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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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In less than a week, Article 50 will be triggered by the UK. On the same day of this announcement, the European Parliament Research Service published for the first time a document that reflects some of the thinking of inside the EU. Barbara Aubin, Head of Content at the 1989 Generation Initiative, explains why the… » read more

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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable “Education for Engagement” at its launching conference. Written by Greta Schmuelling, Content Officer. Knowledge is power, and this… » read more

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The Dutch parliamentary elections on 15th March are perceived as a major milestone of the European election year. There are 150 seats being voted on and as a first in recent history, the Dutch have more parties to choose from than ever before (28 parties). Minister-President Mark Rutte’s liberal-centre right Party for Freedom and Democracy… » read more

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This article is part of a series of papers based on the preliminary results of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s policy cycle “Tackling Populism: Hope over Fear”. The following article is based on the results of the Roundtable ‘Communicating Europe’ at the cycle’s Launch Conference. By Miguel Alegre, 89er & delegate to the Tackling Populism Launch… » read more

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Poland’s PiS government has recently taken control of a museum in Gdańsk in an attempt to redefine its focus and the history it tells. Why this can be seen as nothing more than yet another populist move by the PiS government, and a further disconcerting sign of Europe’s rising nationalism. By Emilie Naulot, external 89er… » read more

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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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