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The EU After Brexit: A Study by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Despite Brexit, Trump and other crises, 60 percent of EU citizens wish for closer cooperation in Europe. In Germany, this figure even amounts to 80 percent. This is a conclusion of a representative eight-country study conducted by the organisation “policy matters” on behalf of the Friedrich–Ebert-Stiftung. “Citizens have moved far more ahead than we generally assume, and …

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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer: Never Waste a Good Crisis

It has often been said that Europe is an economic and financial giant, a political adolescent and a military pygmy. But does it have the luxury to remain that? Look at the challenges and threats we are facing: climate change, migration, terrorism, pandemics and failing states, to name just a few of them. There is …

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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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Young Professionals Seminar: “Developing a European Identity”

United Europe’s 9th Young Professionals Seminar took place in Aix-en-Provence from March 31 to April 2, 2017. For this workshop, we focussed on: Developing a European Identity In Aix, we focussed on bringing Europe’s people closer together through a shared sense of European identity. What makes us love Europe? What puts us off? We will be looking at the …

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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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A New Vision for Europe

With the Rome Manifesto, a group of leading young European scholars and professionals supported by United Europe and Villa Vigoni has put forward an ambitious proposal for the renewal of the European project. The 18 authors presented their plan at the German embassy in Rome as part of the official celebrations for the 60th anniversary …

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Dimitris Tsingos on Europe as a Peace Project

Please allow me to share a very personal story with you. It is about my father who passed away in February. At the age of 89, he had lived a long and meaningful life, having both given and received true love. There’s an angle of this story which I think may have some broader interest: …

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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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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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The Rome Manifesto: Proposals by the Next Generation

This spring, the European Union is celebrating its birthday. 60 years ago, on March 25, 1957, the six founding nations signed the Treaty of Rome. In the run-up to the anniversary celebrations, United Europe is working on a particularly important project: together with the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence Villa Vigoni, we have selected a …

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