At the end of the first phase of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, in June 2016, four working groups called “Thinking Labs” were launched. Their members are young, promising European thinkers from the civil society, who were selected during the five first #EuropeanTownHall meetings of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE. Between 2016 and 2018, the Thinking Labs met regularly to discuss the four main subjects of the project – Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth – and to formulate policy recommendations in order to face these challenges at the European and national level.



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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
Bild: Jacob&Alex

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 Book review

The people’s verdict – adding informed citizen voices to public decision-making by Claudia Chwalisz

Reviewed by Sophie Pornschlegel17 October 2017 | Sophie Pornschlegel

With case studies from Australia and Canada and a short comparative analysis of deliberative formats in the UK, this short book tries to convince skeptical decision-makers that, given the right framework, people can be good, legitimate and efficient decision-makers.
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Migration&Integration Spain Analysis

CEAR: Towards a Dignified Life

Report on Discrimination and Persecution on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity2 January 2017
© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC BY-SA 3.0

Within this report, CEAR (The Spanish Commission for Refugees) examines the situation of LGBT refugees both within Spain as their host-country and within their countries of origin. The analysis depicts the hardships of refugees that have to experience intersectional discrimination, stemming both from discrimination on the basis of ethnicity and discrimination due to their gender identity and sexual orientation.

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Populism Analysis

What We Can Learn from Populists – A Populist Backlash in the Philippines

Duterte: The Success of the "Celebrity Maverick"2 January 2017 | Sophie Pornschlegel
"✊👊 Atin to pre! #Duterte #dutertefo" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by incrediblethots

How come the “celebrity maverick” has proven so successful with his unconventional, violent and vile approach? Why does Duterte’s populism attract so many voters and enabled him to become President?

Populism

My Populism is Bigger than Yours

The Trajectory of Populist Movements in Europe, Reasons for Their Success and Reactions of Established Parties Analysis | Nuno Casimiro
"A European Union map composed entirely o" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by European Parliament

Mainstream parties seem to believe that refusing ideological attachments and claiming that the populists are “the others” will be enough for the citizens to recognize them as the ones offering providential solutions. The problem is that, while the gap between representatives and represented is not narrowed, between a soft populism and the real thing, dangerous “others” might take the place with rather scary alternatives.

Sustainable Growth Italy Interview

Austerity is the Wrong Framework: Why Italy needs a Shift Towards Investments and Growth

Expert interview with Giulio Guarini, analysing key parameters of the current economic situation in Italy and identifying ways out of the crisis7 November 2016 | Giulio Guarini
"Colosseum, in Renovierung" (CC BY 2.0) by alexanderferdinand

The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.

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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Populism Analysis

Backing up the debate on Modern Populism

Study from Takis S. Pappas: The Concept of Populism19 October 2016 | Dr. Takis S. Pappas
"Populism" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Dr Case

As the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project aims to “rebuild trust” in European institutions and the European Union itself, two question arise amongst others: Which factors lead to a loss of trust in European institutions? What are the consequences of this loss for the European political culture and which possible democratic solutions can be identified? Within this context, it is inevitable to discuss and define the frequently used, yet often not further specified term of populism.

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