From the #EuropeanTownHall Meetings to the European Thinking Labs Summit
The first phase of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project aimed at meet the civil society in five countries: Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. For this purpose, we organised five #EuropeanTownHall Meetings during which the civil society of each country could enter into a dialogue with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth. To discover how the #EuropeanTownHall Meetings looked like, have a look at our video.
The second step of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project will lead to political recommendations written by the Thinking Labs Contributors, who come from all five countries and from Germany. Together, they are developing new ideas inside four Thinking Labs and are meeting twice during so-called the European Thinking Labs Summits. This page gives an overview over all DIALOGUE ON EUROPE related events.
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.
On 12 February 2018, Das Progressive Zentrum together with the Ferdinand Lassalle Centre for Social Thought will host the second #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw. The conference will focus on the challenges faced by democracy in Europe, in particular, emerging populism and the potential of democratic innovations. Young people, academics as well as civil society actors from Poland and Germany are invited to join the event and take part in a lively and inspiring debate.
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.
#DialogueOnEurope organised its eighth Town Hall Meeting in London, on February 27. Policy Network covered the event, publishing the conference’s findings.
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 7 th , 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 live conversation about the challenges of European integration and Polish-German relations with Michael Roth, German Minister of State for 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.
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.
After the successful #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in March 2016 in Lissabon and in the run-up to the European Thinking Lab Summit of our DIALOGUE ON EUROPE process, taking place in the Portuguese capitol as well, the next station of our German-Portuguese dialogue is Berlin.
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.