Throughout the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE process, the project’s contributors published several analyses and op-eds on specific issues related to the four main themes of the project. They also conducted a series of interviews with experts from the different project countries. In March 2018, the four Thinking Labs released their Policy Briefs with specific Policy Recommendations to be implemented at the European and national level, in order to face the main current challenges in Europe.



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Migration & Integration Policy Recommendations Results

Policy Brief on Migration & Integration

2018 | Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration22 March 2018

Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy brief on Migration & Integration in Europe. The Thinking Lab developed nine policy recommendations divided into three main clusters.

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 Analysis

The EU Must Focus on the Root Causes of Migration

16 December 2016 | Ronja Kempin, Ronja Scheler
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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.

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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Sustainable Growth Policy Recommendations Results

Policy Brief on Sustainable Growth

2018 | Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth22 March 2018

Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy brief on Sustainable Growth in Europe. The Thinking Lab developed six main policy recommendations focusing on two key priorities.

Social Cohesion Policy Recommendations Results

Policy Brief on Social Cohesion

2018 | Thinking Lab on Social Cohesion22 March 2018

Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy brief on Social Cohesion in Europe. The Thinking Lab developed seven main policy recommendations in four key areas.

Populism Policy Recommendations Results

Policy Brief on Populism

2018 | Thinking Lab on Populism22 March 2018

Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy brief on Populism in Europe. The Thinking Lab developed nine policy recommendations focusing on the creation of trust between citizens and the political sphere.

Thinking Labs POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Results

Final results of the Thinking Labs online!

Check out the four policy briefs21 March 2018 | Contributors to the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE
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Over the course of the last two years, civil society experts and practitioners from across Europe gathered in four DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Thinking Labs to deliver fresh ideas and to independently elaborate concrete policy recommendations on four European key areas: Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion, and Sustainable Growth. Discover the summary of their proposals and the full-length policy briefs below! (more…)

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.

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.

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

After Trump’s Success: A Convergence of the Populist Challenge

21 December 2016
© Axel Schlotzer

The unexpected happened and we are still searching for an answer why it happened and what might be the adequate response. This essay attempts to look for the reasons of the current success of populists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and to face the challenge that is produced by this convergence.

UK Brexit Analysis

After Brexit, should the Eurozone pursue full political union?

Brendan Simms in the New Statesman Magazine about possible trajectories of the European Union after the Brexit.21 November 2016 | Brendan Simms
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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.