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After the Dutch parliamentary election, it was the French voters’ turn to decide on the political direction their country will take. A look into the deciding issues during the election campaign

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.

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.

A new ‘trilogy’ of referendums started with the Danish European Union opt-out referendum in December 2015, followed by the Dutch Ukraine-referendum in April and Brexit coming up in June. Paired with the recent terror attacks and the still ongoing refugee crisis, what does this mean for the future of the European Union? Is there still hope for a multi-cultural unified Europe?

More than 1 million asylum seekers arrived in Europe last year. The situation overwhelmed national governments and EU Institutions alike and further disrupted the relations between Member States.

Could the presence of Eurosceptics in the European Parliament mean a guarantee of a greater legitimacy for the European political system?

Sweden was before the SD party, one of the few European countries without a right wing extremist party in its parliament

The fear of identity loss and rejection of diversity are typical signs of today's situation in Hungary

We are now in the third wave of the rise of populist and extremist parties in Germany, what are the causes, examples and challenges in this difficult situation?

Over the last 20 years, UK Eurosceptic representation in the European Parliament increased. Does the Ukip represent a threat for European democracy?

The media is central in assessing the influence of the far-right movements, as they need a stage from where they can convey their ideas to the public

Has the EU disillusionment over the recent years created Russia as the emerging ideological model/leader and an ally for right-wing European movements?

What strategies against xenophobia should the German government and German society implement?

What are the ways to tackle homophobic, misogynistic and transphobic behaviour? How is the situation in Greece?

In case UKIP will do well in the next Scottish elections, would it represent a real threat to progressive politics?

Populist radical right parties can be a threat to fundamental values of liberal democracies. What are the reactions and possible effects in the European Parliament?

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