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 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.

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.

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.

Migration & Integration Opinion

Smart thinking is needed to control immigration

Might it be possible for the government to copy Switzerland and focus on internal controls?23 March 2017
Photo: David McKelvey (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Internal controls are a smarter modern way of controlling immigration and should be examined carefully before a unilateral Home Office decision – almost certainly unworkable – turns Article 50 into a train crash.

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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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.
© Left: Rio Gandara (Helsingin Sanomat) / Right: Leigh Phillips

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.

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…)

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.

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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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.

#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.

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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Migration & Integration Spain Analysis

Europe: Act now!

Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR) 2016 Report on the Situation of refugees in Spain and Europe17 November 2016
©Juan Carlos Mohr

Within its 2016 report, CEAR displays the extent of global forced displacement and the search for asylum, especially within the European Union. CEAR criticises the EU-Turkey agreement and presents own policy proposals for the European Union and the Spanish government.

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Sustainable Growth Greece Interview

Sustainable Development as a Way out of Crisis

Expert Interview of Zefi Dimadama on multi-actor economic strategies, energy transition and the pillars of sustainability in Greece11 November 2016 | Zefi Dimadama
"DSC_0031" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by rachidH

The one-fits-all approach does not fit the current socioeconomic environment. It is imperative that we develop horizontal policies, in cooperation with all involved players, to tackle multiple problems effectively.

Populism Spain Germany Analysis

Political Communication of Populist Parties: The cases of Podemos and AfD

The Digital Advantage and Social Media Authority of Populist Parties4 November 2016 | Elena García Mañes, Sophie Pornschlegel
"AfD Demonstration 30 August 2013 Marienp" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Metropolico.org, "Podemos logo _DDC1888" (CC BY 2.0) by Abode of Chaos, Modified from originals

The Spanish party Podemos and the German “Alternative for Germany” could not be, apparently, more opposed. However, there is one thing which brings them together: They both successfully use digital communication to reach their electorate in new, unmediated ways.

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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…)

#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 last event 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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