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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Sustainable Growth Greece Interview

The Interconnection of Greek islands: Another Perspective on the EU’s Security of Energy Supply and Economic Growth

How Greece's tremendous natural resources could contribute to foster clean energy on a European level9 January 2018 | Vanta-Vasiliki Kyriakou

Greece disposes of considerable natural resources to foster clean energy in the country itself but also on a European level. Yet, this potential remains unrealised to a large extent. The interconnection of the so-called Greek Non-Interconnected Islands (NII) opens up new opportunities in this direction. In this interview, Dr. Theodore Panagos explains the possible economic, social and even geopolitical repercussions.

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.

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.

Populism Opinion analysis

Populism is not the problem

Why we should focus on values in political debate instead of style25 July 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"AfD Wahlkampfauftakt" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by strassenstriche.net

Populism is everywhere these days. Not only as a phenomenon but also as a topic in political discourse. Yet, the closer you look at it, the more you will realize that populism is quite a messy term. It signifies everything from an unease towards dissent, to the fear of a weakened democracy. More importantly, once you get a grip on how you define the term you will realize that populism may be destructive and inflammatory but is not the real problem. It is mostly a symptom for fundamental conflicts in society.

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH Press

Sustainable Growth at Paris Thinking Lab Summit

Opinions on Sustainable Growth in the #DialogueOnEurope6 April 2017 | Anna Romandash, Demetrios Pogkas

During the Second Thinking Lab Summit in Paris, Orange Magazine spoke with Tiago Correia Machado and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin. They discussed their opinions on the topic of Sustainable Growth.

MIGRATION & INTEGRATION PRESS

Migration & Integration at Paris Thinking Lab Summit

Opinions on Migration & Integration in the #DialogueOnEurope5 April 2017 | Anna Romandash, Demetrios Pogkas)

During the second Thinking Lab Summit in Paris, Orange Magazine spoke to Patrícia Lisa and Ilias Antoniou about Migration & Integration. Here are their opinions.

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

Populism in Eastern Europe

An analysis of Elena Marcela Coman21 January 2017
"Jobbik flags" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Leigh Phillips

Thwarting the Political Cleavages of Western Europe – What We Can Learn from Populists. Elena Marcela Coman outlines the historic trajectory and specific traits of populist movements in Eastern Europe.

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 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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