FEPS Fresh Thinking

Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique opportunity for Europe to review the path of what has been achieved so far and to look for future endeavours to undertake. The purpose of today’s blog is not to comment again on this. There has been enormous debate in recent… » read more

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On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’ on the future of Europe to the European Parliament in Brussels. The White Paper presents a range of scenarios for how the European Union could evolve within the next decade(s). ‘What future do we want for ourselves, for our children and… » read more

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We all know there will be a number of crucial decisions taken in 2017. And we have to re-think how the European project continues in-line with the upcoming negotiations.   Let us remind ourselves that we are celebrating 60 years of the Treaty of Rome this year. This marks the moment of Europe coming together,… » read more

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Two basic lessons from the regional elections in Germany There are clearly two basic lessons in which we can learn from last Sunday’s elections in Germany about how to compete with the worrying, increasing trend of right wing populists: Lesson N° 1 – It’s the candidate, stupid! Lesson N° 2 – It’s coherence, stupid! These… » read more

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It is natural that, after giving birth to a child, all parents want their newborns to have a good, healthy, productive and fruitful life. In that respect it is not surprising that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have the same feelings and emotions. In an open letter posted on Facebook yesterday and… » read more

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Post by Charlotte Billingham. FEPS Executive Advisor. On the opening of the COP21 today we are reminded about how solutions to climate change are inextricably linked to other issues. Seeing the thousands of pairs of shoes yesterday in Place de la République calling on leaders as they’re arriving into Paris to take action on climate… » read more

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  – As Immanuel Kant in 1795 already stipulated, universal hospitality and Human Rights had to be at the centre of every evolving asylum and refugee policy. Upholding European values starts with the unambiguous acknowledgement for refugees and asylum seekers of legal obligations under international conventions ratified by the EU and its Member States. Beyond… » read more

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By Ernst Stetter, FEPS Secretary General and Judit Tanczos, FEPS Policy Advisor “Nobody in Brussels could have been surprised by the 2015 tragedies.” – states the FEPS policy brief European Migration Agenda: Quo Vadis? Indeed they followed the equally terrible catastrophes of 2013 and 2014, which pushed migration to the top of the political agenda… » read more

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Give Greece a chance!

The John Lennon song “Give peace a chance” is an appeal for staying together and being strong when times are difficult. At the moment, we are in such a situation in Europe. Nobody knows exactly what it means if by Sunday no deal is reached between the European Union and Greece. We are in the… » read more

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