European Integration

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Thousands of people are protesting against the close down of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. A political battle about “foreign influences” and pro or anti EU, US or Russia sentiments.

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The European Commission laid out five different post-Brexit scenarios in its latest White Paper. But the way towards a deeper and closer integration project cannot overlook the EU’s demos.  

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One year ago Brussels has been struck by a series of terrorist attacks. Our author's then call not to turn the terrorist threat into a national question has not lost any of its relevance.

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European leaders breathed a sigh of relief at the Dutch election results. Nevertheless the results are a sign of the ongoing crisis of Western democracy.

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EU Joint Programming aims at closer cooperation in development policies and European donor countries. The decentralised and flexible approach is showing initial signs of success.

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Are the German Greens compatible with Angela Merkel? How can we explain the success of the xenophobic ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD) party? And what awaits Europe in the year 2017? An interview with Ralf Fücks.

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Latest Publications

The Dutch parliamentary election results were discussed with Dutch politicians and journalists as the beginning of the European election year. We analysed potential coalition governments, the international media coverage, the influence of populism during the elections as well as the impact of Brexit and Trump on the election campaign.

2016 was the year the fissures in the structure of the EU became visible even for those who had preferred to ignore them. We asked three experts what the three most serious challenges are.

After the ‘Leave’ vote in last June’s Brexit referendum, the European Union is shaking on its foundations. Our office invited young Europeans to debate about the Europe they want with EU veterans, Members of the European Parliament, EU experts from think tanks and representatives of civil society.

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Event Reports

The EU-Turkey refugee deal attracted much criticism. This paper discusses whether the deal can be considered as a success or a sell out on European values, taking its impacts on migration flows, the EU asylum law and the European Convention on Human Rights into consideration.

On 21 June 2016, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union hosted a 'Workshop for the Future' for young Europeans. Questions such as how to deal with the after effects of the Paris and Brussels attacks and the fear and insecurity they have caused among the young have been raised and discussed.

Only three months after the devastating terrorist attacks in Brussels, a strange silence has fallen over Europe. Terrorism has disappeared from the headlines; think tanks and politicians have found other subjects to focus on but many questions remain.

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Future of Europe Series

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The EU-Turkey relations have been put to test on numerous occasions this year. In the first half of 2017 further political events of importance are to be expected which will set the path for future relations.

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The victory of Donald Trump and the way his election campaign was conducted will have multiple effects on politics in the EU, sleepless nights are already one of them.

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Bulgarians worldwide have been called to vote in the national presidential election. For hundreds of Bulgarians in Brussels this turned into a Kafkaesque experience.

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After the failed coup d'état in July this year the EU has to re-position itself vis à vis post-coup Turkey. Finding a formulation that satisfies the EU and is acceptable to Turkey will not be easy.

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After the Disaster Scenario of 2016 – Can 2017 Be the Year of Resilience for the European Union?

2017 has to be the ‘year of resilience’ for the European Union, the year Europe bounces back from crises, pessimism, frustration and negativity. But will it? With elections in crucial Member States a further rise of populist and Eurosceptic forces was feared, but the general election in the Netherlands and the presidential election in France have given rise to cautious optimism. However, there is no reason for complacency: populism has not been defeated – it can rear its ugly head any time. And it does, not only in Hungary and in Poland, two Member States who seem to be slithering relentlessly towards illiberalism, but also in other countries where elections will be held soon, Austria and Italy. Almost half-way into 2017 the relationship between Turkey and the EU and its Member States has deteriorated so badly that it seems to be beyond repair for the foreseeable future, which spells disaster for the ‘refugee deal’ and is a worrying development in the EU’s already tumultuous neighbourhood. In fact, none of the problems which haunted Europe last year have been resolved. The first months of 2017 may have provided some glimpses of hope, but Europe is still stuck in a tunnel, it can only emerge from with maximal effort and willpower.

Events at hbs Brussels

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Reconnecting Europe IV
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Regain or Retreat? European Youth in an Age of Uncertainty”
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Regain or Retreat? European Youth in an Age of Uncertainty”

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60 years after the "Treaty of Rome" was signed, the EU finds itself in a crisis. Did European Integration stop making further progress? Did the EU fail in realising its own goals?
 

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Our "Expert Workshop Southern Neighbourhood" brought together experts from different backgrounds with our regional offices and the contributors to our web dossier Rebuilding the Neighbourhood to discuss the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Our capacity building workshop ‘How to Counter Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe’ gave its participants the possibility to compare the right-wing movements in their respective countries of origin and to jointly develop policies to combat this disquieting trend.

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Creating a People's Europe

The film is a project of the Green European Foundation for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. It was realised in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and with the financial support of the European Parliament.

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