1989 Generation Initiative

This article briefly summarizes the ongoing work from the Economics delegates of our yearly policy cycle “A New Contract: Reconnecting the EU with its citizens”. The following summary covers one of their two proposals, to be refined and presented to the European Parliament amongst others by October.   The EU has been ambitious in its… » read more

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Written by Luca Lo Scavo, Msc International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University What is “inciucio”, my German colleague asked in our lunch break in a casual conversation over the preliminary results after the General Elections in Italy on March the 4th. In my mind, inciucio is a very clear concept, almost a taken-for granted… » read more

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From the Initiative: On the 15th and 16th of February our annual conference “A New Contract: Reconnecting the EU and its Citizens” takes place in London. Make sure to register now for our public events, bringing together MEPs, academics and experts, among others former Vice President of the European Commission Joaquin Almunia, with young Europeans… » read more

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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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