Why Sylvie Goulard is Optimistic About Europe

Look at Europe: we are beset by populist troubles and a severe financial, economic and social crisis. Migration and terrorism represent huge challenges. In many countries, our democracy is not in good shape. But also look at what we have achieved: we have free education, proper health care, a sense of solidarity in our societies …

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Julia Reuss on France’s Next President

France is a deeply divided and disaffected country. Emmanuel Macron, a pro-European liberal, and Marine Le Pen, a Nationalist and Protectionist, represent fundamentally different choices. Yet both owe their success to a break with France’s political establishment. Dr. Julia Reuss, a young German who has beein living in Paris since 2013, is deeply worried about …

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Developing a European Identity

Conclusions of United Europe’s Young Professionals Seminar in Aix, March 31 – April 2, 2017 As the pro-European demonstrations in more than 60 European cities this spring show, Europeans are increasingly willing to stand up for their future together. Faced with the rise of populist movements and authoritarian leaders in Europe and beyond, they are …

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The Rome Manifesto: Proposals by the Next Generation

This spring, the European Union is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. On this occasion, United Europe, together with the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence Villa Vigoni, will present the “Rome Manifesto,” a document setting out the next generation’s views and proposals for the future of Europe. The Rome …

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Coming Out of the Euro Crisis: A Viewpoint From Spain

Drawing on his expertise on financial markets, Fernando Primo de Rivera in this contribution for United Europe gives a very interesting view of the euro crisis. Thanks to the structural reforms it was forced into, Spain is coming out of the crisis much stronger than it was before. The year 2017 offers Europe a unique …

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Don’t write off the EU

Something unprecedented is happening in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. It is not that all three countries face important elections in March, April–May, and September respectively. Nor is it that all three have spawned populist, anti-EU, and anti-Islamic movements (although much smaller in Germany than in the Netherlands and France). Nor is it that these movements have …

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J. Bindenagel: The Beginning of the End of the Liberal Order?

It has only been a month since Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States of America, but it sometimes seems like years. In his first weeks in office, Trump has signed a multitude of highly controversial decrees. He has also had to replace his National Security Advisor. “The global public has …

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Burkhard Schwenker: Set Priorities and Implement Them

Europe is threatened by disintegration. There are quite a number of people who don’t believe that the European Union will be able to rise to the challenges of Brexit, nationalist populism and America’s shift towards isolationism and protectionism. Professor Burkhard Schwenker, Senior Partner at Roland Berger and a member of United Europe, disagrees. In a …

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Mathias Döpfner: How to Counter Fake News

Don’t make laws against fake news. Don’t hold Facebook or Twitter accountable for the content posted by their users. Don’t punish them for false information. Finally, don’t believe that government subsidies are a good way to bolster news gathering and fact checking. Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, one of Europe’s largest …

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Whom to Believe in a Digital World: A United Europe Dinner

We are delighted to announce a United Europe Dinner with Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer SE, as our speaker. Drawing on his experience both as a distinguished journalist and as the CEO of Europe’s leading digital publisher, Dr. Döpfner will focus on how digitalisation is impacting business, politics and public perceptions: …

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