60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. The UK is leaving the EU; populism and Euroscepticism prevail in many Member States; the days of an ‘ever closer union’ seem to be numbered. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union invited young Europeans to discuss current challenges.
From October 9 – 13, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union organised a capacity building for the post-Brexit generation under the motto “Why we’re stuck and how we want to get out of this”. 15 young Europeans discussed different aspects of the current challenges the EU is facing and developped concrete strategies for possible solutions. The diversity of the group not only lay in the wide geographical range of the participant’s home countries but also in their professional background: university students, PhD-candidates, researchers, activists and politicians as well as young people working in the fields of public administration, economics and international relations
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