FutureLab Europe welcomed 18 new participants to its 2017 Annual Forum in Brussels

16. January 2017

For its 2017 edition, FutureLab Europe selected 18 bright and committed young Europeans who want to play a role in the future of Europe by implementing a project with a civic impact. Selected participants convened in Brussels from 10 to 13 January 2017 for a 4 days seminar on occasion of the FutureLab Europe Annual Forum, whereby they became official members of FutureLab Europe’s sixth generation.

What future for Spain’s PSOE?

Posted on 16. December 2016 by Germán Jiménez Montes

german-jimenez-montesThe Greek tragedy of European social democracy turned into a soap opera last October, after the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party’s (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sánchez, was forced to resign. The offensive was led by former socialist Prime Minister Felipe González, when he declared in Spain’s most popular morning show that he felt fooled by Sánchez. He argued that in the days following Spain’s June election Sánchez had privately assured him that he was going to respect the wishes of many in the PSOE by dropping his objection to allowing Mariano Rajoy, the leader of the conservative Partido Popular (PP), to form a minority government. Despite this promise, Sánchez refused to give in to the pressure, saying he would do nothing to facilitate the formation of a government led by such a corrupt party as the PP.

Climate change: a call for a united Europe to act

Posted on 15. December 2016 by Marta Remacha Recio

marta-remacha-recio-modifiedCoral bleaching; record-breaking temperatures; the Artic melting; the El Niño phenomenon becoming stronger; despite the success of the Paris Agreement one year ago, scientific evidence of the worsening impact of climate change is piling up. 2016 has even left us with a clear-cut evidence of the irreversibility of some damages: Melomys rubicola, a small rodent endemic to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, holds the dubious honour of becoming the first mammal to be wiped out by human-induced climate change. The fight against global warming has entered a critical phase, which needs a united Europe ready to make the difference.

Will Italy’s post-Renzi government be led by a technocrat?

Posted on 8. December 2016 by Christopher Wratil and Giulia Pastorella

christopher-wratilAlready before Matteo Renzi had lost his constitutional referendum, media around the world claimed that a ‘government of technocrats’ was the most likely option to follow Renzi in case of electoral defeat. Drawing on their analysis of all technocratic governments appointed in 30 European democracies after 1977, Christopher Wratil - FutureLab Europe Member - and Giulia Pastorella estimate a rather low probability of 12-18% for the next Italian administration to be led by a technocrat. A technocratic government is therefore definitely possible but not as likely as suggested by the media.

Europe@debate: What role for young people in protecting democracy in Europe?

On Tuesday 29 November 2016 FutureLab Europe debated the role of young people in protecting democracy in Europe with Brando Benifei, Member of the European Parliament, Elisa Lironi, Digital Democracy and Campaigning Manager at the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and Artur Wieczorek, Secretary General of the Federation of Young European Greens.