Future EU

18-01-2022

Leadership in times of crisis starts by fixing the EU’s democratic deficit

As we enter 2022, it is 30 years since Citizenship of the European Union was first introduced during the Maastricht Treaty negotiations. This led to the creation of the first transnational citizenship, affording all EU citizens with rights, freedoms and legal protections, write Suzana Carp and Justin Goshorn.
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12-01-2022

Our time to shape Europe

The CoFoE brings European citizens closer to the EU. For this reason, JEF Europe and its sections could not be more active in promoting this initiative. Hence, JEF Athens-Piraeus aims to motivate citizens to make their voice heard and express their proposals for a better European Union.
12-01-2022

Reforming Europe means getting out of the Brussels bubble

Responding to the democratic crisis is just as important as tackling the climate emergency. This is why we fought for the Conference on the Future of Europe, despite the reluctance of those who fear consulting citizens on the European issue, write Guy Verhofstadt and Pascal Durand.
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04-01-2022

Why Europe? On European Purpose and Power

The world is fragmented and the future is uncertain. New paradigms and narratives are emerging. Why should Europe then be the answer? And what makes Europe “European”? Europa can best be understood by its history, its sufferings and revolutions, the...
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22-12-2021

Why the French Presidency’s insistence on European ‘Belonging’ matters

'Belonging' (Appartenance in French) is the last of the three keywords announced as the motto of the upcoming French EU Council Presidency, along with recovery (relance) and strength (puissance). Why such an emphasis on a notion no government can buy and no parliament can pass legislation on?
20-12-2021

Europe must fight to defend its identity

Europe's needs to rearm its identity in the face of Islamism and cancel-culture, writes Assita Kanko.
17-12-2021

CoFoE: Lack of inclusion of people with disabilities is worrying

Persons with disabilities do not have an equal access to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), writes Yannis Vardakastanis. Yannis Vardakastanis is the president of the European Disability Forum and a member of the CoFoE Plenary. This problem...
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17-12-2021

It is time to speak up on the CoFoE!

On 12 November, JEF Madrid organised a local consultation within the framework of the Next Chapter Europe project. We want to ensure the CoFoE becomes a truly participative process, where everyone can have a say on how the future of the European Union should look like.
14-12-2021

The Conference on the Future of Europe cannot fail

The Conference on the Future of Europe has made an uncertain start, but it cannot be allowed to fail. Stefano Mallia writes that the window of opportunity to engage with citizens could close quickly.
08-12-2021

Let’s imagine the Europe of tomorrow!

The Conference on the Future of Europe, launched in March seeks to give EU citizens a voice in determining the bloc's priorities. Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé takes stock of what has been achieved so far.
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08-12-2021

Poland’s Vision of EU Future: a Non-Federalist Consensus?

The subject of the ongoing conference on the future of Europe is the reform of the European Union. The debate is covering both institutional changes and modifications to individual policies.
02-12-2021

Take back parliamentary control

The accountability of the European Commission to the directly elected Parliament is at a low point in history, and Parliament’s current leadership is completely neglecting its scrutiny role. It is time for a change, writes Sophie In't Veld.
01-12-2021

The Brief, powered by ELF — Times have never been better for EU reform

There has never been a better time to push for European integration. With pro-European governments in France, Italy and Germany, reform of the bloc seems to be within reach – for the first time in years.  The shift is especially...
30-11-2021

‘The EU’, too, was once a utopia

Unfortunately, the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen, as under her predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker, has failed to reach the people of the European Union.
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24-11-2021

Let’s make the Conference too big to ignore

Europeans must mobilise in demanding a better EU as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). However, a more united and democratic Union is not in everyone’s interest, and some political actors are consistently striving to make the consultation process meaningless.
18-11-2021

The future of Europe jeopardised by inaction of ‘pro-Europeans’

The Conference on the Future of Europe is underway but there is a great risk that it will turn out to be a lost opportunity. This is due mainly to the inaction of “pro-European” governments and parties and the European institutions, writes Roberto Castaldi.
15-11-2021

How the Conference on the Future of Europe can still be saved

The Conference on the future of Europe is faltering, but EU institutions and member states can still save it. And they should, as it could be a key tool to re-engage the citizens, writes Nicoletta Pirozzi.
10-11-2021

We can strengthen European democracy by giving the European Parliament more powers

The past year’s crisis underscored the need for a more united Europe. We must seize this opportunity to make the Conference on the Future of Europe a true forum with citizens to work together to achieve a more sovereign and democratic Europe, says UEF President and Renew MEP Sandro Gozi.
03-11-2021

How to prevent Europe from stalling

National elections just passed in Germany and upcoming in France deprive Europe of political leadership. But there is an electoral solution that could solve this problem, writes Matteo Garavoglia.

Why the Commission should ignore Poland’s ‘false compromise’

If the European Commission bends to Polish government pressure it will not fix the rule of law crisis but deepen it, argue Tineke Strik and Thijs Reuten.
29-10-2021

Future of Europe Conference insufficiently fills EU political vacuum

The great expectations some have for the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe, and the little that is known about it, weigh heavily on it, writes Christian Moos.
28-10-2021

The EU has much to learn about how to engage its citizens

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a brilliant idea to give citizens voice in European decision making. However, the politicians involved just do not know how to engage with them, writes Kaspar Schultz.
26-10-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — What the people want (or not)

Sharp-tongued critics will be quick to point out that the majority of delegates at the Conference on the Future of Europe plenary last weekend consisted of representatives from the European institutions (165) and national parliaments (108).
25-10-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — The conciliator–in–chief  

It is hard to dispute that Angela Merkel stands out as Europe’s pre-eminent leader of the 21st century. In truth, this is less impressive than it sounds because the competition has scarcely been fierce. Just look at the other major European players.

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