THINKING LABS CLOSING CONFERENCE EVENT

Closing Conference with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

The contributors of the trans-European project Dialogue on Europe present their final results19 March 2018 | Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU, Brussels
Bild: Jacob&Alex

Four policy briefs, several workshops and two high-profile speeches conclude the more than two-years transnational dialogue process at eye level with young, promising thinkers from Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.

Sustainable Growth Opinion Press

European civil society asks for sustainable, inclusive and climate-friendly growth path in the EU

How to rethink the meaning of economic growth in the EU17 March 2018
Photo: Alex&Jacob | Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth

Luís Teles Morais and Sabrina Schulz question the importance given to economic growth in the EU. They call for a change of perspective and for a new focus on sustainable well-being as a broad societal goal. In this article previously published by the Portugues newspaper Público, they also present the main results of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth.

#EUROPEANTOWNHALL POLAND ANALYSIS OPINION

Second #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw: Thoughts on the Future of Democracy

Conclusions by Laura Krause, Maciej Gdula, Paul Mason and Manuel Sarrazin12 February 2018 | Warsaw

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.

#EUROPEANTOWNHALL POLAND EVENT

What future for democracy?

Report #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw12 February 2018

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.

Sustainable Growth Greece Interview

The Interconnection of Greek islands: Another Perspective on the EU’s Security of Energy Supply and Economic Growth

How Greece's tremendous natural resources could contribute to foster clean energy on a European level9 January 2018 | Vanta-Vasiliki Kyriakou

Greece disposes of considerable natural resources to foster clean energy in the country itself but also on a European level. Yet, this potential remains unrealised to a large extent. The interconnection of the so-called Greek Non-Interconnected Islands (NII) opens up new opportunities in this direction. In this interview, Dr. Theodore Panagos explains the possible economic, social and even geopolitical repercussions.

Migration & Integration Germany Interview

“There has been a constant neglect of the migration reality”

Interview with Meike Behrends on migration and asylum policy in Germany4 December 2017 | Maria Skóra
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In 2015, almost one million asylum-seekers came to Germany and the country still has to cope with the repercussions of this development – in social, political and economic terms. Yet, migration and integration is not a new phenomenon to Germany. In this interview, Meike Behrends, an expert on European migration policy talks about the historic development of migration in Germany and how the country’s integration approach has changed during the last decades.

Migration & Integration Greece Interview

Migration crisis in Greece: the need for a European action plan

An expert interview with Dimitris Varadinis for #DialogueOnEurope2 October 2017 | Maria Skóra
"Refugee Crisis in Greece" - CAFOD Photo Library

Long considered as an emigration country, Greece started receiving immigrants in the 90’s. Over the last few years, the country had to deal with huge number of newcomers and despite the engagement of the social society, it doesn’t have the means to properly assist them. Greek authorities repeatedly asked for the support of the other European member states, which are reluctant to take responsibility.

European Thinking Lab Summit France Event

Second European Thinking Lab Summit

Successful second meeting of #DialogueOnEurope Contributors in Paris12 April 2017 | Paris | 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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Migration & Integration PRESS

Rescuing Refugees at Sea

SOS Mediterrane Rescues Refugees at Sea and Unites European Activists6 April 2017 | Anna Romandash
Photo: Alex&Jacob/ Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.

With the simple, but great and effective idea of rescuing refugees at sea, SOS Mediterrane manages to save the lives of those seeking to enter the European Union.

BREXIT Analysis

Does Tony Blair have an answer to Shakespeare’s Hotspur?

Professor Richard Rose analyses the result of the Brexit referendum3 April 2017 | Richard Rose
Photo: Center for American Progress (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Tony Blair’s call to spirits to rise up from the deep to throw off Brexit was worthy of Owen Glendower’s faith in his magical powers. So too is the reply that Shakespeare gave Hotspur: ‘Why so can I or so can any man. But will they come when you do call for them?’ Blair’s cosmopolitan audience showed there are people in the City of London welcoming his call to remain in the European Union. But his talk gave no hint of how troops raised in the Square Mile could successfully capture Parliament. (more…)

#EuropeanTownHall UNITED KINGDOM event

How to restart Britain and Europe?

