The DIALOGUE ON EUROPE was initiated by two German organisations, the think tank Das Progressive Zentrum and the German Federal Foreign Office, in the context of a multidimensional European crisis. The aim of the project was to start a dialogue with the countries most concerned by this crisis, i.e. the South-European countries. Thus, the project started with France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The UK and Poland later joined the process, since several key players of these two countries also expressed the need for such a dialogue.



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Migration & Integration Portugal 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 Cláudia Pedra11 September 2017 | Cláudia 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.

Populism Social Cohesion Interview

“The European Union is a victim of its own success”

Cas Mudde on the root causes of populism in Europe4 December 2017 | Benedikt Weingärtner
Cas Mudde on Populism in Europe and strategies against it.
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Cas Mudde is one of the most renowned experts on political extremism and populism in Europe. He is Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia and Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. In his interview for DIALOGUE ON EUROPE he talks about the structural reasons behind the rise of populist movements all over Europe, the failure of the traditional parties and why tax havens, unlike migration issues, are not part of the political agenda.

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.

European Thinking Lab Summit Italy Event

Third European Thinking Lab Summit

The Thinking Labs finalised their policy recommendations in Rome13-15 October 2017 | Rome
Photo: Alex&Jacob/ Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017

On 13-15 October 2017, DIALOGUE ON EUROPE contributors from eight European countries met in Rome for the third and last European Thinking Lab Summit. This three-day meeting gave them the opportunity to further discuss the four main topics of the project, namely Migration & IntegrationPopulismSocial Cohesion and Sustainable Growth, and to finalise their policy recommendations for European decision-makers through various work and exchange sessions. (more…)

Sustainable Growth Greece Analysis Opinion

Greek islands going green

Greek islands going renewable and intelligent: a driver for the energy transition in the EU?2 October 2017 | Vanta-Vasiliki Kyriakou
"Power transmission lines" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Oran Viriyincy

Greek non-interconnected islands are small isolated systems bearing the great potential to become autonomous in terms of energy, using renewable and intelligent systems. Is there a potential for small islands to drive Europe’s transition into a sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive economy? What role can Greek islands play in this process?

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.

Migration & Integration France Interview

The French migration policy: a tragic lack of long-term vision

An expert interview with Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche for #DialogueOnEurope25 September 2017 | Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche
European Parliament

Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche comments on the way France and Europe fail to deal with the so-called “refugee crisis”. If some improvements have been achieved, in particular regarding the relocation system, integration remains a major issue, even for second or third-generation immigrants.

Migration & Integration Italy 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.

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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#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.

#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.

European Thinking Lab Summit Portugal Event

First European Thinking Lab Summit

Working Meeting of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Contributors in Lisbon25-27 November 2016 | Lisbon

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.

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Opening Conference Germany Event

Steinmeier launches DIALOGUE ON EUROPE with European ‘next generation thinkers’

28 June 2016 | Federal Foreign Office, 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…)

Migration & Integration Spain Interview

A young Spanish Generation “Trying Migration”

Interview with Cristina Faraco about Migration in Spain20 October 2016 | Cristina Faraco
"Refugees Welcome, Madrid City Hall" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Beth M527

The interview was conducted with Christina Faraco. She has studied Political Science and Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid and is living in Germany since 1998, where she has been working on research projects on the field of migration (European Migration Center). Since 2009 Christina was responsible for different mobility projects and in 2013 founded “La Red e.V.“, an association supporting new immigrants in Berlin. Currently she works at the Competence Center of Immigration of “Minor – Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung e.V.”.

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#EuropeanTownHall Network

New think tank partners after the #EuropeanTownHall Meeting series

With DIALOGUE ON EUROPE emerged a strong network of European think tanks29 June 2016 | Dominic Schwickert
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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.

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#EuropeanTownHall Spain Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Madrid

Fifth stop of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE16 June 2016 | Madrid, Spain | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty, Benedikt Weingärtner, Viktoria Bechstein
Foto: Das Progressive Zentrum/ Jacob Per Blut © DPZ

After successful #EuropeanTownHall Meetings in AthensLisbonRome 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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#EuropeanTownHall France Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Marseilles

Fourth stop of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE26 May 2016 | Marseilles, France | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty
Participants presented workshop results and engaged in discussion with German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth. Foto: Per Jacob Blut / Das Progressive Zentrum ©DPZ

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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.

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#EuropeanTownHall Italy Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Rome

Third stop of DIALOGUE ON EUROPE5 April 2016 | Rome, Italy | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty
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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.
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#EuropeanTownHall Portugal Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Lisbon

Second stop of DIALOGUE ON EUROPE7 March 2016 | Lisbon, Portugal | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty
Im Dialog mit der Zivilgesellschaft Portugals: Staatsminister Michael Roth beim Town Hall Meeting in Lissabon. ©DPZ

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.

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