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Invitation: Daring New Spaces – Summit on the European Public Sphere

Presenting visions of tomorrow's public sphere - and how we can get there

Individual countries will not be able to successfully address society’s current challenges. Only a solidarity-based and networked Europe can rise to the occasion. For this, we need new spaces and methods of collaboration to strengthen the European public sphere. Join us on 10 December, 2:00 – 5:00 pm CET as participants from around Europe come together to debate and discuss the Europe of tomorrow.

For one winter afternoon, imagine what Europe could and should look like in 2025. Join us to explore future visions of a truly European public sphere, learn about promising initiatives for a more connected Europe, and engage in interactive debates on policy proposals with European decision-makers.   

As a joint event with the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Council on Foreign Relations and Stiftung Mercator, the Daring New Spaces Summit gives civil society actors, journalists, and academics across Europe a strong voice during the current Trio Presidency of the EU Council. 

Join us for the

Daring New Spaces Summit on the European Public Sphere

on 10 December, 2:00 – 5:00 pm CET, online


Official registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the event, please send an email to events@progressives-zentrum.org.


For the past months, the project Daring New Spaces has created bold visions of a European public sphere for the year 2025. These visions were based on expert interviews and developed by young civil society leaders from across Europe using a future studies methodology. At the summit, the most promising ideas and policy recommendations from this process will be presented and discussed. 

More about Daring New Spaces




2:00 pm | Welcome | Setting the Scene


Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Jana Puglierin, Director, European Council on Foreign Relations Berlin

Maria Skóra, Head of International Dialogue Programme, Das Progressive Zentrum

2:25 pm | Project Film 

2:30 pm | Unveiling the Vision

Daring a European Public Sphere: Paving the Way towards Common Values

Sophie Pornschlegel,Facilitator for the Working Group „Practised European Values


Daring a European Public Sphere: Resilient European Civic Cooperation

Sabrina Schulz, Facilitator for the Working Group „European Civic Cooperation


Daring a European Public Sphere: Paving the Way towards Discourses for All

Ophélie OmnesFacilitator for the Working Group „European Discourses and Narratives

3:05 pm | From vision to reality: stepping stones towards a European public sphere


“A Connected European Media Landscape”


Marysabelle Cote, General Secretary European Development, ARTE

Christophe Leclercq, Founder, Euractiv


“Sustainable Forms of European Civic Cooperation”


Sergey Lagodinsky, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA

Louisa Slavkova, Co-Founder & Director, Sofia Platform


“European Values and Civic Education”


Niccolò Milanese, Director, European Alternatives

Michael Remmert, Head of Education Policy Division, Council of Europe

4:15 pm | Project Pitches 


Antonina Stępniak, Daring New Spaces Fellow, Board Member JEF Poland

Carmen Descamps, Daring New Spaces Fellow, Independent Consultant

Martin Speer, Co-Founder and Activist, Herr & Speer

Paul Ostwald, Co-Founder and Editor-At-Large, Forum.eu

4:30 pm | Passing on the Baton: In Conversation with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe and Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State of the Prime Minister of Portugal


Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, Federal Foreign Office of Germany


Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State Assistant to the Prime Minister

moderated by

Stefan Cibian and Emilia Palonen, Daring New Spaces Project Fellows

04:55 | Closing Remarks

Dominic Schwickert, Executive Director, Das Progressive Zentrum


The Summit will be moderated by Milena Lazarevic

Logowald: Cafe Babel, Euractiv, Treffpunkt Europa