The #MilennialVoices' perspective on the new EU-Britain relations1 March 2017 | Maria Freitas
Workshop at European Town Hall Meeting London 2017, Diaologue on Europe
Alex&Jacob/DPZ, 2017

#DialogueOnEurope organised its eighth Town Hall Meeting in London, on February 27. Policy Network covered the event, publishing the conference’s findings.

#EuropeanTownHall United Kingdom Event

Don’t think it’s all over: How to restart Britain and Europe?

Dialogue on the Future of British-European relations27 February 2017 | London | Bastian Roth
Panel Discussion at European Town Hall Meeting London 2017
Foto: Alex&Jacob/Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.

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.

Populism France Analysis

Security Pivot Towards a Police State in France

Populisms' Slippery Slope5 February 2017 | Félix Blanc
"Police Francaise - Policía francesa - F" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Oscar in the middle

The first European Thinking Lab took place from 25-27 November in Lisbon. During the Summit, the contributors cooperated within their Thinking Lab and worked out brief policy proposals. Félix Blanc is engaged with the topic of a Security Pivot towards a Police State in France.

Populism Analysis

Populism in Eastern Europe

An analysis of Elena Marcela Coman21 January 2017
"Jobbik flags" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Leigh Phillips

Thwarting the Political Cleavages of Western Europe – What We Can Learn from Populists. Elena Marcela Coman outlines the historic trajectory and specific traits of populist movements in Eastern Europe.

Populism Analysis

On the Making of Trump – The Blind Spot That Created Him

Otto Scharmer analyses the factors underlying Trump's victory 17 January 2017
"Josh_eye" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by operationotter

According to Scharmer, three main divides within the United States contributed to the success of Donald Trump, which took many by surprise.

#EuropeanTownHall Poland Event

Dialogue On Europe goes East!

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw7 December 2016 | Warsaw

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.

Social Cohesion Opinion

Supporting Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

Boosting Founder Confidence and Encouraging Investments10 January 2017 | Andrea Montanari
Thinking Lab on Social Cohesion - Picture: Alex&Jacob

The first European Thinking Lab took place from 25-27 November in Lisbon. During the Summit, the contributors cooperated within their Thinking Lab and worked out brief policy proposals. Andrea Montanari is engaged with the topics of Investment Incentives and Social Innovation.

Populism

My Populism is Bigger than Yours

The Trajectory of Populist Movements in Europe, Reasons for Their Success and Reactions of Established Parties Analysis | Nuno Casimiro
"A European Union map composed entirely o" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by European Parliament

Mainstream parties seem to believe that refusing ideological attachments and claiming that the populists are “the others” will be enough for the citizens to recognize them as the ones offering providential solutions. The problem is that, while the gap between representatives and represented is not narrowed, between a soft populism and the real thing, dangerous “others” might take the place with rather scary alternatives.

Migration & Integration Analysis

The EU Must Focus on the Root Causes of Migration

16 December 2016 | Ronja Kempin, Ronja Scheler
"" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Following the latest tragedy involving migrants, 28 members and leaders of the EU have initiated plans for a military operation to combat criminal gangs who smuggle refugees in thousands per ship. The details of the initiative still need to be clarified, and the body of water where the operation will cover needs to be decided. This will require Libya’s permission to destroy the smugglers’ boats in its territorial waters. The EU needs to obtain a mandate in order to operate under Chapter 7 of the United Nations (UN) charter.

#EuropeanTownHall Poland Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw

DIALOGUE ON EUROPE in Poland one year after the first #EuropeanTownHall Meeting7 December 2016 | Warsaw, Poland | Maria Skóra
Foto: Marek und Ewa Wojciechowscy / Trips over Poland, CC BY-SA 3.0

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.