The Thinking Lab on Social Cohesion is engaged with one of the main factors of discontent within the European Union: the increase of social inequality and its consequences both on national cohesion and intra-European solidarity. This Thinking Lab is ambitious to identify both current critical developments and appropriate solutions to the crisis. The Lab looks into policy arrangements on the national scale and incorporates international interdependencies.



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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 Europe, the best counter strategies against populists – and why the 'Paradise Papers' are not part of the political agenda4 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.

PRESS EVENTS SOCIAL COHESION

Social Cohesion at Paris Thinking Lab Summit

Opinions on Social Cohesion in the #DialogueOnEurope6 April 2017 | Anna Romandash, Demetrios Pogkas

During the Second Thinking Lab Summit in Paris, Orange Magazine spoke with Paul Henrique Kalkhake and Inês Gregório about the topic of Social Cohesion.

Social Cohesion Thinking Lab Summit Policy Proposal

Strengthening Vocational Education and Training

Improving Attractiveness and Social Recognition by Fostering "Success Factors"5 February 2017 | Inês Gregório
"The Windhoek Vocational Training Centre" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by World Bank Photo Collection

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. Inês Gregório is engaged with the topic of Strengthening Vocational Education and Training.

Social Cohesion Thinking Lab Summit Policy Proposal

Labour Market Duality in Southern Europe

The need for greater fairness and intergenerational solidarity at the workplace24 January 2017 | Arnolds Eizenšmits
"Lego generations" (CC BY 2.0) by ansik

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. Arnolds Eizenšmits is engaged with the topics of Labour Market Duality in Southern Europe: significant differences in Employment Protection Legislation between ‘insiders‘ and ‘outsiders‘ condemn youngsters in Southern Europe to precarious jobs.

Social Cohesion Thinking Lab Summit Policy Recommendations

Supporting Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

Boosting Founder Confidence and Encouraging Investments10 January 2017 | Andrea Montanari
"Business" (CC BY 2.0) by christophe.benoit74

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. Andrea Montanari is engaged with the topics of Investment Incentives and Social Innovation.

Social Cohesion Thinking Lab Summit Policy Proposal

Promoting Intergenerational Equity

Intergenerational Transfers as a Means to Tackle Social Inequality21 December 2016 | Panagiotis Vlachos
"matryoshka dolls" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Herbert Kajiura

Seven years after the global economic crisis, social inequality is rising in the vast majority of the EU member states. However, an orchestrated policy mix at the national level combined with anti-austerity interventions at the EU level could reverse these developments.

Social Cohesion Thinking Lab Summit Policy Proposal

How to Tackle Skill Mismatch and Reduce Youth Unemployment

The World of Business Urges for Soft Skills - EU Mobility Programs Offer the Solution!28 November 2016 | Dimitris Maragkos
"Erasmus+ bags" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by European Parliament

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. Dimitris Maragkos worked on the topics of skill mismatch and youth unemployment.

Social Cohesion Greece Interview

Social Cohesion is eroding when there is no Trust between the People and the State

Expert interview of Elina Makri on the topic of Social Cohesion in Greece3 November 2016 | Elina Makri
"Reportage dans le quartier d’Exarchia" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by ActuaLitté

The government has to stop taxing people and is in need of a long term plan, liberating entrepreneurs and also modernizing the public sector through technology and more qualified personnel. Social cohesion is eroding when there is no trust between the people and the state, but instead exertion and pressure.

Social Cohesion

Introducing the Thinking Lab on Social Cohesion

Tackling the issue of growing inequality with a team of 16 young professionals24 October 2016
First Meeting of the Thinking Lab on Social Cohesion on 29 June 2016 in Berlin © DPZ

The Thinking Lab on Social Cohesion is engaged with one of the main factors of discontent within the European Union: the increase of social inequality and its consequences both on national cohesion and intra-European solidarity. This Thinking Lab is ambitious to identify both current critical developments and appropriate solutions to the crisis. The Lab looks into policy arrangements on the national scale and incorporates international interdependencies.
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