EU-Neighbourhood Policy

A changing European Parliament

Comment

The European Parliament has become more pluralist and more diverse, which may mean opportunities for its future work. As part of a broader pro-European alliance the Greens will unquestionably play an important role in the newly elected Parliament.

By Eva van de Rakt

European election campaign in Poland: test run for autumn general elections

Backgrounder

The figures speak for themselves: 15 years after joining the European community, 91 percent of Poles support EU membership, with only five percent against. According to 78 percent of those surveyed, the consequences are overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, 56 percent feel they are Europeans, an increase of around 13 percent compared to 2014.

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Staring into the Brexit void

Blog

The question keeps returning: What's next with Brexit? If the UK would like to opt for an Art. 50 extension, it will first have to ask the European Council where all 27 Member States would have to agree unanimously. The British Government undertook and takes a long walk from fantasy to reality...

By Jean Lambert

How to Prevent the Chaos of Disintegration

Blog

What if... the Eurozone became a real transfer union to reduce economic inequality and increasing social unrest between and within Member States? Read our last post on the Reconnecting Europe blog and find more topics that shaped the EU in 2018.

By Ricardo Cabral, Viriato Soromenho-Marques
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Latest Publications

Governing Ecologically

Study

In voter surveys, the German Greens regularly come out as the party deemed to have by far the greatest competency in this area and in energy policy as well. This study by Arne Jungjohann tries to answer if this image is justified, as it looks at the subnational level of the federal states.

From «Paymaster of Europe» to «Shaper of Europeʼs future»

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E-Paper

Although the European Union is facing enormous political challenges, Germany has shown little initiative in European politics in recent years. Proposed reforms of other member states, such as France, have been mostly opposed on the grounds that «the German taxpayers» must not be even further burdened. This study investigates the factual and popular basis of this narrative.

A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics

E-Paper

In this policy paper “A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics” the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung puts forward proposals for a more active role of the municipalities in refugee and asylum policy.

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Event Reports

Federation of Young European Greens

The Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) is the European umbrella organisation for Young Green organisations from all over the continent. Its 38 member organisations comprise various backgrounds: local ecological groups, student unions, youth wings of Green parties and Green Youth NGOs.

European Digital Rights

European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe, which defends rights and freedoms in the digital environment. EDRi’s key priorities for the next years are privacy, surveillance, net neutrality and copyright reform.

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ELECTION YEAR 2019 – STRESS TEST FOR THE EU

In 2019 the European Union is confronted with serious challenges and uncertainties. Far-right movements and parties attack democratic values and principles in many countries. The rule of law is under pressure, not only in Hungary and Poland, and the polarisation of societies endangers social cohesion all over Europe. 2019 is also the year of Brexit. Three decades after 1989, the EU seems at risk of falling apart. On the other hand, the latest Eurobarometer survey shows a continuous increase in citizens’ support for the EU. More than two-thirds of the respondents are convinced that their country benefits from being an EU member state. This is the highest score ever measured since 1983. 

A new European Parliament will be elected in May, and later in the year, we will have a newly composed European Commission with a new President. Will the centre-right European People’s Party still be the largest political group in the parliament, as it has been for the past 20 years ? New emerging players are likely to increase political fragmentation. A third of the new parliament’s seats could go to anti-establishment and eurosceptic parties at the expense of centrist and largely pro-EU coalitions. Will French president Emmanuel Macron be able to maintain the momentum of his movement 'En Marche' and win a significant number of seats? Despite Macron’s visions to reform France and the EU, his approval is shrinking. Looking at the polls in different EU countries, there is a gleam of hope that the Greens might keep the size of their group and an upward trend has been noticeable for some months now. 

In this section you can find blog posts, publications and information about events that we are organizing in the context of our EU Policy Programme.

For further information please contact:

Zora Siebert
Head of EU Policy Programme
Tel. +32 (0)2 743 41 05
Email: zora.siebert@eu.boell.org

Dossiers

The Role of the European Union in Its Neighbourhood and in the World

The EU has to (re)define what role it wants to play in a global context and in its neighbourhood. In this web dossier, we will focus on three topics: the Western Balkans enlargement strategy; the conflicts in the Middle East (Jerusalem, Syria), the refugee crisis and the transatlantic tug-of-war. 

Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation

60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. But what does the young generation make of all this, in what kind of Europe do they want to live and how do they want to achieve it? 

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Creating a People's Europe

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