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.
The discussion paper takes a closer look at the European Election Campaigns 2019 in France, Germany and Poland and analyses whether they favoured the emergence of a Europeanised public sphere.
We’re proud and excited to start our project of a pan-European platform for civil society and Civic-Tech with our partners. Learn more about the EHCE, the ideas and organisations behind it, and the events that are planned.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on sustainable growth in Europe.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on social cohesion in Europe.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on migration and integration in Europe.
Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy recommendations on populism in Europe.
On 12 February 2018, Das Progressive Zentrum together with the Ferdinand Lassalle Centre for Social Thought will host the second #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in Warsaw.
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
Exactly one year after launching DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, a further bilateral half-day #TownHallMeeting was organized – this time in Warsaw. On December 7 th , representatives of academia, civil society and culture from Germany and Poland followed our invitation to discuss possible future scenarios for Europe. Open discussions fed directly into a live conversation about the challenges of European integration and Polish-German relations with Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe.
Brendan Simms in the New Statesman Magazine about possible trajectories of the European Union after the Brexit.
The DIALOGUE ON EUROPE can look back on more than six months of fruitful discussions throughout Europe. The international dialogue process with partners from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain started with a successful kick-off meeting in June with the German Minister for Foreign Affairs in Berlin. Pursuing this debate, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier has today also initiated a series of Town Hall Meetings within Germany. In this spirit of concentrating our ideas and focus on Europe, we are happy to announce the launch of our new platform on which we will feature the ideas and the results of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE process.
After successful Town Hall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon, Rome and Marseilles the fifth and last event 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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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.
In the context of the current refugee crisis the relationship between the Eastern and Western EU member states has become strained. In her contribution, Maria Skóra analyzes Central and Eastern European reactions to the refugee crisis. As conservative nationalism spiced with right-wing populism is on the rise in Central-Eastern Europe, the prospects for coordinated European immigration policies look very grim, indeed.
The evening of the 16th of November 2015 saw the official launch of “TruLies Europe”, a joint project of the Institute for European Politics (IEP) and Das Progressive Zentrum. In the Berlin offices of the Stiftung Mercator, the project’s patron, the Minister of State for Europe in the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth MdB, held a keynote address for some 100 invited guests. His speech was made in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Paris.
The Central and Eastern European member states of the European Union (EU) predominantly reacted to the global financial crisis by implementing austerity policies and structural reforms, which have had negative repercussions for social justice. To counter this unfortunate development, this paper argues for a more European approach to both social and fiscal policy: in particular, a shift from passive social policy measures to a preventive approach based on social investment. Economic policy tools, such as a European minimum wage or a more universal approach to social benefits administration, could help prevent income poverty and social dumping, as well as foster regional investment. In order to cushion the regional consequences of asymmetrical monetary shocks, greater financial capabilities on the part of the EU are needed. This must be complemented by effective measures countering tax evasion practices and corruption. All of this demands a careful rethinking of the EU’s social and economic principles says Dr. Maria Skóra.
Die mittel- und osteuropäischen Staaten stehen vor gewaltigen Herausforderungen bei der Energiesicherheit. Doch die politischen Antworten in der Region verharren zumeist auf kurzfristigen Strategien zur Diversifizierung der Zulieferer und Nachschubrouten für Erdgas. Mit ihrem Policy Brief legt Policy Fellow Dr. Sabrina Schulz eine langfristige Vision für eine sichere und nachhaltige Energiepolitik in der MOE-Region vor – in Einklang mit den energiepolitischen Prioritäten der EU für 2030.
Breit angelegte Effizienzprogramme für den Wohnungssektor und die Industrie, die Entwicklung der erneuerbaren Energieträger sowie Reformen der Energiemärkte sollten in eine “Gerechte Transition” eingebettet werden, um die sozialen und ökonomischen Effekte des Umbaus hin zu einer niedrig-CO2-Ökonomie abzufedern.
Poland appears to be a model pupil for CEE countries when it comes to going through the worldwide economic crisis. But one should interpret the overall admiration with caution, because a deeper look into the statistics reveals that the social situation in the country is not always as comfortable as the economic development might indicate. Especially the social dialogue is under pressure and faces several threats, also by the Polish government.
Germany has recently been criticised for its current account surplus, urged to spend on investment to reflate Europe’s markets. However, domestic demand has been growing lately and additional investments would only have a marginal impact on export growth in countries where this is needed most. Europe must face the truth: it seems unlikely that Germany will back a ‘large pan-Eurozone fiscal stimulus’.