After the Brexit Referendum: Is the European Union Still Worth Fighting For?


After the ‘Leave’ vote in last June’s Brexit referendum, the European Union is shaking on its foundations, no matter how hard politicians and officials are trying to pretend otherwise. The UK is gone, or so it seems, and in many EU member countries from Hungary to France and from Austria to the Netherlands, Eurosceptic parties are scoring high in the opinion polls before next year’s election or are already in government. Even Germany is no longer the pro-European model pupil it has been for so long. In the eyes of young Europeans, including those from the UK, is the European Union a lost cause and should Europeans find a different way to organise their future, are Europeans sleepwalking into a new catastrophe or is the EU still a cause worth fighting for? The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union challenges 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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January 2017
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
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