1989 Generation Initiative

In the current economic and political context, solidarity is shattered by the spillover of the economic problems Member States have been struggling to deal with in the aftermath of the economic crisis, and now, the refugee crisis. Meanwhile Euroscepticism is rising along with extremist, nationalist movements and the European Union’s values and pillars – labour… » read more

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Citizens are concerned about lobbyists’ influence in EU policy-making. They want better regulation of their lobbying activities, as well as increased transparency. In 2011, the Commission jointly launched with the European Parliament the Transparency Register. The register requires information about who is engaged in lobbying activity, the reason for it, and with what resources. It… » read more

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Refugees stopped in Hungary on their way to Germany; French and Italian officials working day and night to keep Greece in the Eurozone; Eastern and Western European nations clashing over Europe’s relationship with Russia. If you were alive these past six months – a safe bet if you’re reading this article – you probably encountered… » read more

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In the wake of the Big Bang enlargement of 2004, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was designed to keep neighbourhood countries engaged with the EU, and to avoid creating dividing lines on the continent. But ENP has thus far failed to emulate the success of the Enlargement programme, which has been regularly attributed to the… » read more

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Daily news reminds us of the terrible crisis in the Mediterranean, with people fleeing their countries in any way possible with the aim of landing somewhere safer than what used to be home. The EU reaction, rumor has it, has been slow and plain insufficient according to the majority. Somehow, we still need the picture… » read more

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No one seems to be too happy about the results of the Spitzenkandidaten-procedure: Domestic governments feel a sense of loss of power; Juncker only reluctantly accepted his new position; older EU idealists like Neil Kinnock see a threat to the Commission’s equidistance and independence. What about the 1989 generation? For us the Spitzenkandidaten-procedure doesn’t go… » read more

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A refugee crisis with few real remedies in sight; a faltering economic outlook; a Greek debt crisis that is likely to return; a lack of common action in fighting against ISIS; clearly the European Project is in dire straits and it is up to the next generation to assume a leading role in its redefinition.… » read more

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