1989 Generation Initiative

This week in Talking Europe: We will have a look at the Franco-British summit and see whether Germany will have a government anytime soon. Entente or Détente: A Franco-Britain Summit Franco British Military Summit: The French President, Emmanuel Macron, brought the British a long desired gift. During the summit with Theresa May, he announced that… » read more

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Welcome back to the weekly brief of the 1989 Generation Initative! This week we will discuss Merkel’s attempts to forge a coalition, the EU’s moves against Poland and other recent developments. On the 15th and 16th of February we will launch our next policy cycle “A New Contract: Reconnecting the EU and its Citizens” at… » read more

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With the recent development of the Banking Union and Outright Monetary Transactions (OMTs), it appears as if Eurozone reforms are on the rise. The adoption of OMTs into law came after an European Court Justice (ECJ) rebuke to German disapproval, arguably the first time in Eurozone history that German preferences were considerably overrode. In a… » read more

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The lack of a well-defined European identity has framed the diversity of European citizens as a challenge to be overcome rather than an opportunity that must be seized. This has exacerbated political divisions, empowering nationalist sentiments, protectionism and ensuing Euroscepticism, supported by the spread of disinformation and over-reliance on national party proxies. It has also… » read more

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This year, the Socialists & Democrats group did not vote in favour of the annual EU budget for the first time in the group’s existence. One of the justifications was the EU’s refusal to increase humanitarian aid spending. They deem, with some truth, that the challenges ahead for the Union are great. But, in terms… » read more

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  Just as the European level influences the local and regional levels, local and regional levels should be able to exert their full influence at European level. For there to be mutual benefit, there must be complete interaction. The voices of cities and regions must be heard. – K.-H. Lambertz On October 10, the President… » read more

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Our President Michael Cottakis outlines why a new vision for Europe is needed and why the discussion about the future of the EU has to be continued in 2018. Be part of this discussion! Join the 1989 Generation “A New Deal for Europe: Reconnecting the EU and its Citizens” at the London School of Economics… » read more

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The state of play In early 2017, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called onto the international community to rethink its approach to peace and security. He deplored that far more time and resources are spent responding to crises rather than preventing them, and he encouraged world leaders to step up preventive action. Pointing out the… » read more

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The EU and Japan are set to agree a landmark trade deal that will see barriers lowered on almost all tradable goods between them. With the backdrop of Trump protectionism, this deal would serve as an affirmation of the inherent benefits of free trade-if it gets signed. Though all indications suggest a thumbs up for… » read more

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In this week’s News brief we discuss the recent development in regards to Brexit… will there be a breakthrough in the negotiations? You are busy during the week, but don’t want to miss out on Eurpean affairs? Then sign up for our News Brief now! Brexit Breakthrough This week the news broke that a possible… » read more

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