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.
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…)
In the Media & Press releases
Articles in the media
Steinmeier: “The world has become more unpredictable”
German Federal Foreign Office features interview of Steinmeier in newspaper Märkische Allgemeine on situation of Europe and Syria
German Federal Foreign Office |Märkische Allgemeine | Marina Kormbaki | 24 October 2016 | Link to the article (German)
This is how Steinmeier wants to win over young people for Europe
Vorwärts writes about start of the German #EuropeanTownHall series
Vorwärts | Lars Haferkamp | 24 October 2016 | Link to the article (German)
New Civil Dialogue: “Which kind of Europe do you want?”
Deutsche Welle reporting on the start of the German #EuropeanTownHall series
Deutsche Welle | Kay-Alexander Scholz | 24 October 2016 | Link to the article (German)
Foreign Minister Steinmeier cautions against the end of the European Union
German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung featuring the start of the German #EuropeanTownHall series
Süddeutsche Zeitung | 23 October 2016 | Link to the article (German)
Advocating an inclusive, yet more flexible European Union
Danish newspaper on #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Berlin and German Foreign Minister’s stance on Europe
Dagbladed Information | 2 July 2016 | Link to the article (Danish)
Are you interested in joining the European Dialogue?
News portal for Spanish-speaking germanophiles promoting the #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Madrid
Portal Alemania | 12 June 2016 | Link to the article (Spanish)
Keeping up with the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE: Townhall Meeting in Rome
European News Agency reports on format, process and results of the event.
European News Agency | Carlo Marino | 6 April 2016 | Link to the article
Germany’s Minister of State on bridge-building mission along Mediterranean rim
Politico writes about DIALOGUE ON EUROPE after the #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Lisbon
POLITICO | Paul Ames | 16 March 2016 | Link to the article
Margarida Marques and Michael Roth in vivid exchange
Portugal’s Minster of State for European Affairs discusses with German counterpart at DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Lisbon #EuropeanTownHall Meeting
Observador | Catarina Falcão | 7 March 2016 | Link to the article (Portuguese)
A “Dialogue like speed-dating” at #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Athens
Manfred Ertel comments on the German-Greek relationship and the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project
Manfred Ertel | December 2015 | Link to the article (German)
Progress, achievements and challenges of European refugee policy highlighted by Germany’s Minister of State
Kathimerini writes about DIALOGUE ON EUROPE after the #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Athens
Kathimerini | Giannis Paleologos | 8 December 2015 | Link to article (Greek)
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
Why a DIALOGUE ON EUROPE now?
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.
A project initiated in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office
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 gives 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 brings 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.
A strong network of European think tanks partners
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 are now developing genuinely European policy recommendations in four DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Thinking Labs on “Populism”, “Social Cohesion”, “Migration & Integration” and “Sustainable Growth”.
DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, a project initiated by Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.
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.