Don’t think it’s all over: How to restart Britain and Europe?
Currently, the future of the European Union is at stake due to many disintegrative developments: the Brexit-referendum, migration challenges, rising right-wing populism or the persisting economic crisis. The outcome of the Brexit-Referendum and the low turnout in their own age-group came as a wake-up call to many young Brits
Currently, the future of the European Union is at stake due to many disintegrative developments: the Brexit-referendum, migration challenge, rising right-wing populism or the persisting economic crisis. The outcome of the Brexit-Referendum and the low turnout in their own age-group came as a wake-up call to many young Brits: arguably an entire generation was politicised and now has to newly reflect upon their responsibility for the future of both their own country and Europe. Challenges regarding the coming Brexit are too profound and seminal to be addressed by high-ranking politicians attending closed-door summits only. The open mind-set and motivation of young civil society members are a great chance for finding new ideas on German-British relations since the UK will remain one of the most important European partners for Germany.
Due to the current proceeding Brexit negotiations there will be a conference in order to discuss the future of British-European relations. This conference gives young representatives of British and other European civil societies the opportunity to consider ways of maintain our flourishing cultural exchange in Europe. In cooperation with “Policy Network” there will be 30 next generation thought leaders from start-ups, media, grassroots-organisations, academia, etc. invited to a Town Hall Meeting style conference. In the first session they will work in workshops on key issues of a common future in Europe including workshops dedicated to digital innovations, cultural exchange, educational cooperation and populism & political disaffection.
Exploring these themes, the ideas generated in initial workshops will be presented to the audience and discussed with Chair of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, Thomas Oppermann, leading Labour MP Gloria De Piero, and James Graham, Playwright at The House. The discussions will be chaired by Sonia Sodha, Journalist for The Observer. Martin Roth, who announced his departure as director of London’s Victoria & Albert museum after June 23rd’s vote, will deliver a keynote speech.
The event is part of the „Dialogue on Europe“ framework, a transnational deliberation process with previous events in Athens, Lisbon, Rome, Marseille, Madrid, and Warsaw by Das Progressive Zentrum and the German Federal Foreign Office.