on Europe brought together representatives of the young civil society with parliamentarians and experts from the UK and Germany. Among the guests were Thomas Oppermann, Gloria de Piero, Martin Roth, James Graham and Sonia Sodha. Together, they discussed the future of British-European relations.
Exactly one year after launching DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, a further bilateral half-day #TownHallMeeting was organized – this time in Warsaw. On December 7th, representatives of academia, civil society and culture from Germany and Poland followed our invitation to discuss possible future scenarios for Europe. Open discussions fed directly into a lively conversation about the challenges of European integration and Polish-German relations with Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe.
Four months after the successful kick-off of the Thinking Labs in Berlin, the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Contributors met again on 25-27 November in Lisbon during the First Thinking Lab Summit hosted by Das Progressive Zentrum together with our Portuguese partner, the Institute of Public Policy.
Elina Makri is Journalist, Co-Founder and Media Project Manager of C.A.R.L. (Computer Assisted Reporting Laboratory) and the Youth Investigative Journalism Prize. Furthermore she moderated the #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Athens. In addition Elina is engaged in numerous international networking and journalism platforms such as Oikomedia.com, Cabebabel.com and Dialoggers.eu. She has studied Law at the Université du Droit et de la Santé in Lille and European and International Law at the Université catholique de Louvain.
The government has to stop taxing people and is in need of a long term plan, liberating entrepreneurs and also modernizing the public sector through technology and more qualified personnel. Social cohesion is eroding when there is no trust between the people and the state, but instead exertion and pressure.
This website is designed as a platform for the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE. The DIALOGUE ON EUROPE is a transnational dialogue process with next generation thinkers and practitioners. It is based on four Thinking Labs: Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth. In each Thinking Lab, 15 European personalities from civil society are developing new ideas together. They publish opinions, analyses, interviews, studies, and later on, policy recommendations. We will keep on publishing their contributions here – so this platform will grow and keep you up to date. If you are interested in contributing, please share your opinion pieces or analyses. Get in touch with us! (more…)
Pursuing the debate launched with the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project, the German Federal Foreign Office has initiated a new series of Town Hall Meetings within Germany, starting with a meeting hosted by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 24 October 2016 in Berlin.
On 28 June 2016, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, officially launched the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE-project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. (more…)
Debates and workshops on the future of Europe in Marseilles
Goethe Institut France reporting on the fourth step of the #EuropeanTownHall Meeting Series
Goethe Institut France | 3 May 2016 | Link to release (French)
DIALOGUE ON EUROPE – #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Lisbon
IPP promoting the #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Lisbon
Thomas Jefferson Institute of Public Policy | 3 March 2016 | Link to release (Portuguese)
Embassy of Germany in Lisbon on the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE
Project Description and announcement of the upcoming #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Lisbon
German Embassy Lisbon | 1 February 2016 | Link to release (Portuguese)
Thinktank cooperation at #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Athens
ELIAMEP features the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE and their contribution to the Town Hall Meeting in Athens
ELIAMEP | 8 December 2015 | Link to release
About the Project
Throughout the last two and a half years, Das Progressive Zentrum conducted a large DIALOGUE ON EUROPE with actors from the civil society of eight European countries and with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office. The project came to an end on 19 March 2018 with the publication of four Policy Briefs on Migration and Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth.
Why a DIALOGUE ON EUROPE?
Due to many disintegrative developments such as the Brexit-referendum and the rise of right-wing populism and especially the aftermath of the economic and financial crisis with its long-time effects especially on the South of Europe, the future of the European Union is at stake. The challenges ahead of us are too profound and seminal to be addressed by high-ranking politicians attending closed-door summits alone. A long-term solution can only be achieved with the support of a strong and well-connected European civil society which, unfortunately, is all too seldom listened to.
What is the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE?
With this in mind, Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, initiated the project “DIALOGUE ON EUROPE – Rebuilding trust and redefining Europe in tough times”. The project gave rise to a two-year transnational dialogue process at eye level with young, promising thinkers from Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Germany. This process brought together key actors from civil society, the media, politics, academia and the business and start-up sectors to help foster a climate of mutual understanding between the participating states and societies.
How did the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE work?
The DIALOGUE ON EUROPE unfolded in three main phases: an initiation phase with bilateral Town Hall Meetings, a creation phase with multilateral Thinking Labs, and a multiplication phase for the diffusion of the project’s results.
In order to initiate the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, our international team came across Europe and met more than 400 young dedicated movers and shakers of the national and local civil society during 5 #EuropeanTownHall Meetings held in Athens, Lisbon, Rome, Marseilles & Madrid. The events enabled lively debates in workshops and public discussions with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, on the most pressing European challenges, shaping at the same time a strong network of European think tank partners — ELIAMEP (Greece), Institute of Public Policy (Portugal), Istituto Affari Internazionali (Italy), Jacques Delors Institute (France), Fundación Alternativas and Politikon (Spain).
On 28 June 2016, the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, officially launched the second, multilateral phase of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, together with 100 young and upcoming opinion leaders and intellectuals from these 5 countries as well as from Germany. These selected representatives from the European civil society then developed genuinely European policy recommendations in four DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Thinking Labs on “Populism”, “Social Cohesion”, “Migration & Integration” and “Sustainable Growth”. Between June 2016 and March 2018, they had several virtual working phases with video conferences called “Sprints”, as well as three physical meetings, the so-called European Thinking Lab Summits in Lisbon, Paris and Rome.
On 19 March 2018, the final policy briefs of the four Thinking Labs were presented at the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Closing Conference in Brussels. The honorary guests and keynote speakers Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister, and Michael Roth stressed the innovative character of the project and acknowledged the relevance of the policy recommendations.
DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, a project initiated by Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.