Lucas Matray

Das Progressive Zentrum
Project Assistant


Lucas is a Project Assistant at Das Progressive Zentrum since May 2017. He studied Political Science with a focus on International Cultural Policy and Culture Management at the University of Freiburg and at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence. He has been volunteering for several cultural associations over the past few years.



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Project Completed

DIALOGUE ON EUROPE – Project completed

The final Policy Briefs are online31 March 2018
Bild: Jacob&Alex

Our DIALOGUE ON EUROPE came to an end in March 2018 with the publication of the Thinking Lab’s results. The Closing Conference of the project took place in Brussels on 19 March 2018. Discover here the four Policy Briefs on Migration and Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth and spread the word!

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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#EuropeanTownHall Spain Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Madrid

Fifth stop of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE16 June 2016 | Madrid, Spain | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty, Benedikt Weingärtner, Viktoria Bechstein
Foto: Das Progressive Zentrum/ Jacob Per Blut © DPZ

After successful #EuropeanTownHall Meetings in AthensLisbonRome and Marseilles, the fifth and final Town Hall Meeting within the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE took place in Madrid on 16 June 2016. Once again, representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media gathered to discuss the most pressing challenges Spain and Europe are currently facing and exchanged ideas about how to work towards a strengthened and progressive Europe.

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#EuropeanTownHall France Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Marseilles

Fourth stop of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE26 May 2016 | Marseilles, France | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty
Participants presented workshop results and engaged in discussion with German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth. Foto: Per Jacob Blut / Das Progressive Zentrum ©DPZ

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After successful Town Hall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon and Rome, the fourth event within the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE took place in Marseilles on 26 May 2016. Once again, representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media gathered to discuss the most pressing challenges France and Europe are currently facing and exchange ideas about how to work towards a strengthened and progressive Europe.

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#EuropeanTownHall Italy Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Rome

Third stop of DIALOGUE ON EUROPE5 April 2016 | Rome, Italy | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty
©DPZ

The first stops of our DIALOGUE ON EUROPE in Athens and Lisbon were now followed up by a Town Hall Meeting in Rome on 5 April 2016. Once again, we invited representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media to gather and discuss the most urgent challenges Italy and Europe have to face presently, such as the reduction of youth unemployment or the refugee crisis.
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#EuropeanTownHall Portugal Event

#EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Lisbon

Second stop of DIALOGUE ON EUROPE7 March 2016 | Lisbon, Portugal | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty
Im Dialog mit der Zivilgesellschaft Portugals: Staatsminister Michael Roth beim Town Hall Meeting in Lissabon. ©DPZ

The first bilateral Town Hall Meeting of our DIALOGUE ON EUROPE which took place in Athens on 7 December 2015 was now followed up by a Town Hall Meeting in Lisbon on 7 March 2016. Again, we invited young representatives from Portugal’s civil society, NGOs, startups, the media, and think tanks to gather and discuss the most urgent challenges the country has to face presently, such as the reduction of youth unemployment or the demographic changes the European Union is undergoing.

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#EuropeanTownHall Greece Event

#EuropeanTownHall in Athens

Start of Project DIALOGUE ON EUROPE7 December 2015 | Athens, Greece | Philipp Sälhoff, Alban Genty, Elli-Katharina Pohlkamp
Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe, during the discussion with participants of the town hall meeting in Athens: "Without a functioning civil society dialogue there is no successful European project.“ Foto: DPZ / Drake Eidson ©DPZ

On 7 December, the opening event of our project DIALOGUE ON EUROPE took place in Athens. Multipliers from Greek civil society came together to participate in workshops on common challenges in Europe, and to discuss these with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office. (more…)