News from United Europe

New year, new board members, new programme!

At our General Assembly on December 12,2017 at the Würth Haus in Berlin, Julia Reuss and Sabine Sasse were introduced as new managing directors to the present members. They thanked their predecessors Jenny Paul and Bettina Vestring, who were also present, for their excellent work over the last few years and their great support in handing …

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Germany and France must take the lead to reform the European Union!

Under the topic “A Window for EU Reform – How to strengthen the Euro” United Europe had invited members and personalities from politics and economy to a panel discussion on December 12 at Würth Haus Berlin. At the end of a year of crucial European elections, an outstanding panel discussed the different proposals for strengthening …

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“A unique opportunity to reshape Europe”

Final event of the Rome Manifesto Tour in Brussels After more than 20 events in seven European countries, the final event of the Rome Manifesto took place on 27 November in the European Parliament in Brussels. Together with the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence, Villa Vigoni, United Europe brought together a group of leading young …

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Bianca Achatz: What Populists Leaders Have in Common

The Young Professionals Seminar in October 2017 in Hamburg focussed on “The Populist Challenge“ in Europe, and I was fortunate to discuss this important topic with so many engaged and enthusiastic follow Europeans. The focus for my contribution to this seminar was to analyse contemporary populists and their common traits. The first thing to do …

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A Test for Europe’s German Anchor

Daniela Schwarzer, member of the United Europe board and Research Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), about the foreign policy effects of the German federal elections: While Germany’s center has held, its policy consensus is about to be tested. With the far-right AfD party in the Bundestag, the German public will be …

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New Managing Directors at United Europe

This autumn brings some changes in the management team of United Europe. After more than four years with the association, Bettina Vestring will leave United Europe at the end of October to concentrate on her journalistic work. Jenny Paul, who is engaged in pro-European student movements across Europe, has left at the end of August …

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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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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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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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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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