The Western Balkans Summit in Trieste – Are the Balkans stuck in the EU’s waiting room post-Brexit?

by Hatidza Jahic and Miruna Troncota

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It’s been almost 15 years since the 2003 Thessaloniki promise of EU membership for the Western Balkans, and the countries in the region are still in the EU’s ‘waiting room’. The European Commission’s ‘White Paper on the Future of Europe’, published on 1 March 2017 does not mention EU enlargement at all. In the context of the 2017 Western Balkans Summit in Trieste, the first one to be organised after the Brexit vote, Miruna Troncotă (Ro) and Hatidza Jahic (BiH) ask: Are the Balkans forever stuck in the EU's waiting room?

[Recap] Futures of Europe Workshop in Copenhagen!

What kind of future would you like to live in? On Saturday, 24 June, 2017, from 13:00–17:30, our project Futures of Europe held its second workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the soon-to-be-opened Litteraturhuset ved Vandkunsten. Read the project's individual workshop recap here and stay in touch with the project via Facebook!  FutureLab Europe members Louise Roesen Abildgaard, Simon Höher and Moritz Borchardt invited locals, friends and students to picture … Continue reading [Recap] Futures of Europe Workshop in Copenhagen!

[Recap] Futures of Europe Workshop in Cologne!

What kind of future would you like to live in? On Saturday, 22 April, 2017, from 14:00 to 17:30, our project "Futures of Europe" held its first workshop in Cologne, Germany, gathering citizens at the venue "die wohngemeinschaft" to discuss how their future could look like. A wrap-up of the workshop and pictures is avalaible on the project's website futuresofeurope.eu! The workshop, in … Continue reading [Recap] Futures of Europe Workshop in Cologne!

Let’s do it: Integration

Posted on 3. April 2017 by Fiona Fritz fiona-fritz-modified

Closing borders, limiting immigration and a faster expulsion of criminal asylum seekers. These topics currently dominate the discourse on migration all over Europe. The numbers of people seeking refuge in Europe has been on the rise for the last 5-10 years. But since 2015 this topic is on the front pages of news outlets in Germany almost every single day. Merkel's "Wir schaffen das!" (We’ll make it!) was met with scepticism by parts of the population and many politicians.

FutureLab Europe officially unveils its five European projects for 2017

FutureLab Europe members have developed five projects that will be rolled out throughout 2017. Touching on European identity, equal opportunities and democratic values, the projects will be implemented on the local level in 11 countries, from Spain to Ukraine. With their trans-European outlook, the projects combine local civic engagement with heartfelt European citizenship. The results will be presented in our September Autumn Conference in Brussels.