About: Future of Europe

Future EU 17-05-2021

Long odds on a successful conference

There is a parallel between the position in which the European Union is today and that in which Ireland found itself in 2001 following the rejection of the Nice Treaty in a referendum, writes Dick Roche, commenting on the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Future EU 11-05-2021

Conference on the Future of Europe: Promises and pitfalls

Given the disparate views, interests and risk perceptions among the twenty-seven EU countries, far-reaching innovations to be introduced by the Conference on the Future of Europe appear unlikely, writes Michel Leigh.
Future EU 10-05-2021

Entrusting Europe’s future to its citizens

The EU is at a crossroads and must overhaul its decision-making and implementation methods, argue Guillaume Klossa and Francesca Ratti.
Politics 07-05-2021

Tweets of the Week: CoFoE confusion, Moved Border, Vaccine Sharing

The Future of Europe conference looks a mess at first glance, Belgian farmer moves the border with France, and Biden changes US vaccine stance. Sunday is Europe Day and if you thought not visiting obscure EU institutions on #EuropeDay was...
Future EU 06-05-2021

A global Europe in action

The Conference on the Future of Europe can catalyse much-needed reflection on how to revamp the EU’s external action. But, most importantly, if the EU wants to secure its position as a top-tier geopolitical player, it should overcome self-doubt and learn by doing, writes Javier Solana.
Future EU 03-05-2021

Democracies, including EU, need better functioning, better results

The Conference on the Future of Europe is an exercise in democracy, and at the same time, the main theme of the Conference is European democracy. But the problem is broader: democracy itself is in crisis, write Herman Van Rompuy and Žiga Turk.
Future EU 22-04-2021

Merkel open to EU treaty change to boost health powers

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday (21 April) that the European Union needs more power to coordinate the bloc's response to health crises like the coronavirus pandemic, and did not rule out a treaty change to secure them.
The EU's institutional data protection watchdog has 'critical concerns' with European Parliament plans to install a biometric register that will allow MEPs to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises, it has transpired.
Future EU 13-04-2021

The age of permacrisis

Despite the fatigue with the pandemic and the longing for stability and predictability, Europe has entered the age of ‘permacrisis’, in which volatility, uncertainty, and a prolonged sense of emergency have become the new normal, argue Ricardo Borges de Castro, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis.
Future EU 23-03-2021

Fidesz and the EPP are now at a crossroads

The EPP lacks diversity and vision regarding the Conference on the Future of Europe and unless it rethinks its role in European politics, it will gravitate towards the Left, writes László Trócsányi.
Future EU 29-01-2021

Will deliberation save democracy in crisis?

European democracy is in urgent need of reinventing itself. Under threat by polarization and disinformation, deliberative democracy could help bring back power to the people, from the hyperlocal to the international political field, write Pepijn Kennis and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.
Future EU 08-12-2020

After a Decade of EU Pragmatism, It Is Time to Talk About Democracy Again

During the crisis-ridden last decade, the EU has stumbled into a new intergovernmentalism presented as an apparently pragmatic problem-solving approach. But side-lining the European Parliament is not just a problem for the EU’s legitimacy, but also results in negotiation deadlocks...
Future EU 20-08-2020

Behind medieval walls, Macron and Merkel to chart Europe’s course

Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron meet on Thursday (20 August) in a medieval island fortress in the Mediterranean to chart the next steps for a partnership that is the driving force behind the European Union.
Future EU 23-05-2020

Ernesto Rossi and the Call to Europe

It is time to rebuild the EU on the foundations set by Ernesto Rossi and others, writes Roger Casale.
Future EU 22-04-2020

Time for governments to listen to their European citizens

Amid the range of appeals and open letters on the policy-changes need to combat the coronavirus, one constant is that all are demanding an effective common EU response to the pandemic, writes Roberto Castaldi.
Future EU 15-01-2020

Parliament kicks off debate on the Future of Europe conference

The European Parliament launched on Wednesday (15 January) the debate on the Future of Europe conference, expected to begin in May, and outlined its position ahead of talks with the Commission and Council. 
EU Elections 2019 13-06-2019

Time for Europe to move with the times

It's time for the EU to make the changes demanded by voters at May's European elections, and make the bloc fit to meet the challenges of today's world, writes Sophie In't Veld.
Politics 11-06-2019

Navigating through the EU’s uncertain waters: GLOBSEC 2019

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As Globsec’s 2019 forum in Bratislava kicked off, EURACTIV went along to listen to world leaders from politics, civil society and business on the Future of Europe. Here we present a summary of the main talking points across the forum.  
Enlargement 07-06-2019

Europe’s ambitious but uncertain future on show at Bratislava forum

As Globsec’s 2019 forum in Bratislava kicked off earlier this week, EURACTIV went along to listen to world leaders from politics, civil society and business on the Future of Europe. Here we present a summary of the main talking points in the field, across the first two days.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2019

Europe’s future lies in the hands of its regions and cities

As heads of state and government of the EU member states meet in Sibiu on Europe Day, Karl-Heinz Lambertz urges them to work towards a more cohesive, sustainable and democratic Europe.
Future EU 07-05-2019

Antidote to poisonous populism is a new Pact for a fair, resilient and a sustainable Europe

The EU must counter poisonous populism with a rEUnaissance delivering a new economic and social contract and hope to European citizens, writes Luca Jahier.
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2019

Big business is ready to provide the leadership Europe needs

Big business has not done enough to address citizens’ concerns – which is why populism and protectionism are increasing risks. European companies are now ready to offer leadership on investment in skills, climate change, diversity and inclusion, writes Carl-Henric Svanberg.
Climate change 24-04-2019

Climate change is at the heart of the Future of Europe

EU leaders must prioritise climate action to combat dangerous climate change when they gather in Sibiu for the 'Future of Europe' summit on 9 May, write the plaintiffs of the People's Climate Case, who are taking the EU institutions to court to protect their fundamental rights and to prevent dangerous climate change.
Future EU 25-03-2019

Europe is not a project!

The perspective that the Union is a project is holding us back. The Union simply needs to be pragmatic, writes Žiga Turk.
EURoad2Sibiu 18-03-2019

In Bucharest, local leaders call to rebuild the EU from the bottom

Hundreds of European local and regional leaders demanded a bottom-up approach to rebuild the EU, during the 8th Cities and Regions summit in Bucharest, ahead of the informal European Council on the future of Europe in Sibiu in May.