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Brexit is a shock, but one which the European Union can recover from. Hope rests above all in a first ‘European’ generation which has grown up experiencing the benefits of integration and membership. This group will decide the EU’s future direction, if it can overcome its frustration. By Michael Cottakis, President of the 1989 Generation… » read more

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Nearing the end of 2016 one fact has become abundantly clear: we cannot escape populism any longer. A doggedly fought Brexit campaign, the discourse on the refugee crisis, a surge of aggression across the continent, and the brutality of the US presidential election: At the beginning of the year these events appeared to be outliers,… » read more

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As Europe heads into a tumultuous autumn, the 1989 Generation Initiative prepares for the coming year. But with the EU being caught up in innumerable fights, the necessity to focus our efforts has become readily apparent. That is why in August, the Initiative’s Content Team launched a survey to let young Europeans share their view… » read more

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By Dominik Kirchdorfer, Head of Expansion The 1989 Generation Initiative is moving into its second year and tackling the very topical issue of populism. As an organisation we aim to reform the European Union and define a new mission for a new generation. This also requires our organisation to evolve and adapt over time. The… » read more

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This is a guest post by a group of Science Po students cycling across Europe, aptly called Bicycl’est. You can follow their travels on Facebook and on WordPress. They are documenting their cycling journey across the continent, taking them from France to Poland. We are a group of seven first-year students from Sciences Po Paris,… » read more

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A tragic turn The 1989 Generation initiative was born in London, the most diverse city in Europe and capital of the country that promoted and defended many of the principles at the core of European integration. Regrettably, it seems, the United Kingdom is now turning its back on these same values. Our mission is to… » read more

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On April 27th, the 1989 Generation Initiative, or ‘89ers’ presented visions and proposals on the future of the European Union at the European Parliament, to an audience of MEPs, think tank professionals and young Europeans. The core message: The EU should always aim to improve its citizens’ lives. Their aspirations and livelihoods should be placed… » read more

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It is fascinating to look at news reports from a year ago, because it all seems to fit so well together with today. Whether it is news on terrorism, warnings about an imminent refugee crisis or statements that Donald Trump would never ever run for president (despite him appearing at the Republican presidential rally to… » read more

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For almost two years the British media has been dominated by three topics: terrorism, refugees/immigration (often thrown into the same pot) and the EU referendum, or Brexit, as it has been coined. PM Cameron has successfully negotiated a deal with the EU on the special status of the UK within the EU, reinforcing the argumentative… » read more

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