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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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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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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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Call to Europe on Greece

Five long years after the beginning of the crisis, it is truer than ever that the cliché of an ancient tragedy can aptly describe the state of affairs regarding Greece and its place in the European family. Indeed, following the announcement by Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras of his intention to call a referendum on… » read more

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A lot has been written in recent years since the crisis started about values and the European Social Model. Although funnily enough, most of these are the same values as they were over a century ago in the progressive movement and are still very relevant today. The European Union states six core values in its… » read more

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At the Brussels forum of the German Marshall Fund I chaired a debate on the role of Germany in Europe. 10 years ago the Schröder government undertook painful reforms in Germany – called Agenda 2010. The overall aim of the reform was to make the labour market more flexible or “fitter” for the globalisation. The… » read more

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